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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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Fairs & Festivals

Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

26/09/2016 to 02/10/2016

Authors of this year's festival include Mog creator Judith Kerr, Guardian columnist Gary Younge, comedian Sara Pascoe and guitarist Wilko Johnson all make their Henley Literary Festival debuts. From the world of politics there is Ann Widdecombe and Ken Livingstone. Royal experts Ingrid Seward and Dickie Arbiter will be marking the Queen's 90th birthday. Harry Parker will be discussing Anatomy of a Soldier, one of the year's most highly anticipated debuts, while Amanda Jennings returns with In Her Wake.

Henley Children's Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

26/09/2016 to 02/10/2016

Literary events, talks and performances for all the family. Line-up to be confirmed. 

Oktoberfest - Wantage

07/10/2016 17:00 to 08/10/2016 23:59

In association with Loose Cannon Brewery, our Oktoberfest celebrates all that is good about beer with many ales, ciders and porters to enjoy with food and live music from local bands.

More info can be found by visiting the website.

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

14/10/2016 to 16/10/2016

Celebrate the written word, meet authors and talk about books plus workshops, exhibitions and a complete children's festival over 3 days in Thame. With 30 events crammed into three days, the TAL Festival covers plays, music, and poetry. Enjoy readings, debate, guided walks and author visits. 

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

22/10/2016 to 23/10/2016

We look forward to welcoming you to another faubulous 9 days of fact, fiction and fun. For more information, please visit the website.

Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

24/10/2016 to 30/10/2016

This festival named after Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman who lived in the town of Wantage from 1951 to 1972 boasts a plethora of 30 events across the week at a variety of venues in Wantage. This festival offers something for everyone to get involved in, from talks and workshops from both local and well known authors, to murder mystery and wine tasting, as well as a whole host of children's events.

Food & Drink

Thame Food Festival - Thame


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. The programme covers children’s workshops, food based treasure hunts and competitions, a pop-up pub, restaurant and bookshop, street music and live entertainment. The popular programme of demonstrations is lead by top TV chef Raymond Blanc OBE, his cookery school team and other chefs including Sophie Grigson, Giancarlo Caldesi, Natalie Coleman and Nadiya Hussein. 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

Agatha Christie Weekend - Wallingford

09/09/2016 to 11/09/2016

Discover the real life of world-renowned author Agatha Christie in the ancient town of Wallingford and its neighbouring parish of Cholsey, where she lived quietly as 'Mrs Mallowan' from 1934 until her death in 1976 and wrote many of her novels. 
Wallingford links to Cholsey through beautiful countryside with a heritage railway line and a footpath alongside. The path is known as the Agatha Christie Trail and runs from her home to her burial place. Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan are buried in the churchyard of Cholsey's Parish Church founded in the 10th century.
The weekend events include interactive murder mystery plays, an afternoon with Agatha Christie's grandson, exhibitions and guided walks. 

Starting Points, Wantage Museum - Wantage

13/09/2016 09:30 to 01/10/2016 16:00

Starting Points - An exhibition of work by The Oxford Textile Workshop 

Creative poetry workshop, The Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

17/09/2016 10:00

Could you write poetry in the Museum? - Join us for a creative poetry workshop & be inspired by the past on display in The Vale & Downland Museum. Participants will have a 'hands on' exploration of some exhibits too! All abilities welcome.

Tickets available at Museum reception or by email:

Foraging Walk, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

25/09/2016 11:00

Discover the autumn bounty around the Earth Trust Centre and nature reserve and use what you find to create something delicious. Booking essential.

Blacksmithing, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

09/10/2016 10:00

Make your own ironwork using a forge and anvil. 45 min sessions with Cobalt Blacksmiths; participants must be over 18yrs.

Booking essential online or by calling: 01865 407792.

The Life & Times of Edward Davey of Wantage, Wantage Museum - Wantage

20/10/2016 19:00

The Life & Times of Edward Davey of Wantage - A talk by Sem Seabourne, discover how a Wantage Victorian wine merchant became a felloe of The Geology Society & a national expert on rare and ancient coins.

Tickets are available at the Museum reception

Tree Climbing - Abingdon on Thames

24/10/2016 10:00

Use ropes and harnesses to access the treetops in Little Wittenham Wood! 1hr sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company; minimum age 6yrs.

Booking essential online or by calling: 01865 407792.

Woodland Adventure, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

26/10/2016 10:00

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust's woodland, where we'll explore, build and play. No need to book.

Plays & Films

Childrens's Theatre: The Star Seekers, Wantage Museum - Wantage

16/10/2016 11:00

Have you ever dreamt of flying to the moon? Becoming an astronaut?

Join the Wardrobe Ensemble on a journey through the stars where you take the steering wheel.

Suitable for ages 3-8. For more information, please visit the website.

Sinodun Players 'The Tempest, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

19/10/2016 19:45 to 22/10/2016

Shakespeare's play of enchantment, love, magic and political intrigue has been given a radical overhaul which enhances the supernatural quality of his final and, arguably, greatest masterpiece.

Set on a mythical island where lives a coterie of fascinating characters, this tale has long been hailed as Shakespeare's most captivating drama. The story revolves around the exiled Prospero who plots revenge on his usurping brother by conjuring up a storm to lure him to his destiny.

Seasonal Events

Wildwoods Day, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

01/10/2016 10:00

Come along to our wonderful woodland spectacular. Fun activities to get the whole family excited about nature:

- Birds of prey & other live animals
- Bushcraft demonstrations
- Storytelling
- Den building & lots more.

Donations welcome

Autumn Water Festival, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

02/10/2016 11:00

Join us for our annual autumnal celebration of water and wetlands! Please visit the website for more details

Family Fun: Creatures of the Night, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

19/10/2016 10:00 to 21/10/2016 15:00

Find out what animals are snuffling around or swooping through the dark night sky. Join us to discover the mysterious mammals that come out at night.

Booking is essential, please see our website for more information.

Mud Pie Monday, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

24/10/2016 10:00

Come and get messy in the Earth Trust mud kitchen - buckets of mud and buckets of fun! Wellies and waterproofs advisable. No need to book

Build a Bat Box, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

25/10/2016 10:00

Help bats prepare for hibernation by making a shelter to put in your garden. 

Booking essential online or by phoning: 01865 407792

Wildlife Wednesday at Wallingford Castle Meadows - Wallingford

26/10/2016 14:00

Our roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve during each school holiday. This half term, come out and play at Abbey Fishponds; learn about local wildlife and have lots of outdoor fun. No need to book.

Family Bushcraft, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

27/10/2016 10:00

Bring the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors! Explore the woods, make shelters and learn hot to light a fire and use a knife safely. Booking essential online or by calling: 01865 407792.

Discover and Play, Earth trust centre - Abingdon on Thames

28/10/2016 10:00

Forest School for under 5's. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hand on learning experiences in a natural environment. No need to book.

Spooky Dusk Discovery Walk - Abingdon on Thames

30/10/2016 17:30

If you go down to the woods tonight, you're sure of a big surprise! Come and explore Little Wittenham Wood at twilight. Don't forget your torch. Booking essential online or by phoning: 01865 407792

Sporting Events

Oxford to Henley Challenge - Oxford

10/09/2016 09:00

Double marathon distance - 84km.

This incredible stretch along the Thames will take us from historic university city of Oxford all the way to Henley. You may have already completed the 50km Thames Path Challenge and are looking to step it up or you just fancy trying out a fantatsic route! 
There's something for everyone - you could even do the Half Challenge and take on the Marathon distance from Wallingford to Henley. Walk, Jog or Run through beautiful countryside, alongside the quaint towns of Abindgon and Wallingford with over 1000 participants. Then it's a finish line celebration at our tented village in Henley.


Wetland Wildlife Walk, Thrupp Lake - Wallingford

25/09/2016 09:30

Enjoy a guided walk around Thrupp Lake (OX10 3NG) with local ecologist Ben Carpenter and find out about some of the wetland and wildlife that lives there. Booking essential.

Art / Exhibitions

Heritage Exhibition, Champs Chapel, East Hendred - Wantage

24/04/2016 to 30/10/2016

Champs chapel Museum is rub by the East Hendred Heritage Trust. It holds a permanent display of our village history and annual exhibition on the "Secret Lives of Our Streets". Our 2016 exhibition focuses on Church Street in East Hendred.

Sculpture on the Farm - Faringdon

24/09/2016 to 09/10/2016

Farmer Gow's is host to 'Sculpture on the Farm' for two weeks this autumn. More than 300 works of art, arranged in a trial around the farm. Interactive 'hands on' art and farm animals. A unique team building environment for businesses. 

To book please phone the farm office - details on the website.

Abingdon Crafts and Gifts for Christmas Show, Medieval Abbey Buildings - Abingdon on Thames

06/10/2016 to 16/10/2016

The Abingdon Crafts and Gifts for Christmas Show is heaven for crafters and shoppers alike. The event showcases products like pencil, watercolour, pastels, charcoal, metal, wood and glass used in gifts and handicrafts industry. The stalls are packed with lovely handmade jewellery, clothing, soaps plus unique and interesting gifts and stocking fillers that will complete your Christmas shopping.

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