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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

Woolstone Mill House open garden for NGS, Woolstone - Faringdon

07/05/2014 14:00 to 24/09/2014 17:00

2-acre garden with stream in pretty hidden village. Large mixed herbaceous and shrub circular border bounded by yew hedges, small gravel, cutting, kitchen and bog gardens, topiary, medlars and old-fashioned roses. Tree house with spectacular views to Uffington White Horse and White Horse Hill. C18 mill house and barn, (not open). Open every Wednesday 7 May to 24 September 2014. Admission fee applies.  

Thame Show - Thame

18/09/2014

Thame Show is billed as The Greatest One Day Agricultural Show in the country with competitions for sheep, cattle, horses, showjumping with some of the country's finest riders, and a premier dog show.  It also hosts a very fine domestic section displaying many exhibits, a large food hall selling local produce, a craft hall, an indoor shopping mall and many trade stands selling a wide variety of goods.  Ticket prices apply.

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

19/09/2014 10:00 to 21/09/2014 17:00

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. Please visit the website for admission prices, a 50% off entry voucher and the list of exhibitors. Closes at 16.00 on the Sunday.

Michaelmas Daisy Weekend, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

20/09/2014 10:00 to 28/09/2014 17:30

Visit our gardens to see our famous herbaceous border in all its late summer glory as it bursts back into life with Asters (Michaelmas Daisies). There will be a huge range of Waterperry-grown Asters on sale in the plant centre and our experts will be on hand to give advice and information about these wonderful plants. Join a FREE guided tour (garden entrance fee applies at £6.50) at 11.30, 14.00 or 15.30. Special Michaelmas-themed menu in the Teashop, Miss H's. The gardens are open in aid of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 21 September. 

Goring Heath & Whitchurch Autumn Show, Parish Hall Goring Heath - Reading

20/09/2014 14:30

There will be 58 classes on show including fruit, vegetables, flowers, baking, preserves, arts, crafts, photography and children's classes. Refreshments available all afternoon. Prizes to be awarded at 15.30, and the raffle will be drawn at 15.45.

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

21/09/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 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. 

Family Dog Show, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

27/09/2014 11:00

Presented by Rubies Luxury Grooming Spa with fun and competitive categories including the 'Best Biscuit Catcher', our dog show is sure to be fun for all the family. There are numerous classes to enter with your family pooch, a small selection of stands to browse, as well as all the other activities such as the farm shop and garden centre. This is a charity event supporting the Guide Dogs.  Spectators enter for FREE to this event! At 11.00 in the agility arena there will be an agility demonstration followed by 'have a go yourself' £1 per go. Registration is at 10.00. See the website for full details.



Henley Ploughing Match & Country Market - Henley on Thames

05/10/2014 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, 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. At Bishopsland, Dunsden, RG4 9NR

Radcot House open garden for NGS, Radcot - Faringdon

05/10/2014 14:00

Approx 2½ acres of dramatic yet harmonious planting in light and shade, formal pond, fruit and vegetable cages, extensive use of grasses and unusual perennials and interesting sculptural surprises. Spectacular Autumn display. Cream teas. Entry fee applies (children FREE). Open on Sundays 17 August and 5 October 2014. www.radcothouse.com

Steventon WI Craft Fair, Vllage Hall, High Street - Steventon

11/10/2014 10:30

For further information email sueflockton@hotmail.co.uk Refreshments and parking available. Cake stall and raffle.

Contemporary Crafts for Christmas, Abbey buildings - Abingdon on Thames

16/10/2014 10:00 to 26/10/2014 17:00

Held twice over 2 weeks, this 2 x 4 day event brings together some of Britain's finest makers in one glorious building. On display will be dazzling jewellery, leather work, ceramics, interior designs, pottery, woodwork, aromatic soaps. The list goes on, and these items are not available in the high street. With the redoubtable Ron serenading visitors as they rest a while in Auntie Christine's Bistro enjoying the home made snacks, and fresh teas and coffees. Held in Abingdon's medieval Abbey buildings and surrounding marquees, many craft workers will be demonstrating their skills. Due to the National Monument status of the Abbey buildings and its structure, we regret to inform our visitors that this venue is not wheelchair friendly. Ticket prices apply. Open 16 to 19 Oct and 23 to 26 Oct. Closes at 16.30 on Sundays.

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

25/10/2014 10:00 to 26/10/2014 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.

Fairs & Festivals

Culham Show, Culham - Abingdon on Thames

20/09/2014 13:00

This exciting event will have something for everyone to enjoy, with prize raffles, music, fair rides, licenced bar, food and drink, craft and shopping stalls, competitions, games, entertainment, displays, children's activities, magician, bouncy castle, tombolas, tea and cakes, face painting, children's centre play bus and much more! Parking £1 per car, donation entry on foot. Additional parking at Culham Lock car park. At Culham village playing field, OX14 4ND. Tel: 07920 448919.
 
 

Michaelmas Fayre, East and West Hanney - Wantage

20/09/2014

The Michaelmas Fayre includes the Hanney Horticultural Show in the church. Classes for both adults and children include flowers and vegetables, cooking, sewing, woodwork, painting and photography. Outside on the Church Green and along Church Street there will be fun and games for all, including morris dancing, a dog show and a soapbox derby, which is a modern take on the traditional pram race.

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

21/09/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 16:00

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

Lord Berner's Big Bench Bash in Faringdon - Faringdon

27/09/2014 12:00

The not-to-be-missed FREE family event of the year - Berner's Big Bench Bash run by Faringdon's very own Pink Pigeons.  Visit Faringdon Market Place to watch the unveiling of the specially commissioned stone bench complete with Dali diver! There will be jugglers, stilt-walkers, children's competition, prizes and free give-aways. Oh, and did we mention you should come in fancy dress with an 'underwater theme'!  Flippers and goggles are mandatory!!!  Faringdon is the world's most eccentric town, after all...  

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Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

29/09/2014 to 05/10/2014

The festival which delivers a line-up of authors and big names covering literature, history, biography, current affairs, politics, sport and poetry takes place at venues in and around Henley including the Kenton Theatre, the Christ Church Centre, River & Rowing Museum, Town Hall and on board The Hibernia. There will be 150 talks, interviews and performances, together with a Children's Literary Festival. Ticket prices apply.

Antique & Collectable Fair, Mapledurham - Reading

02/10/2014 08:30 to 04/12/2014 16:00

All welcome including non golf club members. Friendly fair, wide choice of refreshments available and ample FREE parking. 20 dealers selling and more new dealers booked! Find those special gifts or a treat for yourself. Follow signs to Mapledurham House then Antique Fair. 50p admission and half entry proceeds go to Helen and Douglas House Charity. At Caversham Heath Golf Club, Chazey Heath, Mapledurham near Reading, RG4 7UT. Tel: Sharon 07873 226689. Held on the first Thursday of the month.

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

05/10/2014 10:00 to 07/12/2014 16:00

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

05/10/2014 11:00

A celebration of Autumn, harvest, water and wetland landscapes with lots of family fun! Activities will include sustainable water play (waterproofs and wellies are essential!), mini raft making competition, using natural materials from the area, apple pressing, rushlight making, storytelling, Bug Man Adventure – go exploring on a spider and beetle walk, cricket bat willows display, artist charcoal making and a charcoal graffiti board, River of Life display with photos showing how the project is progressing, plus artwork and poems from school projects, pumpkin hunt, foraging walk and scavenger hunt, sensory soft play area, water filter game – work out how to make clean water from poo soup! The Poem Tree Cafe will be open, plus there'll be a hog roast from Farm Step tenants Coopers Oxford Pork. There will also be live music from local band Kismet, who are writing a special piece for the Festival. Ticket prices apply.

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair, town centre - Abingdon on Thames

06/10/2014 12:00 to 07/10/2014 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. http://www.fair-pix.com
 
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. 

Faringdon Young Traders' Market - Faringdon

11/10/2014 10:00

Faringdon will play 'host' to its very first Young Traders' or Teenage Market. Young people (aged from 8 - 18 years old) are invited to take a stall on the Market Place to try trading. Fancy yourself as a young entrepreneur?  Want to make some serious cash? To book a stall, register today with our markets manager Andy Hayter andy.hayter@gmail.com And come along to support our young traders at this family-friendly event.
 
 
 

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

12/10/2014 10:00

40 stalls in Didcot Civic Hall, OX11 7JN.  Including collectables, stamps, postcards, militaria, china and jewellery.  Taking place on the following Sundays in 2014: 12 January, 9 February, 9 March, 12 October, 2 November and 14 December.

Runaway Fair, town centre - Abingdon on Thames

13/10/2014

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

16/10/2014 to 19/10/2014

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. With a wide range of plays, poetry readings and author visits, you will be spoilt for choice.  There's something for everyone including a Singalong Frozen performance at the Thame Players Theatre.  Take your pick from www.talfestival.org/ all at affordable prices!

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

19/10/2014 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 ales & cider, teas & cakes, plus fun stuff for the kids too. The festival is a fundraiser run by Sweatbox Youth Centre and Sustainable Wantage. You can bring along your garden apples for traditional apple pressing and there's a grow-your-own area with Master Composters plus the Love Food Hate Waste crew. 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.

Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

25/10/2014 to 02/11/2014

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, such as the likes of Kate Aide and Andy McNab, to murder mystery and wine tasting, as well as a whole host of children's events. to mention but a few. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.


Henley's Late Night Christmas Shopping Event - Henley on Thames

21/11/2014

An inaugural Christmas ‘Switch on and Shop’ event in Henley, when all the Small Christmas Trees and Cross Street Lighting throughout the town centre will be illuminated. Local choirs and performers will add to the festive atmosphere and local retailers will open until 9 pm, offering special promotions and refreshments to kick-off the Christmas shopping season, This is a new initiative between Henley Town Council and South Oxfordshire District Council to promote local trade, encouraging residents to shop locally thereby creating a thriving local economy.

Didcot Christmas Street Fair - Didcot

27/11/2014

Come and celebrate Didcot’s 21st annual Christmas street fair. Situated in the Broadway and Orchard Centre, there will be local stalls, crafts, food, entertainment, a funfair, a grand parade at 7.00 pm, shopping, and a live stage. Why not pay Father Christmas a visit in the Methodist hall and see if you’ve been naughty or nice? Free event. Road closed until 9.30 pm.

Henley Christmas Festival - Henley on Thames

05/12/2014

Henley’s Christmas Festival is a magical event with a Christmas market, fairground rides, carol singing around the tree, Father Christmas in his grotto and the lighting of the town’s large Christmas tree.

Food & Drink

Big Harvest Weekend, Greys Court - Henley on Thames

20/09/2014 10:00 to 21/09/2014 17:00

A celebration of the harvest with a wide variety of stalls including produce, local arts and crafts, childrens activities and so much more. Our Big Harvest this year we have partnered with Love ♥ Henley a local initiative that champions local food and craft producers. There will be food and craft stalls and we will be selling produce and plants from our gardens. Normal admission charges apply, National Trust members FREE.  

Raymond Blanc Cookery School, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton - Thame

22/09/2014

A day at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School with Mark Peregine and Lotte Duncan. Master effortless entertaining at the world famous cookery school at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Create the perfect autumn dinner party menu, pick up ideas for simple, seasonal dishes to impress your guests,lLearn and practise new techniques with the chefs, make your own pastry, pasta, soups and much more, try some of Raymond Blanc’s favourite recipes and discover the secrets of entertaining guests with minimal effort and maximum impact. Book today for this special event in support of this year’s Thame Food Festival. A full day’s tuition, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and course certificate £365 per person. 

Millets Farm Foodie Evenings, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

25/09/2014 18:30

Here at Millets Farm Shop we are passionate about food and proud of what we do. Our foodie evenings allow us to share what we know and what we do best, with you our customers. At Millets we have some exceptionally knowledgeable staff and we want them to share their passion with you. Join us for a behind the scenes experience with our experts; whether it’s trying your hand at sausage making or kneading your own bread… these evenings will incorporate tips and demonstrations to ensure you have a memorable evening with us. We will have 3 different masterclasses for you to choose from -  Butchery Masterclass, Fruits of the Sea or Bread & Cake (sold out). Ticket prices apply.

Beer & Cider Festival, Crown Inn PH, Pishill - Henley on Thames

26/09/2014 to 28/09/2014

Our 400 year old thatched barn will be hosting 'The Barn; Beer & Cider Festival. There will be a fantastic selection of cask conditioned Real Ales along with some great local Cider. There will be live music in the evenings and good pub grub readily available throughout the weekend.

Choko Beer Festival, Laurence Hall, Church Road, Cholsey - Wallingford

27/09/2014 12:00

The Choko Beer Festival, a small independent festival is run by volunteers with a love of good beer and cider.  The festival is a family friendly event and combines a variety of live music, local food and children's entertainment. Best of all, the proceeds go to Choko and local charities.

Thame Food Festival - Thame

27/09/2014

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. 

Apple Weekend, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

10/10/2014 10:30 to 12/10/2014 16:00

We’re famous for our apples and this special weekend is the perfect celebration of our native fruit.  Join FREE tours of the orchards and fruit sheds at 11.30, 14.00 or 15.30 and taste numerous different apple and juice varieties.  If you’re thinking of growing your own apple trees, this is a great chance to try before you buy.  Advice and information will be available too, along with the chance to get your mystery crop identified.  FREE food and craft fair, apple bobbing and apple anagram in the gardens. Enjoy our apple themed menu in the teashop, Miss H’s. Children are FREE but must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee of £6.50 applies. A great family day out. FREE for RHS members.



Buckland Apple Day, Memorial Hall, Buckland - Faringdon

11/10/2014 11:00

Lots of apple related food to eat.  Tea and cake. Competitions and games for all the family including raffle, baking competition, pin the maggot and plant an orchard. A wonderful opportunity to see / handle a barn owl or hawk. Many local craft and food producers. Speaker on the use of flour in breadmaking and cooking demonstration from the chef at The Lamb, Buckland. Live music. Many trade and producer stalls including plants, pottery, cheese, cakes, mustard, oils, fudge, apple juice, bread, honey, jam and chutney. £5 per adult, Under 16s FREE. 

Apple Day, Cross Lanes Fruit Farm, Mapledurham - Reading

12/10/2014 10:00

Delicious apples! Here at Cross Lanes we have a splendid crop of many traditional English apple varieties. We grow over fifty varieties of apples, all different – sweet, sharp, juicy, crisp, nutty, rich, aromatic, complex and delicious. Sweet juicy pears will be out for tasting too. There are a host of other attractions. Apple games for the children and an array of apple peelers - who can get the longest piece of peel? See how the fresh apple juice is made and sample the different varieties. Bees are essential for apple growing and the beekeepers will be keen to share the secrets of the bees with you. Stalls will be selling delicious apple pies, cakes, muffins and jellies with local cider too. Join one of the guided walks at 11.00, 12.30, 14.00 or 15.30 and find out what is involved in producing such a range of fruit. There will be exhibits in the barns and experts on hand to answer your questions. The farm shop, selling our apples and pears, juices and honey, will be open as usual. Tea and refreshments will be available all day. Entrance and car parking are FREE.

Village Apple Day, Red Lion public house, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

12/10/2014 12:00

This FREE event is a celebration of this year's apple harvest and includes an impressive display of some of the 70 heritage varieties of apple found in the village, together with apple tastings, traditional cider, apple juice, james and honey for sale. The highlight of the day will be the apple pressing when we use the village press to make juice all day. Each pressing will mix and blend different apple varieties, so no two combinations will be the same. Try them all and see if you can taste the difference. Why not bring some apples, join in with the pressing and make your own juice to take home.  www.redlion.biz

Apple Day, Primary School - Marcham

18/10/2014 12:00

Bring along your apples, with leaves if possible, to be identified by experts, or bring them along with a bottle and get them pressed.  Enjoy a family lunch with roast pork and apple sauce rolls, barbecued pork and apple sausages, pork and apple burgers, plus apple cakes, apple tarts and apple chutneys. Cider tasting. Games and activities for everyone. Organised by Marcham Community Group.

Apple Day, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

18/10/2014

Special trains, children's games and fun for all the family. Apple identification, apple juicing and cider tasting!

General Events

Celebrating Agatha Christie Weekend - Wallingford

19/09/2014 to 21/09/2014

During a 'murderous' weekend of events 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 till her death in 1976 and wrote many of her novels. Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan are buried in the churchyard. Events include heritage train rides, exhibitions, a talk and vintage film showing 'Murder on the Orient Express', guided walks, 'Signing and Cyanide' museum quiz, and a book signing and talk by Lucy Worsley, the well known TV broadcaster. See website for full details. Ticket prices apply for some events.

Benson and the Great War, Parish Hall - Benson

20/09/2014 10:00

Come along and discover the stories of the men who died during the Great War, see what Benson was like in 1914 and find out how the village coped. Much historical research has taken place into the lives and deaths of the service personnel from Benson who fell in battle. Information about the lives of each name on the Benson War Memorial has been collected and collated and details of their stories and any historical artefacts, both public and personal, will be part of the exhibition. Roke and Benson Brass Band will play WW1 themed songs from 10:00, and will then accompany a Commemoration Service. Light refreshments will be available. At 15:00 the RAF Benson Military Wives Choir will give a concert with WW1 themed songs. FREE event. www.oxcen.org.uk

Agatha Christie Weekend, C&WR - Wallingford

20/09/2014 10:30 to 21/09/2014 17:00

Join us for a weekend celebrating the famous author's links with Cholsey and Wallingford. Agatha Christie lived in Wallingford for many years and she is buried in Cholsey churchyard.

Kop Hill Climb, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

20/09/2014 to 21/09/2014

There will be a diesel service on Saturday and a standard steam service on Sunday.

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

21/09/2014 11:00 to 19/10/2014 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. 10 minutes walk from Faringdon’s historic market place where refreshments are available, and 2 hours free parking. The tower is open from April to October on the first and third Sundays of the month, adults £2, 11-16s 50p, under 11s free.

Splash of Pink Day, Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

27/09/2014 10:00

Abingdon will be turning pink once again when the Abingdon Action Group hold their annual Splash of Pink Day, kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, so come and join in the activities in the market place including a Bake Off competition to be judged by Christine and Toby from the Great British Bake Off. Entry forms are on the website and you don't have to be a master baker to enter, it's all for fun! There will also be Cupcake Workshops, the amazing Zoo Bus with its collection of exotic creatures, yummy cakes for sale, breakfast baps, BBQ, Morris dancing, belly dancing, street dancers, live music, Marvin the Penguin, tombola, and plenty of other stalls.

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

04/10/2014 09:30 to 05/10/2014 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.

Senior Citizens Day, Chinnor + Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

05/10/2014

All senior citizens travel half price. Special timetable.

Coleshill Mill open days, Colesmill NT - Coleshill

12/10/2014 14:00

Ever wondered how grain is turned into flour? Visit our restored working mill at Coleshill and find out more... Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring our restored Mill, which is perched by the side of the pretty River Cole. See the grain being ground into flour, which you can buy. They why not head home and rustle up a yummy homemade bread, biscuits or cakes with the help of one of our recipe leaflets. Play pooh sticks in the river, as part of our 50 things before you're 11 3/4 challenge. More information: Liza Dibble, 01793 762209, liza.dibble@nationaltrust.org.uk  Entry fee applies. Open every second Sunday of the month.

Wheatley Windmill Open Days, Wheatley - Oxford

12/10/2014 14:00

An 18th-century stone built tower windmill. See the magnificent views over Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. See mill stones, the large grain bins and corn chutes. Inside the mill cap you will see the large brake wheel, the wallower, the wind shaft and the main shaft. There are stewards on hand to explain how the mill works. Weather permitting, the sails will turn several times during opening hours. Souvenirs are on sale inside the mill. There will be tea, coffee and homemade cakes to buy. Please wear suitable shoes, flip-flops and stilettos are not allowed on the stairs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Admission is FREE. The mill is run entirely by volunteers. Donations towards the upkeep are welcome. We are a registered charity. Open days take place on the following Sundays - 10 August, 14 September and 12 October. 
 

Autumn Steam + Diesel Gala, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

12/10/2014

All available steam and diesel locomotives will be in operation throughout the day. FREE bus service between Princes Risborough Station and Chinnor. Special timetable will apply. Ticket prices apply.

World War II Operational Base Open Day (Autumn), Coleshill NT - Coleshill

12/10/2014 14:00

Descend into darkness, and imagine life as a sabateur exploring our secret new underground replica bunker, on this family friendly open day. Discover Coleshill's hidden history and explore our replica Operational Base with our education officer. Learn all about Churchill's Secret Army, which was based here at Coleshill during WWII. See the displays and quiz our volunteers about the lives of the Auxiliers, their training and bravery. This underground bunker has been built by NT staff and volunteers to give visitors an insight into the secret world of these unsung heroes, who were the last line of defence if Britain was invaded. For more information: Liza Dibble, 01793 762209, liza.dibble@nationaltrust.org.uk Meet and park at the Coleshill Estate Office. FREE event although donations are appreciated. This is an underground bunker and access can be difficult for the less able

Night at the Museum - Wallingford

30/10/2014

Experience what it was like in wartime Britain at a special Night at the Museum event from 6pm - 9pm. It's a great opportunity to see Wallingford Museum in an evening, instead of normal  daytime opening hours. Read original letters from Agatha Christie and find out more about her life in Wallingford during the 42 years she lived at Winterbrook House. And view the fascinating drawings by Will Wilder capturing his experience in a prisoner-of-war camp.

Christmas Market at Waterperry Gardens - Thame

15/11/2014 to 16/11/2014

Bring the magic back to Christmas by visiting Waterperry’s Christmas food and gift market. There’ll be artists and craftspeople with gorgeous gift ideas and festive food and drink, as well as the chance to buy your Waterperry-grown Christmas trees and hand made decorations. Enjoy a festive menu in the Teashop, Miss H’s too. We’re a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs! Entrance to the Christmas Market is free. Garden entrance £4.75.

Running Days at Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

27/12/2014 to 01/01/2015

On Running Days you will, as usual, be able to view our collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits.  In addition you will be able to ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some of our Great Western steam locomotives, or in our Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. You may ride as many times as you like as there is no extra charge; watch the trains go past with plenty of opportunities to take photos; and see the turntable in use. Check our locomotive roster to see what we expect to be running. Ticket prices apply.

Live Music

Henley Jazz & Blues Week - Henley on Thames

14/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

Henley Jazz and Blues Week with Brakspear Pubs will see fantastic music every evening in one or more of Brakspear's pubs in Henley and around the area every evening. The festival will open with a Big Blues Night on the Friday followed by a Big Jazz Night on the Monday. Tickets are required for the special opening and closing nights. For the full programme and tickets, please visit the websites. www.henleyjazzandbluesweek.co.uk  This year's event will launch the Henley Jazz and Blues Week Academy.

Nathan Jones & His All-Star Jazz Band - Faringdon - Faringdon

14/12/2014

Enjoy the famous Nathan Jones & His Allstars Jazz Band. You don’t have to dance but the band are fantastic.
See the Cre8ive Steps Dancers.
Music, tea, sandwiches and home made cakes included.
There will also be a licensed bar.
Tickets £6.00 each. 
To reserve your ticket please ring 01367 242142 or email info@thepumphouseproject.co.uk

Plays & Films

To Kill a Canary, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

18/09/2014 19:45 to 27/09/2014

The World Premiere of the brand new Sherlock Holmes mystery thriller. It’s the third year of World War One. The Canary Girls, as Britain’s women munitions workers are known, are as vital to the nation’s survival as the forces at the Front. Three are found dead, their bodies mutilated in a similar way to Jack the Ripper’s victims nearly thirty years ago. To prevent the collapse of the armaments industry’s morale, the British government turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to investigate the grizzly murders in complete secrecy. Are the murders part of a German espionage initiative, the work of a copycat Jack the Ripper or the swansong of the original Ripper, inexplicably revived? Holmes’ and Watson’s forensic talents are stretched to the limit and their partnership is on the point of breakdown by the time the mystery comes to its thrilling climax. The plot’s twists and turns, despite Holmes’ rapid insights, are guaranteed to keep the audience guessing until the last gasp. Sherlock Holmes and the Canary Girls extends the exploits of the original Conan Doyle characters to beyond the outbreak of World War One. The producers plan to transfer the play to the West End after its opening run at the Kenton. Ticket prices apply.

Private Peaceful film screening, Our Lady's School - Abingdon on Thames

24/09/2014 17:30

Screening of the 2012 WWI film 'Private Peaceful', adapted from the bestselling novel by Michael Morpurgo, followed with a talk from the film's producer, Guy de Beaujeu. Certificate 12. Doors open at 17.30, screening at 18.00 with the talk at 20.00. Tickets: £3.00 per adult, £2.00 per child, or £10.00 for a family ticket. The school’s Café Mall will be open before the film and in the interval, selling refreshments. To book, please visit the school office or telephone 01235 524658.

It's a Wonderful Life - Faringdon - Faringdon

03/12/2014

On 3rd December 2014, Faring's local community cinema, The Regent, is holding a showing of the Christmas classic, it's a wonderful life. 

Seasonal Events

Halloween Spooks Special, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

26/10/2014

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.

Didcot Gift & Craft Fair and Christmas Bake off - Didcot

15/11/2014 to 16/11/2014

The long established Didcot annual craft fair offers the usual mix of high quality hand made arts and crafts, food and drink with over 70 stalls selling art, glass, wood, knitted, jewellery, beer and jam in three halls. Come along and buy gifts for Christmas. This year will include a baking contest organised by 2013 Great British Bake Off contestant and Didcot resident Christine Wallace. Amateur bakers are invited to enter 8 categories, 2 of which are for children aged 5 to 11. The winners of the adult categories will be invited to do a bake off on the Sunday with the star prize being a day at Raymond Blanc's Cookery School at Le Manoir. Other events include a Masterclass from Christine Wallace and Toby Waterworth, and on Sunday, Phil Mercer from Radio Oxford, will present his programme 'Garden Cafe Live' on air, live from the Bake Off. The winner will be announced and presented with their prize and be interviewed! Entry is open to home bakers in Didcot and surrounding areas at a cost of £5 per entrant per category. You can enter up to 2 categories. Refreshments and easy parking. Adults £1, children FREE. email jeanette.howse@btinternet.com

Henley's Christmas Market - Henley on Thames

21/11/2014 to 23/11/2014

This three day Christmas market features some fantastic street food, homemade healthy grocery foods, handmade arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery, accessories and many more gift ideas. Come and have a look for some really original presents for your loved ones – or even a gift for yourself.

Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza - Abingdon on Thames

29/11/2014

Abingdon’s Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 29th November provides plenty of opportunity for festive fun: start the day off with a parade and marching band before visiting the entertainment and reindeer in the market square. Look out for Fireworks in the evening.

Henley's Living Advent Calendar - Henley on Thames

01/12/2014 to 24/12/2014

Something a bit different from the chocolate version! Every evening, a different door or window around town opens for a 30 minute ‘surprise’ performance. Nearly 100 local businesses and organisations are involved in this triple award-winning annual event, which raises money for local charities. Fun for all the family, with free Christmas drinks and nibbles provided. This also provides a perfect opportunity to explore Henley’s nearby pubs and restaurants and indulge in some real festive cheer.

Benson Christmas Street Fayre - Benson

03/12/2014

In the High Street which will be closed to traffic. Shops and businesses will be open and there will be many gift stalls in the village centre, together with singing from local choirs and music from Roke and Benson Band. There will be plenty of hot food and drinks. Santa will be visiting from 17.15 to 18.30. Come and join in with the carols and the festive spirit of Benson. Tel: 07799 381535.

Wantage Dickensian Evening - Wantage

05/12/2014

Celebrate a traditional Christmas with the Wantage Dickensian Evening on Friday 5th December in the centre of Wantage. Not only are there great attractions and events, but everyone is encouraged to dress in Victorian costume!

Watlington Town Christmas Fair - Watlington

06/12/2014

Attractions include a fine food fair, craft and street fair, and community group stalls. Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh at 11.00.  Grotto and grant raffle with prizes, Christmas games and Watlington Concert and School Bands. Tel: 01491 613256. 

Wallingford Christmas Festival - Wallingford

07/12/2014

A special day of live entertainment, Christmas activities, market stalls and fun for all the family. Why not take a stroll around Wallingford to visit its unique and independent local shops and businesses for some unusual gift ideas? This year we will be marking Christmas at War Time, reflecting on the previous world wars and more recent conflicts.

Carol Evening on the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

13/12/2014

Come and sing along with us on our Carol Evening train. The train departs Chinnor station at 7 pm. Seasonal refreshments will be available. Ticket prices apply and can be booked in advance.

Wallingford Town Carols & Festival of Lanterns - Wallingford

17/12/2014

Join in a procession of lit lanterns before enjoying some festive carols. The procession will form in the Regal Centre from 6.00pm, leaving at 6.15pm to proceed onto the Market Place. If you just want to take part in the carols, you are welcome in St Mary’s Church from 6.30pm where Cholsey Silver Band will also be in attendance.

Goring and Streatly Torchlight Parade - Goring and Streatley

24/12/2014

The Torchlight Procession and Carol Singing is a long established Christmas Eve event.

Two separate processions start at the Railway bridge in Goring and The Coombe in Streatley and meet around a large bonfire at Streatley Recreation Ground to celebrate Christmas with a Carol Singing Service.

The Torchlight Procession has become a very popular event with people coming from miles around.

Thousands of local residents and friends, equipped with lit torches, converge on the bridge across the River Thames to create a breathtaking sight with over half a mile of twinkling torches.

Sporting Events

Earth Trust 10k Charity Run, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

21/09/2014 10:00

Calling all runners! Take part in our 10 kilometre charity run at the stunning Wittenham Clumps and Little Wittenham Nature Reserve. Our undulating cross-country course guarantees a challenge! It's open to runners aged 16 and over. All funds raised from your entry fee will go towards the work of the Earth Trust, raising sponsorship is optional. Entry £10.

Longworth 10k and 3k Runs, Longworth - Kingston Bagpuize

21/09/2014 11:00

This annual 10k run is in a rural setting and completely off road, mostly on tracks and footpaths, much of which is alongside the river. The 3k run is around the village. This is a really nice friendly event, and we particularly encourage those who haven't tacked the distance before to have a go. For faster runners there is stiff competition and plenty of sub-40 minute finishers. The 10k starts at 11.00 and the 3k at 10.15. Registration is at Longworth School from 9.30. Entry fee applies. www.longworthrunners.co.uk


South Oxfordshire Sponsored Ride, Brightwell Baldwin - Watlington

05/10/2014 09:30

The 12 mile ride starts and finishes at Brightwell Park, Brightwell Baldwin near Watlington, Oxfordshire and much of it is on private land.  The 60 fences are approx 2’6” high, with 20 more challenging options at about 3’6”.  They are all well constructed and include rails, hedges, water, ditches, banks, impressive tree trunks and several combinations.  All fences are optional and there is a short cut if your horse gets tired.  Entry fee is £18 non-returnable deposit for each rider plus a minimum of £15 sponsorship.
           

PIP Mountain Bike Challenge, Lovibonds Brewery - Henley on Thames

11/10/2014

A mountain bike challenge to raise money for adults with learning disabilities will take place in and around Henley. The cyclists will ride 19 miles through the Chilterns, starting and finishing at Lovibonds Brewery, off Greys Road car park. Teams, pairs and individuals over the age of 18 are eligible to enter. Entry is £25 and participants are encouraged to fundraise with a target of £250 for the Pursuing Independents Paths charity. Followed by beer, BBQ and fun for all the family.

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

12/10/2014 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.

Walking

The Thames Pilgrim Way - Entire Region

18/09/2014 09:45 to 28/09/2014 17:00

The number of people who have signed up to join the Thames Pilgrimage is building. While some people are hoping to undertake the whole journey, others are joining for occasional days. On Thursday 18 September, we will be setting out from Radcot, which is where the Thames flows into Oxford Diocese from Gloucester Diocese. The pilgrimage will take in the Southern Oxfordshire villages of Radley, Little Wittenham, Moulsford and Shiplake. On our last day, Sunday 28 September, the party will be joined by the Rt Revd Paul Williams, Area Bishop of Kensington, when we reach the border with London Diocese. Our own Area Bishops of Dorchester, Reading and Buckingham and our Archdeacons will join the party at various points along the way. Download the attached leaflet to find out more. The pilgrimage is open to everyone. For the purposes of refreshments, it would be helpful to know if you are hoping to take part. Please let Revd Graham Sykes know (01865 208221).

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Walking for MileS, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

21/09/2014

Why not join the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre for the 'Walking for MileS' challenge charity walks including a half marathon (13.1 miles) into the beautiful Hambleden Valley, a gentle 6 mile stroll or a short walk (suitable for wheelchairs) to Marsh Lock and back.  It's a lovely day out and a great opportunity to raise funds for the centre, and the location by the River Thames in Henley could not be better. All the walks are fully marshalled and everyone will receive a goody bag to take with them. Proceeds to the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre. The walks start from the Henley River and Rowing Museum. After the challenge you can relax in the excellent restaurant at the museum and enjoy a half price entry into the museum. Entry fee applies.

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

05/10/2014 10:30 to 07/12/2014

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

11/10/2014 14:00 to 11/11/2014 16:00

Discover Coleshill's hidden WWII history on this informative guided walk with our knowledgeable guide, through village, woods and parkland in all it's autumnal splendour, at the home of the British Resistance. Coleshill House was the headquarters for Churchill's secret army, or the Auxillaries - Britain's Secret Resistance Organisation. Visit some of the remaining features in the village, including the Guard House and the Underground Operational Base, and learn about the history of the training of the Auxillary Units during that time, and visit the new display of WWII artefacts. Ticket prices and booking fee apply, booking essential. Normal admission charges apply. This is a fairly long, flat walk. Walks take place on the following Sundays: 14 September, 11 October and 11 November.

 

Buscot and Beyond, Buscot NT - Buscot

25/10/2014 10:30

Join our ranger in beautiful Buscot for this Great British Walk along the Thames and into the Oxfordshire countryside. Discover a snapshot of this picturesque village's fascinating history before heading for a lengthy ramble along the Thames and the countryside beyond. Savour the autumn colour, learn about the local wildlife and listen to tales of the past, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the elusive kingfishers that fly along this stretch of river. This will be a moderate walk, around 8 miles, with mixed terrain including fields, bridges and stiles. Adult £3, child £1.50. For more information please visit the website. Booking is essential.

Festival of Winter Walks - Oxford

20/12/2014 to 04/01/2015

Take a walk in a winter wonderland this festive season with our Festival of Winter Walks. We have many free group walks to choose from in Southern Oxfordshire. So whether you want a short stroll to burn off the Christmas dinner or a heartier ramble to kick-start your new year’s resolution, we’ve got something for you. So get your friends or family together, wrap up warm and take in Christmas markets and carol singers, tramp through winter woods or roam over snow covered hills. Free, fun and open to everyone, these walks are chosen and led by friendly and welcoming walk leaders who’ll make sure you never get lost. We’ve got short fun walks that children will love; leisurely strolls for people new to walking; and longer walks for those that want a good leg-stretch over the Christmas break. Please visit the website to find walks in your local area.

Art / Exhibitions

Siege & Strife: Wallingford & War, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

01/03/2014 to 30/11/2014

This exhibition looks at the impact war has had on Wallingford and its people throughout the centuries. You can find out how the townspeople were affected by marauding Vikings, the Norman army of William the Conqueror in 1066 and the desperate sieges of civil wars in the 12th and 17th centuries. Two 20th century World Wars affected many families in the town - from digging of trenches in the Kinecroft for training soldiers, to the arrival of dozens of  evacuees (including Sheila Hancock), who needed homes and special school arrangements. Then there's the role of our modern soldiers and airmen - The Rifles and RAF Benson who have the Freedom of the Town and are on active service right now. It's a story of lives and people over the centuries that is both fascinating and moving.

My View of Abingdon, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

02/05/2014 10:00 to 16/09/2014 16:00

David Buckland and Abingdon County Hall Museum present a unique range of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs of the town of Abingdon-on-Thames. David's pictures capture unique scenes in vibrant detail using the editorial HDR technique. The exhibition is purely and simply a high quality display of artisitic photography encapsulating the beauty of the town from a personal perspective, something that both residents and new visitors to the town can enjoy. David's unique photo range will be on sale durnig the exhibition, and prints of scenes from the museum are available all year round from the museum shop. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

Mrs Mallowan - Queen of Crime, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

13/05/2014 14:00 to 29/11/2014 17:00

This features the world-renowned author, Agatha Christie, who lived with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan in Winterbrook House, Wallingford, from 1934 till her death in 1976. The exhibition takes you behind the scenes to her home life, featuring photographs of her at Winterbrook House and memories of local people who met her. You can read several personally handwritten letters which reveal her love of pantomimes and her gradual frustration as her health declined in her final years. Agatha Christie was a very private person, something Wallingford has always respected, but this exhibition opens the door just enough to give fascinating glimpses of the local life of the world’s most famous and best-selling writer, rightly dubbed ‘The Queen of Crime’. £3. Viewing Tuesday to Saturday.

People and Places, Cornerstone - Didcot

04/09/2014 to 28/09/2014

Blewbury-based artist Ron Freeborn has inspired many local people through his teaching at Didcot Girls School and his ongoing workshops. He is an eminent artist and has work in private collections across the world, including the UK Government Collection. His design work for theatrical productions has also been an important element of his artistic practice.  The influence of his teaching, his experience and knowledge of historic art practice can be seen in the style and skill of the work shown in this retrospective exhibition. You can see Ron at work on Wednesdays during the exhibition from 10.00 to 13.00. On Wednesday 17 September at 19.30, Ron will be giving a talk and demonstration in our auditorium. £6, £5 (concs) book at Box Office.

Home Front Henley, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

06/09/2014 to 04/01/2015

What was the impact of the First World War on the people of Henley-on-Thames? This exhibition looks at stories of the local men who left to fight and the contribution the town made to support them at home. Co-curated with local historian Mike Willoughby the exhibition will include the results of his research into the many men from Henley who lost their lives. It will show how the town was involved with the war effort as a Red Cross hospital was set up, troops were billeted there for training and local land was turned over to agriculture. It will also look at the impact of the ‘first total modern war’ on the lives of ordinary residents. How badly were they effected by rationing? What happened to the men who could not, or would not fight? How did the war change the lives of women?

Looks Familiar, The Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

18/09/2014 10:00 to 23/09/2014 17:00

Okra textile artists. Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AQ.

The Source, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

20/09/2014 to 18/01/2015

Six abstract artists known as the Parkbench Group have come together to create an exhibition of work inspired by the river Thames, its source, its landscape and its settlements. There are 20 to 30 pieces in acrylic, oils, watercolour and pigment. 

Watlington Art Exhibition, Primary School - Watlington

20/09/2014 to 21/09/2014

Professional and amateur artists from Oxfordshire and beyond will offer for sale a wide range of original work, including watercolours, oils, acrylics, limited-edition prints, lithographs, photographs, as well as 3D works in ceramic, wood, iron and stone.  Refreshments and delicious home-made cakes will be on sale all weekend. Open Saturday 10:00 to 17:00 and Sunday 11:00 to 15:00, £1 entry fee for adults, children FREE.  At Watlington Primary School, Love Lane, Watlington, Oxfordshire, OX49 5RB

 

OMRC Annual Model Railway Exhibition, Risinghurst - Oxford

20/09/2014 10:30

Oxford and District Model Railway Club is holding its annual exhibition at The United Reformed Church, Collinwood Road, Risinghurst, Oxford OX3 8HH.  As usual there will be interesting layouts plus the usual demonstrations and refreshments. The venue has full disabled access.

Notes from a Potter's Diary, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

23/09/2014 to 04/10/2014

The countryside observed through the changing seasons is the inspiration behind this new ceramic exhibition by Jo Bosley and Lyn Harrison. The Steventon based potters have exhibited their work annually at the museum for several years and have a growing reputation for their lovely quirky stoneware. Alongside the exhibition will be extracts from A Potter’s Diary. "Some of these are factual observations made by us during the year. Other extracts are fictional entries used to inspire our work and reflect the diverse changes in seasonal Britain, both in nature and human life. For instance, I have created an autumnal piece showing swallows preparing to leave on their epic journey to Africa. All of the work is made of stoneware crank and includes pieces suitable for indoor and outdoor use". You can meet the potters on Saturday 27 September between 11:00 and noon.

Wantage Art Group Exhibition, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

23/09/2014 to 04/10/2014

Wantage Art Group’s popular annual exhibition opens in the Upper Gallery and this year’s exhibition will reflect the wide range of materials and styles used by group members. The group holds monthly evening meetings at Charlton Day Centre for demonstrations by professional artists, talks and a chance to share ideas with other members. Workshops and trips are also held during the year. Exhibition organiser, Patsy Jones, says, "This exhibition will throw up some surprises from new members and some changes of direction by long-time participants. We hope that visitors to the museum will enjoy our display and maybe some will be inspired to join us!”  Some of the work will be for sale.

Zedex Exhibition, Civic Hall - Didcot

05/10/2014 10:30

Oxford and District Model Railway Club members will bring their popular Zedex exhibition. Zedex is a convention of Z gauge (scale 1:220) railway modellers and exhibition of layouts depicting railways from around the world in Z and Nm scales. There will be more than 24 working layouts depicting railway scenes from around Bitain, Europe, America and Japan in Z and Nm scales. Members will demonstrate their skills in building the exhibits. including tree shaping and air-brushing.  There will also be a range of specialist trade stands.  Adults £5, accompanied children FREE.  Enquiries to Peter McConnell (Co-ordinator) omrc.zedex@gmail.com There are hourly buses from Oxford and Didcot railway station is a only few minutes walk away.

PoW Sketchbook exhibition, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

14/10/2014 to 29/11/2014

Wallingford Museum hosts an exhibition of local significance this autumn with "POW Sketchbook - Will Wilder's original 1942-45 drawings of life in a Japanese prison camp". Will Wilder of Crowmarsh, Wallingford, made the drawings in this exhibition in Singapore and Thailand between 1942 and 1945 while he was a prisoner of the Japanese. He also kept a diary.

A&DMRC Exhibition, Civic Hall - Didcot

18/10/2014 10:00

The Abingdon and District Model Railway Club are holding their show in the very pleasant and accessible Didcot Civic Centre and we look forward to welcoming our regulars and many new layouts and new visitors. Our shows are for modellers and those who would like to be modellers with interesting displays, modelling help, trade stands and a junior section. A scale model of Thomas the Tank Engine's Sodor Island home will be the star exhibit. Refreshments available. £6 for over 16s.


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