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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

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.

Heritage Experiences, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

08/10/2015 11:00

For the last 18 months Earth Trust volunteers have been learning traditional skills such as green woodworking, blacksmithing, basket weaving and hedgelaying - come along and see what they have been doing and have a go yourself.

Artists & Makers Fair, Town Hall - Thame

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

An exciting event with a great selection of artists and makers, right at the heart of this historic Oxfordshire market town. A list of the exhibitors can be found on the website. £1 entry. Artists & Makers Fairs will also be held on 6 June, 10 October and 28 November.

For any queries please email :

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

18/10/2015 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. 

Christmas Craft + Gift Fair, Mapledurham House, Mapledurham - Reading

31/10/2015 10:00 to 01/11/2015 16:00

Held in heated marquees on the lawns of the historic Mapledurham House, the Christmas craft fair will feature wonderful gifts for the family and home, original and wonderful crafts, a festive atmosphere and entertainment, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas, and of course, Father Christmas. Plenty of FREE parking. Why not kick start your Christmas shopping with superb gifts for all. We have a special offer of discounted tickets to include entry to the house, watermill and fair.

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

11/11/2015 11:00 to 12/11/2015 16:00

With approximately 30 stalls selling a wide selection of crafts and gifts get a head start on this year's Christmas Shopping or even just a treat for yourself. An array of exhibitors showcases wares from jewellery and jigsaws to hand bags and knits; woodcraft and paintings to photos and cards; soaps and ceramics to fashions and cushions. Admission prices apply. 

Craft Fair, Village Hall - Goring and Streatley

21/11/2015 to 22/11/2015

The fair is all about genuine crafts rather than brought in goods, have a look on the website for more details on the stalls. Refreshments will be available and a raffle to take part in! 

Craft Fair, Village Hall, Harwell - Didcot

22/11/2015 11:00

Christmas is coming. Something for everyone. Please come along and support us. FREE entry and refreshments. Located in the High Street. Organised by the Harwell Arts and Craft Group.

Fairs & Festivals

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

04/10/2015 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. 

Autumn Water Festival, Earth Trust, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames


A celebration of autumn, harvest and our use of water...Did you know that jellyfish and cucumbers are both 95% water? Lots more fun facts and watery activities for all the family! Don't forget your wellies.  Poem Tree Cafe will be open for refreshments.  

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair, town centre - Abingdon on Thames

05/10/2015 12:00 to 06/10/2015 22:00

One of the oldest hiring fairs in England, the Michaelmas Fair is now purely a funfair, running for two days - afternoons and evenings in Ock Street. An ecumenical church service by the galloping horses will take place at 20.00 on Sunday 5 October. The funfair and stalls open at midday on Monday 6 October.  This is a popular event for all ages.
Following a tradition since the C13th it is followed by the Runaway Fair on the following Monday - originally for the re-hiring of men who ran away from their previous employers, but is now a lower key childrens' fair. 

Artists and Makers Fair - Thame


Unique occasion to buy from the very best artists and makers whose work expresses true passion and originality. 

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

11/10/2015 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: 1 November and 13 December.

Runaway Fair, town centre - Abingdon on Thames


In the days when people looked for employment at fairs the Runaway Fair was the chance to escape a bad employer taken on at the Michaelmas Fair, and try to find another. Nowadays the Runaway Fair has children’s rides and amusements that carry on through the afternoon and early evening.  

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

16/10/2015 to 18/10/2015

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. 

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair, Parish Hall - Benson

18/10/2015 09:00 to 20/12/2015 16:00

46 quality stalls and good refreshments. Well worth a visit.  Admission £1.50. These are held on the third Sunday of the month.

Wantage Autumn Festival, King Alfred's East Site - Wantage

18/10/2015 12:00

Time to celebrate autumn again with the annual Wantage Autumn Festival. Showcasing some of our finest local producers and musicians with a great selection of stalls, live music, a local food BBQ, real local ales & cider, teas & cakes, plus fun stuff for the kids too. The festival is a fundraiser run by Sustainable Wantage. You can bring along your garden apples for traditional apple pressing and there's a grow-your-own area with Master Composters. The kids can have a go at gladiator jousting and sumo wrestling, get their face painted and get creative in the crafts area. Entry: adult £2, children FREE. Enquiries 01235 766689.

Piglets Retro & Vintage Fair, Civic Hall, Britwell Road - Didcot

24/10/2015 10:00 to 12/12/2015 16:00

All sorts of goodies for sale including retro, vintage and upcycled furniture, vintage clothes and accessories, upcycled gifts, kitchenalia, homewares and jewellery.  There will also be vintage makeovers and a pop up vintage tea room.  Entrance £1, under 16s free. Ample FREE parking. Fairs take place on Saturdays 7 February, 25 April, 20 June, 24 October and 12 December.

Thame Crafts, Food and Country - Thame

31/10/2015 to 01/11/2015

A warm welcome with a glass of warm seasonal punch.  Meet Santa and his owls and tell him what you want for Christmas yourself before you start your Christmas shopping for friends and family. There’s something for everyone in our huge craft pavilions, and as many of our talented craftsmen and women will be demonstrating on the day.There are the Country Gifts stalls too: great bargains to be had on footware, countryware and even fashionware.  Some of the hats especially are not to be missed. And for sheer cosiness visit the knitted scarves.  They won’t last ’til Christmas if there’s a chill in the air! We have an Owl Show, falconry displays, racing ferrets and the wonderful Harvey’s Shires – possibly a few other surprises to be confirmed.

Millets Christmas gift & craft fair - Abingdon on Thames

11/11/2015 10:00 to 12/11/2015 16:00

Located in the Lakeview Restaurant at Millets Farm will be approximately 30 stalls selling a wide selection of crafts & gifts ideal for Christmas.   Get cracking on this year’s Christmas Shopping or even just a treat for yourself at Millets Christmas Craft & Gift Fair. With an array of exhibitors showcasing a range of wares from jewellery and jigsaws to hand bags and knits; woodcraft and paintings to photos and cards; soaps and ceramics to fashions and cushions, there’ll be stalls to suit all interests and ages

Christmas Fayre, Shiplake College - Shiplake

14/11/2015 10:00

All are welcome and entry is FREE, so come along and enjoy the festivities with your family and friends. Start your Christmas shopping in style at our wonderful stalls selling jewellery, luxury clothing, leather goods, festive decorations, cosmetics, unique gift ideas and lots more. Organised by the Shiplake College Parents' Association.

Love Local Christmas Market, Town Hall - Henley on Thames


This market at Henley Town Hall will be a fabulous shopping experience for local people wanting to buy something unique, unusual and individual that can't be found on the High Street from local artisans. There will be a range of goods on offer, take a look on the website to find out what stalls are going to be there!

Watlington Hospital Charitable Trust Christmas Fair, Parish Hall - Benson


This fair offers the chance to search for inspirational and exclusive products and gifts whilst avoiding the crowded high street in the run up to Christmas.  Entry £5. 

Sobell Christmas Gift Fair, Radley College, Radley - Abingdon on Thames

21/11/2015 10:00 to 22/11/2015 17:00

There will be over 60 stalls selling a variety of food, gifts, jewellery, home wares, accessories and much, much more. All money raised will go to support Sobell House Hospice. Visit the website for the list of exhibitors. Refreshments will also be available in the beautiful refectory at Radley College. 

NSPCC Christmas Gift Fair, Phyllis Court Club - Henley on Thames

26/11/2015 10:00

All you need for your Christmas shopping. There will be a huge selection of stalls exhibiting, please visit the website for details of all the stallholders. In the elegant riverside ballroom and Finlay Suite of Phyllis Court Club. 

Christmas Fair, St Thomas's Church - Goring and Streatley

28/11/2015 11:00

We will have the usual array of stalls, books, toys, plants, preserves, cakes etc. and of course the delicious lunches will be available. We have further supplies of the St Thomas’ bone china mugs available, decorated with an image of the Church that proved very popular last year and is a great gift for friends and family. We have it on good authority that Father Christmas will be making an appearance too!

Proceeds from the Fair this year will be divided between the Church Fund and the TearFund Refugee Crisis Fund.

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

28/11/2015 10:00

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. 

Artists and Makers Fair - Thame


Unique occasion to buy from the very best artists and makers whose work expresses true passion and originality. 

Christmas Craft & Produce Fair, Tetsworth - Thame

28/11/2015 10:00

Handmade and unique Christmas gifts. 

Watlington Town Christmas Fair - Watlington

05/12/2015 10:00

Attractions include a fine food fair, craft and street fair, and community group stalls. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 10.30am. Grotto and grand raffle with prizes, Christmas games and Watlington Concert and Benson Choral Society Choir.

Food & Drink

Squash & Pumpkin Festival, Whitchurch-on-Thames - Reading

04/10/2015 11:00

Come and join us for a day of fun, local food and drink, garden tour and talk by Iain Tolhurst, the Grower. We’ll be open for visitors to see our beautiful market garden, have a Squash BBQ, if you wish to, and enjoy our vegetables, drinks and refreshments. Local stalls of food and crafts, traditional English cakes, and preserves are awaiting you. For children – lots of activities and fun to keep them happy. Bring your own carved pumpkin and enter the competition. 

Quiz Night on the Watlington Flyer - Chinnor


A general knowledge quiz whilst travelling on board a diesel train. Fish and chip supper included in the evening.

General Events

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

03/10/2015 09:30 to 04/10/2015 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. 

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

04/10/2015 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. 

The Great Big Tree Climbing Company, Greys Court National Trust - Henley on Thames

18/10/2015 10:00

Part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4s campaign, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company comprises two highly skilled and friendly instructors helping all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree within Greys Court. Learn how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while securely attached in a harness. At the top of the tree, gain an experience that can't be gained at ground level. Booking is essential.

Woodland Adventure at the Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames


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. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Discover and Play at the Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames


Forest School for pre-school children. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

MG Car Club Run - Abingdon on Thames


Blow away the cobwebs with the annual Boxing Day Run starting from Abingdon Market Square),  Contact Mike Parker 01235 525225.

Meetings and Lectures

What my DNA test told me! - Wallingford


Writer and historian Tony Hadland, based in Oxfordshire, returns to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) with a further talk - What my DNA test told me! After years of wondering whether it was worthwhile, Tony took a comprehensive DNA test. His aim was to prove (or disprove) a family tradition that his great-grandmother, Mildred Gill, was of Spanish descent. The test confirmed a cover-up going back several generations, but also threw up fascinating information about his Oxfordshire agricultural labourer ancestors, possibly linking them to the spread of agriculture from the Fertile Crescent.

Castles of the Thames Valley conference - Wallingford


The most recent research on Wallingford's history will be made public at this sixth conference organised by The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) in conjunction with Wallingford Museum. The last eight years have seen major advances in understanding the importance of Wallingford’s role as a royal Saxon and Medieval stronghold. TWHAS has undertaken new documentary research, as well as being actively involved in the Burh to Borough Project, led by the Universities of Leicester, Exeter and Oxford, including taking over completion of the project’s Urban Test Pitting programme. A new publication with the latest research will be available at the conference: Wallingford: the Castle and Town in Context.
The latest documentary work has finally revealed Wallingford Castle in its rightful place among the great royal castles of the Thames Valley, so TWHAS are delighted to have brought together a group of eminent speakers, each of whom has been involved in new research concerning these significant royal strongholds.

Abingdon Horticultural Society; Ground Cover Planting Talk - Northcourt Centre - Abingdon on Thames

17/11/2015 19:30

The last in our series for this year by an RHS registered speaker will be your  remaining opportunity in 2015 to enjoy an informative talk by a visiting expert. Antony Powell first trained with Hillier Nurseries before completing an HND in amenity horticulture at Askham Bryan College. He has worked in nurseries and gardens in England and France and travelled to many other countries during his horticultural career. He now manages four gardens in North Hampshire / West Berkshire. Ticket price is £2 for non memebers. Email for more info.

Live Music

Harmonie Musik - music for classical wind ensemble - Abingdon on Thames


Music for wind octet, classics of the repertoire by Mozart and pavlova wind Ensemble.

Wantage Silver Band Annual Concert, Civic Hall - Wantage

17/10/2015 19:30

Wantage Silver Band is very proud to present it’s Annual Concert.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see all 6 bands perform in one evening. 

Gitan Trio's 'Orient Express' show, Dunsden Village Hall - Dunsden

17/10/2015 19:30

This exciting show is packed full of the charm, romance and wonder of a grand tour of Europe on board the famed Orient Express. TRIO GITAN will take you on a breathtaking musical adventure, visiting some of the most romantic European capitals before returning to the final destination of Paris.

Playing with passion, poise and virtuosity, TRIO GITAN push the boundaries of acoustic music to the limits in this spellbinding show. Their fresh interpretations of classic music and song form an enchanting display of sensitivity and skill.  Individually they are all masterful musicians; together they are simply spectacular.

Club style seating.  Bar and light snacks. Tickets, available from Binfield Heath Stores
or from Beth, 01189 470339, 

National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

13/11/2015 19:30

Following five previous sell-out performances, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra returns to the Kenton for a special Concert to celebrate NYJO’s 50th Birthday anniversary. 

Led by Professor Mark Armstrong, the Artistic and Music Director, the 22-piece Orchestra with vocalists will be playing a blend of special arrangements of their own compositions and some of the great Jazz Standards.

Christmas Concert, Trinity Church - Abingdon on Thames

12/12/2015 19:30

Performed by Abingdon and District Musical Society. There will be Christmas music and carols for all to join in, followed by wine and mince pies. No admission price but collection for charity. At Trinity Church, Conduit Road, OX14 1DB. Tel: 01235 521392. 

21st Anniversary of OSJ voices, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

12/12/2015 19:30

Britten St Nicolas Cantata Christmas music including a new commission by Jeremy Jackman OSJ Voices Conducted by Jeremy Jackman Advent Prose JJackman While the Shepherds Were Watching Armstrong Gibbs The Blessed Son of God. Tickets are available to buy online on their website.

Christmas Concerts, Christ Church Centre - Henley on Thames

13/12/2015 18:30

A Christmas Concert with the Henley Symphony Orchestra will provide a rare chance for young children to experience a live orchestra and learn a little about the instruments. There will be two performances, one at 16.00 for young children, and another at 18.30 for families. The afternoon concert is aimed at very young children aged 2-6, (younger siblings welcome) and will have audience participation. The evening concert will be followed by mulled wine, soft drinks, mince pies, and Christmas carols. Visit the website for further details on ticket prices and info.

Handel's Messiah, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

19/12/2015 18:00

Handel’s Messiah with Ellie Edmonds, and Morgan Pearce. This is an Orchestra of St John's concert and the conductor is John Lubbock. Tickets can be booked in advance online or by calling the box office on 0845 680 1926.

Strauss Gala, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

31/12/2015 19:00

Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior. Plus well-known songs from Strauss and Lehar, including arias from glorious ‘Die Fledermaus’, with brilliant young soprano Sophie Pullen. Orchestra of St John’s Conductor.

Plays & Films

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Abingdon on Thames


The Ocean Film Festival showcases the most amazing ocean films - letting you immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean without getting your feet wet! Brought to you by the producers of the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who chase the crests of waves, and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.  Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival takes you on a journey across the globe showcasing the huge waves of Hawaii, diving with sharks off the coast of Africa and heading north to the far reaches of the Arctic Circle.

The Cherry Orxhard by Anton Chekhov - Wallingford Corn Exchange - Wallingford

14/10/2015 19:45 to 17/10/2015

Sinodun Players’ autumn production will be The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. Tom Stoppard’s 2009 translation features a delightful array of eccentric characters in the classic drama set amid the turmoil of social change in early 20th century Russia.

The story revolves around a cash-strapped aristocratic family on the brink of losing their ancestral estate and its famous cherry orchard. The new dawn heralds the diminishing power of the landed gentry and the rise of the working classes.
Tickets are available to purchase online or by telephone 01491 825000

Aladdin, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

04/11/2015 to 08/11/2015

The show is presented by Act Now Entertainment.

When street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. However, he soon finds that the evil has other plans for the lamp -- and for the Princess. But can Aladdin save the Princess and his love for her after she sees that he isn't quite what he appears to be?

Booking is required, call 01491 575698 . The box office is open Monday - Friday -3pm and Saturday 10am - 1pm

Jack and the beanstalk, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

17/12/2015 to 27/12/2015

A fantastic cast at Kenton theater present Jack and the bean stalk this December. Come and Join Jack on his amazing adventure as he climbs the beanstalk to defeat the wicked giant, save his beloved Jill and bring a happily ever after to all in Ye Olde Henley Town. The show is packed with magic, comedy, live music and beautiful costumes this is a production that will enchant the whole family.

Please visit the website for more details on show timings. You can purchase tickets online or by calling: 
01491 575698.

The Snow Dragon, Cornerstone - Didcot

19/12/2015 to 27/12/2015

We’re excited to announce our Christmas show for 2015 will be Tall Stories’ magical tale, The Snow Dragon. Billy is a spoilt young goat whose parents give him everything he wants. The night the legendary Snow Dragon is meant to bring more goodies, Billy bumps into a pack of hungry wolves in the forest. How will he escape and has he been naughty or nice? Booking is now open for the following dates and times: Sat 19 Dec 11.00 and 14.00, Sun 20 Dec 11.00 and 14.00, Tue 22 Dec 11.00 and 14.00 (Relaxed Performance), Wed 23 Dec 14.00 and 16.00, Thu 24 Dec 14.00 and 16.00, Sat 26 Dec 14.00 and 16.00 and Sun 27 Dec 16.00. Ticket prices apply.

Jack and thr Beanstalk, The Beacon - Wantage

23/12/2015 14:00

Magic beans, a journey to an enchanted kingdom in the clouds, an evil giant, and some musical mayhem, Jack and the Beanstalk has all the ingredients of a classic panto ...

Two showings - 2pm and 7pm.
Buy tickets online, visit the website for further details 

Beauty and the Beast, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

29/12/2015 to 04/01/2016

Presented by Henley Children's Theatre

A traditional story with the usual Pythonesque characters served up by writer Mike Hurst. A talented young cast of enthusiastic children bring you laughs, great tunes and plenty of fun.

Prince Perfect is turned into a beast for being unkind to enchantress gypsy Rosalie. When our heroine Belle Jolie is imprisoned by him, he falls in love with her, but his time is running out! Belle is allowed to return home on the understanding she returns within a week. Gaston Superbe, the town's resident bully, prevents her and when Belle discovers the beast is dying, she rushes back to comfort him and turns him back into a handsome prince.

Visit the website for further details on show times and duration. 

Santa in Space, Unicorn Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

15/01/2016 19:30 to 23/01/2016

A pantomime for the whole family. The biennial ADC pantomime is Santa in Space! A traditional pantomime for the 21st century, presented by Abingdon drama club.

Seasonal Events

Autumn Water Festival - Abingdon on Thames


A celebration of autumn, harvest and our use of water. Did you know that jellyfish and cucumbers are both 95% water? Lots more fun facts and watery activities for all the family. Don’t forget your wellies!

Antiques Market, Civic Hall - Didcot

11/10/2015 09:00

Didcot Antiques Market is held during the winter months at the Civic Hall. 46 stalls, wonderful selection of collectables and antiques, good refreshments!

The Abingdon Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Show 2015 - Abingdon on Thames

15/10/2015 10:00 to 18/10/2015 17:00

The Abingdon Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Show, now in its 44th consecutive year is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the historic atmosphere of these magnificent Medieval Abbey Buildings. The event brings together some of Britain’s finest makers in one glorious building, in England’s oldest town. On display will be dazzling jewellery, leather work, ceramics, interior designs, pottery, woodwork, aromatic soaps. The list goes on. Enjoy the home–made snacks, fresh teas and coffees in Auntie Christine's Bistro. This show is neither dog nor wheelchair friendly.

Pick your own pumpkin, Millets Farm - Abingdon on Thames

17/10/2015 to 31/10/2015

PYO Pumpkins is open the weekends of 17 -18 October and Saturday 24 through to Saturday 31 only. There will be a set of weighing scales and special pumpkin wheel barrows to help transport your pumpkin.  Millets Farm grew almost 9000 last year - what will be the 2015 yield?

Halloween Howl, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

24/10/2015 10:00 to 31/12/2015 16:30

The Millets Maize Maze is transformed into Wizards School as this years theme for the Halloween Howl! With bone-shaking and spooktacular experiences both inside and out of the maize, come and enjoy a day of Halloween fun for all the family from Saturday 24 October right through till the following Saturday 31 October! Will you graduate from Wizards School?  

Sue Ryder Fireworks & Halloween Night - Nettlebed

24/10/2015 17:00

Sue Ryder Hospice is pleased to announce that the annual fireworks and Halloween night will again be held at Nettlebed this year; the event will be run by Sue Ryder.  Henley Rotary, Henley Bridge Rotary and Reading Abbey Rotary will all have a presence again this year, running stalls on the evening.

Spooky Dusk Discovery Walk at the Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames


Do you dare come out to the woods tonight? Join us for a moonlit Halloween walk to experience the Earth Trust’s woodland at night. Torch and courage essential. £5 adult, £2 child; booking essential.

Halloween at The Folly Tower - Faringdon

31/10/2015 17:30

Climb the Tower at night, in fancy dress if you wish. It will be SPOOKY! with great decorations, spooky music and a bit scary.

Spooky Halloween Trains, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

31/10/2015 to 01/11/2015

Dress up if you care, be there if you dare!  Watch out for ghosts, rattling bones and spiders of different sizes to meet all tastes.  Look out for the spooky characters along both sides of the line to Cholsey and back. Beware of the witch distributing Special Halloween Spooky Bags on the train to all children under 8 years.  No need to book - just turn up on the day! Ticket prices apply.

Spooks and Ghouls Special, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor


Children dressed in Halloween costume will receive a present.  All trains steam hauled.  Trains at 10:15, 11:45, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30.

Potions and Pumpkins, Earth Trust Centre, - Abingdon on Thames

01/11/2015 10:00

Drop in to the Earth Trust Centre to taste our scarily delicious pumpkin soup by the fire and make some Halloween potions. For more information on tickets please visit the website.

Stadhampton Fireworks, Village Green, Stadhampton - Chiselhampton

05/11/2015 17:30

On the Village Green. The bonfire will be lit at 17.30, with the fireworks display at 19.00.

Didcot Charity Fireworks, Bonfire & Funfair - Didcot


Fun fair, hot Food, doughnuts and hot drinks will be available in the grounds. All proceeds will go to local charities. The event is organised by Didcot Rotary Club. Tickets will be available to buy on the gates on the night. Family tickets are available. 

Brasenose Park

Firework and bonfire display, Kinecroft - Wallingford

07/11/2015 18:00

Probably the best firework display in South Oxfordshire. There will be a firework display, a huge bonfire and a guy falks competiton. Further details of which are on the website. Gates open at 18:00. All donations go to charities and organisations in the local community.

The event is organised by Wallingford 115, for more information please visit their website :!/Wallingford1155

Fireworks & Bonfire Party, The Green, Marsh Baldon - Nuneham Courtenay

07/11/2015 18:30

Bonfire, fireworks display, funfair, food stalls, beer tent, mulled wine.

Didcot Christmas Bake off and Gift Fair - Civic Hall - Didcot

14/11/2015 10:30 to 15/11/2015 16:00

Didcot Christmas Bake Off and Gift Fair has 7 categories for people to enter their bakes with great prizes for each category.  The winners then will bake overnight and one will win the star prize of a day at Miele Cookery School in Abingdon. Organised by Christine Wallace a Great British Bake off finalist 3 years ago.  At the same time The Civic Hall will host 60 handmade food, drink, gift and craftspeople with presents for Christmas and other occasions, Catering is done by Didcot Scouts and the events profits go to  Didcot’s Annual Christmas Street Fair.

Santa's Grotto Millets Farm - Abingdon on Thames

14/11/2015 to 24/12/2015

This magical experience lasts just over 45 minutes and is the ultimate way to visit Santa. Enter his magic wonderland, sing with his bashful elves, then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve.

The adventure continues into Santa's living room where you will listen to an enchanted story read by the big man himself. The ultimate Santa experience for the perfect family Christmas. 

Tickets are available on line, book early to avoid disappointment! 

Reindeer Trail, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

14/11/2015 10:00 to 03/01/2016

Help Rudolph find his eight friends who are lost all around the gardens and then find your Christmas treat in the teashop. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies. Open from 14 November 2015 to 3 January 2016 (closed 25, 26 + 31 December 2015 and 1 January 2016.) Open 10.00 to 17.00 except for 27 + 30 December when the opening hours will be 10.00 to 16.00.

Ice Skating, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

21/11/2015 to 03/01/2016

Make Christmas 2015 magical - visit Millets Farm Centre and experience the magic and thrill of skating outdoors on our real ice rink. With a viewing area, heated ice rink cafe and free parking, this is the ultimate family activity this Christmas. Ticket prices can be purchased online.

Didcot Christmas Street Fair - Didcot

26/11/2015 16:00

Didcot's Annual Christmas Street Fair takes place in the Broadway and Orchard Centre, Didcot.  There will be local stalls, crafts, food, entertainment, funfair and a grand parade at 7pm. Father Christmas will be avaliable to meet in the Methodist Hall.

Henley Living Advent Calendar - Henley on Thames

01/12/2015 to 24/12/2015

Like a children's Advent Calendar, every evening a different door or window around the town opens at 18.15 for a 30 minute 'surprise' performance to the assembled audience. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them. Nearly 100 local businesses and organisations are involved in this triple award-winning annual event, raising money for local charities. Fun for all the family, with FREE Christmas bites and drinks provided. 

Santa Specials on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

05/12/2015 to 20/12/2015

Enjoy a return trip from Chinnor to the Horsenden Lane Crossing on our Santa Specials. Santa will be on every train handing out presents to children and seasonal refreshments for the adults will be available. Ticket prices apply and can be booked in advanced. See website for details. Trains will be operating on 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20th December at 10.15, 11.30, 13.00, 14.15 and 15.30.

Santa Specials, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

05/12/2015 to 20/12/2015

Santa Specials take place on 5,6,12,13,19 & 20th December. We always celebrate Christmas in a traditional and family friendly way, so why not join us on our Special Santa trains?  Santa will ride with you on our fully decorated trains visiting children during the journey. Each child up to the age of 8 years will receive a gift from Santa. Look out for the Christmas characters along the line. Adults will receive a mince pie at Wallingford Station. No booking needed just come along. Ticket prices apply. 

Days out with Thomas to visit Father Christmas - Didcot

05/12/2015 09:30 to 23/12/2015 17:00

Days out with Thomas to visit Father Christmas with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Didcot Railway Centre.  Rides behind "Thomas”, meet The Fat Controller, children’s entertainment, and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. On the following weekends throughout  December: Sat 5th and Sun 6th; Sat 12 and Sun 13; Sat 19th and Sun 20 Dec and Tues 22nd and Weds 23rdAdmission prices apply, and to visit Father Christmas, advance booking is essential either online or tel: 01235 817200 (booking fees apply).

Santa Boat Cruises, Hobbs of Henley - Henley on Thames

12/12/2015 to 20/12/2015

Enjoy a family day out with a river trip aboard the New Orleans from Henley combined with a visit from Santa and family entertainment from Fred in the Shed. Cruises run at 11.00 to 13.00 and at 14.00 to 16.00 on 12, 19 and 20 December. Tickets include a present for each child, mulled wine for the adults and fruit juice for the children, and homemade mince pies and cakes. It's advisable to book early. Sailing subject to river conditions.

Mole's Christmas, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

21/12/2015 10:30

Celebrate the festive season with Mole and the characters from Wind in the Willows.

Come in your best Christmas Jumper, enjoy Christmas crafts and join in the carol singing. Paper chains, snow flakes, lucky dip, and make a Christmas mole for the top of your tree!

Free with admission. 

Carols around the Tree, Memorial Hall, Tetsworth - Thame

21/12/2015 19:00

Modern carols will be sang. All village musicians are welcome to come and join in!

Woozel Hunt, Shrivenham - Faringdon

26/12/2015 10:15

Meet by the village Christmas tree in Shrivenham High Street. This year we are looking forward to the annual event whereby normally sane village folk take it upon themselves to dress in wide and varying degrees of outrageous costume and descend on the Memorial Hall in the hope of draining a glass or three of free wine. No I’m not talking about the Village Dinner; I am, of course referring to the Woozel Hunt! Please visit the website to find out the history of this annual event.

Mummers Play, Faringdon, Wantage & Childrey - Entire Region


Wantage Mummers Play.  Traditional Boxing Day fun with performances at 10.00 to 10.30 in Faringdon Market Place, at 12.00 to 12.30 in The Bear Hotel forecourt, Wantage Market Place and at 13.00 to 13.30 at The Hatchet Inn, Childrey.  Come and see the origin of pantomime and experience a sing-song and music session in The Hatchet after the final performance. 

Christmas Week at Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

27/12/2015 10:00 to 30/12/2015 16:00

Experience Waterperry Gardens as it has never been seen before as the estate opens during the festive period. Capture the amazing vision as the frosts adorn the gardens and enjoy a winter stroll along the Riverside walk. Warm up with a tasty treat from Miss H’s in the teashop or just have a browse around the gift barn, gallery, plant centre and museum. Continue the festive family fun and let the children run off some steam with ‘Find Santa’s Reindeer’ running from 14th November until 3rd January 2016. Enjoy a Christmas market too (date TBC), there is something for everyone at Waterperry over Christmas. Open from 27 to 30 December. Closed on 25,26 & 31 December 15 and reopens on the 2nd January 2016

Mince Pie Specials, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

27/12/2015 to 03/01/2016

Get out and do something between Christmas and the New Year? Why not take a trip along the Chiltern foothills, see the steam drift lazily past your window, sit back and relax. Our volunteers will also be delighted to offer you a complimentary hot drink and mince pie which will be served at your seat. 

Departure times at Chinnor station:

10:30, 12:00, 13:45 and 15:15.

If you book online before your trip, two children can travel for £1. See the website for details and ticket prices.

Sporting Events

Henley Half Marathon & 10K Run, Rugby Club - Henley on Thames

11/10/2015 09:30

The Henley Half Marathon and the 10K Run raise money for the RNLI as a national charity and for several other local and international charities. Each year some 2,500 runners participate. The half marathon course follows a beautiful scenic route through Henley, over the famous bridge, and along the Thames valley. It then returns to cross the river and takes the runners up the hill at Fawley before bringing them home to the Henley Rugby Club, RG9 2JA.

Abingdon Marathon - Abingdon on Thames

18/10/2015 09:00

The Abingdon Marathon incorporates a number of championship events: Oxfordshire County Marathon Championships, Berkshire County Marathon Championships, Middlesex County Marathon Championships and Army AA Marathon Championships. Incorporating the Twin Town event extends a welcome to friends from overseas, especially from Argentan, France, Abingdon’s twin town. Whether you are taking part as a runner, supporting your family or friends as they run the race, or just enjoying the spectacle and the enthusiasm of the day we hope it will be a day to remember. 

Woodcote 10K Road Race, Woodcote - Reading

10/01/2016 10:30

This race starts in the village of Woodcote and runners will be chip-timed.  Hot drinks will be provided for all the runners, with a water station enroute and at the finish line.  All finishers will receive a medal and trophies are awarded for various categories. Entry fee applies.  Entry forms can be downloaded from the website. Organised by the Pangbourne Rotary and Goring and Woodcote Lions. Entries are now being taken.


Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

04/10/2015 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.

World War II Walk (Autumn), Coleshill NT - Coleshill - Coleshill

10/10/2015 14:00

Discover Coleshill's hidden Second World War history on this informative guided walk through village, woods and parkland, in all it's autumnal splendor, at the home of the British Resistance.Coleshill House was the hush hush headquarters of Churchill's secret army, or the Auxiliers. Discover the detailed history of their training and visit some of the remaining Second World War features around the village, including the Guard House and the original prototype underground training bunker or operational base (OB). Plus, check out our newly built and refurbished replica "funk hole" and see our new display of artefacts including a rare copy of a Stand-Down letter

More Information: Liza Dibble, 01793 762209,
Booking Essential 01793 762209

World War II Walk (Autumn), Coleshill NT - Coleshill

11/11/2015 14:00

Discover Coleshill's hidden Second World War history on this informative guided walk through village, woods and parkland, in all it's autumnal splendor, at the home of the British Resistance. Coleshill House was the hush hush headquarters of Churchill's secret army, or the Auxiliers. Discover the detailed history of their training and visit some of the remaining Second World War features around the village, including the Guard House and the original prototype underground training bunker. Plus, check out the newly built and refurbished replica "funk hole" and see the new display of artefacts including a rare copy of a Stand-Down letter.

Star Walk, Earth Trust Centre - Abingdon on Thames

13/11/2015 18:00

Join the Earth Trust for a starlit countryside walk with Dr Russell Layberry from Oxford University. Appropriate for older children and adults. Booking essential: 01865 407792 or

Art / Exhibitions

Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

03/03/2015 to 01/12/2015

Wallingford Museum enjoyed record numbers in 2014 but is now looking forward to its 2015 season, which has brought a wonderful new special exhibition - 'Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed’. It displays 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. This new research shows Wallingford Castle's importance as the third great stronghold of the Thames Valley - Tower of London, Windsor and Wallingford - with wonderful new details of the life of the castle, its buildings, people and activities. It brings to life the amazing details discovered in these newly translated documents, revealing the daily life and the layout of the Castle. This exhibition will complement a weekend of 'living history' on 27-28 June, when the English Civil War Society and Town Council have organised a 'Civil War re-enactment' on the Castle.

Alongside, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta there is an additional display 'Magna Carta and All That!' highlighting Wallingford's role in the events of 1215, and why it is only one of four towns mentioned in Magna Carta. King John was at Wallingford Castle on several occasions during his falling out with the barons which led to Magna Carta.

Of course children are FREE, and there’s plenty on offer for them too, including a Quiz and I-Spy sheet plus all the favourites - sandboxes, ‘touchy, feely, drawers ‘ etc.

Edward Lear: Travel and Nonsense - Henley on Thames

15/10/2015 to 10/01/2016

From extraordinary sketches of landscapes and nature, to the nonsense drawings and verses for which Lear is so well known, the River and Rowing Museum presents around 30 framed works alongside manuscripts and original book publications. The exhibition is coming from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, home of the largest and most comprehensive collection of Lear’s work in the UK, with important loans from private collections, rarely on public display.

Eduardo Paolozzi: General Dynamic - Henley on Thames

17/10/2015 to 03/01/2016

River and Rowing Museum presents this Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London, displaying 49 bright screenprints and photolithographs, created between 1965 and 1970. For this series Paolozzi turned to his unique and eclectic archive to make art, exploring the relationship it had with idols, kitsch and popular taste to satirise contemporary society.

Oxfordshire Artweeks Christmas Art Weekend - Entire Region

14/11/2015 to 15/11/2015

More than 100 venues across the county will re-open their doors and invite you in for some inspired Christmas shopping! Visit the website to download the Christmas venues list. You’ll be able to meet artists in a wide range of amazing venues, talk about their work, watch demonstrations and maybe have a go yourself. Or simply feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity, from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics, to furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery, digital art and much more.

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