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What's On in Southern Oxfordshire?

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

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

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Country & Crafts

Woolstone Mill House open garden for NGS, Woolstone - Faringdon

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

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

Art & Craft Show, School Hall - Nettlebed

02/08/2014 to 03/08/2014

Saturday 12 noon to 18.00 and Sunday 10.00 to 17.00. FREE entry. This show will include work from local artists ranging from those just starting out to well established craftsmen and women. There will be traditional pieces such as oils, acrylics and watercolours, as well as sculpture, pottery and jewellery. Work will be available to buy. Refreshments. FREE parking.

Cholsey Show, Cholsey - Wallingford

09/08/2014 12:30

Entry to the showground is FREE. The marquee will have hundreds of exhibits of flowers, vegetables, and crafts to view.  Entertainment will include the Cholsey Silver Band, Punch and Judy show, magic show, fun dog show, spinning and tai chi displays, vintage vehicles, bouncy castle, games, stalls and car boot sale.  Refreshments include a beer tent, BBQ and afternoon tea cafe. It takes place in The Whitehead Meadow, Church Road, Cholsey.

Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary Open Day - Chiselhampton

10/08/2014 14:00

Come along and visit the residents. Everyone is welcome, it will be a great day out for the family with stalls, childrens games, cake sale, bbq and refreshments in the tea tent. There will be also be a tombola and raffle with some great prizes, and an amazing hawk experience.Tickets can be purchased on the day. There wll be a blessing service at 15.00. We hope to see you all there!

Village Greenfingers Summer Show, Village Hall - Goring and Streatley

16/08/2014 14:00

Many exhibits of flowers, fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, cookery and photography.  Plant and produce stall. Tombola. Refreshments available.  FREE admission. Village hall, Goring-on-Thames.

Radcot House open garden for NGS, Radcot - Faringdon

17/08/2014 14:00 to 05/10/2014 18:00

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

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

17/08/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 16:00

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

Chilterns Craft & Design Show, Stonor Park - Henley on Thames

22/08/2014 09:30 to 25/08/2014 17:30

The Chilterns Hills backdrop to Stonor Park House and Gardens make a gorgeous location for this show. Meet up to 250 crafts people from around the UK displaying unusual and inspiring crafts such as handmade jewellery, ceramics, wood, glass, textiles, and stoneware. There are lots of activities to take part in, as well as the marquees full of beautiful goods for home and garden. Features include show gardens, live cookery theatre demonstrations, birds of prey displays, family craft demonstrations, live music and play areas for the children. FREE parking. Ticket prices apply.

Flower & Dog Show, Binfield Heath - Shiplake

23/08/2014 12:00

The Binfield Heath Flower Show attracts a large number of visitors and is a great day out for all the family.  It is a forum for local people to show what they can do in the many flower, vegetable, arts and crafts competitions.  There is also a dog show and lots of food and entertainment for the family. Attractions include a children's entertainer, birds of prey display, classic and vintage vehicles, music provided by local band and choir and a large range of side shows and stalls, raffle and tombola. Ample free parking and close to the show ground situated opposite Holmwood. Leading up to this year's show are various events which help fund-raise for this show, including a Big Band Jazz evening and a barn dance.

Traditional Skills in Action, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

23/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

Traditional skills in action - the crafts that built the Abbey showcases contemporary craftspeople who are continuing the crafts and skills that would have built Dorchester-on-Thames’s medieval abbey and sustained the resident monastic community. Within the appropriate and beautiful setting of Dorchester Abbey and its Cloister Garden, come and watch demonstrations of the skills, try some of them for yourself and discover how much of the medieval tradition continues today. We will have demonstrations from a herbalist, a pole lathe turner, a coracle maker, weavers, spinners and dyers, a calligrapher and illuminator, a basket maker and beekeepers. The construction and maintenance of the Abbey church will be presented by stonemasons, a woodcarver, a stained glass artist, a blacksmith and an embroiderer. FREE entry but donations to the maintenance of the Abbey will be much appreciated. Open Saturday and Sunday 12.00 – 18.00 and Monday 10.00 – 16.00.

Uffington White Horse Show - Uffington

24/08/2014 10:00 to 25/08/2014 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.

Ewelme Village Show, Recreation Ground - Ewelme

25/08/2014 13:30

There will be many prize winning exhibits of fruit, vegetables, flowers, floral arrangements, cookery and home crafts in the show tent which opens at 14:00, 50p entrance fee.  Homemade teas, Pimms tent, many other stalls and attractions including childrens entertainer, children's craft tent, classic cars, raffle, traditional skittles and brass band.  Prize giving at 16:15 followed by an auction of donated show produce. FREE parking.

Open Gardens & Flower Festival, South Stoke - Wallingford

25/08/2014 13:00

Come along to this pretty Thames side village and enjoy a variety of village open gardens. Include in your visit the flower festival within St Andrew’s church, and the delicious WI tea and cakes in the village hall, or alternatively a pint and tasty lunch in our beautiful Perch and Pike pub. There’s free parking on the recreation ground, where you will find the community village shop selling plants, ice creams etc and the children’s play area. Admission and garden maps will be available at the car park and church lych gate. All proceeds on the day go to the church and village hall. Admission is £5 for adults and children FREE (includes entry to all gardens and flower festival). For more details call 07796 384472.  

The Henley Show - Henley on Thames

13/09/2014 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’.  Ticket prices apply.

Allsorts open garden for NGS, Shrivenham - Faringdon

17/09/2014 10:30

This is a garden that gives colour throughout the year with some shrubs and climbers, herbaceous plants and alpines. It is not large but offers a variety of planting areas with some unusual plants and a bank of wild flowers and through the year there are spring and summer bulbs. Amongst this we do encourage some cottage garden annuals. At Townsend Road, Shrivenham, SN6 8BN. Light refreshments. Adults £3.

Thame Show - Thame


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

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

20/09/2014 14:30

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

Henley Ploughing Match & Country Market - Henley on Thames

05/10/2014 09:00

This is always a great day out with ploughing classes for vintage, classic vintage tractors and track vehicles and classes for heavy horses - high cut and ordinary. You will also be able to enjoy the terrier racing, log chopping competition, working display, Shire horse display, ferret racing, trailer rides, outside trade stands, and craft stands in the marquee.  Poultry auction. Licensed bar and refreshments available all day. "Blessing of the Plough" takes place at 9.15, and ploughing starts at 9.30. Ticket prices apply. At Bishopsland, Dunsden, RG4 9NR

Fairs & Festivals

FollyFest - Faringdon

01/08/2014 to 03/08/2014

A full weekend of fun and entertainment for all the family.  Art, music, drama, food, film, dance, literature, drink, photography and poetry.

John Masefield House Summer Fete, Burcot - Abingdon on Thames

02/08/2014 12:00

With something for everyone to enjoy including the Jubilee Brass Band, ferret racing, owl display, bouncy castle, shooting gallery, face painting, crafts, homemade food stalls, stocks, car wash, prize raffle, barbecue, licensed bar and much more, what else could it be but a fete? Entrance with a programme at the gate: £1 family, 50p single. For more information contact David Williams on 01865 340324 or email

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

03/08/2014 10:00 to 07/12/2014 16:00

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

Antique & Collectable Fair, Mapledurham - Reading

07/08/2014 08:30 to 04/12/2014 16:00

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

Baldon Feast, Marsh Baldon Village Green - Nuneham Courtenay

16/08/2014 14:00

This traditional festival is open to all, families especially welcome. There will be something for everyone including a traditional English funfair, the great cupcake competition to be judged by Christine and Deborah of the 2013 Great British Bake-Off  event, a market with up to 30 stalls for you to peruse, classic cars and motorbikes, a military display, village fete stalls and games, live music, dancing, and plenty of food and drink. It is set in one of the most picturesque village greens in the country. All this makes an amazing afternoon out.

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

17/08/2014 10:00 to 21/12/2014 16:00

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

Towersey Festival, Towersey - Thame

21/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

At Towersey it's all about great music, dance, spoken word, street theatre, visual art, film and song.  Add to that great campsites, beautiful surroundings and the very special feeling you get when you Festival at Towersey.  With 5 nights and 4 days of music "there is no better way to bring your summer holidays to a close”.  While music forms a key component of the festivities, there's also poetry, comedy, theatre, circus performers, visual arts, films, workshops, dances, storytelling, great food, a Children's Festival and a Real Ale Festival. Ticket prices apply.

Shrivenham Village Fete, Memorial Hall, Shrivenham - Faringdon

23/08/2014 13:00

Listed in Waitrose Magazine's 'Top 10 Fetes in the Country' expect a host of craft and charity stalls, a funfair, children's entertainer, children's fancy dress competition, children's races, Punch & Judy, Highworth Silver band, live music, church tower tours, village circular walk, fun dog show, pony rides and food court. There is also a car boot sale and tug of war tournament. Cream teas and ice creams will be available for this family day out. The fete officially starts at 13.00 but buying bargains at the car boot starts earlier. FREE entry.

Bunkfest - Free Family Festival - Wallingford

29/08/2014 to 31/08/2014

On the banks of the Thames in South Oxfordshire, Wallingford BunkFest is a free-access community festival providing a unique family friendly celebration with some of the finest music and dance on the scene, opportunities to learn and join in for all, a magnificent range of real ales, ciders and fine food. Attractions include singing trains (historic steam engines and vehicles), musical boat trips, children's BunkFest and hundreds of performances across many venues. Most events are FREE - you only need to purchase tickets for the boat trips, train trips, workshops and camping. Visit the website for details.

Whitchurch-on-Thames Village Green Fete, Whitchurch-on-Thames - Goring and Streatley

30/08/2014 14:00

Lots of entertainment, kids go-karting and a fun dog show. There will also be live music, barbeque, beer tent, tea and ice creams, face painting, arts and crafts stalls, crazy golf, bouncy castle and the local residents tug of war competition.

Flying Pig Festival, Shrivenham - Faringdon

12/09/2014 to 14/09/2014

The Flying Pig Festival has great bands, great food and great beer! Entertainment includes 22 bands, trial gliding lessons, skydive displays, vintage cars and aircraft, stalls and bouncy castle. Camping is available. Ticket prices apply.

Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

29/09/2014 to 05/10/2014

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

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

12/10/2014 10:00

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

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

16/10/2014 to 19/10/2014

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

Food & Drink

Beer Festival, Nags Head Public House - Abingdon on Thames

01/08/2014 to 03/08/2014

Beer Festival and live music all weekend. We will be launching our own Nag's Head Island Ale, and serving a speciality food menu using some of our festival beers and ciders - all weekend! 22 beers and 12 ciders.

Beer and Music Festival, Cornerstone Arts Centre - Didcot

01/08/2014 12:00 to 03/08/2014

Didcot’s premium Beer and Music Festival takes centre stage inside and outside Cornerstone featuring three days of live music, a sumptuous barbeque, a hog roast on Saturday night, and of course, star of show over 25 different beers, ales and ciders. Kick back and relax with a glass or two of Oxfordshire’s finest ales. No muddy fields, no overcrowding, no hugely expensive tickets just three days of FREE music and the best of local beers, ciders and food. See website for full details.

Mulberry Fayre, Whitchurch-on-Thames - Goring and Streatley

03/08/2014 12:00

Tolhurst Organic Partnership CIC is organising a Mulberry Fayre as their 2014 Open Day. Come and join us for a day of fun, local food and drink. You can visit our beautiful market garden, have a picnic if you wish, and enjoy our vegetables, drinks and refreshments. There will be local stalls of honey, artisan organic bread, home-made chocolate, mulberry cordial, mulberry cheesecake, traditional English cakes, and preserves, and a competitions raffle. For children, there will be lots of activities and fun to keep them happy. A market garden tour by Iain Tolhurst, the Grower will take place at 15.00. Adults £3, Family £5.

Millets Farm Foodie Evenings, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

25/09/2014 18:30

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

Thame Food Festival - Thame


Thame Food Festival is a wonderful showcase for local and artisan food and drink producers and retailers in the region. Expect over 150 exhibitor food stalls to sample and buy from. 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

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

06/04/2014 11:00 to 19/10/2014 17:00

This unique unusual 100ft tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England. It sits on Folly Hill, within a charming circular 4 acre woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees. Check out the fantastic views over 5 counties and find out about the history of Folly Hill, Henry James Pye (of Sing a Song of Sixpence fame), Oliver Cromwell and the very eccentric Lord Berners (the creator of the tower). Seek out the 24 blackbirds and giant willow pie, Cromwell’s cannon, the fairly useless bridge, Lord Berners in a tree! and a variety of birds and animal sculptures lurking among the trees. 10 minutes walk from Faringdon’s historic market place where refreshments are available, and 2 hours free parking. The tower is open from April to October on the first and third Sundays of the month, adults £2, 11-16s 50p, under 11s free.

Coleshill Mill open days - Coleshill

13/04/2014 14:00 to 12/10/2014 17:00

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

Steam Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

02/08/2014 10:30 to 31/08/2014 17:00

On Steam Days you will, as usual, be able to view our collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings as described in the Centre Guide and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits. In addition, you will be able to: •Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some of our Great Western steam locomotives, or in our Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. We have two running lines, 'The Main Line' and 'The Branch Line' with trains normally running on either or both of them. You may ride as many times as you like as there is no extra charge •Watch the trains go past. There are frequent journeys on our running lines so you will have plenty of opportunity to take photos from vantage points alongside the tracks as well as ride on the trains •See the turntable in use. We normally turn a locomotive just after lunch. Check our Locomotive Roster to see what we expect to be running on your next visit. Ticket prices apply.  In August steam days take place on Sat 2 and Sun 3, Wed 6, Sat 9 and Sun 10, Wed 13, Sat 16 and Sun 17, Wed 20, and Sat 30 and Sun 31.

National celebration of stitch day, Greys Court NT - Henley on Thames

03/08/2014 10:00

Members of the Wokingham & District Guild will be around the gardens drawing inspiration from the delightful surroundings and talking about their craft. Come along and be inspired by stitchcraft. For more information: Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, Free event, normal admission prices apply. No booking required.

Celebrating Silver Jubilee & 20th year of operation, C&PRR - Chinnor

03/08/2014 to 28/08/2014

The Railway celebrates its Silver Jubilee and 20 years of running passenger trains this year. To mark these occasions your friendly little railway in the Chiltern Hills will be running a series of Gala Events and Special Trains throughout August. Trains will operate at weekends and every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the month. Perfect for a family day out - each fare-paying Adult will be able to buy two Child tickets for just £1 each. The railway’s special events will start on Sunday 3 Aug with a Service of Blessing at Chinnor station, given by the Reverend Derek Witchell. Enthusiasts and visitors alike will enjoy the Steam & Diesel Gala on 9 Aug and the Diesel Gala on 16 Aug, while the Railway will be recreating its first ever passenger services from 1994, on 13 Aug. The children will love the special Family Fun Day at Chinnor station on Wednesday 20 Aug too. Also join us for the Summertime Blues on 23 Aug. Special timetables will apply with numerous trains running the full length of the line as well as local shuttles. Help us make history by joining us on our very first mid-week passenger service on Wednesday 6 August in our heritage 'Bubble Car', No. W55023. Please visit the website for details of all the events, fares, train times and the steam and vintage locomotives in service.

Vikings Day, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

16/08/2014 11:00

The Vikings are coming to Wallingford Museum! In 1006 a Viking army from Norway and Denmark attacked the town of Wallingford and we are told they burnt it to the ground - but you can still see the high earth walls of Wallingford that were built to stop the Vikings, so we know that sometimes tales were exaggerated! Now rumour has it that the Vikings are coming back and that you will come face to face with a fiercesome warrior. But were the Vikings really so bad? Come and find out for yourself! See the website for full details. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children FREE, Adults £4.

Hope Henley - Henley on Thames

22/08/2014 to 24/08/2014

This is a community festival organised by Henley Baptist Church and will feature a series of FREE events. Friday is a family fun day with a climbing wall and team games on Freemans Meadow, just off Fair Mile, from 13.00 to 16.00, and a youth Battle of the Bands and club night at the d:two centre in Market Place from 19.30 to 22.00.  On Saturday thre will be gardening and car washing from 13.00 to 16.00, and a youth music and stories cafe evening at d:two from 19.30 to 21.30. Sunday is a Church in the Park at Mill and Marsh Meadows from 10.30 to 15.00 followed by a BBQ and boat ride (charge applies). For more information contact Mr Martin tel: 01491 635733, email:

Fire Fly's Farewell, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

23/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

Black Python real ale bar open.  Signalling in operation on the Branch Line

Weekend of Steam, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

24/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

This may be a first for the Bunk Line as we will have two engines in steam offering a Weekend of Steam. This event replaces the advertised World War 1 event and will feature Northern Gas Board No. 1 together with our other visiting Peckett. It will feature an interesting timetable including double-heading and shunting at Wallingford. NGB No. 1 may stay with us for up to two years, giving us the prospect of permanent steam on the branch. NGB1 is a 1953 Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank steam loco. This loco worked at the John street gas works Darlington. It was later sold to St.Anthony's Tar works,Thomas Ness Ltd, Newcastle, which was part of the National Coal Board from where it was rescued by members of the Darlington Railway Preservation Society and put back into working order in July 2012.

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


Wildlife watching train rides on the Chinnor and Princes Risborough railway. 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 5 April, 7 June, 26 July, and 6 September.

Garden Open day at Root and Branch, Westmill Farm - Faringdon

07/09/2014 13:00

Fun for all the family. Come along and browse our organic garden. There will be refreshments, cakes and plants for sale, music, a raffle, and activities on display including wood, metal, art and craft work. There will be opportunities to join in some activities, including some for the children.  Entrance: Adult: £2 (concessionary £1), children 50p.

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

04/10/2014 09:30 to 05/10/2014 17:00

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

Live Music

Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park, Ipsden - Wallingford

08/08/2014 to 10/08/2014

Supernormal is a festival like no other, providing a powerful antidote to the current malaise of festivals-as-big-business. Blurring the boundaries between art and music, performer and audience, it champions the iconoclastic and the experimental, allowing risks to be taken and leaps of imagination to occur. Somewhere in spirit between the original Glastonbury Fayre and an eccentric village fete, Supernormal is the alternative's alternative. Ticket prices apply.

Hideaway Music Festival, Fawley Hill Estate - Henley on Thames

08/08/2014 12:00 to 10/08/2014

Set within the private grounds of Fawley Hill, one of the most exclusive green field sites in the UK within the stunning Chiltern Hills, between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow, this 25 acre venue is quite literally hidden away, a fact which lends itself perfectly to the festival's name. Building on the enormous success of the first year, we are again maintaining our exclusive and intimate experience with eclectic music on two sound stages plus an acoustic tent, ranging from Britpop favourites Republica to the vintage sounds of Animals & Friends (The Animals) to the explosive groove of Big Country, Alabama 3 and Dreadzone. Kids are welcome and under 12s are free. See website for details of camping and tickets.

Rewind Festival - Henley on Thames

15/08/2014 to 17/08/2014

Love the 80s? The annual Rewind festival is a showcase of the decade’s successful bands and artists and takes place at Temple Island Meadows near Henley.  Ticket prices apply.

White Horse Folk Festival, Grove - Wantage

15/08/2014 to 17/08/2014

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.

Singing Trains with the Wallingford BunkFest, C&WR - Wallingford

30/08/2014 to 31/08/2014

Join the singing trains for Wallingford's annual festival of music, dance and beer located at various locations around Wallingford including Wallingford Station. Real Ale will be served on board trains in the Brake (middle) Coach. Try our special bottled Ale. We can only serve ale when the train is in motion. There will be an extra round trip at 17.05 on Saturday  

Henley Jazz & Blues Week - Henley on Thames

14/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

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

Plays & Films

George's Marvellous Medicine, Greys Court NT - Henley on Thames

01/08/2014 18:30

Written by Roald Dahl, tells the story of a young boy who lives with his Grandma. Enjoy a lovely picnic and outdoor theatre in a stunning surrounding. For more information contact the Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, Booking is essential and ticket prices apply. Please bring your own seating, chairs or picnic blankets. Gates open 17.30.

The Taming of the Shrew, Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

08/08/2014 19:00 to 09/08/2014

Folksy Theatre are thrilled to be performing Shakespeare's wonderful comedy 'The Taming Of The Shrew’ at the beautiful Arboretum. Baptista has declared that no one may court his youngest daughter Bianca until first her older sister, the ill-tempered Katherine, is married. Petruchio, a brash young man from Verona, agrees to marry Katherine - but can he tame her? Set in the rockin' 50's, it's The Shrew as you’ve never seen it before. This production is filled with live music, large characters and guarantees to have audiences of young and old alike, laughing along. Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs and friends and family to enjoy this wonderful open-air production. Tickets are on sale now from Folksy Theatre. For more information visit

Alice the Musical, Mapledurham House - Reading

14/08/2014 13:00

Cambridge Touring Theatre will be entertaining us with "Alice - The Musical." An open air performance especially for our younger visitors. Bring your picnics and settle down for an afternoon of delightful entertainment. Please bring your own low backed seating or blankets. No glasses please - plastic cups/glasses only. Children are invited to come dressed in their best wonderland costume. Refreshments will be on sale. There are a limited number of gazebos available for hire. Gates open at 12.00 and the performance starts at 13.00.  The show is approximately two hours long includng a 20 minute interval. Ticket prices apply.

The Pantaloons 'History of Britain', Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

21/08/2014 18:00

Mud, blood and stiff upper-lips! It's the History of Britain as you've never seen it before. Join the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company for a breathless race through the centuries in this delightfully inventive open-air show. This historically hysterical show is packed with songs, sketches and silliness and is suitable for all ages. No seating is provided so please bring your own picnic chairs or rugs. Tickets are non-refundable and the performance will go ahead except in severe weather conditions. Ticket prices apply. Gates open at 17.00.  

Seasonal Events

Millets Maize Maze, Millets Farm, Frilford Nr - Abingdon on Thames

18/07/2014 10:00 to 03/09/2014 18:00

Millets Farm Maize Maze first opened in 1997 and over the past 17 years has been shaped as windmills, clowns, Olympic rowers and even a giant white rabbit! The maze grows to 7 foot and there are over 4 miles of pathways covering a 10 acre field. The 2014 Maze Theme is Food and Farming and is an A-MAZE-ing day out for all the family. Join Cornley (our Maize Maze mascot) on his many adventures around our 3 maize mazes. Complete our challenging Mega Maize Maze to create Cornleys perfect picnic! Find Cornley's foodie friends by searching your way round our Midi-Maze for clues and stamps! And don't forget to visit our Mini Maze to find your fortune. Plus many other great activities. Open every day and then weekends of 6 + 7 September and 13 + 14 September. Torchlight mazes take place on 29 + 30 August and 6 + 13 September, 19.00 to 22.00. Ticket prices apply. See website for full details.

Summer Funtime with Mr Toad, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

19/07/2014 to 07/09/2014

Funtime is back! Drive Mr Toad’s car, enjoy a picnic beside his caravan and get creative with our dressing up. Stage your own puppet show with our wildlife characters, have fun in story corner and watch out for daily visits from Mr Toad!

Summer Family Fun, The Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

23/07/2014 10:00 to 31/08/2014 16:00

There's so much to do at Harcourt Arboretum over the summer holidays with geocaching, trails and activities for all ages...
Quest - Wed 23 July to Sun 31 August. Our geocaching treasure hunt is back in assoication with the Institute of Physics. Try out our Express Quest trail or our Puzzle Quest trail to discover fun physics activities hidden around the Arboretum. Free with entry to the Arboretum, however there is a £40 refundable deposit required to borrow the GPS units (available from the ticket office on a first-come first-served basis).
Lovely Leaves - Tues 5 August, 13.00 to 16.00. Discover weird and wonderful leaves at the Arboretum by following our Lovely Leaves trail.  Then try out our leafy craft activities.
Brilliant Bark - Tues 12 August, 13.00 to 16.00. Explore the huge variety of bark on the Arboretum trees by following our Brilliant Bark trail. Then join in our bark-themed activities.
Fabulous Flowers - Tues 19 August, 13.00 to 16.00. Follow our Fabulous Flowers trail, then join in the flower craft fun.
Splendid Seeds - Tues 26 August, 13.00 to 16.00. Saunter along our Splendid Seeds trail and then try out our seed-themed craft activities

Children's Summer Orienteering Trails, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

26/07/2014 10:00 to 31/08/2014 17:30

Explore the ornamental gardens using directions and pirate themed clues to find the secret punches to complete your voyage. Then pick up a treat from the Teashop, Miss H’s. (Compass supplied).  £3 per child.  Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the normal entrance fee applies (£6.50). Trails are suitable for 3 – 6 year olds and 7+ years.  No booking required.

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

29/07/2014 10:00 to 26/08/2014 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. These take place on Tuesdays 29 July, 5, 19 and 26 August 2014.

Fun Fridays at Greys Court NT - Henley on Thames

01/08/2014 10:00 to 29/08/2014 16:30

On Fridays through August there will be childrens craft activities, trails and other fun things. For more information: Property Administrator, (01491) 628529, FREE event, normal admission prices apply. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required.

Toad's Magnificent Country Show, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

01/08/2014 10:30

Join Mr Toad for a fun-filled day out and enjoy lots of creative activities. Come and take part in our fancy dress competition and bring in an animal made out of vegetables (bonus points for a Wind in the Willows connection). Mr Toad will judge the best in show! FREE with museum admission.

Teddy Bear's Weekend, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

02/08/2014 to 03/08/2014

Better than last year. FREE travel for all children of 12 or under who bring a favourite teddy.  

Sporting Events

Farcycle FollyFest Sportive, Market Place - Faringdon


This is a timed road run along a predetermined route and typically draws an entry of 100s from around the country. There will be three routes, 35, 70 and 111 miles. The routes will be signposted and there will be marshals to guide people with food and drink along the way. The routes meander through the Cotswolds where the scenery is incomparable. The start and finish will be in the Market Place. Entry fee applies.

Town and Visitors' Regatta - Henley on Thames

02/08/2014 08:30

The Henley Town and Visitors Regatta takes place over approximately 800m of the famous Royal Regatta course, much of which was also used for the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games.

Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta - Shiplake

08/08/2014 to 09/08/2014

This is one of the largest regattas on the River Thames with 1,000 individual competitors taking part in 400 races over 2 days, using skiffs, punts, dinghies, dongolas, and paddle and punt canoes. There are events for boys, girls, men, women, mixed crews and veterans. There will also be an open water swim where participants can either swim 1,000m or 2,000m. There will also be a new food court and a gift shop with regatta memorabilia. Ticket prices apply.

Club to Pub Swim, Henley Rowing Club - Henley on Thames

09/08/2014 19:00

The Club to Pub swim is the latest addition to Henley Swim events. A summer 1.5 km evening swim taking place in the heart of Henley starting from Henley Rowing Club, and finishing at the Historic 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, 45 mins, and for the really speedy 30 mins. To celebrate the first running of the swim, Brakspear have brewed a special commerative beer for the event, called 2 bells. All finishers will receive a bottle of 2 Bells, Brakspears club to pub beer and a medal that doubles as a bottle opener to get it open! Ticket prices apply.

Henley 14 km Bridge to Bridge Swim - Henley on Thames

10/08/2014 08:00

Entries are now being taken. Swum in the style of a ‘sportive’, this event is more relaxed than a race, and is aimed at serious open water swimmers who would like to include a long distance challenge in their summer open water swimming season. It’s not a race as such, but an opportunity for you to test yourself and take in the surroundings at the same time. Anyone who has ventured downstream from Henley will talk of stunning scenery hardly ever seen. The swim is organised into a group format, with teamwork making this a fun and satisfying event with a difference. And don’t forget it’s with the stream which makes progress feel surprisingly easy – a bit like cycling with a tail wind the whole way!  

Didcot Urban Race - Didcot

25/08/2014 10:30

Run, jog or just walk - this is a fun and exciting event for the Summer Bank Holiday organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club, and is ideal for all ages and abilities - families, children and runners too. An orienteering race does not follow a set route, instead you have to visit a series of checkpoints and register each one with an electronic timing chip. The checkpoints may be along streets, alleyways, behind bushes in the areas of parkland or even around the Ladygrove lakes. The challenge is to decide what you think the quickest route will be between the checkpoints and then to find your own way along that route using a special orienteering map. There will be several courses to choose from, ranging from 1km for children in a traffic free area, up to 7km for runners.  Help will also be available.  Registration and parking will be at Didcot Town FC, Bowmont Water, OX11 7AF. Check out the attached flyer. Just come along on the day between 10.00 and 12.00 and we’ll get you started.  Just don’t forget your sense of adventure!  Please do email us if you have any questions:

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Henley Regatta for the disabled - Henley on Thames

30/08/2014 10:00

The annual Regatta for the Disabled brings another fun filled day of boating, rowing or racing on the river for a memorable day out in the late summer sunshine. Familiar attractions include: Rivertime - equipped with a ramp and a lift for wheelchairs, electric launches - walk or carry on to stable boats, Dragon Boat Racing - enter a team and have fun. Novice (or done a bit before) there will be instruction and help on hand, Punch & Judy - by Professor Moon, climbing wall (takes wheelchairs). Millers Ark animals - come and meet friendly sheep, goats and rabbits. Face painting. Hot & cold food and drinks, beer and Pimms, live band, sideshows and more.


Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

03/08/2014 10:30 to 07/12/2014

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

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

13/09/2014 to 14/09/2014

25, 50 or 100 km walk it, jog it, or run it? 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! Now open for registrations.

Art / Exhibitions

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

01/03/2014 to 30/11/2014

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

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

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

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

Commemorating World War One, Thame Museum - Thame

03/05/2014 to 20/08/2014

This summer Thame museum presents an exhibition of family memories of those who served in the Great War. The fascinating exhibits include medals, family stories, photos, postcards and letters from the front. Entry is free of charge.

Every Sad & Lovely Thing, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

03/06/2014 09:30 to 08/08/2014 16:00

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, ‘Every Sad and Lovely Thing’ features objects, family stories and contemporary art. Inspired by a line from a poem by Lieutenant William Noel Hodgson who died aged 23 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the exhibition highlights how stories and objects related to the Great War are passed down from one generation to the next and still retain a poignancy and significance today. Photographs, lucky charms, ornaments made out of shell cases, letters of condolence and demob papers are just a few of the items on display. During the course of the exhibition, there will be 3 evening talks with a World War 1 Theme. Please visit the website for further details. Open Mondays to Saturdays, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Scottish Art Today, Bohun Gallery - Henley on Thames

14/06/2014 10:00 to 16/08/2014 17:00

Bohun Gallery is delighted to be devoting the 2014 Summer Exhibition to a celebration of the very best of Scottish Art. This major show will bring together some of the best known and most influential Scottish artists and sculptors working today and those who shaped the direction of Scottish art during the second half of the 20th Century. Scottish Art Today will also introduce a number of younger painters and sculptors who are receiving great critical acclaim and are likely to be responsible for the continuing development of Scottish art as it progresses through the 21st Century. Bohun Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00. Closed weekday lunchtimes 13.15 to 14.15. Tel: 01491 576228.

Oxfordshire Basketmakers, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

14/06/2014 to 26/08/2014

A beautiful collection of framed work showing how materials, techniques and experience can flow through contemporary basketry.

Interior Growth, Cornerstone - Didcot

10/07/2014 to 16/08/2014

Multidisciplinary Didcot artist, Samantha Wadham interprets textiles through different materials and media, including paper, painting, film and 3D metalwork. Interior Growth recreates floral imagery to explore how society views the working class not as blossoming beauties, but as disregarded weeds that cause damage to the garden, or world. Giving a contemporary twist to the humble wallpaper pattern, this is an exhibition that will inspire and intrigue.  

City of Glass, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch-on-Thames - Reading

12/07/2014 10:00 to 28/08/2014 17:30

After Graduating from Canterbury College with a degree in Fine Art, Ashley Hanson won a Slade School of Art Boise Travel Scholarship to North America, where he made a series of train journeys around the states before painting for two months in a barn in upstate New York, at the home of the sculptor Jon Isherwood. Hanson has continued making work about his experiences in the US, with the series ‘Americascapes’ and ‘The Englands’, which enabled him to interlink paintings inspired by the coastal landscapes of Cornwall and New England. See website for details of gallery openings. 

Henley & WWI, The Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley on Thames

02/08/2014 10:00 to 09/08/2014 17:00

An exhibition that will comprise of a map of Henley at the time of World War 1 showing the locations in which the Henley soldiers lived, worked or were schooled.  The map will be accompanied by a large picture gallery of the town and surrounds of the period. The military aspect will be extensively covered with photographs and artefacts.  There will be audio and visual displays and visitors are welcome to bring their own photos, artefacts and questions regardless of whether they have Henley connections. For further information and contact details please visit the Lest We Forget website
Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AQ.

Caressing Nature, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

27/08/2014 09:30 to 06/09/2014 16:00

Bulgarian born artist, Vladimira Chesa, has always been fascinated by the freedom she has found by creating images. "I could paint anything I wished for and thus, in a way, materialize it.”  Her latest collection of paintings and drawings entitled, ‘Caressing Nature’, the display features paintings and drawings of both wild and domesticated animals - including seagulls, cats and polar bears. There will be a chance to chat with Vladimira about her work when she holds a drop-in ‘Meet the Artist’ session in the exhibition galleries, between 11.00 and 13.00 on Saturday 30 August. Most of the art work will be for sale. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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

06/09/2014 to 04/01/2015

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

The Source, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

20/09/2014 to 18/01/2015

Six abstract artists known as the Parkbench Group have come together to create an exhibition of work inspired by the river Thames, its source, its landscape and its settlements.

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