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What's On in Southern Oxfordshire?

There's always something interesting going on with events, festivals, shows, exhibitions and fairs happening all year round. This events diary will keep you up to date with what's on in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse so you can plan your visit.

Although major events such as the Henley Royal Regatta, Thame Show, Rewind, Wallingford Food Festival, Thame Food Festival and Henley's Festival of Music and the Arts attract massive publicity, there are plenty more events taking place.

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Country & Crafts

Fantastic FREE January at Waterperry Gardens! - Waterperry

02/01/2015 10:00 to 31/01/2015 17:00

Visit the gardens for FREE and make a special trip even more enjoyable! With no garden entrance fee throughout January it really is the time to enjoy winter walks around the gardens. See the gardens turn into a spectacular vision as the frost spreads across the grasses and trees and the mist winds around the garden and the Riverside Walk. With FREE garden tours every Wednesday with our garden team at 11.30 during January and the winter sale in the garden centre, gift barn and gallery, there is only one place to be in January.  

Snowdrop Sundays, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

01/02/2015 14:00 to 01/03/2015 17:00

The gardens are open for snowdrops every Sunday in February and Sunday 1 March. Homemade teas. Early spring plants for sale. Admission prices apply. Tel: 01865 820259. Come along and enjoy the carpets of snowdrops in many varieties which bloom here. A previous owner, Marlie Raphael, carried out many of the original plantings and many more have been added in recent years. There are also other spring flowers such as hellebores, cyclamen and crocus.

Snowdrop Teas, Swyncombe - Nettlebed

07/02/2015 14:00 to 22/02/2015 16:00

Snowdrop teas at St Botolph's Church in Swyncombe is an annual event. See a carpet of snowdrops and yellow aconites in the churchyard and also enjoy home-made teas and cakes. Each day the ministry team will bless the snowdrops at 15.00, and a choral evensong, including Swyncombe Choir, takes place on Sunday 15 February at 16.30, with Guest Preacher, The Revd. Canon Judy French.  Entry is FREE and signs on the B481 will direct you to the church, which is between Watlington and Nettlebed.

Snowdrop Weekends, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

14/02/2015 10:00 to 22/02/2015 17:00

Snowdrop Weekends take place on the weekends of Sat 14 and Sun 15 Feb, and Sat 21 and Sun 22 Feb. With more than 60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens and a spectacular snowdrop valley area, there's no better place to enjoy these little heralds of spring in such a magical setting. Don't miss FREE guided tours at 11.00, 12.30 and 14.30 each day of our special snowdrop weekends (Garden entrance fee applies £6.80).

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

15/02/2015 10:00 to 20/12/2015 16:00

At Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Old Didcot Road, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford, OX10 0SW on the third Sunday of the month.  Lots of varied stalls, refreshments and good free parking.  Donkey sanctuary also open.  Entry 50p. 

Henley House & Garden Show - Henley on Thames

28/02/2015 to 01/03/2015

At various sites across Henley Town including the Town Hall, Kings Arm Barn, Old Fire Station Gallery and stands in the Square. More than 40 exhibitors will take part in the show. Lady Sew and Sew will run a workshop at its premises in Farm Road. 

Saxifrage Day, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

14/03/2015 11:00

Spring is the perfect time to see the National Collection of Kabschia Saxifrages. These wonderfully versatile little alpine plants are looking their best in March and you can also find out more about propagation and cultivation techniques from experts, and see a display of unusual plants from leading UK Saxifrage growers too. Normal garden admission fee applies.

Spring Show, Village Hall, Sonning Common - Reading

28/03/2015 14:30

The Chiltern Edge Horticultural Society's Spring Show at Sonning Common village hall. Flowers, floral art, fruit, vegetables, handicrafts and photography. FREE entry.

Blooming Bluebells, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

01/04/2015 11:00 to 31/05/2015 17:00

Throughout April and May come along and enjoy the natural woodlands with a self-led walk through the stunning bluebells. FREE for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission prices applies. Please visit our website to find out when the bluebells are at their best. Enjoy a walk and a cream tea. Closed Sunday 26 April.

Ashbrook House open garden for NGS - Blewbury

05/04/2015 14:00 to 06/09/2015 17:30

The garden where Kenneth Grahame read The Wind in the Willows to local children and where he took inspiration for his description of the oak doors to Badger's House. Come and see - you may catch a glimpse of Toad and friends in this 3½ acre chalk and water garden in a beautiful spring-line village. In spring the banks are a mass of daffodils and in late summer the borders are full of unusual plants. Teas available. Admission £4, children FREE. This garden is open on Sunday 5 April and Sunday 6 September.

Thame Country Show - Thame

05/04/2015 10:00 to 06/04/2015 18:00

A well-established and popular event, with three main show arenas hosting all day entertainment with top country sports and displays. Be spoiled for choice with endless country, food and craft stalls to visit and a superb falconry village with native and exotic birds of prey. Attractions include; dare-devil stunts, scurry racing, Chase The Bunny, blacksmiths' village, gundogs, fun dog show, re-enactments and field sports. Ticket prices apply. A superb day out for the countryman and family. Please visit website for full show details and advance tickets.  At Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, OX9 3JL.

Abingdon Air & Country Show, Dalton Barracks - Abingdon on Thames

03/05/2015 10:00

It's not just an air show!  The Abingdon Air & Country Show has a varied ground show to go along with a fly-in of both modern and vintage aeroplanes and the associated air display.  All of this is within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Flying displays, static aircraft, exhibitors, vintage vehicles, tank rides, crafts, trade stalls, childrens' amusements, live music, food and drink, and much more! At Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6JQ. Ticket prices apply and are now available.

Henley Sheepdog Trial - Henley on Thames

19/07/2015 09:00

Over fifty sheepdogs - 'several men and their dogs', spinning and weaving display, tractor and trailer rides, sheep hurdle making demonstration, trade stands, and refreshments. FREE parking. Well behaved dogs welcome.  Ticket prices apply.

Uffington White Horse Show - Uffington

30/08/2015 10:00 to 31/08/2015 17:00

This is a traditional two day country show which offers a wide range of attractions for families and people of all ages including arena events, craft stalls, food hall, animals, historic vehicles and much, much more. The show is located in fields overlooked by the famous bronze age figure of the Uffington White Horse, which is over 3,000 years old. Our motto is "Countryside, Family and Fun” and our objective is to bring those enjoyments to as wide a group of people as possible. Ticket prices apply. Gates open at 9 am.

The Henley Show - Henley on Thames

12/09/2015 08:30

The Show, which is now traditionally held on the second Saturday in September, has been held annually since 1898, and has, in recent years, most flatteringly been described as ‘the best one-day Agricultural Show in the country’.  Attractions include four rings of horse show jumping, showing and driving classes, display arenas, food and farming marquee, horticultural area, produce tent, heavy horses, cattle, sheep, poultry tent, cage bird classes, companion dog show, craft demonstration marquee, food and wine marquee, shopping arcade, and over 100 interesting and varied trade stands located around the showground. FREE parking, and FREE buses from Marlow and Henley. Ticket prices apply. Discounted tickets will be available online from June 2015.
 

Henley Ploughing Match & Country Market - Henley on Thames

04/10/2015 09:00

This is always a great day out with ploughing classes for vintage, classic vintage tractors and track vehicles and classes for heavy horses - high cut and ordinary. You will also be able to enjoy the terrier racing, log chopping competition, working display, Shire horse display, ferret racing, trailer rides, childrens' rides, outside trade stands, and craft stands in the marquee.  Poultry auction. Licensed bar and refreshments available all day. "Blessing of the Plough" takes place at 9.15, and ploughing starts at 9.30. Ticket prices apply. Venue to be confirmed.

Fairs & Festivals

Flea Market + Collectors Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

01/02/2015 10:00

At Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, Old Didcot Road, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford, OX10 0SW on the first Sunday of the month.  Stalls, parking and refreshments.  Entry: 50p.  Tel: 01491 833938. 

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

08/02/2015 10:00 to 13/12/2015 16:00

40 stalls in Didcot Civic Hall, OX11 7JN.  Including collectables, stamps, postcards, militaria, china and jewellery.  Taking place on the following Sundays in 2015: 11 January, 8 February, 8 March, 11 October, 1 November and 13 December.

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

15/02/2015 10:00 to 20/12/2015 16:00

45 stalls in Benson Parish Hall.  These are held on the third Sunday of the month.

Ruby's Vintage & Retro Fair, Guildhall - Abingdon on Thames

07/03/2015 10:00 to 28/11/2015 16:00

We hope to see you all back here for delightful vintage and retro furniture, fashion, homewares, trinkets, clothes, hairstyling, make up, music, cakes and more... Entry £1.00, under 16s FREE. Parking in Vale of White Horse District Council car parks is FREE for the first 2 hours. Fairs also take place on Saturday 6 June, and Saturday 28 November 2015.

Youth Festival - Henley on Thames

13/03/2015 to 22/03/2015

There are so many ways to take part. Performing Arts - music, singing, dance and gig night; Sport - bell boating, fencing, Stonor Run, squash and more; Competitions - film, photography, writing and art; Workshops - art, dance, drama, craft, music and more. The theme is 'Me in My World'.  Please see the website for more details, and applications.

Easter Charity Fair, Civic Hall, Britwell Road - Didcot

29/03/2015 10:00

Come along and be spolit for choice from a selection of easter gifts and crafts. If you are looking for an easter gift, for adults or children, then pop in and have a browse.  From traditional handmade easter gifts and crafts, to jewellery, home made preserves, glass, heirloom items and paintings, cards and much much more. Refreshments will be available. Children's lucky dip. Free easy car parking in the civic hall car park. Money raised will go to Kidney Research. Entrance fee £1 adults, children FREE. Contact telephone: 07876 195984 between 18.00 and 20.00.

Food & Drink

Year Round Veg with Sarah Raven, Bix Manor - Henley on Thames

25/03/2015 10:30

For those of you for whom Sarah Raven's home venue of Perch Hill is too far away, Sarah will be teaching in a converted barn at Bix Manor just outside Henley-on-Thames. This course is based on my veg growing philosophy – don’t grow everything, but spend your precious time and use your precious space with highly productive, long-season crops, which will give you delicious things to eat without taking over your life. You will also have the opportunity to shop in Sarah's pop-up shop. www.bixmanor.co.uk  Ticket prices apply. Sarah will also be running a Cutting Garden course, please see separate listing.

 

Wallingford Food Festival, Crowmarsh Gifford - Wallingford

16/05/2015 to 17/05/2015

The Wallingford Food Festival takes place over two days for you to try, taste, buy, enjoy and learn about fabulous local food and drink. This event won silver in the 2014 Tourism South East's Beautiful South Awards for the category Tourism Event of the year. This year's great line up of local chefs provide cooking demonstrations of food from Japan, Brazil, India, Italy and France as well as the UK. The event is hoping to have more than 65 local butchers, bakers, farmers and chefs promoting local food, and telling people where to get it and what to do with it. Once again there will be a music marquee with contemporary folk band The Occasional Orchestra and folk troupe Green Diesel. Ticket prices apply. At Bridge Villa Camping and Caravan Park, Crowmarsh Gifford. www.bridgevilla.co.uk/campsite

Abingdon Food and Drink Festival, Fairacres - Abingdon on Thames

07/06/2015 10:00

The aim of the Abingdon Food and Drink Festival is to promote quality local producers and vendors. The Festival will be located at the Miele Experience Centre, Fairacres, Abingdon with a variety of stalls showcasing all the amazing abundance, variety and quality of food and drink produced or sold right here on our doorstep. You'll get a chance to taste and buy local produce, and you'll learn how it's made and how to cook with a series of talks and cookery demonstrations. There's something for all the family and plenty to keep the children amused at the festival. Admission prices apply. 


Thame Food Festival - Thame

26/09/2015

Thame Food Festival is a wonderful showcase for local and artisan food and drink producers and retailers in the region. Expect over 150 exhibitor food stalls to sample and buy from. You can also enjoy children’s workshops, food based treasure hunts and competitions, a pop-up pub, restaurant and bookshop, street music and live entertainment as well as a popular programme of demonstrations lead by top TV chef Raymond Blanc OBE and other chefs including Adam Simmonds, Sophie Grigson, Edd Kimber and John Waite. The entire town centre will be closed and traditional London Routemaster buses will ferry visitors into town from the nearby park and ride. 

General Events

Days out with Thomas the Tank Engine, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

07/03/2015 09:30 to 08/03/2015 17:00

Meet Thomas and his friends Duck and Diesel and The Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, who will be keeping an eye on everything. Enjoy rides with them all day and as often as you wish. Children's entertainment includes colourful 'Professor Crump' clowning around the centre, balloon modellers 'Twistina and Twistopher', circus workshops with Pauline, and hourly Thomas story readings. Ticket prices apply. Tel: 01235 817200. At Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NJ.

Open House & Garden, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

22/03/2015 14:00 to 15/09/2015 17:00

Come and enjoy the fantastic garden and parks of Kingston Bagpuize House and visit the ground floor of the house. Open on 22-24 March, 23-24, 19-21 April, 10-12 May, 1-2, 21-23 June, 12-14 July, 2-4, 23-25 August and 6-8, and 14-15 September 2015.

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

01/04/2015 11:00 to 19/10/2015 17:00

This unique unusual 100ft tower is Faringdon's icon and the last major folly to be built in England. It sits on Folly Hill, within a charming circular 4 acre woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees. Check out the fantastic views over 5 counties and find out about the history of Folly Hill, Henry James Pye (of Sing a Song of Sixpence fame), Oliver Cromwell and the very eccentric Lord Berners (the creator of the tower). Seek out the 24 blackbirds and giant willow pie, Cromwell's cannon, the fairly useless bridge, Lord Berners in a tree! and a variety of birds and animal sculptures lurking among the trees. The tower is open on the first and third Sundays of each month from April to October inclusive. Nominal entry fee applies.

Mapledurham at War, Mapledurham House - Reading

04/04/2015 10:00 to 05/04/2015 16:30

Another chance to step back in time to World War II. Taste the atmosphere of army and civilian life as war rages across Europe.  See the vehicles and equipment that were used and meet the re-enactors who faithfully recreate the look and feel of World War II through both static displays and battle re-enactment. There will also be dance displays throughout each day by Now That's Jive, performed in our marquee, come along and join in. Children's entertainment, plenty of food and licensed bar. Don't miss out - Mapledurham at War is sure to be as fantastic as last year.  Up to 500 re-enactors, all portraying life in wartime Britain. Full details will be announced closer to the date. Prebooked tickets will attract a discount.

Wantage Model Railway Show, School Lane, Grove - Wantage

18/04/2015 10:00

The show will appeal to both local families and keen modellers. Twelve layouts are booked in gauges Z to O plus static displays, trade support and buffet. One layout is for children to operate. Organised by experienced modellers and Grove Scout Group, this is the first model railway show at this venue. The hall is owned by Grove Parish Council with disabled facilities and ample free parking. Proceeds will go to Grove Scout Group with over 200 beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers in need of a new hall. Adults £3.50, Concessions £3.00, Children £2.00. At The Old Mill Hall, School Lane, Grove, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 7LB. Contact tel: 01452 770447.

Fun in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 11:00

Abingdon Town Council are pleased to announce that once again it is hosting Fun in the Park in the Abbey Gardens. The aim is to give families a chance to spend affordable quality time together by promoting physical activity, encouraging community spirit, and the opportunity to have a go at something new and to promote local clubs and societies. The event will host shows, entertainment, rides, activities, stalls, games, soft play areas, climbing wall, go-carts, youth section, sports, food outlets and an outside bar and lots more ... Admission and most activities will be FREE. Music in the Park starts at 17.30 - see separate listing.

Stoke Row Steam Rally, Whitchurch Hill - Reading

20/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

This is a steam rally held annually and more than 70 steam vehlices of historic importance are exhibited. Vehicles on display include steam driven traction engines, vintage tractors, classic commercial vehicles, classic cars, motorbikes, military section and static steam machinery. There are also a number of other attractions including live music, all new brass band, wild west re-enactments, a retail area, a beer tent and traditional funfair stands. Admission fee applies. FREE parking. At Hill Bottom, Whitchurch Hill.

Wallingford Major Muster - Wallingford

27/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

The English Civil War Society staged two very successful events in Wallingford in 1996 and 2000, and are now set to make another visit for a major event, when Roundheads and Cavaliers will fight it out on the Wallingford Castle Mound in a major battle re-enactment featuring cannon and horses. Hundreds of the society's members will re-enact battles and live in civilian and military encampments. The re-enactors will do battle on Castle Meadow on both days with opposing armies marching from opposite ends of the town to arrive at the site. 

Woodcote Rally, Woodcote - Reading

11/07/2015 10:00 to 12/07/2015

South Oxfordshire's premier event of the year! Woodcote Rally combines steam, vintage and veteran transport with family entertainment, crafts, trade stalls, live bands, a traditional fun fair, and CAMRA's famous Festival of Ale.  Entry prices apply and significant discounts are available by booking in advance on the website. The event opens at 10.00 each day, and closes at 23.00 on Saturday and 18:00 on Sunday.

Meetings and Lectures

The Cutting Garden with Sarah Raven, Bix Manor - Henley on Thames

24/03/2015 10:30

For those of you for whom Sarah Raven's home venue of Perch Hill is too far away, Sarah will be teaching in a converted barn at Bix Manor just outside Henley-on-Thames. If you've been thinking about creating an intensive cutting patch, or just growing a few flowers to pick for the house, Sarah will show you how on this course. She will explain how to prepare, plant, maintain and harvest the patch and cover the best sowing and growing techniques for brilliant results. The day will also include a session on conditioning and arranging flowers, including a flower arranging demonstration. You will also have the opportunity to shop in Sarah's pop-up shop. www.bixmanor.co.uk  Ticket prices apply. Sarah will also be running a Year Round Veg course, please see separate listing.


Live Music

Abingdon Music Festival - Abingdon on Thames

01/05/2015 to 03/05/2015

A largely non-competitive festival for amateur musicians. Performances by all age groups (8 years to adult) will be assessed by professional adjudicators. Sunday night's final concert, representing adjudicators' choice from all classes, offers the opportunity to hear music of exceptionally high standard.  At the School of St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, OX14 1BE.

Music in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 17:30

Music in the Park include performances from local bands and artists and a grand finale firework display at 22.00 to finish off an exciting evening of entertainment. There will be plenty of food outlets and an outside bar. Gates open at 16.30.

Rugfest, Hithercroft Sports Park - Wallingford

19/06/2015 to 20/06/2015

Wallingford's Summer music festival. A family friendly local music festival with lots of fun for adults and children alike. Children's activities include trampolines, zorb balls, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, bungee runs, blow-up boxing, face painting and a disco. There will also be lots of amazing live bands, delicious food and drink, festival stalls and entertainment. Ticket prices apply. Early Bird tickets now on sale and camping is also available.

Henley Festival - Henley on Thames

08/07/2015 to 12/07/2015

Henley Festival is celebrating it's 33rd anniversary this year with five nights of music, cabaret, street theatre, art, culture, comedy, and fine dining and fireworks from Wednesday 8 until Sunday 12 July 2015. Lionel Richie is among those headlining this year's festival. The Philharmonia Orchestra will present a Gershwin Spectacular ­on Friday. There will also be special guest DJ in the Indigo each night, plus street performers from Henley Festival's Roving Troup of Entertainers, a comedy line-up, showcases of art and sculpture in pop up galleries on the lawns and along the banks of the Thames. Plus a concluding firework spectacular closes each night.
 

Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames

21/08/2015 to 23/08/2015

Love the 80s? The annual Rewind festival is a showcase of the decade’s successful bands and artists and takes place at Temple Island Meadows near Henley.  Ticket prices apply. Early Bird and Glamping tickets now on sale. The line-up will be announced on Friday 23 January and tickets will also go on sale.

Towersey Festival, Thame Showground - Thame

28/08/2015 to 31/08/2015

A celebration of musical roots and the perfect end to summer. Four days and nights of the best Acoustic, Folk, Blues, World and Americana, with first class stages, massive family appeal, wonderful camping, arts, crafts, theatre, hands-on workshops, film and a sprinkling of festival magic in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Tickets are now on sale and the line-ups have been announced. 

Plays & Films

Beauty & the Beast, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

16/01/2015 19:30 to 31/01/2015

January means panto time in Wallingford and, once again, Sinodun Players will transform the Corn Exchange into the magical world of fairytale, this time with the enchanting story of Beauty and the Beast. This promises to be a truly traditional pantomime with an inspirational script by Alan P Frayn that delivers more comedy and originality than any other version of this famous folktale. With many twists and turns along the way, everyone is in for a rollercoaster ride of adventure and side-splitting laughter. Imaginative new characters will provide added humour…plus, there’s an unusual visual comedy scene that is just guaranteed to bring the house down. But the truly jaw-dropping moment will be the transformation of handsome Prince Danton into the ugly Beast ‘before your very eyes’! With songs, dance and general merriment, this show is a must for kids, mums and dads and grandparents. Shows at 19.30 with Saturday matinees at 14.30. Ticket prices apply, please visit the website.

Jack & the Beanstalk, Village Hall - Blewbury

28/01/2015 to 31/01/2015

Oh yes it is!  It’s the long awaited Blewbury Pantomime, our version of Jack and the Beanstalk, David brought face to face with Goliath by horticulture, a moral tale for all ages.  Bring your kids, bring your granny, cheer the goodies, boo the baddies, groan at the jokes, have a thoroughly good time and raise money for the village hall refurbishment. There will be four evening performances in the village hall from Wednesday 28 January to Saturday 31 January, with a matinee performance on the Saturday. Tickets on sale from 6 December, please visit the website for details.

The Snow Queen - A Winter's Tale, Junior School - Faringdon

30/01/2015 to 07/02/2015

A winter’s tale is a story with music suitable for the pantomime season, which has been freely adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. It contains all the main elements of the traditional story as well as some very unexpected twists, such as the inclusion of some other fairy story characters as you have never seen them before, all adding to the fun. As our audiences have come to expect at pantomime time, there will be plenty of laughs, scares, music, dance and spectacle. Can our hero and heroine foil The Snow Queen’s evil vision of a grey and frozen world being brought about?  Performances at 19.30 on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 January, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February, with matinees at 14.30 on the Saturdays. Ticket prices apply.

Snow White & the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs, Woodcote - Reading

31/01/2015 to 07/02/2015

WADS present their 50th pantomime "Snow White & the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs” by Damian Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark. This adaptation of the traditional story takes place at Happy Ever After Ranch where Snow White lives with her rather mean stepmother.  Snow White has lots of friends on the ranch who are determined to ensure she has a lovely birthday party and so buy her a very special gift.  Meanwhile her stepmother consults her magical mirror and is horrified to find that she is no longer the fairest in the land.  She vows to be rid of Snow White and plans to persuade the rather handsome Sheriff to marry her – he has other ideas... In true spirit or pantomime you will come across a host of interesting characters  along the way as we travel through the wild western plains, death valley and the mines and caves below! As tradition dictates, dodgy jokes, lots of laughter and singing are to be found at the Village Hall. Performances on Sat 31 January at 14.15 and 19.30, Sun 1 February at 14.15 and 19.30, Fri 6 February at 19.30 and Sat 7 February at 14.15 and 19.30. Ticket prices apply. Please visit the website.

Cinderella, Wootton - Abingdon on Thames

04/02/2015 to 07/02/2015

Cinderella by Ben Crocker performed by The Wootton Players at the Wootton and Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton, near Abingdon, OX13 6DA. Ticket prices apply. Ticketline 01865 390555 and at Wootton Co-op (after Christmas).

The Ugly Duckling, Cornerstone - Didcot

29/03/2015 14:00

Life isn’t much fun in the farmyard for the misfit ‘duckling’. Teased and tormented, he dreams of kindlier places beyond the farm gates. But will he survive out there? Join in the adventures of this famous ‘under-dog’ in Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale of transformation, brought to life with beautiful puppet characters, live music, captivating story-telling and a generous sprinkling of theatre magic. Tickets can be booked online. Prices: £8, £6 concessions, £24 family. For ages 5+.

Duck in a Truck, Cornerstone - Didcot

08/04/2015

This is the tale of a duck in a truck - a truck that was stuck in some yucky brown muck. Based on the bestselling book by Jez Alborough, this funny, silly, yucky mucky show will have you giggling away, singing along and laughing out loud. Join Duck and his friends in this happy new adventure – just don’t forget your wellies! It’s totally quackers! This show is on at 11.00 and 14.00. Tickets can be booked online. Prices: £8, £6 concessions, £24 family. For ages 3 to 7.

Seasonal Events

Burns Night Supper, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

07/02/2015 19:00

An internationally renowned piper will lead the parade of the Haggis, there will be storytelling, the odd "lively” speech in Burns honour, other entertainments, even the odd musical entertainment and some dancing to the sound of live pipers, assisted by an experienced caller. The singing of Auld Lang Syne brings the evening to a close. Hosted by Magnus Macfarlane, this Burns Night Supper is in the Lakeview Restaurant and will have a core of the traditional celebration but with a few Magnus Macfarlane surprises! Pre-booking only. Please call 01865 391169 for further information. Tickets are £27.00 per person. Entertainment starts at 19.20 with carriages at midnight. Come and join us dressed with a hint of tartan and have some fun.

Valentine's Day at Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

14/02/2015 10:00

Whether you're feeling romantic or just in the mood for a lovely day out, enjoy our tasty set menu in the teashop at Waterperry, Miss H's, and you'll get FREE entry to our ornamental gardens. Our snowdrops look gorgeous throughout February, always subject to prevailing conditions, so please check the website for details of early or late arrivals!

Half Term Steam Days, Railway Centre - Didcot

14/02/2015 10:30 to 22/02/2015 16:00

Didcot Railway Centre Steam Days are ideal to view collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits. Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some Great Western steam locomotives, in the Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. Ride as many times as you like; there are normally trains running on one or both running lines, 'The Main Line' and 'The Branch Line'. There are frequent journeys and opportunities to take photos from vantage points alongside the tracks as well as ride on the trains. Check the Locomotive Roster to see what is expected to be running on Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Wednesday 18, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 February 2015. The centre is open at weekends during February, and daily from 14 to 22 February.
 

Alphabet I Spy, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

14/02/2015 10:00 to 22/02/2015 17:00

Family fun over the February half term with Alphabet ‘I spy’ In The Gardens, at Waterperry. Spy the whole alphabet and win a seasonal Waterperry prize and don’t miss the unusual characters hidden in the gardens for an extra surprise! £2 per child (whom must be accompanied by an adult paying garden entrance price, £6.80). Suitable for all ages.

Half Term entertainment, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

16/02/2015 to 20/02/2015

Monday 16 and Friday 20 February, Theatre Arts presents 'A Dragons Tale'. A theatrical story (with props) followed by a workshop where the children get to make their own puppet. £5.50 per child. For children aged 4+. Showtimes are 11.00 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 15.30 approx. Parents have a reserved seating area at the back where refreshments will be available.  Tickets can be purchased online only.     Wednesday 18 February, Nick Cope sings (www.nickcope.co.uk). A fun filled 50 mins+ with songs and fun from Nick Cope which all culminates in an audience participation sing a long. Appeals to all ages. Shows are on at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00. Tickets £4 per person (babes in arms FREE). Refreshments will be available. Tickets can be purchased online only.

 

Family Fun: Stick Man, Sutton Courtenay - Didcot

17/02/2015 10:00 to 19/02/2015 15:00

Discover the adventures of Stick Man and bring the Stick Man story to life as you follow his journey across our beautiful reserve. Have a go at pooh sticks, creating stick flags, stick towers and much more. No booking necessary - so just drop in. Picnics welcome. Tel: 01235 862024. At Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, Sutton Courtenay Road, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, OX14 4TE.

Half-Term Children's Activities, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

17/02/2015 to 20/02/2015

Come along to the River & Rowing Museum and partake in the following activities.
Teeny Tiny Town, Tues 17 Feb, 10.30-12.30 - make a little person to take on a dancing journey to a magical world. 4-7 years £8.50.
Silk Painting, Weds 18 Feb, 10.30-12.30 - learn new resist-techniques and create a series of silk paintings inspired by the work of the famous 20th century printmaker Julian Trevelyan. 7-11 years, £8.50.
Busy Bees, Wed 18 Feb, 14.00-16.00 - become a busy bee and buzz into bee themed activities and crafts. 4-7 years, £8.50.
Chinese New Year, Thur 19 Feb, 10.30-12.30 - join us to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Sheep making Chinese lanterns, lucky charms and more! FREE with admission.
Fables and Fairytales, Fri 20 Feb, 10.30-16.00 - enter a magical world of colour, excitement and adventure with enchanting tales and craft. FREE with admission.
 
 
 

Mothering Sunday Special, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

15/03/2015 10:30

Mothers travel half price when accompanied by full fare paying children.  Trains depart Wallingford at 11:05, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05 and 16:05. Trains depart Cholsey at 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35 and 16:35. Ticket prices apply. Other attractions on site include the museum located in a rare 19th century coach, cafe, gift shop, FREE bouncy castle (weather permitting), and FREE parking.

Mother's Day Train, C&PR Railway - Chinnor

15/03/2015 10:15

Mums travel FREE when accompanied by a fare paying passenger and receive a complimentary posy of flowers.  Trains at 10.15, 11.45, 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30. No need to book, just come along. Ticket prices apply. The railway offers superb cream teas on the afternoon services (£7 adult, £3.50 child). Advance booking is essential, tel: 07979 055366. I can thoroughly recommend the train ride and delicious cream teas, as I have done this for Mothers Day.

Lambing Weekends, Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames

21/03/2015 10:00 to 29/03/2015 16:00

Earth Trust’s annual lambing weekends in partnership with Lauren and Dan. Enjoy a day out on a working farm, visiting the new spring lambs. There will be a variety of craft activities to enjoy and refreshments available from Poem Tree Cafe. Don't forget your wellies. Held over two weekends: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March, and Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March.  At Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QZ. Ticket prices apply.

The Big Easter Bunny Hunt, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

28/03/2015 10:00 to 15/04/2015 17:00

Join the Big Easter Bunny Hunt to find our bunnies hidden around the ornamental gardens. Find 8 of the 10 bunnies and claim your special Easter prize from the Teashop. It costs £2 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee of £6.80 applies. Unlimited spaces, just turn up and pay on the day.

Easter Egg Hunt, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

28/03/2015 10:00 to 12/04/2015 17:00

Follow the Easter Bunny's trail, solve the puzzle and enjoy a mini Easter egg. FREE with Admission. 

Easter Activites at Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

31/03/2015 to 07/04/2015

Arboretum Easter Egg Hunt, Tues 31 March, 10.30. Can you find the clues and solve the puzzle to claim the prize? The hunt will continue while prize stocks last.   Shaping up for Spring1, Tue 31 March, 13.00 to 16.00. Can you work out the animal shape outlines on our trail? Then join in the animal shape craft fun.

Shaping up for Spring2, Tues 7 April, 13.00 to 16.00. Spot the plant shapes on our special trail then join in the plant shape craft fun. 
All events are FREE. Normal admission prices apply. No need to book. Tel: 01865 343501. 
 

Easter Activites at Cornerstone - Didcot

02/04/2015 to 15/04/2015

Drop-In & Doodle: Phasmagorgical Plasma, Thurs 2 April to Sunday 12 April, 10.00 to 16.00. All ages. FREE. Investigate the 'Making a Sun on Earth' exhibition then create a swirling plasma artwork.   Glow in the Dark Printmaking, Wed 8 April, 10.30-16.30. For 6-12 year olds. £25. Our printmaking workshops always make the most incredible artwork, and this Easter you will be using printing and mono printing processes to create effective glow in the dark artworks. If you're fascinated by our 'Making a Sun on Earth' exhibition and want to produce something staggering, don't miss out on this workshop.  

Animation: Kool Science, Fri 10 April, 10.30-16.30. For 6-12 year olds. £35. Please bring a packed lunch.  Join Cornerstone's favourite animation workshop, and make animated short movies to show the weird and wonderful side of science! Make a rocket and watch it fly into space, watch tiny atoms dance and form new and strange objects, and create weird creatures from bits of others.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Greys Court NT, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

03/04/2015 10:00 to 06/04/2015 17:00

Come along and follow the clues around the Greys Court house and gardens to win a Cadbury chocolate Easter Egghead. £3 per child. More information: Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, email: greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk  Booking not needed. FREE entry for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission charges apply. Dress for the outdoors.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

03/04/2015 10:00 to 06/04/2015 17:00

Follow the clues around Nuffield House and garden to win a Cadbury Chocolate egghead. £3 per child. For more information contact the Estate Office, 01491 641224, nuffieldplace@nationaltrust.org.uk FREE for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission prices apply.

Easter Family Fun Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

03/04/2015 09:30 to 06/04/2015 17:00

With three locos on three lines including the Iron Duke and Firefly and appearances by Chipper the Squirrel. Children's entertainment includes a magic show, balloon modelling, street organ and Easter treasure hunt as well as activities in the science, learning and railways carriages. At Didcot Railway Centre, via Parkway Station, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ. Tel: 01235 817200. The centre is open at weekends during April and daily until 12 April.

Easter Special Trains, C&PR Railway - Chinnor

03/04/2015 to 06/04/2015

Jump aboard a steam train for these Easter Egg special rides which include a chocolate treat for children and a hot cross bun for adults. All trains will be steam hauled setting off from Chinnor Station at 10.15, 11.45, 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30. Ticket prices apply.

Ivor the Engine, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

04/04/2015 to 06/04/2015

Ivor the Engine will be steaming between Cholsey and Wallingford over the Easter weekend. Come along to meet those favourite characters such as "Jone's the Steam". The event will feature a full size Ivor the Engine locomotive, with his memorable signature whistles. Ivor appears by permission of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. Trains depart Wallingford 11.05, 12.05, 13.05, 14.05, 15.05 and 16.05. Trains depart Cholsey 11.35, 12.35, 13.35, 14.35, 15.35 and 16.35. Museum, cafe, gift shop and FREE parking. Ticket prices apply.

Easter Outdoor Fun, Earth Trust, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

05/04/2015 10:00

Join us for an Easter bunny hunt, plus bring an egg to boil on the fire, then paint it and roll it down the Wittenham Clumps! £4 per child, and accompanying adult(s) FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

Easter Activities at the Henley River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

07/04/2015 to 09/04/2015

Come along and enjoy these Easter activities:

Tuesday 7 April, 10.30 to 12.30 - Pom Pom Chick Have fun learning new skills to create Pom Pom chicks and paper posies in a little basket for Spring time! For 4 to 7 year olds. £8.50. 
Wednesday 8 April, 10.30 to 12.30 - Caterpillar Crazy Make a crazy model to show how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. For 4 to 7 year olds. £8.50.
Wednesday 8 April, 14.00 to 16.00 - Gargoyles Galore Get expressive and explore the world of gargoyles, grotesques and green men. For 7 to 11 year olds. £8.50.
Thursday 9 April, 13.30 to 16.00 - Feathers and Fleeces! Donkeys, rabbits and chicks take over the Museum! Meet the animals from Mill Cottage Farm Experience and enjoy lots of great craft activities. FREE with admission. 

Sporting Events

Goring 10K Road Race - Goring and Streatley

01/03/2015 11:00

Set in beautiful countryside and with chip-timing, closed roads and FREE flapjack, the Goring 10k is regarded as one of the most enjoyable 10k races in the UK. All proceeds as always will go to Goring Primary School. Entry fee applies. Entries are now being taken.

Cholsey Chase, The Pavilion, Cholsey - Wallingford

15/03/2015 10:30

The Cholsey Chase is a fantastic mult-terrain 9-mile run around the beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside. A few challenging hills, but the views make it so worth it! Facilities include pre and post race massage, hot and cold refreshments including the amazing post-race cakes, chip timing, medal and memento for every finisher. Entry fee applies. Minimum age 16. At Cholsey Pavilion, Station Road, Cholsey, OX10 9PT. Online entries now being taken.

White Horse Harriers Half Marathon, Grove - Wantage

29/03/2015 09:30

Entries have now closed for this 13.1 mile road race as entries are now full. The White Horse Half Marathon has been voted one of the top 10 races for Personal Best potential on the Runners World website. This half marathon is run through the attractive country villages of the Vale of the White Horse. The race incorporates the Oxfordshire County Half Marathon Championships and is one of the events included in the Oxfordshire AA Road Race Grand Prix. There are a variety of cash and non-cash prizes awarded. 

The Henley Boat Races - Henley on Thames

05/04/2015 13:00

The Henley Boat Races are a series of match races held each Spring between crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Two crews race side-by-side over a 2000 metre course from Phyllis Court upstream to the mid-way point at Temple Island. The race programme includes the Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ Women’s Boat Club Blue boats and their reserve crews, Osiris and Blondie; Oxford and Cambridge men’s and women’s Lightweight crews; Head Crews from the Oxford Torpids and Cambridge Lent bumping races, who race a shorter course of 1,750 metres

Spring Cycle Festival, Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

19/04/2015 09:00

Music and bikes on the Market Place make for a great atmosphere, and this is a great day to try cycling for the first time, move up to more serious riding or get some advice. There are rides of all lengths for varying capabilities and lots of cake for those who run out of steam! www.abingdonfreewheeling.co.uk

Symm Hambleden International Horse Trials, Hambleden Estate - Henley on Thames

24/04/2015 08:00 to 26/04/2015 18:30

The schedule can be found at the British Eventing website - www.britisheventing.com We are pleased to welcome visitors to the event and there will be a lot for them to see with 3 full days of competition starting at about 8.00 and going on until at least 18.30 each day. Payment is made on the day at the gate, and the cost is £5 per vehicle. http://www.symminternationalhorsetrials.co.uk/

Treehouse 10k Run & Family Bunny Run, Cholsey - Wallingford

26/04/2015 10:00

The 10k course includes a mixture of quiet roads, farm tracks and footpaths. Starting at Cholsey Pavilion, following a tour around the village, it climbs towards the Berkshire Downs, descending back to the village via an off-road route.  We use chip-timing, and all finishers receive an event t-shirt and hand-made wooden medal.  Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each category. The Team Race is new to 2015, so why not get your friends, colleagues and family to run too? The Family Bunny Run is open to families/children under 16 and is a 1k run around the recreation ground that can be done as many times as you wish. It has been named the Bunny Run as it is taking place just after Easter and bunny ears and bobtails would be a lovely addition to your running clothes! Entertainment include the playground and bouncy castle. Register before 24 April to take advantage of discounts.

Tough Mudder, Hambleden Estate - Henley on Thames

02/05/2015 to 03/05/2015

Tough Mudder® events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. Expect mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity, 12 foot walls and underground mud tunnels. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete each challenge. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder® has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide. But Tough Mudder® is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running Tough Mudder®, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants. http://www.thehambledenestate.com/events/tough-mudder/    Early Bird tickets are now on sale.

Classic Oxfordshire Bike Ride, Harwell - Didcot

03/05/2015 08:00

Come and join us on this popular 30, 60, or 75 mile bike ride, cycling through pretty villages and lush Spring countryside alongside the River Thames as it winds from south Oxfordshire up to Abingdon and into the Vale of the White Horse. Visiting countryside of beautiful half-timbered cottages, green riverbanks and colourful marketplaces, it’s a great start to the cycling season.  Food, a beer tent and live music welcomes you at the finish! The rides start (08.00 to 10.00) and finish in Harwell, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0RA. Entry fee applies. For more details and to sign up online please visit the website. 

Chalgrove Festival 10k Run, Chalgrove - Watlington

04/05/2015 12:00

The Chalgrove Festival 10K is run in support of the annual Chalgrove Village Festival and the course is an undulating 10K single lap race through local villages and the beautiful surrounding South Oxfordshire countryside. The start and finish is at the Chalgrove Village Festival ground. There are plenty of spectators' points en route and we are able to provide changing facilities and plan to have a pre-race warm up beforehand to get you nice and ready. We would love you to bring your friends and families along.  The 10k is part of the Chalgrove Festival so there is plenty to see and do for you and your family. To enter and for more details please visit the website.

Henley Highwayman - Henley on Thames

05/06/2015 to 07/06/2015

The Henley Highwayman is a new three day triathlon style. Based on the distance you choose and the speed that you achieve, in the cycle and swim, you will gain points. Those points are accumulated over the weekend and the leading points scorers will head off first on the tough run course on the Sunday. The first one over the line from the run will win the Highwayman.

Henley Kids Fun Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames

20/06/2015

The UK Kids Fun Triathlon is an ideal way to encourage children to get active and healthy.  It is held within the grounds of Henley Leisure Centre and Gillotts School, located just outside the pretty riverside market town of Henley on the River Thames. Yet again 2014 saw a record number of children participate, leading to entries closing early due to the event being full, so don't delay and enter online at the website. Ticket prices apply.


Henley Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames

21/06/2015

The increasingly popular Henley-on-Thames Triathlon takes place at Henley Leisure Centre and Gillotts School. The town is perhaps best known for the annual Royal Regatta, which attracts some of the world´s finest rowers. Conveniently situated just outside the picturesque town of Henley on the edge of the Chiltern Hills and the banks of the River Thames. Boasting a spectator friendly course the Henley Triathlon is one not to be missed. Places are sure to fill up quickly, so secure your place and enter now. Do you have children that can't wait to become a triathlete? Make a weekend of it and enter them in the UK Kids Fun Triathlon on Saturday 20 June for 7-16 yr olds. Kids event full and oversubscribed in 2014 with 650 participants so avoid disappointment and enter through the website. Ticket prices apply.

Henley Classic Swim - Henley on Thames

28/06/2015 04:10

The annual 2.1 km race in which up to 700 swimmers tackle the Henley Royal Regatta course will take place at dawn, and a high turnout is expected with competitors coming from all over the UK. This event is a celebration of mid-summer, and provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn. Entries for 2015 are now open.

Henley Royal Regatta - Henley on Thames

01/07/2015 to 05/07/2015

The best known regatta in the world is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season. It attracts thousands of visitors over a 5 day period to watch over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event. Aside from the rowing, visitors enjoy the ambience and facilities within the Enclosures.  Ticket prices apply. (The 2016 dates are 29 June to 3 July 2016).

 

The Henley Mile Swim - Henley on Thames

12/07/2015 09:30

A straight line downstream River Thames swimming event held over the boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta, the Henley Mile features two distance options for adult swimmers. One is perfect for experienced open water swimmers looking for their next open water challenge. The non-competitive sporting category suits swimming enthusiasts looking to take part in their first open water swim, taking the course in their own time, without the pressure of racing. There are other categories in this race and events including the Henley Half Mile, and Suits v. Skins challenge. Full details are on the website. Ticket prices apply.

Club to Pub - Henley on Thames

25/07/2015

This is a summer 1.5km evening swim taking place in the heart of Henley, starting from Henley Rowing Club, and finishing at the Historic Angel on the Bridge (dating back to 1728). The first 400m from Henley Rowing Club will head upstream towards Marsh Lock, turning at 2 large marker buoys, and hugging the Mill meadow bank all the way back down to the Angel on the Bridge. The swim’s challenge is to complete the course within the hour and before the chiming of the clock tower bells. For those who feel they can go faster, different finishers colours are awarded based on getting under 1 hour, 45mins, and for the really speedy 30mins. BBQ for swimmers afterwards at The Angel on the Bridge pub. 

Henley Sprint & Standard Distance Triathlon, Shiplake College - Shiplake

09/08/2015 08:00

This is the 6th year that Shiplake College have opened its doors to a holding a triathlon event. Located just 2.5 miles outside of Henley-on-Thames, the college is set in 45 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, directly looking over the river Thames. The swim will be located in River Thames on a very quiet, safe and spectator friendly stretch of the River. The bike course consists of an out and back route that takes in a couple of rolling hills, but mainly flat and fast. The run takes in a picturesque tow path along the River Thames and surrounding countryside, finishing with a route that goes back around the college sports fields and back up a short steep hill (The BEAST) through to the college and finish in front of the pavilion.

Henley 14 km Bridge to Bridge Swim - Henley on Thames

09/08/2015 08:00

An open water event swum in the style of a ‘sportive’; more relaxed than a race and aimed at serious open water swimmers looking to include a long distance challenge in their summer open water swimming season. Swimmers venturing downstream from Henley talk of scenery hardly ever seen. The swim is organised into a group format, with teamwork making this a fun and satisfying event with the stream making progress feel surprisingly easy – a bit like cycling with a tail wind the whole way. Entries for 2015 are now open.

Dragon Boat Day, River Thames - Abingdon on Thames

06/09/2015 10:30

The annual Abingdon Dragon Boat day organised by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper is a fun day to raise funds for charity.  Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition over 2000 years old and is one of Britain's most competitive water sports.  Around 20 teams are entered this year so competition will be high.  Teams are also encouraged to take part in fancy dress to add to the fun of the day.  Racing takes place throughout the day culminating in a final where this year’s champions will take the title.  The racing is exciting to watch, but there also other attractions for supporters on the day, there will be a fun fair, stalls, and food and drink available.

Walking

Star Walk, The Earth Trust, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

30/01/2015 18:00

Join us for a starlit countryside walk with Dr Russell Layberry from ECI Oxford University. Don’t forget your flask of hot chocolate! £5 adult, £2 child, Free for Earth Trust Friends. Booking is essential.

Tree Walks, Greys Court NT, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

30/01/2015 10:00 to 27/02/2015 16:30

Join one of our led walks to learn more about the fascinating trees that inhabit the woodlands around Greys Court. For more information contact the Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk  Booking not required and normal admission charges apply. FREE for National Trust members. Walk is aimed at adults, and there are uneven pathways, hills and slopes through the estate and woodlands. The walks are held on every Friday in January and February starting Friday 9 January, and take place from 11.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 15.00. Greys Court is open from 10.00 to 16.30.

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

01/02/2015 10:30

The site is open the first Sunday each month throughout the year. Take a guided walk with knowledgeable guides through the nature reserve situated next to the watercress beds.  Please be at the Watercress Centre for a 10:30 start (Oct - April) or anytime between 14.00 and 17.00 (May to September).  No need to book.  No dogs allowed except guide dogs, and sensible footwear is advisable.  Park away from the centre as The Street gets very congested.  FREE car park at the east end of the village beyond the school and church next to the playing field.  Also on the Thames Travel 139 bus route (Green Lane stop). Adults £3, children FREE. Tea, coffee and cakes for sale. Toilet facilities. Tel: 01491 835173. At the Ewelme Watercress Beds, The Street, Ewelme.

Insight Tour, Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

04/02/2015 13:30

Join a member of the Arboretum staff team for a FREE tour of this amazing site, and find out what's been happening behind the scenes over the last month. The snowdrops will be out for you to admire. No need to book. Normal admission prices apply. The next Insight Tour takes place on 1 April.

The Ridgewalk, Watlington & Ashbury - Entire Region

20/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

An amazing walking challenge across Oxfordshire and Wiltshire - have you got what it takes to take on The RidgeWalk 2015? Taking place along the oldest road in Britain – The Ridgeway - we assure you that this challenge will test you and your team both physically and mentally. We are offering all teams a choice of three routes: trek 52 miles in 24 hours, trek 26 miles in 12 hours or trek 13 miles in 6 hours. You will be provided with hot meals en route, regular checkpoints with FREE drinks and snacks, medics, marshals and pace walkers, a finishers medal and t-shirt for every trekker. The 52-mile route starts at 14.00 on Saturday 20 June  at Watlington and the 26-mile route starts 10 hours later at midnight at West Ilsley. The 13-mile route starts at 8.00 on Sunday 21 June at Ashbury. At the big finish at Barbury Castle there will be music, hot food, drinks, massages and a refresh tent available, so why not get your family and friends to come along and cheer you over the line! Sign up by the end of January and receive 50% off your registration fee.

Thames Path Challenge, Putney to Henley-on-Thames - Henley on Thames

12/09/2015 to 13/09/2015

25, 50 or 100 km walk it, jog it, or run it, with a relay option open to teams also! Your challenge, your way. The Thames Path National Trail is unique, with its varied and beautiful scenery, steeped in history, and a superb backdrop for an exceptional 'festival' of endurance challenges. You can take it on as a walk or run, in aid of a charity of your choice. The options are: 25 km walk from Cookham to Henley; or 50 km - a daytime or overnight moonlight walk or run from Runnymede to Henley; or a tough 24 endurance walk or ultra-marathon overnight run of 100 km from Putney to Henley. Sign up as a team of friends, colleagues or family and support each other, or join as an individual and meet fellow challengers along the way. Most will walk it. some will jog parts of it, and quite a few will run the full 100 km. However you tackle the Thames Path Challenge you’ll be fully supported by our team! FREE hot meals, FREE drinks and snacks en-route. Now open for registrations.

Art / Exhibitions

A Fine Line, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

05/12/2014 to 01/02/2015

A Fine Line, Engravings of rural Oxfordshire is an exhibition showcasing the work of Sydney Carline, Stanley Anderson and Robin Tanner. The display celebrates many rural and craft scenes from across Oxfordshire and celebrates the work of three artists who played a part in the engraving revival of the early 20th Century. The exhibition has been produced by Oxfordshire Museums Services and captures the countryside character in exquisite detail. Amongst other surprises this exhibition will be an early opportunity for visitors to see the newly framed Carline works from the county collections, as well as many of the engraved copper plates from which the prints were produced. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Tracy Emin - Love Was on Your Side, Radley College - Abingdon on Thames

09/01/2015 10:00 to 13/02/2015

Radley College’s standing as a forward-thinking institution is exemplified in the forthcoming Tracey Emin exhibition in the Sewell Centre Gallery. The work in this show offers a fascinating look at the relationship between self-presentation and public interpretation.  The series of nine drawings made in response to the death of Princess Diana, are unique in their divergence from the primarily autobiographical nature of Emin’s work. FREE. 

Steve Empson: Nature of Change, Cornerstone - Didcot

13/01/2015 to 01/03/2015

Take a walk along the coast of North East England and into the hinterland of the North Yorkshire Moors through the delicate palette of Steve Empson. From expanses of open moorland to intricate rock pools, Steve captures the beauty of change. His work considers changes forged in the coastline over millennia, alongside the instant re-arrangements from the ebb and flow of a single tide. The coastal region of the North East has also been shaped more recently by the legacy of the industrial revolution, with its mines, factories and quarries, causing further changes to the landscape to be wrought. Empson's paintings are a closely observed record of both the forceful and gradual transformations of these natural and man-made environments. FREE admission.

Arthur Rackham Treasures, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

05/02/2015 to 31/05/2015

Arthur Rackham Treasures celebrates the illustration work of Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) who for over four decades charmed and terrified generations of children and adults all around the world. This exhibition includes original books and enlarged print and will include from ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’, ‘Wind in the Willows’, ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and many more!

Forest to Furniture: Ideas in the Making, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

14/02/2015 to 07/06/2015

This exhibition will showcase the work of furniture maker Philip Koomen, exploring the development of his creative practice through the relationship between forestry, design and craftsmanship in wood, the creative process, and the vision and the ethic that generates these connections. It will highlight recent experiments and collaborations as well as feature work from 40 years of professional practice.

Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

03/03/2015 to 01/12/2015

Our museum has enjoyed record numbers in 2014 but is now looking forward to 2015, which will bring a wonderful new special exhibition - 'Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed’. It will display for the first time the fantastic results of fresh historical and archaeological research into the life and importance of one of the greatest royal strongholds of Medieval England. It will bring to life the amazing details discovered in newly translated documents, revealing the daily life and the layout of the castle. Additionally, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta there will be a display highlighting Wallingford's role in the events of 1215, and why it is only one of four towns mentioned in the Magna Carta.

Artists & Studios: Private Views, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

07/03/2015 to 31/05/2015

Through a series of evocative photographs Simon Murison-Bowie explores the relationship of artists and craftspeople with their ‘natural habitats’, the workspace.

Alexander Devine, Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

12/03/2015 10:00 to 17/03/2015 16:00

Alexander Devine - Your Local Children's Hospice: Together We Can Build It! Alexander Devine is a children's charity that provides respite, emergency and end of life care for children with life-limiting conditions throughout Berkshire and surrounding counties including south Oxfordshire. In November 2013 a capital campaign was launched to raise £5 million to build a new children's hospice just outside Maidenhead. This exhibition is an opportunity to share our vision, and for local people to come to view the plans, and pictures and to discuss with us the support and services which we will be able to provide. It is planned that this Community event will be combined with a private auction supported by the Third Sector Gallery in Henley, and we are also in talks with Legoland Windsor about the possibility of showing a variety of Lego art and sculptures. We would also like to include work by local artists. Further details to follow. At 66 Market Place (behind the town hall), RG9 2AQ.


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