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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

Spring Show, Village Hall, Sonning Common - Reading

28/03/2015 14:30

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

Blooming Bluebells, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

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

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

Ashbrook House open garden for NGS - Blewbury

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

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

Thame Country Show - Thame

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

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

Allsorts open garden for NGS, Shrivenham - Faringdon

11/04/2015 10:30 to 22/08/2015 16:30

We have a limited sized garden in Shrivenham that looks out over fields and the curve of the Berkshire Hills that back Swindon. Visitors will find a variety of planting areas that include shaded sites, scree, borders with herbaceous plants, rock plants, climbers, shrubs, a planted bank, topiary and other surprises. At Townsend Road, Shrivenham, SN6 8BN. Light refreshments. Plants for sale. Adults £3, children under 12 FREE. No dogs other than aid dogs. This garden is open on Saturday 11 April, 6 June and 22 August.

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

19/04/2015 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. 

Get Crafty! Denman College - Abingdon on Thames

02/05/2015 10:00

Come to our Craft Material and Fabric Sale! There will be a sale of donated papercraft items, threads, fabric pieces and general sewing goods at Denman. Entrance and parking is FREEe, but please note, there will be no demonstrations, house and garden tours or lunches provided at this event. It is volunteer run and all proceeds go to Denman. For more information, you can email Joan Sherrin at vjoansherrin@ntlworld.com.

Falconry Centre's 2nd Birthday, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

02/05/2015 10:30 to 04/05/2015 16:30

To celebrate the 2nd birthday of our Falconry Centre, there will be a range of additional activities on offer within the falconry site. www.milletsfarmfalconry,co.uk

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

03/05/2015 10:00

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

Sweet Pea Festival, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

27/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

The National Sweet Pea Society is once again holding its National Show at Millets Farm. The two day event showcases some of the most beautiful sweet peas, in every variation possible – in vases, in bowls, in pots and as flower arrangements. As well as benches full of sweet peas to admire there will be an Information Desk to answer any questions, and give out tips on growing.  There will also be sweet pea seeds for sale. FREE entry. Open Saturday 10.00 to 18.00 and Sunday 10.30 to 16.00.

Henley Sheepdog Trial - Henley on Thames

19/07/2015 09:00

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

Uffington White Horse Show - Uffington

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

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

The Henley Show - Henley on Thames

12/09/2015 08:30

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

Henley Ploughing Match & Country Market - Henley on Thames

04/10/2015 09:00

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

Fairs & Festivals

Easter Charity Fair, Civic Hall, Britwell Road - Didcot

29/03/2015 10:00

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

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

05/04/2015 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. 

Charlton Spring Festival, Charlton Centre - Wantage

10/04/2015 12:00

Organised by the Wantage Market Garden Project. Come and find out about the project and join in the fun. Live music, kids crafts and activities, Easter egg trail, cakes and treats, plant and seed swap, hot local food, real ale and cider.  Wantage Market Garden Project is a partnership between Sustainable Wantage, Style Acre and Oxfordshire County Council bringing the gardens back to use, growing produce and flowers and creating learning opportunities.  Tel: 01235 769261  annette.kay@oxfordshire.gov.uk  At The Charlton Centre, Charlton Village Road, Wantage, OX12 7HG.

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

19/04/2015 10:00 to 20/12/2015 16:00

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

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

25/04/2015 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.

Dorchester Festival, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

01/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

Arts events for all the family. The biennial Dorchester-on-Thames Festival is one of Oxfordshire’s leading festivals based in the stunning location of Dorchester Abbey. Since 2005 the Festival has regularly attracted over 3,000 people each year, from serious followers of the arts to schools, families and children of all ages and has raised significant profile and over £60,000 for Dorchester Abbey and local charities. The Festival focuses on professional events with an intentionally broad appeal making links with local businesses and schools, encouraging many people to get involved with the arts for the first time. We have played host to many famous orchestras, popular bands, authors and celebrities. Events include a food fair, cookery demonstrations, clowning and stage fighting workshops, dance, art, theatre, silent auction, comedy, concerts, live music, singing, scarecrow trail, duck race, and a fun run. The Festival opens with The Grand Opening and Tower Abseil, with The Big Bash in the evening. Please see website for full programme. Ticket prices apply. Discounted tickets now available.

 

Wood Festival, Braziers Park, Ipsden - Wallingford

15/05/2015 to 17/05/2015

A celebration of music and nature set at beautiful Braziers Park in the Chiltern Hills. Wood is a family festival powered by renewable energy and community spirit! An array of performers both national and local will take to a thatched stage. There are plenty of workshops and activities for young people and adults to take part in, alongside amazing food and drink and camping. Ticket prices apply. 2015 is the Year of the Bee. www.woodfestival.com

Millets Summer Farm Fete, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 11:00 to 07/06/2015 16:00

Bringing the countryside to life, Millets is once again repeating it's Farm Fete, this year featuring many of the events of previous years and more. Together with the Victorian carousel, bouncy castle, trampolines, climbing wall, swingboats and a great selection of side stalls, there is something for all the family to enjoy. Entry to our Farm Fete is FREE.

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

06/06/2015 10:00 to 28/11/2015 16:00

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

Thame Carnival - Thame

13/06/2015 12:00

A great day out for all the family! The carnival starts with the parade through the town centre from 12 noon, followed by a fete at Southern Road Recreation Ground from 13.00. This year's theme is movies. Entertainment will include beer tent, Pimms tent, bands, DJ, classic cars, dog show, food stalls, face painting, bouncy castles, and doughnut stall. FREE entry. Follow the Facebook page for inside information! www.facebook.com/thamecarnival2015

Henley Festival - Henley on Thames

08/07/2015 to 12/07/2015

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

Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park, Ipsden - Wallingford

07/08/2015 to 09/08/2015

Supernormal is a three-day, experimental arts and music festival taking place at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire. It offers a platform for artists, performers and musicians to work collaboratively and creatively for a new kind of audience seeking experiences out of the mainstream. It is determinedly small and intimate with an audience of 1,500 and has been born from a place that values the currency of ideas and imagination rather than commercialism and profit. Supernormal allows the exploration of the unspoilt and extraordinary grounds of Braziers Park; an eco-site with fresh running water, eco toilets and hot outdoor showers with a wooded camping area. Ticket prices apply.

Ray's Wantage Carnival - Wantage

30/08/2015 11:00

A summer carnival extravaganza with live music, stalls, BBQ, inflatables, fun fair, licensed bar with Carnival ale, arts and crafts, picnic area, classic car parade and more. Contact: Ray Collins tel: 07964 863 947, email: raymondcollins426@googlemail.com

Bunkfest - Free Family Festival - Wallingford

04/09/2015 to 06/09/2015

A free access family friendly festival comprising musicians, dance and ‘proper beer’. The Saturday Street Fair sees dance teams from across the country taking over the streets as well as roving Street Entertainers. Singers and musicians provide the entertainment on "The Singing Train" and all are welcome to come and join in. There are musical boats, and three nights of superb folk music performances across many venues.
 

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.

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. 

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.


Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

24/10/2015 to 01/11/2015

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

Food & Drink

Dorchester Festival's Food Fare - Dorchester on Thames

09/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

Welcome to Dorchester’s celebration of everything related to food and drink!  A great opportunity to taste, shop and meet people passionate about food and their products. This exciting two day event will cater for all your culinary requirements – whether browsing our quality food and drink stalls, buying presents or simply dropping by for amazing street cuisine. The best local producers will be competing for your attention to sample their products!  We will have regular FREE talks through the two days where you can listen to the story behind the products and the passion for quality that goes with them. Why not also book in for an intimate cookery demonstration by one of our famous chefs?  They are all set up in some of the loveliest country kitchens in Dorchester, all a short walk from the Abbey.  Have coffee afterwards in the house garden and then back to the tent for more tasting and shopping – the perfect day! Open on Saturday 9 May 10.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 10 May, 11.00 to 17.00. 

Wallingford Food Festival, Crowmarsh Gifford - Wallingford

16/05/2015 to 17/05/2015

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

Abingdon Food and Drink Festival, Fairacres - Abingdon on Thames

07/06/2015 10:00

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


Food & Drink Fayre, Millets Farm, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

20/06/2015 10:00 to 21/06/2015 16:30

Millets Farm are hosting their second 'Food & Drink Fayrel' celebrating a wide range of artisan foods and drinks, and food related products over a weekend. This a FREE event, located in a large marquee structure by the farm animals. More details to follow.
 

Chilli Fiesta Festival, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

05/09/2015 10:30 to 06/09/2015 16:30

Whether you like it 'meek and mild' or 'hot and spicy', Millets Farm have a sizzling weekend lined up for you so tickle your taste buds and join us for our chilli fiesta festival.  Visit the Chilli food village, listen to traditional Mexican live music, enjoy chilli inspired menus within our restaurants, tastings in the farm shop and don't forget plenty of chilli plants to admire and buy! The products which will be available range from chilli inspired art to all manner of chilli jams, chutneys, sauces, cheeses, and even beers and ciders! FREE event.

Thame Food Festival - Thame

26/09/2015

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

General Events

Home-Start Antiques Evaluation, Parish Hall - Benson

26/03/2015 10:30

Calling all antiques hoarders out there! Climb up to your attic or have a look in your garage or shed, you never know what you might find! Local children’s charity, Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire, is holding an antiques charity valuation event where people can come along with their treasures to be valued, with all proceeds going to the charity. If the item is too big or not accessible, please bring along a photo and the valuers can take a look. The cost is £5.00 for two items and then £1.50 for each subsequent item.

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Faringdon Saturday market 'Meet the Traders' - Faringdon

28/03/2015 09:30

Faringdon will host a Saturday market with dozens of stalls selling a wide range of local and artisan products including: an 'olde' world sweetshop, haberdashery, handmade bags, florist selling cut and potted plants, a butcher, children's toys, freshly made curry and treats for your pets.  In addition, Faringdon's young traders will be out in force selling a wide range of produce.  This local market is a MUST for your calendar. 


Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

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

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

Mapledurham at War, Mapledurham House - Reading

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

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

Wildlife on the Move, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

11/04/2015 to 05/09/2015

Wildlife watching train rides on the Icknield Line in our DMU. Trains depart Chinnor at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00. Join the Chilterns Conservation Board volunteers for the chance to observe and identify wildlife on the move as you travel by train along the foot of the Chiltern Hills. Who knows what we might see, but look out for Red Kites soaring overhead. No need to book. Ticket prices apply. These take place on 11 April, 6 June, 25 July, and 5 September.

Coleshill Mill open afternoons, Coleshill NT - Coleshill

12/04/2015 14:00 to 11/10/2015 17:00

Ever wondered how grain is turned into flour? Visit our restored working mill at Coleshill and find out more... you can also explore our replica Second World War Operational Base which will be open this afternoon. 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, (subject to water levels) then buy some to take home. Pick up one of our recipe leaflets to rustle up a yummy homemade loaf, biscuits or cakes. Play pooh sticks in the river as part of our 50 things before you're 11 3/4 challenge. Admission charge: Adult £4, Child £2, Family £10. FREE for National Trust members. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk Open every second Sunday of the month.

MGB Register Spring Run - Abingdon on Thames

12/04/2015

Our run this year starts from our traditional start at Millets Farm Centre, close to the spiritual home of MG since 1930. Over 120 MGs main MGBs will assemble from 09.30 for the day's run. There is a second start point at the Hatton Centre near Warwick.  The day's run will finish at Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire. The cars will depart from Millets between 10.00 and 11.00 to drive the 80 mile route. For further information contact John Watson Mob 07770 575 236.

World War II Operational Base Open Afternoon (Spring), Coleshill NT - Coleshill

12/04/2015 14:00 to 10/05/2015 17:00

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. See the displays and quiz our volunteers about the lives of the Auxiliers, their training and bravery. This underground bunker has been built by our 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. More information: Liza Dibble, 01793 762209, liza.dibble@nationaltrust.org.uk On Sunday 12 April and Sunday 10 May.

Wantage Model Railway Show, School Lane, Grove - Wantage

18/04/2015 10:00

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

Open House & Garden, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

19/04/2015 14:00 to 15/09/2015 17:00

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

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

19/04/2015 10:00 to 18/10/2015 16:00

Part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4's 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 advisable. £18.50. Booking is essential, please visit the website www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk These take place on Sundays 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 20 September and 18 October 2015.

Newts, Frogs & Toads, The Earth Trust, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

24/04/2015 19:45

We’ll be using nets and torches to search for newts, frogs and toads, with experts Ben Carpenter and Geoff Moxon. Come along and find out more about the amphibians living in Little Wittenham Wood – don’t forget your wellies and a torch! £5 adult, £2 child, FREE for Earth Trust Friends; booking essential: admin@earthtrust.org.uk or 01865 407792.

Faringdon Rotary Club Duck Race, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

26/04/2015 14:00

A fun event for all the family! £1 per Duck. Location: River Oak in our Phoebe Woods (at the bottom of the Farm Zoo). Ducks will be available to sponsor on the day, or at Millets on certain dates. Cash prizes for the first 4 ducks. Proceeds to Air Ambulance and Rotary Charities.

Dorchester Festival's Scarecrow Trail - Dorchester on Thames

01/05/2015 to 10/05/2015

Take a trail around this lovely village and look into gardens and windows to see what familiar film characters may be hiding there. Can you guess who they are? Fun for all ages! A great way to get to know Dorchester or to have a walk in the sunshine. There will be a prize for the most correct answers. Maps £1 from Lily’s Tearoom or the Festival Tent.

Fun at the Barn, Buscot + Coleshill Estates National Trust - Coleshill

02/05/2015 14:00

Coxwell Great Barn is an awesome place - it's over 700 years old for a start - a great place to play and let your imagination run wild. Come and discover more about this amazing building with an afternoon of fun activities for the family. Pick up your 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 scrapbook and see how many you can cross off while you're here. Child £1. Normal admission prices apply, free entry for National Trust members. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk

Dorchester Festival's Duck Race - Dorchester on Thames

02/05/2015 17:00

Buy a duck to launch down the river from the Hurst Water Meadow to a nail biting finish next to the Abbey. Prizes for the first three ducks home! Ducks will be available for purchase in advance in Dorchester. There will also be the opportunity to buy and decorate your duck during Tentertainment!, which is on the same afternoon from 13.00. Decorate your duck in a distinctive way so that you can spot it as he races to the finish line! Ducks must be registered at the starting line by 16.45 to join the race! Ducks can be collected from the Cloister Garden after the race is finished (time of arrival dependent on finishing position!) – any undecorated ducks remaining at the end of the day will be used for future years. Ducks £3 (£8 for 3).

Chalking the White Horse, White Horse Hill NT - Uffington

03/05/2015 10:00 to 04/05/2015 15:30

Get hands on and help us keep this wonderful historic horse white for future generations. Every year, we spend hours scouring the White Horse of weeds and moss and then re-chalking it. Come and get stuck into this peculiarly satisfying task, and play your part in this dramatic monument's history, and helping keep it visible for miles around. Families are welcome. Protective gloves and a hammer are provided, and you are advised to wear suitable clothing that you don't mind getting chalky. Children to be accompanied by an adult. FREE event, although normal admission prices apply. Booking is essential. While you're here, why not tick off some of your 50 things challenges by flying a kite, climbing a hill and rolling back down again. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk Takes place on Sun 3 and Mon 4 May and Sun 24 and Mon 25 August.

Vehicle Rally and Parade, The Kinecroft - Wallingford

10/05/2015 11:00

A real celebration of motoring history with all types of vehicles on show including farm, motorcycles, commercial, military and race cars, and the generous volunteers from the Sporting Bears Motor Club will be offering you the chance to ride in your dream car. There will be fun for all the family, celebrity guests, interviews, competitions, live music, stalls, attractions, food and drink and a massive second hand bike sale. This is your chance to get up close to some of the world's most famous cars. The event starts with a parade of 250 vehicles through the picturesque Oxfordshire town of Wallingford, snaking around the streets, through the Market Place and culminating in a static show at the Kinecroft in the centre of town.

Circus at Millets Farm Centre, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

23/05/2015 to 31/05/2015

The award winning John Lawson's Circus voted the 'Best Small Circus', is making a return visit to Millets Farm Centre. With an entirely human cast, and featuring new acts and routines including Miss Nataliya from the Ukraine with her amazing bubbles, knife throwing from The Marshalls, sword and dagger balancing from Miss Claire-Marie, "Elsa" the snow queen on the aerial trapeze performing to music from the hit film Frozen! and no circus would be complete without plenty of clowning around! Performances last for one hour and tickets are available to purchase online. We strongly advise booking early for this event! Show times: 11.00, 13.00,  and 15.00 daily. Tickets cost £6.99 per person.

 

Fun in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 11:00

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

Stoke Row Steam Rally, Whitchurch Hill - Reading

20/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

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

Wallingford Major Muster - Wallingford

27/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

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

Woodcote Rally, Woodcote - Reading

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

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

Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Fawley Meadows - Henley on Thames

18/07/2015 to 19/07/2015

The Rally is a two day display of traditionally built boats, of any age, both powered and unpowered. Around 200 qualifying craft, including many of the famous Dunkirk Little Ships, attend each year. Highlights are the floating Illuminated Parade on Saturday night, sail-pasts of the various boat classes attending, bank-side displays, craft and produce, costumes, and vintage cars and bicycles. Camping is available.

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. 

Meetings and Lectures

Inspiring Women: Emma Bridgewater, Denman College - Abingdon on Thames

16/04/2015 10:00

 Emma Bridgewater will be visiting Denman. Since establishing her pottery business 29 years ago, Emma's cheerfully distinctive kitchenware has found its way onto the dresser shelves and kitchen tables of homes all over the country and beyond. Known for her quintessentially British designs, Emma's pottery continues to be manufactured in Staffordshire and the company is still owned and run by Emma and her husband Matthew. Emma received a CBE for services to industry in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013. Come and spend a wonderful morning with Emma, as she discusses her book 'Toast and Marmalade and Other Stories'. Then afterwards enjoy a delicious two-course lunch with wine in the stunning environs of Denman. £50 for members and £55 for non-members. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Tea & Textiles with Pat Lumsdale, Denman College - Abingdon on Thames

11/05/2015 14:30

Interested in textiles? then come and listen to an illustrated talk from Pat Lumsdale, the past NFWI Craft Adviser and expert on the NFWI Textile Collection housed at Denman. The collection is a mix of wonderful items, including exhibition winners, teaching samples, student certificate work from years gone by, donated pieces and a beautiful smock collection. The talk will be followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea and a chance to look at the pieces up close. Pat will be available to answer any questions about the collection. The event is priced at £30 for members and £35 for non-members.

Inspiring Women: Fern Britton, Denman College - Abingdon on Thames

27/05/2015 10:30

Denman will be hosting a day with the fabulous broadcaster and author Fern Britton to tie in with the publication of her new novel 'A Good Catch'. Fern Britton’s highly acclaimed novels include, 'A Seaside Affair', 'The Holiday Home', 'Hidden Treasures' and 'New Beginnings', she has also written a bestselling autobiography, 'Fern: My Story'. She began her career as a television presenter in 1980 and she is most famous for her role on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Priced at £50 for members and £55 for non-members, the day will include a fantastic talk and book signing, followed by a lovely two-course lunch. Book now to avoid disappointment.

An Audience with Gyles Brandreth, Players Theatre - Thame

31/05/2015 19:45

Gyles talks about his amazing career. Ticket prices apply. www.gylesbrandreth.net

Food & Flowers, Denman College - Abingdon on Thames

19/06/2015 10:00

Food and Flowers with Edd Kimber and Anna Steven. Book yourself on this fantastic day event where you will be treated to a morning demonstration with Edd Kimber. After winning the first series of BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off in 2010, Edd’s life has been a rollercoaster journey in food. In late 2010 he worked at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, gaining experience in the pastry kitchen. Since then he has appeared on numerous TV shows, his recipes regularly appear in print and he has written two cookbooks 'The Boy Who Bakes' and 'Say It With Cake'. This will be followed by a lovely lunch and a flower demonstration by Chelsea gold medal winner Anna Steven in the afternoon. £50 for members and £55 for non-members. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Live Music

Maestro 2015, Radley College, - Abingdon on Thames

26/04/2015 11:30

‘Could this be for me.....?’ In 2015 the Abingdon Music Festival, in association with the St Giles’ Orchestra, presents the third ‘MAESTRO’ event, in which young conductors aged between 16 and 21 conduct an amateur orchestra in a short performance. They have the advice and assistance of Peter Stark, the well known conducting expert (from the TV show of the same name).   Previous conducting experience is not essential – more important is musicianship, enthusiasm and the confidence to direct an amateur symphony orchestra both in the Master class and in a performance at the end of the day.  Previous participants have enjoyed the day very much and greatly appreciated the guidance given by Peter Stark.  ‘Maestro’ is part of the whole Abingdon Music Festival and is generously supported by the Vale of the White Horse District Council and by various local sponsors.  Details of the event and a booking form can be found on the website and the closing date is 28 February.

Abingdon Music Festival - Abingdon on Thames

01/05/2015 to 03/05/2015

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

Music in the Park, Abbey Gardens - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 17:30

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

Rugfest, Hithercroft Sports Park - Wallingford

19/06/2015 to 20/06/2015

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

Wantage Music Festival, Challow Park Hall - Wantage

20/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

The Festival movement aims to cultivate the joy of music-making, and Wantage Music Festival provides a friendly and supportive platform for musicians of all ages to share in the excitement of making music. We aim to keep the element of competition to a minimum, and we hope to encourage performers to learn from one another, as well as from expert adjudication, by grouping classes together. We use the British Federation of Festivals' performance categories: Outstanding, Distinction, Commended, Merit, Moderate and Fair. We especially welcome new entrants and, of course, audiences. Our admission charges for audience members are deliberately kept very modest and it's an excellent way to come and hear music live in Wantage! Do come and listen. The Festival takes place over 2 weekends on 20 and 21 June, and 27 and 28 June. Please visit the website for the full programme.

 

Sweatbox Rock in the Park, Manor Road Memorial Park - Wantage

11/07/2015 12:00 to 12/07/2015 19:30

The long running annual 2 day live music festival organised by young people and youth workers from the renowned Sweatbox Youth Centre is bigger and better than ever. Featuring a diverse delectation of the very best in Rock, Pop, Folk, Indie, Blues and Country from artistes of all ages. Plus BBQ, inflatable gladiator joust, sumo wrestling, bouncy castle and much more. Entry donations for fundraising. At Manor Road Memorial Park, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8DW. Contact telephone: 01235 225700 ext 2284.

White Horse Folk Festival, Grove - Wantage

14/08/2015 to 16/08/2015

Taking place in Grove, near Wantage in rural Oxfordshire, WHFF is a small, friendly festival for folk fans who enjoy making new friends. WHFF has been described as just like a weekend-long party - and that’s just how we like it! Festival guests are encouraged to be part of the general goings-on over the weekend and will host workshops, mini-concerts or give special presentations as well as performing in the Saturday evening concert in Grove Village Hall. There will be plenty of food on offer and camping is also available.

Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames

21/08/2015 to 23/08/2015

Love the 80s? The annual Rewind festival is a showcase of the decade’s successful bands and artists and takes place at Temple Island Meadows near Henley. As well as the fabulous main stage line-up, there are many other things going on around the festival site. These include the Friday night welcome party with special guests, silent discos, sing-a-longs, funfair, theme bars, posh nosh, trade stands, vanity van, kidzone, river taxis, riverside stage, camping and glamping, and fantastic firework finales on Saturday and Sunday nights. Ticket prices apply. The line-up has now been announced and tickets are on sale. Please visit the website.

Towersey Festival, Thame Showground - Thame

28/08/2015 to 31/08/2015

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

Plays & Films

The Ugly Duckling, Cornerstone - Didcot

29/03/2015 14:00

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

Sandow Clowns Slapstick Theatre, Civic Hall - Didcot

02/04/2015 14:30

The Sandow Clowns Slapstick Theatre! One of the top five children's shows nationwide rated by children (Times online). The best value clean slapstick comedy on stage for all the family. Hilarious comic sketches, juggling, balancing, stilt walking, comedy musical car, stage participation and lots of prizes! All tickets £4.00 adults and children 3 years+, FREE for 2 years and under. Tickets can be purchased on the door 30 mins prior to performance or tel: 0796 993 3236.

 

Wind in the Willows, The Beacon - Wantage

04/04/2015 15:00

Join Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad as they fight to save the beloved ‘Toad Hall’ from the evil Chief Weasel. A brilliantly bouncy children’s musical packed with songs, slapstick, silliness and audience participation. Get ready to put a SPRING in your step! Tickets: £5, reserved seating.

Duck in a Truck, Cornerstone - Didcot

08/04/2015

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

Life of Riley, Corn Exchange - Wallingford

15/04/2015 19:45 to 18/04/2015

Sinodun Players’ spring production is Life of Riley by Alan Ayckbourn, a dark comedy set in three gardens, a farmyard and finally in a cemetery. George Riley, is a popular schoolteacher, romantic and hedonistic, a kind of hippie Peter Pan.  When it is known that he has only a few months to live, six of his friends (three couples) gather to remember their relationships with him and to plan together to make his last few months as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. However their efforts result in complicating their own relationships in unforeseen ways. On the face of it, this seems to be deadly serious play but being Ayckbourn, laughter is always present as he yet again dissects the complacency, worries and angst of middle class, middle aged people. The play also contains a final surprise! Tickets £10, box office: 01491 825000.

Murder on the Watlington Flyer, C&PR Railway - Chinnor

16/05/2015 18:15 to 12/09/2015 23:30

You are invited to join Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson on board the Watlington Flyer for an evening of steam hauled murder mystery. The evening commences at 18.15 at Chinnor Station with canapés and Bucks Fizz and an opportunity to meet our costumed actors from the Irregular Special Players. You will then be invited to take your seats for an unforgettable evening on board our dining train where a three course dinner will be served at your table whilst the story unfolds in front of you. You will have the opportunity to put your sleuthing skills to work and assist Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the murder. Ticket prices apply. Booking is advisable. These take place on 16 May, 11 July and 12 September.

 

Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival - Wallingford

15/06/2015 to 20/06/2015

The annual Corn Exchange Drama Festival when regional theatre groups compete over a number of nights.  The awards on offer this year include: Best Overall Production, The Commended Award, Best Junior Production, The Harris & Jones Salver, The Punters' Prize and The Susan North Memorial Trophy.

 

Seasonal Events

Cuddle a lamb, Farmer Gow's, Longcot - Faringdon

30/01/2015 10:00 to 27/03/2015 16:00

Cuddling a lamb is such an amazing and wonderful experience for children to enjoy at Farmer Gow's. 'Meet the Animals' daily at 11.00 and 14.00. An hour's interactive 'hands on' feeding and handling of lots of farm animals, including newborn lambs to cuddle, wriggly piglets and fluffy chicks to handle, and hoggets and goat kids to bottle and hand feed, and fresh farm eggs to collect. Children can play in the activity areas, zoom about on the pedal tractors, disappear down a tunnel in the giant bale clime and take part in the treasure hunt and farm quiz. There's lots of farm animal fun to enjoy at Farmer Gow's with a warm welcome, whatever the weather. Refreshments are served all day in the tea room beside the wood burning stove. The British farm countryside is a wonderful experience! Ticket prices apply. 10% discount during March when purchased online.


Easter Eggstravaganza, Farmer Gow's - Faringdon

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

Farmer Gow's is a great Easter treat for all the family if you're planning a day out in Oxfordshire, there's lots of Easter fun on the farm.  What could be sweeter than a cuddle with a little Easter lamb while you feed it a bottle of milk?  The farm is full of new life and one of the few places where you can actually hold the baby animals. All through the Easter school break, including Good Friday, Easter and Easter Monday, Farmer Gow's has Easter games, treasure hunts and trailer rides. Ticket prices apply. 10% discount when ordered online.


Lambing Weekends, Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames

28/03/2015 10:00 to 29/03/2015 16:00

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

The Big Easter Bunny Hunt, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

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

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

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

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

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

Family Easter Egg Hunt, Long Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

29/03/2015 11:00

Follow the clues to Acklings Field (where we hold our Forest School) and back again. Last entry to the hunt is 13.15. Bring your wellies, i could get muddy.  To complement the Egg Hunt there will be face painting, egg and spoon races, a raffle, tea and cake stall and more! £2.50 per child, adults are FREE. At The Plough. Organised by Long Wittenham Pre-School. The Plough will be open and serving delicious home-cooked food and country ales - please book early!

Earth Trust Explorers:Clumps Club, Little Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

30/03/2015 09:00 to 31/03/2015 17:00

Wild adventures for children aged 8-12 years! Join the Earth Trust for outdoor fun as we build dens, cook on the fire and make new friends. Easter-themed activities also included! £25 per child per day; booking essential: 01865 407792 or admin@earthtrust.org.uk.  

Easter Eggstravaganza, Millets Farm Centre, - Abingdon on Thames

30/03/2015 11:00 to 06/04/2015 16:00

Join us over the Easter holidays for our fun filled Easter Eggstravaganza - eggcellent entertainment for the whole family! This year we are going to have ONE game involving two games to take part in (one a scavenger hunt and the other a mystery clue searching game) taking you around most of the outdoor site here PLUS it includes a special trip on the tractor ride to spot some of the clues!! All ends up in the party room at the back of the garden centre where a craft event completes the eggstravaganza! Allow 1-1.5 hrs in total. (Price includes two game cards, tractor ride, two prizes for completing the game cards PLUS a craft activity to take home at the end!). Ticket prices apply. Weather permitting, The Bouncy Castle and the Victorian Carousel will also be open. Pre-booking not necessary. The event will not be open on Easter Sunday.

Easter Activites at Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

31/03/2015 to 07/04/2015

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

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

Easter Activites at Cornerstone - Didcot

02/04/2015 to 15/04/2015

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

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

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

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

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

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Nuffield Place NT - Nettlebed

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

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

Easter Family Fun Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

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

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

Easter Special Trains, C&PR Railway - Chinnor

03/04/2015 to 06/04/2015

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

Ivor the Engine, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

04/04/2015 to 06/04/2015

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

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, White Horse Hill NT - Uffington

04/04/2015 11:00

Be a Cadbury Eggsplorer and try our fun trail at White Horse Hill. Your prize will be a delicious Cadbury chocolate Egghead. Child £2. Normal admission prices apply, free entry for National Trust members. No need to book. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk

Falconry Raptor & Reptile weekend, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

04/04/2015 to 05/04/2015

Back by popular demand we have the amazing Lenny’s lizard reptile display with us for the whole weekend, not only will we have the 3 amazing flying demonstrations each day but in between you will have the opportunity the handle and learn all about a wide and diverse range of reptiles from tiny lizards to huge snakes. Don’t misssssss out! Tel:  03330 118527.  Visit the website for more details but make a date in your diaries now!

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

05/04/2015 10:00

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

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Buscot + Coleshill Estates NT - Buscot

05/04/2015 11:00

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a Cadbury Easter egg trail. Be a Cadbury Eggsplorer and try our fun Easter trail through Badbury Wood. Complete the trail and you'll win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead. Child £2. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk

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

07/04/2015 to 09/04/2015

Come along and enjoy these Easter activities:

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

Easter Activities with The Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames

07/04/2015 to 10/04/2015

Tuesday 7 April, 14.00 to 16.30 - Come Out & Play at Abbey Fishponds, Abingdon. Drop in for a FREE afternoon of fun, where we’ll be exploring, playing and discovering. Meet at the crossroads by the bridge in the middle of the reserve (Abbey Fishponds Nature Reserve, Radley Road, Abingdon, OX14 3TN). Free thanks to funding from TOE2.

Wednesday 8 April, 10.00 to 12.00 - Woodland Adventure, Little Wittenham. An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover our site, where we’ll explore, build and play. £4 donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.
 
Wednesday 8 April, 14.00 to 16.30 - Come Out & Play at Mowbray Fields, Didcot. Drop in for a FREE afternoon of fun, where we’ll be exploring, playing and discovering. Meet at the Mowbray Road entrance to the reserve (Mowbray Fields Nature Reserve, Mowbray Road, Didcot, OX11 8SS). Free thanks to funding from TOE2.
 
Friday 10 April, 10.00 to 12.00 - Discover and Play, Little Wittenham. Forest School for pre-school children. Come and join us for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. £4 donation per child, free for accompanying adults(s). No need to book.
Friday 10 April, 10.00 to 16.00 - Family Bushcraft, Little Wittenham. Bring the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors! Explore the woods, make shelters, learn how to use a knife safely and light a fire. We’ll be cooking on the fire but bring a packed lunch too. £20 adults, £15 children; booking essential: 01865 407792 or admin@earthtrust.org.uk

Nick Cope Entertains, Millets Farm Centre - Abingdon on Thames

10/04/2015

Millets welcomes back Nick Cope once more with his unique family fun entertainment music show in the Lakeview Restaurant suite. Each session is 1 hour max long and access to the lakeview is from 30 minutes before each show as tea/coffee and bar beverages will be available as well as snacks and homemade shortbread biscuits! There are two sessions, 13.30 and 15.30. Tickets £4 each and will be available to buy online only. Please purchase a ticket for adults and children, babes in arms (under 18 months old) are free.

Sporting Events

White Horse Harriers Half Marathon, Grove - Wantage

29/03/2015 09:30

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

The Henley Boat Races - Henley on Thames

05/04/2015 13:00

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

Lockinge Point-to-Point & Country Day - Wantage

06/04/2015 09:00

Organised by The Old Berks Hunt, this popular Easter Bank Holiday event historically attracts over 10,000 visitors who flock to the social highlight in the Oxfordshire sporting calendar. It offers a fantastic, informal day out in the great outdoors and is ideal for families, young people and racing enthusiasts. So gather some friends, pack-up your picnic and experience this traditional country past time. Gates open at 9.00 and entertainment starts at 11.15 and includes a hound parade, terrier racing, pony racing, course-walk and plenty of Easter family off the track entertainment. A variety of trade-stands including a Farmers Market with local suppliers will also feature. Pony racing starts at 12.30, and the thoroughbred jump racing starts at 14.00. Ticket prices apply.

Head of the River Race, Rye Meadow - Abingdon on Thames

12/04/2015 09:30

One of Abingdon’s largest annual events returns to the river – the Abingdon Rowing Club, Head of the River Race. Around 400 crews from across the UK race along a 2,000m course of the River Thames finishing near St Helens Church. Come and watch the action from the beautiful riverbank setting, and enjoy intense competition and a great day out. There’s ample parking, entertainment throughout the day, hot and cold refreshments, and an Abingdon-famous BBQ serving up delicious food all day! This community event supports local suppliers, with organic meat, freshly baked bread, and homemade cakes, washed down with some locally brewed beer. So take a trip to Rye Meadow, by Abingdon Town Bridge, to enjoy a day by the river and some great racing. The weather’s the only thing we can’t guarantee…

Spring Cycle Festival, Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

19/04/2015 09:00

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

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

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

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

Wantage Standing up to Cancer Weekend, Market Place - Wantage

25/04/2015 to 26/04/2015

On Saturday 25 April the Cycle for Independence Challenge takes place at the Richmond Village coffee shop from 08.00 to 20.00. Entry is £2 per person and the challenge is to cycle for as long as you can! Refreshments can be purchased from the coffee shop, and there will be a carnival atmosphere with live music all day. Other activities include a friendly bowls match at 14.00, a fancy dress for dogs competition at 15.30, a raffle, beauty demonstrations and much more. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun by cycling on our bikes whilst raising funds for the Wantage Independent Advice Centre. On Sunday 26 April 2015, local charity champion Ray Collins will be holding another event for Cancer Research to raise funds in Wantage Market Place. This is Rays Race for life "4” where you can run, jog or walk 5k and for the second time you can cycle to beat cancer. There is a choice of two cycle routes, a 10k (approx) family friendly route or a 20k route for more regular cyclists. Both routes will be mainly flat with some cross country. Entry is £20 which includes a t-shirt and finishers medal.  Children under twelve can enter FREE as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.  Extra t-shirt is £10. The start will be in Wantage market place with cyclists leaving at 9.30 am and runners at 11.00 am.  Contact Ray by email raymondcollins426@googlemail.com Entertainment for spectators includes konga / zumba dance class mashup, candyfloss, popcorn, chocolate crepes and pizza at Wildwood Kitchen. All funds raised will go to Cancer Research UK, so sign up and get training.

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

26/04/2015 10:00

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

Tough Mudder, Hambleden Estate - Henley on Thames

02/05/2015 to 03/05/2015

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

Classic Oxfordshire Bike Ride, Harwell - Didcot

03/05/2015 08:00

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

Chalgrove Festival 10k Run, Chalgrove - Watlington

04/05/2015 12:00

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

Dorchester Festival 5K Fun Run (or Walk) - Dorchester on Thames

04/05/2015 11:00

Take part in the hugely popular 5k Fun Run (or walk). Enjoy the amazing scenery of a run through the historic water meadow and alongside the river and raise money for PACT by getting sponsorship. Bring the whole family – you can even bring the dog! A range of prizes! Everything you need to enter is on the website or phone Jill Corran on 01865 341696.

Great Escape, Culden Faw Estate, Fawley - Ipsden

09/05/2015 09:00 to 10/05/2015

A Prisoner of War (POW) camp lies deep in the Oxfordshire countryside surrounded by hills, valleys and fields patrolled by enemy forces. As part of an elite team, you were captured for one purpose: To escape the camp, complete a daring mission behind enemy lines and make it back to friendly territory. Obstacles include razor wire, tunnels, anti-personnel mines, military trained snipers and recon teams. Mission run time is 3 hours. Up to 6 operators per team. There will also be food and drink, toilets and other activities such as a reactive shooting range, a spy craft workshop and survival training, and of course the post ops party! Organised by Dangerous Days Out. Ticket prices apply, with online booking and discounted bookings.

Henley Highwayman - Henley on Thames

05/06/2015 to 07/06/2015

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

Henley Kids Fun Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames

20/06/2015

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


Henley Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames

21/06/2015

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

Henley Classic Swim - Henley on Thames

28/06/2015 04:10

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

Henley Royal Regatta - Henley on Thames

01/07/2015 to 05/07/2015

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

 

The Henley Mile Swim - Henley on Thames

12/07/2015 09:30

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

Club to Pub Swim - Henley on Thames

25/07/2015

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

Henley Sprint & Standard Distance Triathlon, Shiplake College - Shiplake

09/08/2015 08:00

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

Henley 14 km Bridge to Bridge Swim - Henley on Thames

09/08/2015 08:00

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

Dragon Boat Day, River Thames - Abingdon on Thames

06/09/2015 10:30

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

Walking

Insight Tour, Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

01/04/2015 13:30

Join a member of the Arboretum staff team for a FREE tour of this amazing site, and find out what's been happening behind the scenes over the last month.  No need to book. Normal admission prices apply.

Family Woodland Walk, Buscot + Coleshill Estates NT - Buscot

01/04/2015 10:00

Get your wellies and old clothes on for this family walk and be prepared to get muddy and dirty. Join us for some fun in the woods. Build a den, climb a tree, make some wild art, learn how to track wild animals and look for signs of spring as the woodland comes to life. Adults £3, Child £1.50. Booking is essential. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk

Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

01/04/2015 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.

Spring on the Hill, White Horse Hill NT, - Uffington

06/04/2015 14:00

Spend your Easter Monday wildlife spotting with our ranger and discover the facts and fascinating history of this mysterious monument. Join our ranger on this family friendly guided walk and enjoy seeing the hill bursting back into life. Keep your eyes peeled for skylarks and spring flowers. Our ranger will take you back in time, revealing the dramatic past of this enigmatic figure. What's more, you can tick off some 50 things activities too, like climbing a big hill and rolling back down again, or flying a kite. Adult £3, child £1.50. Normal admission prices apply, free entry for National Trust members. Booking is essential. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk

World War II Walks, Buscot & Coleshill Estates National Trust - Coleshill

21/04/2015 to 16/05/2015

Discover Coleshill's hidden Second World War history on this informative guided spring time walk through village, woods and parkland 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. Adult £5, child £2.50. Normal admission prices apply (free for National Trust members). Booking is essential. More information: Lynda Tuckwell, 01793 762209, lynda.tuckwell@nationaltrust.org.uk The walk takes place on Tues 21 April, 17.00 to 19.00 and Sat 16 May, 10.00 to 12 noon.
 

Walk With Me, Moulsford - Wallingford

10/05/2015 06:30

Walk With Me 2015 is a 26 mile walk along a section of the beautiful Ridgeway in Oxfordshire, starting and finishing at Moulsford School, Moulsford-on-Thames. Every penny we raise at this event is donated to our chosen charity, Action Against Cancer.  No charge, but suggested donation of £45.

The Ridgewalk, Watlington & Ashbury - Entire Region

20/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

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

Race to the Stones, Lewknor - Watlington

11/07/2015 08:00 to 12/07/2015 20:00

Breathtaking scenery, millennia of history, teamwork and determination. The Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones is a celebration of all that makes Britain great. The Ridgeway is recognised as the oldest path in the UK. Along it’s length you will find traces of generations stretching back over 5,000 years. It is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, neolithic burial chambers, Roman river crossings and culminates in the largest neolithic stone circle complex in Europe at Avebury. South Oxfordshire landmarks include Grim's Ditch, Wayland's Smithy, The White Horse and Dragon Hill at Uffington. The route passes up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring. From this point the route rises up onto the North Wessex Downs passing golden fields of wheat before the iconic finish where you will walk between the towering standing stones of Avebury. It is also one of the most accessible long distance routes as it is just over an hour outside London and so the challenge you can focus on is the 100km, and you decide whether to keep going or to take a break and camp overnight. Entry fee applies.

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

12/09/2015 to 13/09/2015

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

Art / Exhibitions

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

05/02/2015 to 31/05/2015

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

Port Meadow, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

07/02/2015 to 19/04/2015

Port Meadow, the historically significant common land between Wolvercote and Jericho, has been captured in fine detail by Adrian Arbib, an Oxford based professional photographer. Adrian has tried to celebrate the beauty of Port Meadow in Oxford, whilst exploring peoples’ relationship to the lands. The captivating scenes during the winter floods are particularly vivid as it portrays a serene episode of the meadow. These exceptionally high quality images are truly admirable and provide a small reminder of how beautiful the Oxfordshire landscape is. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Forest to Furniture, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

14/02/2015 to 07/06/2015

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

Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

03/03/2015 to 01/12/2015

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.

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

07/03/2015 to 31/05/2015

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

Making a Sun on Earth, Cornerstone - Didcot

10/03/2015 to 26/04/2015

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is leading the quest to develop fusion – the process that powers the sun –for electricity generation on earth. They are bringing to Didcot an array of material to give you an insight into the technology, the people and the science behind this inspiring goal, including work by three different artists who have visited the centre. Journey into the heart of this local research facility with a global impact, and be amazed by the progress of science that is happening right on our doorstep! FREE admission.
Meet the Scientist: 25 March and 16 April, 15.00 to 16.30 pm (drop in). Join us in the gallery to meet some of the scientists and engineers behind Making a Sun on Earth, find out more about the work they do at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and ask any questions you have.

Collector's Prints 2015, Bohun Gallery - Henley on Thames

14/03/2015 10:00 to 11/04/2015 17:00

Collector's Prints 2015 celebrates the work of the influential master printmaker Kip Gresham who has been making original prints and collaborating with artists since 1975. The show offers an opportunity to acquire rare and previously unseen prints by some of the most important artists of the 20th Century including Elisabeth Frink, Michael Rothenstein, John Hoyland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bryan Pearce, Prunella Clough and Peter Blake. Exhibition opens 14.00 on Saturday 14 March. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00, and closed weekday lunchtimes 13.15 to 14.15. Tel: 01491 576228. 

Wantage Camera Club Annual exhibition, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

17/03/2015 09:30 to 04/04/2015 16:00

Wantage Camera Club makes a welcome return with an exhibition of group members’ photographs. Celebrating its 48th year in 2015, the Camera Club organises practical evenings in photographic techniques and image manipulation and these encourage members to discuss and compare their own approaches and pass on tips to each other. The group stages various competitions throughout the year, mostly with external judges who offer a critique of the images presented; some of these competitions are a bit more serious than others and some are just for fun. The club’s programme also includes talks by guest speakers and also by members and topics cover a wide range of subjects.  The club meets every Tuesday in the Methodist Church Hall, and they are a friendly and sociable group and new members are welcome. The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Go with the Flow, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

17/03/2015 09:30 to 04/04/2015 16:00

The story of Letcombe Brook. Don’t miss this exhibition about the rare chalk stream which flows through Wantage. Find out about the otters and water voles who now live near the brook! The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Local Artists Exhibition, Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

02/04/2015 10:00 to 07/04/2015 16:00

A group of 7 artists from Berkshire and Oxfordshire who have been brought together by Caroline Streatfield-Chalk to showcase their work in time for Spring 2015. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work on Saturday and Sunday. The artists are: Caroline Streatfield-Chalk - mixed media artist; Melanie Gow - writer and photographic artist; Elizabeth Baldin-Painter - oils and watercolours; Annette Massey - painter; Debbie Page - potter; Marc Juon - modern jewellery design; Denby Richard - artist and print maker. Full details are on the website. Opening/ Press night on Wednesday 1 April 17.00 to 19.00, tel: 0755 700 5595 to go on the guest list. At 66 Market Place (behind the town hall), RG9 2AQ.

Hand Painted Silk, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

08/04/2015 09:30 to 18/04/2015 16:00

A selling exhibition of silk paintings, digital prints on silk, scarves and other silk products by Marie Philpott. Stanford-in- the-Vale based Marie Philpott is an education consultant and self taught silk painter. "What I really enjoy about painting on silk is that I never quite know what the end result will look like!” explains Marie who has been a member of the Guild of Silk painters since 2012. For visitors who would like to find out more about this absorbing craft, there is a chance to chat with Marie during her ‘Meet the Artist’ session on Thursday 16 April between 10.30 and 12.30. The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Vale Creatures Great & Small, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

08/04/2015 09:30 to 18/04/2015 16:00

Inspired by the Vale’s countryside and its inhabitants, ‘Vale Creatures Great and Small’ presents a vibrant collection of new work by artists Sam Thulin and Michele Wallington and designer-maker Megan Rowland. Paintings of sheep, hares, hens and other two or four legged creatures will be displayed alongside fun, quirky and upcycled themed cushions. Don’t miss this lively evocation of the countryside in Spring! The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Henley Arts Trail - Henley on Thames

02/05/2015 to 04/05/2015

Original work by local artists shown in their studios and at exhibitions in the Henley and Twyford area. Come along and see unique pieces and meet the makers.  FREE entry to all venues.  Visit the website for full details or download the attached leaflet.

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Open Exhibition: DRAW.SHOW, Cornerstone - Didcot

05/05/2015 to 21/06/2015

This is an open exhibition in our beautiful gallery and the theme for 2015 is DRAW.SHOW. Exhibits can include a huge range of styles and methods, from cartoons and doodling to drafting plans for machinery, from pencil on paper to chalk on blackboard, and even electronic drawing. FREE admission.  

Sculpture in the Vineyard, Bothy Vineyard, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

23/05/2015 11:00 to 07/06/2015 18:00

Enjoy for FREE, Oxfordshire’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition in a beautiful and unique setting. Featuring over 200 sculptures by over 30 artists, placed in 7 acres of the oldest vineyard/winery in the country. Refreshments and parking available. Taste award winning local wine.  In aid of the Nasio Trust. We will be open from on Saturday 23 to Monday 25 May (Bank Holiday weekend), Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 May, and Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 June. Also part of English Wine Week.

Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

16/07/2015 10:00 to 19/07/2015 17:30

Our annual arts festival featuring around 200 of the finest artists demonstrating in marquees around the Waterperry estate.  There’s also fine food and drink, performing arts, music and our hugely popular practical classes where visitors can have a go at some of the many artistic disciplines. For more information about the event, ticket prices and booking details, visit www.artinaction.org.uk or call 0207 381 3192. Please note Waterperry Gardens and plant centre will be closed to all but Art in Action visitors during this event.


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