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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

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.

Island Farm Country Show, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

23/05/2015 10:00 to 24/05/2015 17:00

This year's event will be bigger than ever with lots to see including birds of prey, pets corner, llamas, dog agility, Shetland pony agility, donkeys, dance displays, children's entertainer, Wild West re-enactment camp, model and craft displays, as well as a variety of vintage cars, tractors and motorbikes, many stalls, refreshments, live music and more. Fun Dog Show on both days at 14.00. Live music and entertainment on Saturday night from 19.30 (pay on the door). Come along for a great weekend. Ticket prices apply.

Rare Plants Fair, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

24/05/2015 11:00

Fair & Gardens: Adults £5.00, children £3.00. House, Fair & Gardens: Adults £7.50, children £4.50  Please note the House will be open from 13.00 until 16.00, the additional fee for entry to the House will be collected at the front door. Homemade refreshments available. Tel: 01865 820259. Please note that dogs are not allowed in the house, gardens or plant fair.

Meadow Cottage Open Garden, Christmas Common - Watlington

25/05/2015 12:00

Open garden for The National Garden Scheme. 1¾ acre garden adjoining ancient bluebell woods created by the owner from 1995 onwards, with many areas to explore. A professionally designed vegetable garden, large composting areas, wild flower garden and pond, old and new fruit trees, many shrubs, much varied hedging and large areas of lawn. Shrubs, indigenous trees, copious hedges, C17 barn. Tennis court and swimming pool. and a bluebell woodland during the month of May. Admission: Adults £5, children FREE. Homemade teas and plants for sale. OX49 5HR.

Lime Close open garden for NGS, Drayton - Abingdon on Thames

31/05/2015 14:00

3-acre mature plantsman's garden with rare trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Mixed borders, raised beds, pergola, unusual topiary and shade borders. Herb garden designed by Rosemary Verey. Listed C16 house (not open). Cottage garden designed by MCL Garden Design, focusing on colour combinations and an iris garden with over 100 varieties of tall bearded irises. Many winter bulbs, hellebores and shrubs. Cream teas. Admission £4.50, children FREE. (Visitors also welcome by appointment Feb to June). Lime Close, Drayton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4HU.

Chinnor Open Gardens & Flower Festival - Chinnor

06/06/2015 14:00 to 07/06/2015 18:00

Nine interesting and varied private gardens all within the village, including three new gardens this year along with Chinnor allotments and shop. St Andrews Primary School and Mill Lane Primary School will also open their gardens. Refreshments, cream teas and plants and garden-related items on sale on both days. St Andrew's Church will be decorated with the theme of A Symphony of Flowers. Chinnor & Thame Friends of the Earth Green Fayre on Sunday in the village hall with plant and craft stalls, and information displays promoting the 'Bee campaign'. Proceeds to Chinnor Village Centre, the church and local schools. Cost: £5.00 adults for weekend ticket, accompanied under 16s FREE

The Manor House open for NGS, Sutton Courtenay - Abingdon on Thames

06/06/2015 14:00

Grade II listed gardens greatly influenced by two famous lady gardeners, Norah Lindsey who lived at the Manor House 1895–1940 and Brenda Colvin who remodelled the gardens which are regarded as her finest formal and wild divided gardens. Formal and kitchen gardens, river walks and woodlands. Please note: There are streams and a river in the garden, and care is required. Entry: £6, children FREE. Homemade teas served in the listed barn overlooking the River Thames. Church Street, Sutton Courtenay, OX14 4AD.

Allsorts open garden for NGS, Shrivenham - Faringdon

06/06/2015 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.

Open Farm Sunday at Field Farm, Lewknor - Watlington

07/06/2015 10:00

Murray and Sue Graham welcome you to Open Farm Sunday at Field Farm, Lewknor and the neighbouring Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve. The farm is open from 10.00 to 14.00. Come and meet the animals, including cattle, pigs, sheep, alpacas and chickens.  Learn about what crops are grown on the farm and see some of the farm machinery. Take a tractor and trailer ride up to the nature reserve where you can take a short walk to see the beautiful wild flowers of the chalk downland. You can watch demonstrations of sheep shearing, spinning, traditional woodwork and hurdle making. Learn about bats and meet a red kite up close! Locally produced burgers, sausages and jacket potatoes will be available to buy along with hot drinks and local ice cream. The event is FREE, but donations are welcomed and will be split between Natural England who own the Reserve and the Chilterns Conservation Board who conserve and enhance the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. No dogs.

Open Farm Sunday at White Pond Farm, Stonor - Henley on Thames

07/06/2015 12:00

This arable and beef farm is open for you to come and meet the animals, take a tractor and trailer ride, and have a hosted tour. There will also be a static farm machinery display and refreshments. FREE but donations to charity please for the refreshments and farm tours. This is a Midsomer Murders location.

Open Farm Sunday at Sandy Lane Farm, Tiddington - Thame

07/06/2015 11:00

We will be running tractor-trailer rides (small charge will apply), you can meet our animals and there will be sheep shearing taking place throughout the day.  Walk around the farm to see how our organic veg is grown and visit the farm shop selling organic produce, our free-range meat, as well as local cakes and other goodies. The Smokeyard Kitchen will be running a BBQ and selling delicious Sandy Lane Farm slow roasted smoked pork, sausages and lamb burgers and refreshments will be available from The Horsebox Coffee Co. Come rain or shine! FREE entry, but we do charge for certain activities.

Open Farm Day at Sheeplands Farm, Wargrave - Shiplake

07/06/2015 10:00

Please come and join us and enjoy a family day on the farm. We will be doing lots of activities. These will include tractor and trailer rides, strawberry and raspbery picking, face painting, local bee keeper, M&S stand and tractor display.

Open Farm Sunday at Kingston Hill Farm - Kingston Bagpuize

07/06/2015 14:00

The Christensen family would like to welcome you to Kingston Hill Farm for this year's Open Farm Sunday event. We will meet by the farmhouse and then walk up to the farm to watch the cows being milked, meet a cow and some calves, see where the cows live over the winter and have a look at some farm machinery. Then we will walk back to the farmhouse where some light refreshments will be served and there will be more activities including a display by our milk buyer, Arla Foods and the chance to sample some of the produce that is made with our milk (think Cravendale, Lurpak and Anchor!). There might be the chance to milk a cow and have a go at churning and patting butter. It is a great help for us if you would let us know if you are coming and how many might be in your group so we can make sure we have enough refreshments - our contact details are: email:  tel: 01865 821238. Thank you.

Hambleden Open Gardens, Hambleden - Henley on Thames

13/06/2015 13:00

Hambleden village will have 6 gardens open throughout the valley this year. From the large gardens like Burrow Farm with its own ha-ha around its grounds and beautiful barn where teas will be served, to smaller, cottage gardens in this idyllic brick and flint village. Plenty for all to see. Tea and cakes will also be available in the village hall, together with a market with stalls selling various foodstuffs and collectables, and a raffle with big value prizes. FREE parking is available in the village and at the large gardens. All gardens £8, individual gardens £3, under 16s FREE.

Cumnor Open Gardens, Cumnor - Oxford

13/06/2015 14:00 to 14/06/2015 18:00

Some 15 very varied gardens in the village of Cumnor just west of Oxford will be open for inspection over the weekend In an event organised by the Cumnor Gardening Club. Refreshments will be available in the Cumnor Church Parish Centre from 15.00 to 17.00. Proceeds in aid of TRAX, a local Oxfordshire charity helping disadvantaged young people. Cost: £5.00 per adult to cover both days , accompanied children welcome and FREE of charge. Event passports on sale on both days at Cumnor Church Parish Centre from 13.45 onwards.

East Hagbourne Open Gardens, East Hagbourne - Didcot

14/06/2015 14:00

Open for NGS. Pretty Domesday village, timber frame and local clunch stone houses. Open every 3 years. Follow main road or explore pretty alleyways to visit 9 gardens; Bottom Barn, in the shadow of the C12 church, with topiary and perennial planting; Tudor House, a garden surrounded by barns and walls; Tudor House Allotments, seasonal fruit and vegetables and fine hemerocallis, roses and dahlias; Buckels a sculptured walled garden with cypresses, box and herbs; 5 Higgs Close a colourful garden with herbaceous borders, small pond and vegetable patch. New for 2015; 6 Church Close a C17 farm worker's cottage garden with herbaceous perennials and vegetables; Lime Tree Farm a picturesque village garden and orchard, separated by Hakkas Brook; Lime Tree Cottage with water plants, mature trees, and secret garden; Kingfisher House a family garden with mixed herbaceous planting. Christmas Cottage a family and wildlife friendly garden, pond and flowing mixed borders. Features include access to wildflower meadow, plant sales and home-made teas available in the village. Tudor House will be exhibiting and selling some lovely pots and garden pots in the garden by two potters, Cookie Scottorn and Rosemary Muirhead. Entry Adults £5, children FREE.

Greys Court NT Open for NGS, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

16/06/2015 11:00

The tranquil gardens cover 9 acres and surround a Tudor house with many alterations, as well as a Donkey Wheel and Tower. They include lawns, a maze and small arboretum. The highlights are the series of enchanting walled gardens, a colourful patchwork of interest set amid medieval walls. Meet the gardeners and volunteers who look after the gardens. Refreshments, lunches and afternoon teas served in The Cowshed. Entry fee: Adult £4, child £2.


Wargrave Open Gardens, Wargrave - Shiplake

20/06/2015 14:00 to 21/06/2015 17:00

Wargrave is renowned for having a wide variety of outstanding private gardens in contrasting styles and aspects, tended by knowledgeable and enthusiastic gardeners. The Festival Open Gardens weekend offers you an opportunity to visit some of them, talk to the dedicated people who do the work on them and perhaps be inspired with ideas for your own garden. Some of the locations will offer tea and home-made cakes – what could be nicer than sitting in an English garden on a sunny afternoon enjoying tea and cake? Additionally, the Woodclyffe Allotments will be open to visitors on both of these days, giving you an opportunity to meet some of Wargrave’s finest vegetable growers – and perhaps sample some of their produce. You can also visit the award winning Mumbery Nature Reserve and take part in a Bioblitz! Discover the wildlife there with the help of experts from Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. Admission £3 for one day, £5 for 2 days.

Upper Farm House Open Garden, Warborough - Warborough and Shillingford

20/06/2015 14:00

Upper Farm House is surrounded by around two-thirds of an acre of garden. The house sits on the edge of the pretty village of Warborough, and overlooks the open fields towards Dorchester and Wittenham Clumps. When the owners first took it over, in 1988, this area was a sloping, unhedged, grassy plot, and part of a working farm. There are now 'rooms' enclosed by hedges. As you walk around, you will see each area is slightly different. There is a wild area with an orchard and some beehives, a herbaceous bed, kitchen garden, and a new area under construction. The owners try to have bee and insect-friendly plants. Entry fees: Adults £4.00, Children under 16 FREE (accompanied by an adult).

Blewbury Open Gardens for NGS - Blewbury

21/06/2015 14:00

As celebrated by Rachel de Thame in Gardener’s World. Five gardens in a charming downland village, many with delightful thatched cottages and english cottage gardens. Plant stall and homemade teas. Combined admission £5, accompanied children FREE.

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

21/06/2015 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. 

Paradise Wood Open Evening, Earth Trust - Abingdon on Thames

25/06/2015 18:00

Come and explore the Earth Trust's national research woodland - Paradise Wood - which hosts the largest genetic collection of hardwood timber trees in the country and is not normally open to the public. Join our Forest Research Manager Jo Clark and discover how we use these trials for timber improvement purposes, including the fight against ash dieback fungus, Chalara. Not suitable for younger children. Prices: £5 adult, £2 child. Booking essential, please visit the website.

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.

Rare Plant Fair, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

28/06/2015 10:00

The chance to browse stalls run by expert nurserymen and women specialising in both rare and traditional plants in the beautiful setting of Waterperry Gardens. The event costs £6.50 per adult which includes entrance to the ornamental gardens. Children under 16 FREE. Lunches and refreshments available

Silver Saxifrage Day, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

28/06/2015 11:00

The NCCPG National collection of Kabschia Saxifrages is housed at Waterperry. The extensive collection is located in a courtyard garden, making it much easier to display these beautiful, compact, geometrical miniature plants. The garden contains large raised beds where the several hundred saxifrages are grown interspersed with an interesting mix of alpine plants, which give floral interest right through from January to July. Come along and meet our guest of honour Beryl Bland Author of "Silver Saxifrages" and see our large collection in flower.

Kennington Open Gardens, Kennington - Oxford

28/06/2015 14:00

At least 10 gardens to explore, from 'Best kept' to vegetable plots. In aid of Kennington Oversea Aid. Teas and plant sales at some gardens. A map and details will be supplied on payment of entrance fee at first garden visited. £5(children 14 and under FREE)  Contact:  tel: 01865 452783.

Wheatley Open Gardens for NGS, Wheatley - Oxford

28/06/2015 14:00

Three adjoining gardens in the historic coaching village of Wheatley. Breach House Garden has an established main area with extensive shrubs and perennials, also a more contemporary reflective space with a wild pond. The Manor House is a 1½ acre garden surrounding an Elizabethan manor house (not open). Formal box walk, herb garden, cottage garden with rose arches and a shrubbery with old roses. A romantic oasis in this busy village. The Studio is a cottage style walled garden developed from what was once a farmyard. Herbaceous borders, climbing roses and clematis, shrubs, vegetable plot and fruit trees. All in all a lovely little collection of gardens set in the busy village of Wheatley. Various musical events. Combined admission £4.00, children FREE. Cream teas at The Manor House.

Thame Open Gardens for NGS - Thame

05/07/2015 14:00

Four gardens set in the historic market town of Thame. A small cottage style garden filled with pots, pools and perennials; a colourful corner plot of beds, borders and containers full of almost every plant imaginable; a walled garden with raised beds, fruit trees, climbers and perennials; and neighbours combining two gardens with water features, tropical plants, sculptures and spa. Combined admission £4, children FREE. Homemade teas.

Rare Plant Fair, Stonor Park - Henley on Thames

12/07/2015 11:00

A day out at a Rare Plant Fair should be a enjoyable experience for every visitor, whether a novice or experienced gardener or indeed someone who just likes wandering around beautiful gardens. Exceptional nurseries attending will offer a wide range of interesting shrubs, perennials and bulbs to enhance your garden. All nurseries are dedicated to giving you well grown plants, at reasonable prices, along with information to ensure that the plants you buy thrive in your garden. Entry: Fair and Gardens £6.00, House, Fair + Gardens £10. The house will be open from 14.00 to 16.00. Additional entrance fee for the house will be collected at the house entrance. Light refreshments available. Tel: 01491 638587

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.

Ashbrook House open garden for NGS - Blewbury

06/09/2015 14:00

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.

Rare Plant Fair Adwell House, Adwell - Watlington

06/09/2015 11:00

£5 per adult includes entrance to the gardens. Children under 16 FREE. A proportion of the gate proceeds will be donated to the Amber Foundation. The Adwell Estate lies on ground sloping down from the Chiltern Hills, and the major feature of the garden is the water garden with magnificent trees dominating the lawns. Refreshments - teas and bacon baps available. Website: Telephone: 0845 468 1368. Well-controlled dogs on short leads are allowed in the gardens and fair.


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.

Oxfordshire County & Thame Show - Thame

17/09/2015 08:30

Thame Show is billed as The Greatest One Day Agricultural Show in the country with competitions for sheep, cattle, horses, and showjumping with some of the country's finest riders. Other attractions include a premier dog show, fun dog show, scurry driving, cattle parade, classic cars, agricultural display, parade of hounds, display of birds and alpacas, Sheep National, pig agility, sheepdogs, gundogs, and Cyril the Squirrel Terrier racing. The Food Theatre and Bakery Show will be a feature with demonstrations of glass blowing, leatherworking and stick making. There will be local school children performing on the stage singing and dancing. The army will be on site with a display of weaponry, the Oxfordshire Fire Service with their safety display and Chinnor Rugby Club with their young teams showcasing touch rugby. There is a public bar, and also two large food courts selling a whole range of food and drink. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities in the Food Hall, Shopping and Craft Marquees, Home & Garden section and a vast assortment of trade stalls to buy from. The headline attraction this year in the Main Ring will be the amazing Devil’s Horsemen featuring chariot racing and stunt riding. Ticket prices apply.


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.

Artists & Makers Fair, Town Hall - Thame

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

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


Fairs & Festivals

Village Fete, Wheatley - Oxford

25/05/2015 14:00

Annual United Reformed Church fete in beautiful village gardens at 116 Church Road. Afternoon teas, games for all ages including Aunt Sally and all your favourite stalls - cakes, books, plants, tombola, etc. FREE entry. Tel: 01844 339384.

Harwell Feast, Harwell - Didcot

25/05/2015 11:00

Parade, crafts, car boot sale, stalls, refreshments, pig roast, BBQ, and an arena with entertainment for all the family. Come and join us in Harwell village. Starts at 11.00 on the High Street with a parade of floats. Bring the family, FREE parking. Entry by programme, £2 in advance from local shops. £3 on the day. Children FREE.

Family Fete Day, The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton - Chiselhampton

06/06/2015 12:00

The day will include lots of fete games such as a coconut shy, tombola, bouncy castle, delicious BBQ, pork roast and much more. Please put the date in your diary and be sure to come along to help raise money for our animals at The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary.

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.

Watchfield Village Fete and Dog Show, Watchfield - Faringdon

06/06/2015 12:00

A family fun day, including a fun fair, companion dog show, arena and stage acts, live music, bar, BBQ, Pimms, refreshments,  Punch & Judy show, magic show, animal attractions, craft stalls, car boot, majorettes, children's entertainment, coconut shy, cake stall, bottle tombola and much more. Everyone welcome. At the Watchfield Recreation Ground, High Street, Watchfield, Oxfordshire, SN6 8SW.

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.

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

07/06/2015 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. 

D-Day Commemoration + Village Festival, Chilton - Didcot

07/06/2015 13:00

To be opened at 13.00 by Ed Vaizey. 13.00-17.00 Stalls, displays, entertainment, teas and cake, food and bar. 17.00 to 18.00 D-Day 70th anniversary commemoration service at Harwell Stone. This marks the end of the runway from which aircraft of No 38 Group Royal Air Force took off on the night of 5 June 1944, with troops of the 6th Airborne Division. They were the first British soldiers to land in Normandy in the main assault of the liberation of Europe. Service is organised by The Royal British Legion. 18.00-late Bar, hot food and live music with Vintage Sounds, Jerry 'Diamond', The Good Old Boys and Dancing through the Decades.

Wargrave Village Festival - Shiplake

10/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

This festival runs for a staggering two and a half weeks, and this year the festival will be 40 years and we promise that it will be even bigger, better, and more inclusive than before! The theme for the Festival is Mad Hatters of Wargrave. This was chosen because in 2015 it will be 150 years ago that Lewis Caroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a fitting tribute to a great writer with which we can have loads of fun! The festival includes theatre, story telling, singing, music, dancing, boating, sports, 10k race, Mad Hatters tea party, parties, quiz night, food festival, open gardens, fun day, flower festival, fete, craft fair, parade, BBQ, magical evening with Paul Daniels, and speakers: author Joanna Trollope, antiques expert Thomas Plant and cricketer Henry Olonga. See programme for full details. Ticket prices apply.

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Uptonogood? Mountain Bike & Music Festival, Upton - Didcot


Uptonogood? is a mountain bike event and live music festival for experienced riders and novice families alike. Run by volunteers from Upton village and the local mountain bike fraternity, it aims to raise money for local projects and causes, offering exhilarating rides, fine food and drink, and a great mix of live music. Almost entirely off-road, the cycle routes wind their way through the beautiful North Wessex Downs, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompassing the Ridgeway and surrounding bridleways. Uptonogood? now offers five routes devised to cater for all ages and abilities: 5 mile Little Wheels ride, 12 mile Family ride, 18 mile Teen Spirit ride, 25 mile Leisure ride and 35 mile Endurance ride. All routes have been improved for 2015! All the rides start and finish in Upton village where besides the cycling there will be fun and frolics for all the family, including beer tent, BBQ, tea/coffee and cakes, pump track, adventure playground, vintage bike display and raffle with great prizes. There’s also a FREE music festival, with a great mix of ska, world, folk, indie and dirty blues!

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!

Great Milton Church Fete, Great Milton - Thame

13/06/2015 14:00

To be opened by Les Preston. Come along and join us for the dog show and scarecrow competition as well as games, local craft and produce stalls.

Stanford Summer Festival, Stanford-in-the-Vale - Wantage

13/06/2015 to 14/06/2015

On and around the Church Green. Events include a Flower Festival, and this year's theme is 'The Land of Nursery Rhymes', Wantage Silver Band, Lenny's Lizards and rescued reptiles, 'Fred in the Shed', Juggling John, bouncy castles, family entertainment, live music, a bake-off, photography competition. There will be plenty of refreshments including beer tents and a BBQ. 

Little Milton Church Fete, Little Milton - Thame

20/06/2015 14:00

To be opened by Bill Heine from Radio Oxford. Entertainment includes a concert band, dancing, falconry, children's activities and entertainment, cars, vintage cycles, and woodland crafts There will be all the usual stalls such as cakes, plants, tombolas, books, toys ,bric-a-brac, raffle, refreshments and much more ... At The Old Vicarage, Church Hill.

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

20/06/2015 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.

Harpsden Village Fete, Harpsden - Henley on Thames

21/06/2015 12:30

Attractions include a dog show at 13:00, a huge bouncy slide, pony rides, circus skills workshop, children's races, kids tombola, raffle and silent auction - which includes the fabulous prize of spending a day on the set of Midsomer Murders!. Also beer tent, cream teas and cake sale.

Towersey Manor Fete, Towersey - Thame

21/06/2015 12:30

A traditional fete in lovely surroundings offering an afternoon of fun and entertainment. Come along and enjoy live music from Virtual Blue, FREE tours of the garden, the Punch and Judy show, craft stall, BBQ and Pimms, cream teas, raffle and silent auction, fire engine, children’s inflatables and races, coconut shy and many more traditional games and stalls. FREE parking and disabled parking.  Admission: Adults £2, accompanied children FREE. In the grounds of The Manor, Manor Road, Towersey, OX9 3QR. Contact Debbie Mellor, tel: 01844 214888, email:

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

21/06/2015 09:00 to 20/12/2015 16:00

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

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.

Peace in the Park - The Festival of Spirit - Nuneham Courtenay

24/07/2015 to 26/07/2015

Imagine a festival of ideas, music and fun that happens in an incredibly beautiful place with an ambiance of deeply chilled relaxation dreamed up by people with a wild sense of optimism. Where you can relax with a cup of tea under an ancient cedar, stroll into a fascinating talk, chill-out in an enchanting meditation pavilion and stumble across gorgeous enclaves of music that waft you into a wonderful headspace. With a woodland teeming with natural activities for kids and families, a fairytale theatre under a canopy of oaks, and spaces to imagine a brighter future. A beautiful dream? or Peace in the Park 2015. FREE event. Grounds open: Friday 14.30 to 19.00 Saturday and Sunday 10.30 to 19.30. At The Global Retreat Centre.

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:

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. To coincide with The Bunkfest, Wallingford Museum is offering 2-for-1 tickets, and a history walk at 11.00 on Sunday 6 September.

Thame Fair, High Street - Thame

17/09/2015 12:00 to 19/09/2015 23:00

Thame Fair is traditionally held on the third Thursday of September to coincide with the Thame Show. The fair is held in the High Street and Upper High Street and during this time Thame town centre becomes a fair-ground for young and old!  Road closures and bus diversions will be in place to ensure public safety. The Thame Fair photograph is credited to Nick White

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.

Food & Drink

Not Just a Beer Festival, West Hendred - Wantage

05/06/2015 to 06/06/2015

On Saturday there will be fun family events until 17.00 with Aunt Sally, under 5s bouncy castle, skittles, tug of war competition, splat the rat and welly throwing. At 19.00 the acoustic music starts. A beer festival on Friday evening and Saturday with our biggest selection of real ales on tap, plus ciders, wines, soft drinks and FREE squash. There will be indoor pub games. Great food and BBQ on Friday 19.00 to 22.00 and Saturday, a hog roast from 12 noon to 22.00. Vegetarian food also. At West Hendred village hall. Friday 18.00 to 23.00 and Saturday 11.00 to 23.00. Admission is £3.50 to include a glass, programme and all events. Children FREE on Saturday 11.00 to 17.00.

Didcot Live Beer, Cider & Music Festival, Civic Hall - Didcot

05/06/2015 18:00 to 07/06/2015 22:00

In partnership with Didcot Civic Hall, we will be running our first beer, cider and music festival. The event will feature a selection of real ales, locally produced cider and 2.5 days of live music on three stages. We have a healthy collection of musical talents to keep you entertained over the weekend. There will also be craft stalls, and food available. Details of the current line up and schedule are on the website and our Facebook page FREE entry all weekend.  

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. 

Chinnor Food & Drink Festival, White's Field - Chinnor

13/06/2015 11:00

The Chinnor Village Centre is very pleased to announce the first Chinnor Food Festival. It is being held on Whites Fields next to Mill Lane School. Lots of food and drink stands, live entertainment and much more. Entrance and parking is FREE.

A Taste of Wargrave, Wargrave - Shiplake

20/06/2015 11:00

There’s something for gastronomes from four to 84 at this fast-growing event in the Festival Marquee. Come along and savour the experience. No tickets to buy, just turn up on the day! With live food preparation demos by the area’s leading chefs; stalls featuring great quality local produce and much more to sample and nibble – A Taste of Wargrave is the Festival foodie’s dream come true.

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.

Garden Tour & Lunch, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons - Thame

01/07/2015 11:00

A real treat lies in store this summer at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Raymond Blanc’s stunning Oxfordshire country house hotel at Great Milton. The legendary two Michelin star restaurant is laying on a special lunch and summer garden tour for visitors to this year’s Thame Food Festival, offering a truly unforgettable day out. What’s more, as avid supporters of the festival, Raymond Blanc and his team from Le Manoir are arranging this fabulous day at an exclusive price, making it an unmissable opportunity to spoil a foodie friend or loved one or simply yourself!
Snap up your place today and you’ll enjoy a superb behind the scenes visit to one of the country’s most luxurious hotels. Guests can arrive from 11.00 for canapés and aperitifs in the La Belle Epoque Garden. Lunch will be at noon in the elegant setting of La Belle Époque private dining room. Here you’ll enjoy a superb four course lunch created especially for you by the skilled chefs in Raymond Blanc’s kitchen, using some of the amazing seasonal produce that grows in the garden. Each course will be matched with selected wines and afterwards coffee will be served while you sit back and relax in the glamorous surroundings of this intimate room.
You can walk off your lunch heading off in small groups for the garden tour. With the expert gardeners by your side, you’ll walk through the inspiring two acre plot, taking in all its impressive features. Admire the tranquil Japanese tea garden created by landscape designer Robert Ketchell; the beautiful English water garden which is fed by natural springs and was founded by the monks who lived in the property in the 16th century; and finally La Vallée de Champignons, the unique mushroom valley. Inspect the immaculate vegetable and herb gardens which supply the chefs with over 90 different varieties of freshly grown organic vegetables and 70 types of herbs, and the colourful flower and herbaceous beds in the main garden, in all their summer glory. Take your time to soak up the atmosphere before you leave having had a wonderful experience. Ticket prices apply.

Beer Festival, Seven Stars on the Green, Toot Baldon - Nuneham Courtenay

03/07/2015 12:00 to 05/07/2015 21:00

This year's beer festival has been extended to an extra 2 days of excellent beers and entertainment. 25-30 beers available from regulars White Horse and Loose Cannon to a few surprises from across the county and country! On Friday, beers are available from lunchtime at 12 noon, so why not book a table for lunch or dinner. From 19.00 the Shakedown Prophets, a brilliant returning band will be playing in the entertainment tent. On Saturday the beer tent is open all day! There will be 3 bands playing in the entertainment tent all afternoon and evening. These are Retrobate, Subway and Flower Station. Hog Roast and BBQ all day. On Sunday, once again the beer tent is open all day, so why not book a table for Sunday roast. Bruce and Tally will close the entertainment tent from 16.00 with a set of covers. Ticket prices apply.  

Guinness Weekend, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

18/07/2015 10:30 to 19/07/2015 17:00

Enjoy a pint of the Black Stuff served on board the train (middle coach), hauled by one of our three Heritage Diesels from the Guinness Park Royal Brewery. Our other Heritage Diesels may be viewed as a static display. Guinness is a trademark of DIAGEO Great Britain. Ticket prices apply. See website for timetable.

Oxfordshire Chilli Festival, Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

15/08/2015 10:00

The Oxfordshire Chilli Festival is a festival of food with a fiery twist and is a family friendly, great day out for food-lovers, no matter how hot – or not – you like it!  Not only is there a chilli eating competition and a chance for you to win bragging rights as Oxfordshire’s champion of chilli cooking, there’s live music, children's activities, a very special gig in the evening at the Crown and Thistle, the very best chilli artisans from all over the UK and beyond, alongside the finest collection of Oxfordshire’s food drink and crafters, and some amazing street food! The Oxfordshire heat of the UK Chilli Cook Off Association will also be held at the Festival. FREE entry.

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


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

Open House & Gardens Milton Manor House, Milton - Abingdon on Thames

17/05/2015 14:00 to 31/05/2015 17:00

Come along and visit a stately home lived in by the family. Enjoy guided tours, woodland walks, the enchanting walled garden and fun all around the grounds for the children. A good day out for all the family with plenty to see and do for all ages! For under 14s only there is a treehouse in the garden and the stockade in the woods. House tours take place at 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00. No need to book. FREE parking. No dogs allowed except for guide dogs. Admission fees apply, please visit the website.

Diesel Gala & Real Ale Festival, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

23/05/2015 10:30 to 25/05/2015 17:00

Special event with confirmed locomotives: 56006; 50035; Ark Royal; 45060; Sherwood Forester; 37037; D2120 (from Fawley Hill). We are also hoping for additional locomotives including, examples of classes 08 and 66. The real ale festival will include 12 cask ales and 12 other bottled ales, and six ciders. The Radstock North Signalbox will be open to visitors. Visit the website to purchase advance tickets from Ticketweb (booking fee applies) - a FREE Didcot Railway Centre glass will be given on the day to all those presenting adult and senior tickets bought this way.


MG 25th Anniversary Open Day - Abingdon on Thames

23/05/2015 10:00

The MG Car Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an open day at Kimber House, the former MG factory site in Cemetery Road. This is your chance to see some of the largest archive of MG memorabilia in the world.  Alongside the celebrations, the White Horse pub in nearby Ock Street will hold an MG day with live music, food and classic cars.

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.


Scarecrow Trail, East Hagbourne - Didcot

23/05/2015 10:00 to 07/06/2015

This is the 11th year for the Annual Scarecrow Trail in East Hagbourne. Buy a map for £1 at the Village Shop or at the Fleur Pub, and follow the Scarecrow Trail around the village. Join us for tea and cakes at St Andrew's Church from 13.00 to 17.00 on Sundays 24 and 31 May and 7 June. Then vote for your favourite scarecrow. The winner will be announced at the Village Fete on 13 June. The Trail is a fun event and any profit will be given to St Anne's Hospital in Liuli, Tanzania. Contact: tel: 01235 813393, email

Classic Car Rally, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

24/05/2015 11:00

Classic and vintage car displays together with steam or diesel train rides. Trains depart Chinnor Station at 11:00, 12:15 (diesel), 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30. No need to book just come along!

Spring Weekend Trains, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

24/05/2015 11:00 to 25/05/2015 17:00

Steam hauled trains depart Wallingford Station at 11:05, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05 and 16:05. Trains depart Cholsey Station at 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35, 16.35. Ticket prices apply.

Senior Citizens Specials, C&PRR - Chinnor

24/05/2015 10:30 to 25/05/2015 17:00

All senior citizens travel half price on these two days. No need to book, just come along! Superb cream teas are served in the afternoon, and advance booking is essential. Either tel: 07979 055366 or book direct online. Trains depart Chinnor station at 11.00, 12.15 (diesel), 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30. Ticket prices apply.

Oxon YFC County Rally & Family Fun Day - Henley on Thames

24/05/2015 10:00

Organised by Henley Young Farmers at the Fawley Hill Estate of Sir and Lady McAlpine. Members of young farmers clubs across Oxfordshire will compete in more than 100 competitions, including cookery, art, woodwork, obstacle races, digger handling and welly wanging. In the afternoon all the clubs will take part in the tug of war contest in the main ring followed by the club float parade. Many other attractions include birds of prey, heavy horses, a motorcycle display team, steam traction engines, children's rides and a 300ft inflatable assault course. There will also be a bar serving local beers and ciders, local food stands, trade and craft stalls. The Fawley Hill steam railway and museum will be open. Entry: Adults £5, Children aged 6 to 10 £3, under 10s, FREE.

FREE Open Day, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

30/05/2015 10:00

This is your chance to take a look behind the scenes. Have you ever looked at a diesel engine compartment, or seen how the signals work. Come along and find out how this volunteer run railway operates, take a FREE ride and more. Special timetable applies.

VW Owners' Rally, Stonor Park - Henley on Thames

31/05/2015 09:00

Entry £11.00 per person over the age of 16. Contact: John Daniel 01628 604254 At Stonor Park, Stonor, near Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6HF.

Open House & Garden, Kingston Bagpuize House - Kingston Bagpuize

01/06/2015 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.

Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show, Pangbourne - Goring and Streatley

05/06/2015 to 07/06/2015

See the widest range of boats in one place, all set around a beautiful lake beside the River Thames. Enjoy family days out lazing by the lake in the sun. Family camping & Thames side mooring available. New features include make a model boat, make a sail, understand the art of knots, learn about navigation & maritime history and foraging for wild food. There will be a Marine Village with quality products to buy and great food and beer. FREE boat trips for all ages. FREE visitor parking with easy access Admission tickets include entry to The Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show, The Classic Car & Bike Paddock (including the Napier-Railton display, on 6 June) and The Beale Park Wild Life Park & Gardens. Classic car owners welcome! Visit the website to view the 2015 Showguide.

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.

Senior Citizen Weekend, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

06/06/2015 10:30 to 07/06/2015 17:00

One senior citizen (over 60) travels FREE with each full fare paying adult. Trains depart Wallingford at 11:05, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05 and 16:05. Trains depart Cholsey at 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35 and 16:35. Ticket prices apply.

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

06/06/2015 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.

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

07/06/2015 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.

Singer Car Owners' Club National Day, Stonor Park, Stonor - Henley on Thames

14/06/2015 12:00

Usual entry rates apply.

Wallingford Carnival - Wallingford

20/06/2015 13:00

The theme for this year's Carnival will be "The Circus". We hope this will inspire all of you to take part in the procession to come up with a high standard of entries. The procession will start at 13.00 from Wallingford School and travel along St George's Road, Croft Road and passing through the Town Centre en route to the Kinecroft arriving at about 14.00. The Carnival Ambassadors will be chosen from residents of Wallingford and the surrounding area and aged between 7 and 11. One girl and one boy, representing each school in the area, take part in the competition on Saturday 6 June from 15.00 to 17.00 in the Wallingford School Drama Studio. The stalls will be in the Market Place and the Local Producers Market will be in the Regal Centre.

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.

Model Railway Exhibition, St John's Primary School - Wallingford

21/06/2015 10:00

Make tracks for Wallingford's first model railway show at St John’s Primary School. More than 15 model railway layouts, along with a number of trade stands, will be on show in a variety of scales from tiny Z gauge to garden sized G scale. The exhibition is being well supported by clubs and modellers from around Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire and many of the layouts are new to the exhibition circuit. Of particular interest is Kuritu Line, a two dimension layout of both rural and urban Japanese scenes. There will also be a selection of layouts: Plas Halt, Dawes Creek and Halland. You will see Oxfordshire based layouts in the Abingdon Branch Line and Witney Euston and Dowdan International, an airport layout and for the American modeller, Southern Renegades. St John’s Primary School is located at Paddock Road, Wallingford, OX10 9AG. It is down the road from Wallingford station, which is running father’s day steam specials on the day from Cholsey to Wallingford (see separate event listing). FREE parking onsite at the school. Admission is Adult £4, children £1.50, and families £10 (2+2). Tel: 07595 255150.

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

21/06/2015 10:00 to 18/10/2015 16:00

Part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4s campaign, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company comprises two highly skilled and friendly instructors helping all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree within Greys Court. Learn how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while securely attached in a harness. At the top of the tree, gain an experience that can't be gained at ground level. Booking is advisable. £18.50. Booking is essential, please visit the website These take place on Sundays 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 20 September and 18 October 2015.

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. 

Transport Weekend - Wallingford

27/06/2015 10:30 to 28/06/2015 17:00

Transport themed displays at Wallingford Station. Trains depart Wallingford Station at 11:05, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05 and 16:05. Trains depart Cholsey Station at 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35, 16.35. Ticket prices apply.

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.

All in a Day's Work, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

12/09/2015 10:30 to 13/09/2015 17:00

The Black Python real ale bar will be open and signalling will be in operation on the Branch Line. Ticket prices apply.  

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: 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.

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.

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell, Cornerstone - Didcot

20/06/2015 20:00

Jay has been the Observer’s restaurant critic for over 12 years, is the resident food expert on The One Show and a regular judge on Masterchef. In My Dining Hell he examines our love affair with bad reviews, tells us about the most excruciating nights out he’s had and a whole lot more. A hugely entertaining show in the company of the man recently voted the best food and drink journalist in Britain. Ticket prices apply.

Live Music

Rokefest Beer & Music Festival, Roke - Benson

22/05/2015 to 24/05/2015

Rokefest is wall-to-wall music with an impressive selection of real ales on tap and great pub food, all set in a 16th Century pub in the South Oxfordshire village of Roke, near Benson. The festival has been running for 12 years and is gathering a loyal following. Rokefest is hosted annually by The Home Sweet Home in Roke on the last bank holiday in May. The garden will be fully covered by a marquee, so no need to bring your wellies! BBQ food will also be available throughout the festival. This year the lives of Roke and Rokemarsh were turned upside down by some serious fires and to acknowledge the help and bravery given by the attending fire crews from all over Oxfordshire we have decided to donate all funds raised from this years Rokefest to The Fire Fighters charity. All the musicians will be giving their time for free to entertain you over the weekend and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to give generously for this worthy cause. Entry will be FREE but if you would like to make a donation towards a Rokefest 15 wrist band, all proceeds will go to the charity. We look forward to seeing you there!

The English Music Festival - Dorchester on Thames

22/05/2015 to 25/05/2015

Join us for the ninth English Music Festival in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. Highlights for 2015 include the World Premiere of George Butterworth's Fantasia for Orchestra, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert also featuring Finzi's haunting Cello Concerto with Raphael Wallfisch; Roderick Williams starring in a concert of Butterworth, Holst and Boughton, and choral music by Howells, Vaughan Williams and Walton from the Elysian Singers. From British folk-songs and chamber recitals to early music and a 1930s dance band, this Festival offers a wealth of music to discover and explore. Ticket prices apply.

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.

Blues and Beer Festival, Regal Centre - Wallingford

12/06/2015 to 13/06/2015

Come along to Oxfordshire's premier blues and beer festival! Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival is a charity music and beer festival run by local volunteers. All funds have gone towards promoting live music in Wallingford and helping youth development projects in the town and surrounding areas. Having gained a reputation as one of the best Blues festivals in the UK, this town centre venue (in a former cinema) creates a unique atmosphere with its excellent sound quality and unique combination of inside and outside areas. All of which is no doubt helped by regular capacity crowds. Saturday afternoon is family friendly and is a great way of introducing children to the joys of live music. Great live Blues music, real ales, cider, wine, soft drinks and BBQ. Ticket prices apply. 2015 is our 25th Anniversary!

Live at the Tithe, Tithe Barn, Coxwell - Great Coxwell

13/06/2015 11:45

Live at the Tithe is a celebration of local arts and brings together the best of the local musicians, singers, dancers, artists and crafts people, and storytellers. It is a FREE day which is sponsored by local charities and businesses and culminating in an evening ticketed concert in the fabulous Tithe Barn. Please visit the website for the full programme.

Beacon Festival, Hill Farm - Watlington

19/06/2015 to 20/06/2015

A boutique family event celebrating the longest day of summer high up on The Chiltern Hills of South Oxfordshire. It may be the furthest point from the sea but there will be a hot, holiday feel to this event, sparking the epitome of summer with a weekend of enlightened entertainment and the best sunset for miles! The festival will host over 50 bands performing across 3 stages, a food piazza of some of the regions finest gourmets and gastronomical delights, real ale, local cider and cocktail bars, a creative shopping experience, workshops, a fun-filled children’s zone, relaxing holistic therapy and of course camping including posh tents for that extra bit of luxury. Ticket prices apply.

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.


The Choir of Oriel College - Faringdon


This fundraising concert by the Choir of Oriel College, Oxford, is taking place in St Mary's Church, Buckland, near Faringdon, on 20 June. Drinks and canapes served from 6:30pm. The evening will include a concert of choral and organ music and proceeds from this event will go towards the restoration and preservation fund. 

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.

TRUCK Festival, Hill Farm - Steventon

17/07/2015 to 18/07/2015

Truck is a music festival held at Hill Farm, Church Lane, Steventon, OX13 6SW. There are four stages hosting a range of music including rock, pop, dance, folk, jazz and blues. Food, drink and camping are available. This is a family friendly festival with a quiet family camping area, and workshops, activities and performances for the children.  See the website for details of the lineup, and to book your tickets. 

Fleur Fest, Live Music & Ale Festival, East Hagbourne - Didcot

24/07/2015 to 26/07/2015

At the Fleur de Lys public house. Three days of live music and real ale. Please visit the website for details of the acts.

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

Oxfordshire Drama Network Drama Festival of One-Act Plays - Abingdon on Thames

08/06/2015 19:30 to 13/06/2015

Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) presents a festival comprising two one-act plays performed every evening from the Monday to Friday, with the best three called back for the Saturday Gala night. This is a friendly festival and our main aim is to bring people together, both in a celebration of theatre and as a learning experience. Ticket prices apply. Box office: The Bookstore, Abingdon Precinct, tel: 01235 821351 or on the door. At the Unicorn Theatre, Checker Walk.

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.


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

11/07/2015 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.


Seasonal Events

Gnometastic, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

23/05/2015 10:00 to 01/06/2015 17:30

Half term fun in the gardens with Gnometastic. Find the 8 gnomes hiding in our special gnome area and write their names on the sheet. Be careful, 1 gnome has his name back to front! Find your way to the School Allotment to find an extra gnome with no gname. Once you have found all 9 gnomes, claim your prize in the garden shop. No booking required, just turn up on the day! £2 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the normal garden entrance fee of £6.80 applies. 

Steam Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

27/05/2015 10:30

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 May, steam days take place on Sat 9 + Sun 10, Sat 16 + Sun 17 and Wed 27.

May Half Term Activities, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

27/05/2015 10:30 to 28/05/2015

Get Crafty! Wednesday 27 May, 10.30-12.30. A fun morning for families!  Have a go at crafts inspired by objects in our collection. Weave on a frame and make yourself a bookmark! See Jane Cook's fab cut out pictures, then make a card! FREE but we welcome donations! Suitable for everyone aged 3 - adult.
Victorian Pastimes! Thursday 28 May, 10.30-12.00. More drop-in family fun! Have a go at making lace, quilling, learn to write on a slate, handle Victorian objects, meet Victorian poet Mr Martin Tupper and more! FREE but we welcome donations. Suitable for children aged 3 - adult. 

Father's Day, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

21/06/2015 10:30

Normal Running Day and admission prices apply.

Father's Day, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

21/06/2015 10:30

Dads travel FREE when accompanied by a fare paying passenger. FREE bus service between Princes Risborough and Chinnor stations. Trains depart Chinnor Station at 11:00, 12:15 (diesel), 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30. Ticket prices apply. No need to book just come along! The railway offers superb cream teas on the afternoon services. Cream teas need to be booked

Father's Day, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

21/06/2015 10:00

With free entry for Dads to the ornamental gardens and a special Fathers Day menu in the Teashop, Miss H’s, including a selection of local beers, there’s nowhere better to take Dad on his special day.

Father's Day Trains, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

21/06/2015 10:30

Fathers travel half price when accompanied by full fare paying children.  Trains depart Wallingford at 11:05, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05 and 16:05. Trains depart Cholsey at 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35 and 16:35. Ticket prices apply.

Summer Holiday Activities, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

28/07/2015 to 25/08/2015

Flowers and Fountains - 28 July 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Take inspiration from the famous garden belonging to Sennufer in Ancient Egypt to make a painting using resist techniques and coloured inks. 4 – 11 years, £8.50.

Taylor Tugs Holiday Happenings - 29 July, 12 August 2025, 11.00 to 12.30. Make, sing and play with creative summer fun. 18 months – 5 years, £6.50.
Eid - 30 July 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Celebrate Eid making cards and geometric decorations.
Froggy Families - 4 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Use tin foil art to mould whole Froggy Families complete with lily pads and water lilies. 4 – 7 years, £8.50.
Wild Wednesdays: Meadow Mayhem - 5 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Discover the wildlife of Marsh Meadows and create art from nature. 7 – 11 years, £8.50.
Nefertiti Jewellery - 11 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Design and make your own lucky charm scarab and include it in a beaded bangle. 7 – 11 years, £8.50.
Gardens of Ancient Egypt - 18 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Learn how to slab build in clay to produce a decorative Egyptian style garden with endless possibilities. 11 – 15 years, £10 including materials and firing.
Wild Wednesday: Brilliant Birds - 19 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Explore the secret world of birds on the doorstep of the Museum and get arty and crafty. 7 – 11 years, £8.50.
Funky Pharaohs – Kings of Bling - 25 August 2015, 10.30 to 12.30. Find out about Egyptian Pharaohs and make some fancy jewellery with mosaics and card. Sparkle in the Valley of the Kings. 4 – 7 years, £8.50.  

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

01/08/2015 to 02/08/2015

Better than last year. FREE travel for all children of 12 or under who bring a favourite teddy. Trains depart Wallingford Station at 11:05, 12:05, 13:05, 14:05, 15:05 and 16:05. Trains depart Cholsey Station at 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35, 16.35. Ticket prices apply.

Sporting Events

Wallingford 5k + 10K Thames Run + Fete, Crowmarsh Gifford - Wallingford

24/05/2015 10:00

A new simplified multi terrain route that now starts and finishes at Crowmarsh Gifford C.E. Primary School. A 5K route is available for the first time for those daunted by the full 10K! Bring your friends and family to enjoy the summer fete taking place in the school grounds after the run for lots of family fun. Please note, the Thames Run is no longer based at Howbery Business Park. We’d like to thank Howbery Business Park for hosting the run over the years. Our new venue allows us to improve the route, offer two distances and more flexibility to host the fete. We hope you enjoy the change. Entry fees apply.

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.

Crisis Summer Swim, Queensford Lakes - Dorchester on Thames

06/06/2015 11:00

Hosted at the stunning Queensford Lakes just south of Oxford, choose your challenge and swim one of four distances (100m, 250m, 500m, 750m) in under 10 minutes. Swim solo or as a team of four and if you dare, make a splash in your best fancy dress. Prizes for the fastest swimmers, best fancy dress, and top fundraiser. Warm-up and support from a professional open water swimming coach, onsite hot tub and sauna available to ease aching muscles, and plenty of fun on offer for all the family with a BBQ and lakeside entertainment. So gather your friends, families, and colleagues, and come and Jump in the Lake!


Chiltern Chase 5km, 10km & 15km Run, - Ewelme

07/06/2015 10:00

Run the 10th anniversary Chiltern Chase! The Chiltern Chase comprises 10km & 5km multi-terrain runs, in and around the beautiful South Oxfordshire village of Ewelme. Being situated in the Chiltern Hills, both courses take in the bridleways, off-road tracks and some road sections with numerous amazing Red Kites flying overhead, before coming back to finish on the village common in Ewelme. New for 2015 is a 15km. Come and join us for one of the most picturesque runs in the South of England, celebrating it's 10th anniversary.

Wargrave 10k & Junior Fun Run, Wargrave - Shiplake

14/06/2015 09:15

The Wargrave Runners Club is setting out to break all records this year with its 33rd annual 10k race. The race starts and finishes at the Wargrave Recreation Ground and follows a course around Wargrave and through the leafy lanes of Cockpole Green and Crazies Hill. It has long been popular with runners from all over Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. This year we hope to beat the amount we donated to charity last year. The Junior Fun Run is the 4th being held and takes place around the Recreation Ground. The Junior Fun Run starts at 09.15 and the 10k at 10.00. Entry fees apply.

Wantage Triathlon - Wantage


About 180 athletes from across the UK will run, cycle and swim in the triathlon, now in its 16th year. It consists of an 800m indoor swim, a 35km bicycle ride and 12km run. Competitors cross three separate counties, with the toughest part being considered by many to be Smith Hill. The fastest competitors to scale the obstacle will win special 'King and Queen of the Hill' awards. All competitors receive a medal and t-shirt. The public is welcome to attend.

Henley Kids Fun Triathlon, Gillotts School - Henley on Thames


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


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.

Wallingford Festival of Cycling - Wallingford

21/06/2015 12:00

A day celebrating many forms of cycling including community based events as well as competitive cycling. It will be based around the tight streets of the Oxfordshire market town, Wallingford on a 1 kilometer closed road circuit. We promise an amazing circuit (video available soon), good crowds and a day that celebrates all levels of cycling. The event supported by the Wallingford Town Council and Oxfordshire Council. We intend to make this one of the best annual events in the country. Other events in the day are childrens races, Heritage Bike racing, a 50 km Sportive and 12/20k Mountain Bike rides. Entry fees apply.

Thame 10k Road Race - Thame

28/06/2015 09:30

The annual Thame 10km road race is Thame’s largest mass participation sport event with 1000 runners pounding a course from Thame leisure centre through the town centre to Towersey and back along the Phoenix Trail. Entry fee applies, with no entries on the day. For many the Thame 10k has become a regular fixture for their yearly calendar with no less than 95% of runners polled by Runners World Magazine saying they would return to run it again.  In addition to being part of the Oxfordshire Grand Prix of races for 2015, the Thame 10k. will also be hosting the 10k. element of the Oxon County Championships. The event is likely to attract a good number of top athletes from the county to contest the top places. Get your entries in soon as its probable that the race will be fully subscribed by the middle of June. Online entries only at


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.

Wargrave Sprint Triathlon - Shiplake


Dust off your trainers, oil your bike and and squeeze into your wetsuit one more time – cos we’re back! The Wargrave Sprint Triathlon 2015 is proud to return to Mill Green this summer, so come and join us for a morning of sporting fun and raise some money for a great cause. This year we are raising money for the charity Help For Heroes, to support injured service men and women and their families. So if you need a reason to get fit for summer then enter today and join us for a morning of sport with an emphasis on fun! The event comprises a 750m swim in the River Thames, a 20km cycle ride via Burchetts Green and Crazies Hill and a 5k run. Entry fees apply.

Club to Pub Swim - Henley on Thames


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.

MTB Marathon Cycle Challenge - Wantage


Wantage in Oxfordshire is a lovely small market town in the Vale of White Horse with a good range of shops, services and miles of fast flowing mountain bike trails. In its first year this venue offers masses of scope for our team of course designers. Using the historic Ridgeway as the backbone to the course, there are several route options to choose from: Mini Marathon (under 16) an exciting opportunity for under 16s to ride for FREE with their friends and family. Mini Marathon, an exciting family friendly introduction to a mountain bike event, approx 25km.  Half Marathon, your first step towards the full marathon or for those who have a more casual approach to their riding, approx 50km. Full Marathon, 75km, the real big distance with great trails.  Monster Marathon (at least 100km), as the name suggests this route is not to be taken lightly and provides the ultimate test for anyone brave enough to tackle it. FREE camping. Entry fees apply.

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.

Ride for Ryder - Nettlebed


Starting and finishing in the grounds of our beautiful Nettlebed Hospice, the route winds through the Chiltern Hills, taking in part of the Tour of Britain 2014 route. Ride for Ryder is a great day out for all the family and plays a key role in raising essential funds to help us continue to provide incredible care for patients living with life limiting illnesses. Get on your bikes for a choice of three routes around the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns, cycling through Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We have a route to suit all abilities, but the routes are designed to challenge the rider. For novice cyclists or a fun day out with the family, we suggest you choose the 10-mile route, but if you’re looking for a real challenge, then the 60-mile option is the route for you. Whichever distance you choose, it’s guaranteed to be a fun and memorable day. We are asking all participants to raise a minimum of £100 for Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice. Registration fees apply. Please visit the website for details.


Beautiful Bluebells, Greys Court NT, Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames

01/04/2015 10:00 to 31/05/2015 17:00

The gardens at Greys Court are waking up. The 17000 bulbs planted over the winter cover the gardens in a blaze of colour. In late Spring don't miss the carpet of bluebells in the Spinney woods and the 120 year wisteria blooming in the walled garden.

Bluebells at Badbury Clump National Trust - Coleshill

01/04/2015 to 31/05/2015

During most of April and May you will be able to see the spectacular display of bluebells amongst the beech trees at Badbury Hill and Badbury Clump. Badbury Hill is an area of woodland with great views of the Thames flood plain to the north and the historic market town of Faringdon to the east, and Badbury Clump is the remains of an Iron Age hill fort from about 600BC. There is a FREE car park close by. The woodland paths and trails are perfect for family adventures and play, and adrenalin junkies can bring their mountain bikes for some mud splattered action. Contact the National Trust office to find out the best time to see the bluebells. No admission charges. Tel: 01793 762209, email:

Bank Holiday Walks and Tours - Abingdon on Thames

25/05/2015 10:00

There will be walks and tours to suit everyone highlighting the history and Natural Environment of Abingdon-on-Thames. All walks start at the Market Place at 10.30 and 14.00. Book in from 10.00 on the day. You can also use our Picture Quiz sheets to explore Abingdon-on-Thames at you own pace.  Download these from the website. The Abbey Buildings will be open from 10:30 to 16:30. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Walks on offer: 

•The 1556 Abingdon Boundary Walk.  Approximately 4 miles leaving at 10:30.
•The Wilts and Berks Canal Heritage Walk. Approximately 3 or 5 miles leaving at 10:30.
•The Ock Valley Nature Walk with Abingdon Green Gym.  3½ miles leaving at 14:00.  Tea and Cakes at the Abbey Buildings.
•The Radley Lakes Walk with the Friends of Radley Lakes. 5 miles leaving at 14.00. Tea and Cakes available at the Lakes.
•The Lost Abbey Tour. St Nicolas Church and the Lost Abbey. Leaving at 10:30 and 14:00.  Teas in the Abbey Buildings.
•The St Helen’s Almshouses Tour. Leaving at 10:30.

Bridge the Gap River Thames Walk - Entire Region


Help Us Bridge The Gap to finally eradicate Polio. Walk along some of the most beautiful sections of the Thames Valley. Start when it suits you from one of the Thames bridges and finish with Riverside BBQ at the Crowne Plaza, Caversham Bridge at 16:00. Start points are the Bridges at Wallingford (28km), Goring (17km), Marlow (29km), Henley (16km) or Whitchurch /Pangbourne (10km). Your fundraising through our Thames Walk will make a huge difference to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. With your support we can End Polio Now. Your entry fee includes a riverside BBQ and a medal.  There is also a leisurely fun walk starting at Sonning to The Crowne Plaza, Caversham at 14.30. Please arrive by 14.15. Registration fee applies. Organised by the Reading Abbey Rotary Club.


Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

07/06/2015 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.

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.

Breast Walk Ever - Entire Region

06/09/2015 08:00

Against Breast Cancer’s Breast Walk Ever is back for its second year! This event doesn't require running shoes or jumping out of an aeroplane, is open to all ages and involves a fantastic day spent out in the fresh air! Take a walk on the pink side, help us to beat breast cancer! Our day-time walking full or half marathon is open to men, women, children and even dogs! Join us on this incredible walk along the beautiful Thames riverside from Abingdon Bridge to Beale Park, Lower Basildon and help us to fund our ground breaking research. If you want to take a walk on the pink side with us, don’t delay, sign up today! The marathon starts at Abingdon Bridge between 9-10 am and the half marathon at Wallingford Bridge betweem 11-12 noon. 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!

Head over Heels, Thame Museum - Thame

14/02/2015 10:00 to 28/06/2015 16:00

Discover the secrets of fashion through the ages in this charming exhibition of hats and shoes. Entry is free of charge. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10.00 to 16.00, and Sundays 12 noon to 16.00.

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.

Gateway to the Gods: The Roman Temple at Marcham, County Hall Museum - Abingdon on Thames

25/04/2015 to 01/09/2015

Between 2001-2011 excavations on Trendles Field, Marcham, unearthed evidence for ritual and religious practices beginning in the Iron Age. They continued into the Roman period when a temple and semi-amphitheatre were constructed. The site produced thousands of artefacts, many of them gifts to the gods, proving this to be a site of national importance. Thanks to a 3-year National Lottery Heritage Grant, local people have been participating in post-excavation research, working with artefacts, animal bone and written records. This exhibition presents some of these findings, alongside previously unseen artefacts, as we begin to tell the story of Marcham’s distant past. A selection of workshops for school groups are available during the exhibition period, please contact the museum office for further details on how to book your school visit. Kids Activities - Become an archaeologist in a series of hands-on workshops built around the Gateway to the Gods exhibition. Please visit the website for more details. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

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.  

Fragments of a Landscape, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

06/05/2015 09:30 to 23/05/2015 16:00

‘Fragments of a Landscape’ is an Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibition by painter and illustrator, Stuart Roper. Stuart’s  latest exhibition takes an intimate look at the countryside near his Southern Oxfordshire home. Over the past few years he has narrowed his gaze from broad vistas and concentrated his eye on the details that make the landscape so vibrant. Fragments of sunlight on water, or light shining through leaves, have all been enlarged to create exciting works where the subject matter has become secondary to the colour and light. "One of the great joys of painting is that moment when you place one colour against another and something magical happens” explains Stuart. "It’s hard to express in words and, perhaps sounds a little simplistic, so I hope that magic can be seen in my work”. Most of the work on display is painted in acrylics, though there will also be some work in gouache and pen and wash. The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Shona Barr: A 50th birthday celebration, Bohun Gallery - Henley on Thames

16/05/2015 10:00 to 06/06/2015 17:00

Shona Barr celebrates her fiftieth year with a major solo show of new paintings at Bohun Gallery this May. The popular Scottish artist continues to explore Aberdeenshire and depicts the dramatic landscapes, flora and fauna with characteristically daring colour combinations and broad, dynamic brushstrokes. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00, and closed weekday lunchtimes 13.15 to 14.15. Tel: 01491 576228. 

Vale Artists, The Rookery - Faringdon

16/05/2015 10:00 to 25/05/2015 17:00

Coming to The Rookery in May, the Oxfordshire Art Weeks collaborative exhibition.

Oxfordshire Artweeks (South Oxfordshire) - Entire Region

16/05/2015 to 25/05/2015

Oxfordshire artists and craftspeople open their studios to the public for the county’s most important arts festival. More than free 500 exhibitions and events across the whole of the county. The third week of Artweeks take place across the south of the county, with exhibitions along the Thames from Faringdon to Henley and the Ridgeway from Wantage to Thame.  Artweeks is the opportunity for a wonderful day out: expect the unexpected, be inspired, diverted and delighted – and come home with a unique artwork of your own. You’ll be able to meet artists, talk about their work, watch demonstrations and maybe have a go yourself. Or simply feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity, from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics, to furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery, digital art and much more.

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.

Grove Art Group's Annual Exhibition, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

07/07/2015 09:30 to 18/07/2015 16:00

Grove Art Group make a popular return to the museum’s art galleries with an exhibition of its latest work. Tutored by artist and teacher, Tatiana Wise, the group was formed as an Oxfordshire County Council evening class back in 2009. It started off as a beginners’ group. However, as the class expanded and students’ work developed, an intermediate group opened. Students work with a wide range of mediums and on a variety of subjects. They all learn from each other, by sharing their work as well as from the tutor’s knowledge and encouragement. This has proved to be a winning formula and the group has gone from strength to strength. Wendy Dobbenie says, "It’s a few hours each week when I can completely forget about everyday pressures and immerse myself totally in trying to do something creative.” Another student, Susan Hollroyd, adds: ” I never thought I would say it, but I now actually like trying modern art. It is so different to my day job and such fun!”. The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

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 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.

Tranquil Brush, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

21/07/2015 09:30 to 01/08/2015 16:00

Don’t miss this lovely exhibition  by ‘ Tranquil Brush’, a group of twelve people who meet regularly to explore the art of Chinese brush painting. The group originally attended an evening class. When the class had to close, they were determined to keep  in touch and continue experimenting with this artistic tradition. Margaret White, one of its founder members explains, ” The traditional Chinese artists copied works from the old masters. Our paintings are also in the style of some established artists, some of whom are still living. We use water colour and ink for our paintings. The ink is ground with a stick made of pine, soot and glue, on a shaped stone. The paper that we use is often know as rice paper even though it is really made from materials such as mulberry or cotton. The brushes are made from wolf, goat or horse hair which is bound together and glued into a hollow handle of bamboo.

Beginning by learning the ‘Four Gentlemen’ – bamboo, plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum, the strokes used will follow through into landscapes, birds and animals. We complete the paintings by adding a seal or chop, depicting the artist’s name. Calligraphy is then often added, quoting a poem or a saying. Each year is depicted by and animal. Last year was the year of the Sheep whilst 2015 is the year of the Horse.”

To find out more about this fascinating art, visit the exhibition in the Dr VF Squires Room The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Wantage Art Group's Annual Exhibition, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

25/08/2015 09:30 to 05/09/2015 16:00

Wantage Art Group has run monthly demonstrations, exhibitions and occasional workshops in Wantage for 25 years and has exhibited in the museum every year except when it was closed for refurbishment. Amazingly, it still has some founder members amongst its ranks. Patsy Jones, the exhibition organiser, explains,”The annual exhibition is not only an opportunity to show what local artists can do but also to invite anyone interested in the visual arts to join a friendly group. There is a broad range of interests among the group with members working in watercolours, oil acrylics and print making.  Some paint regularly whilst others just do  a few holiday sketches. Whatever the commitment, everyone gains from their attempts. A handful of lines, drawn whilst sitting on a hard uncomfortable rock on a windy day, will evoke many times the memories that a photograph will trigger.”  The Museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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