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What's On in Southern Oxfordshire?

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

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

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Country & Crafts

Woolstone Mill House open garden for NGS, Woolstone - Faringdon

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

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

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

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

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

Flower & Dog Show, Binfield Heath - Shiplake

23/08/2014 12:00

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

Traditional Skills in Action, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

23/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

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

Uffington White Horse Show - Uffington

24/08/2014 10:00 to 25/08/2014 17:00

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

Ewelme Village Show, Recreation Ground - Ewelme

25/08/2014 13:30

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

Open Gardens & Flower Festival, South Stoke - Wallingford

25/08/2014 13:00

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

Chiltern Edge Autumn Show, Sonning Common - Reading

06/09/2014 14:30

Exhibits of flowers, floral art, fruit and vegetables, domestic, handicraft, photography and children's. Refreshments, plant and produce stall, tombola and raffle.  FREE entry.  Chiltern Edge School, Reades Lane, Sonning Common. 

Ewelme Novice Horse + Fun Dog Show - Ewelme

07/09/2014 09:00

Showjumping and showing classes, 09:00 to 17:00.  Novelty classes including Best Decorated Manes, Tails and Toes and Clear Round show jumping.  The Fun Dog Show starts at 13.00 and includes classes such as Waggiest Tail, Best 6 Legs and Best Condition. Dog Agility display at 12 noon with a chance for you to have a go during the afternoon. Refreshments, stalls and photographer.

Hendred Summer Fayrewell, East Hendred - Wantage

13/09/2014 11:00

A new take on the Family Show and a good old fashioned village fete and will also include a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Snells Hall. FREE admission. In the marquee there will be displays of over 500 items in 96 classes, including specialist vegetables and flower collections, novelty vegetables, fruit, floral art, preserves, cookery, handicraft, painting and drawing, photography and children's classes. There will be lovely tea and cakes, a BBQ, beer, and lots of stalls of local artisans and craftmakers. In the Snells Hall.

The Henley Show - Henley on Thames

13/09/2014 08:30

The Show, which is now traditionally held on the second Saturday in September, has been held annually since 1898, and has, in recent years, most flatteringly been described as ‘the best one-day Agricultural Show in the country’.  Ticket prices apply.

Allsorts open garden for NGS, Shrivenham - Faringdon

17/09/2014 10:30

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

Thame Show - Thame


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

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

20/09/2014 14:30

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

Craft Fair, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell - Wallingford

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

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

Henley Ploughing Match & Country Market - Henley on Thames

05/10/2014 09:00

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

Radcot House open garden for NGS, Radcot - Faringdon

05/10/2014 14:00

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

Fairs & Festivals

Towersey Festival, Towersey - Thame

21/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

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

Shrivenham Village Fete, Memorial Hall, Shrivenham - Faringdon

23/08/2014 13:00

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

Stanton St John Summer Festival, Stanton St John - Oxford

24/08/2014 13:00 to 25/08/2014 18:00

The festival appeals to all ages and interests. For history lovers there is a local World War 1 and village memories exhibition and treasure hunt; for culture vultures, an art and craft exhibition, vintage fashion show and sale, vehicles through the years, book shop, and live music. For garden enthusiasts; a garden shop, flower festival and open gardens. There’s a lot going on for the kids too with birds of prey, games, crafts and story telling. And who can resist the delicious village cream teas, local ales and goodies from the country market? Adults £5, accompanied children under 18 FREE.

Didcot Hospital Fete - Didcot

25/08/2014 13:30

In the Hospital Grounds. Fun for all the Family. Ice cream, falconry, brass band, face painting, children's entertainment, refreshments, grand draw and much more. Come along and support you local community hospital. Entry: £1.00 Adults, Children under 12 with an adult FREE. Tel: 07703 473316.

Watlington RBL Fete, Church Close - Watlington

25/08/2014 13:00

The Watlington branch of the Royal British Legion's fete will have entertainment including the Watlington Concert Band, a barbeque, a bar, teas, face painting, bouncy castle and lots of stalls and many activities.

Long Wittenham Village Fete, Plough Inn, Long Wittenham - Abingdon on Thames

25/08/2014 14:00

In aid of St Mary's Church. There will be games, music, refreshments and fun for everyone in the riverside gardens of the Plough Inn.  Bring along your dog and take part in the dog agility show, and this year there's a twist as owners are allowed a chance to show their skills too!  Tel: 01865 407605.

Bunkfest - Free Family Festival - Wallingford

29/08/2014 to 31/08/2014

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

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

30/08/2014 14:00

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

Antique & Collectable Fair, Mapledurham - Reading

04/09/2014 08:30 to 04/12/2014 16:00

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

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

07/09/2014 10:00 to 07/12/2014 16:00

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

Flying Pig Festival, Shrivenham - Faringdon

12/09/2014 to 14/09/2014

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

Culham Show, Culham - Abingdon on Thames

20/09/2014 13:00

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

Jay Fairs, Antique + Collectors Fair - Benson

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

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

Henley Literary Festival - Henley on Thames

29/09/2014 to 05/10/2014

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

Jay Fairs, Antiques + Collectors Fair - Didcot

12/10/2014 10:00

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

Thame Art and Literary Festival - Thame

16/10/2014 to 19/10/2014

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

Food & Drink

Chilli Fiesta, Millets Farm, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

30/08/2014 to 31/08/2014

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.  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.

Big Harvest Weekend, Greys Court - Henley on Thames

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

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

Millets Farm Foodie Evenings, Frilford - Abingdon on Thames

25/09/2014 18:30

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

Thame Food Festival - Thame


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

General Events

A house on the eve of the Great War, Nuffield House NT - Nettlebed

30/07/2014 11:00 to 14/09/2014 17:00

The summer of 1914, a house on the eve of the Great War. An exhibition at Nuffield Place to mark both the 100 years since the house was built and the outbreak of the First World War. Visitors will learn about the story of the building leading up to the outbreak of the First World War and discover how its inhabitants fared during the conflict. For more information: Estate Office, 01491 642 857, FREE event (normal admission charges apply). Booking not required. Open Wednesday to Sunday.

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

03/08/2014 to 28/08/2014

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

Steam Days, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

20/08/2014 10:30 to 31/08/2014 17:00

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

Hope Henley - Henley on Thames

22/08/2014 to 24/08/2014

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

Fire Fly's Farewell, Didcot Railway Centre - Didcot

23/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

Come and travel behind our unique working Broad Gauge locomotive before she is withdrawn for overhaul. Black Python real ale bar open.  Signalling in operation on the Branch Line. Travelling Post Office demonstration on Sunday and Monday only.

Flower Festival + WWI Biographies, Ewelme Church - Ewelme

23/08/2014 to 24/08/2014

Ewelme Church marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a flower festival and mini biographies of the village's fallen servicemen. Afternoon teas available with an evensong at 18.30 on Sunday.

East Hendred Scarecrow Trail, East Hendred - Wantage

23/08/2014 to 13/09/2014

The East Hendred Scarecrow Trail has a rich history and some very fantastic scarecrows. The 2014 theme is films / movies. So please join us. Trail maps are available in the Hendred Stores from 23 August to 7 September. The awards are presented at the Hendred Summer Fayrewell on 13 September 2014.

Weekend of Steam, Cholsey & Wallingford Railway - Wallingford

24/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

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

Teddy Bear Days, Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway - Chinnor

25/08/2014 to 26/08/2014

Each child carrying a teddy bear will travel FREE when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Plus entertainment for the children, including a Hunt the Bear Quiz. No need to book, just come along. Trains depart Chinnor Station at 11.00, 12.15, 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30. Ticket prices apply.

Dolls House & Miniatures Fair, Leisure Centre - Thame

25/08/2014 10:30

Annual event featuring handmade dolls houses plus a huge selection of 1/12th & 1/24th scale miniatures & accessories. Entry £2.50, Senior Citizens £2. Accompanied children under 16 FREE. Contact telephone: 01945 870160 (09.30 to 20.00).

International Alvis Weekend, Steventon - Abingdon on Thames

30/08/2014 to 31/08/2014

Alvis made over 20,000 cars in Coventry between 1919 and 1967, the marque being a competitor to Blue Chip manufacturers such as Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lagonda and Aston Martin. Alvis cars were owned by successful people who did not need to advertise themselves, including George Formby, Douglas Bader with the Duke of Edinburgh being counted amongst current owners. Alvis are spectacularly photogenic cars, epitomising the era of Art Deco and the 1930s streamline movement more than any other cars of the era. The Club is hosting its annual gathering in the Abingdon area at the Milton Hill House Hotel in Steventon.  Members of the club greatly enjoy sharing their passion with members of the public, therefore we’d like you to be aware of what will be the most significant gathering of a single marque of cars in Oxfordshire in 2014. We'd like to invite you along to the event to share our passion and give you a chance to see the cars on display. For more details on Alvis cars and the Alive Owner Club, visit

Henley Society of Meccano Engineers Annual Gathering - Henley on Thames

30/08/2014 09:00

Annual gathering and model display at Christchurch Centre, 46 Reading Road, Henley.  Hundreds of models.  Refreshments available.  All ages welcome.  The gathering is open to all clubs and enthusiasts who would like to spend the day with us, entrance fee £3 to cover costs.

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


Wildlife watching train rides on the Chinnor and Princes Risborough railway. Trains depart Chinnor at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00. Join the Chilterns Conservation Board volunteers for the chance to observe and identify wildlife on the move as you travel by train along the foot of the Chiltern Hills. Who knows what we might see, but look out for Red Kites soaring overhead. No need to book. Ticket prices apply. These take place on 5 April, 7 June, 26 July, and 6 September.

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

07/09/2014 13:00

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

Faringdon Folly Tower & Woodland Open Days - Faringdon

07/09/2014 11:00 to 19/10/2014 17:00

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

Heritage Open Days - Abingdon on Thames

13/09/2014 10:00 to 14/09/2014 16:00

Heritage Open Days turn 20 this year. For most of those years Abingdon has opened properties that are not normally open, and put on events remembering the town's heritage. This year 15 properties will be opening. There are Heritage Walks, and we look back at the Centenary of the Start of WWI. There is an exhibition in the Community Shop of pictures of Abingdon people from 1914-1918, and a packed family activity day in the Market Place to transport you back to Abingdon in 1914. For more details see our website or download the attached flyer.

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Heritage Open Day, Greys Court NT - Henley on Thames

13/09/2014 10:00 to 14/09/2014 17:00

Take the opportunity to visit Greys Court for FREE this weekend as part of the Heritage Open Days programme. No booking required.

Abingdon at War Family Activity Day, Market Place - Abingdon on Thames

13/09/2014 10:00

Be transported back 100 years to Abingdon Market Place and take part in any or all of the FREE activities on offer. See live war horses, butter churning, Punch & Judy, music wagon, drill demonstrations, authentic ammunition cart, learn about company aid, gas mask trials, recruitment desk, signalling school, live re-enactments, live bands, choirs and Morris dancing. Buy food and drink of the time from buns to beers!

Coleshill Mill open days - Coleshill

14/09/2014 14:00 to 12/10/2014 17:00

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

Wheatley Windmill Open Days, Wheatley - Oxford

14/09/2014 14:00 to 12/10/2014 18:00

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

Heritage Sunday, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

14/09/2014 14:00

As part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, we will be opening our doors for a special Sunday afternoon event. Visitors will also have a chance to chat with costumed members of the education team about everything from the smell of the Wantage tanneries to how our ancestors used to flatten out the creases with an old fashioned iron. FREE family gallery trails will be available and a family craft activity will be on offer. For people who want help in tracing their family history, there’s a chance to chat with members of Berkshire Family History Society and the museum’s volunteer researcher. One of this year’s highlights will be the chance to meet the small team of volunteers who are working on our dolls’ house project, aimed at recreating the life and times of Lord and Lady Wantage’s house at Lockinge. Once visitors have had their fill of history, cream teas, coffee and cake will be on sale in the museum coffee shop. We hope to see you!

Celebrating Agatha Christie Weekend - Wallingford

19/09/2014 to 21/09/2014

During a 'murderous' weekend of events discover the real life of world-renowned author Agatha Christie in the ancient town of Wallingford and its neighbouring parish of Cholsey, where she lived quietly as 'Mrs Mallowan' from 1934 till her death in 1976 and wrote many of her novels. Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan are buried in the churchyard. Events include heritage train rides, exhibitions, a talk and vintage film showing 'Murder on the Orient Express' guided walks, 'Signing and Cyanide' museum quiz, and book signing and talk by Lucy Worsley, well known TV broadcaster. See website for full details. Ticket prices apply for some events.

Benson and the Great War, Parish Hall - Benson

20/09/2014 10:00

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

Agatha Christie Weekend, C&WR - Wallingford

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

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

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

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

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

Live Music

Campsoul Music Festival, Milton Hill - Abingdon on Thames

23/08/2014 to 24/08/2014

We are back in 2014 for Campsoul 4 over the Bank Holiday weekend. Live acts Roy Ayers, Haggis Horns, Soulutions and Bfunkt performing on the Saturday and Sunday alongside our fantastic DJ Team! Main stage, marquee, and chill out tent as well as food stalls, records stall, T Shirt Stall, healing area, bouncy castle, face painting etc! Ticket prices apply.

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

30/08/2014 to 31/08/2014

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

Music in the Abbey, Dorchester Abbey - Dorchester on Thames

09/09/2014 to 14/09/2014

The Orchestra of St John's annual music festival in Dorchester Abbey is bigger and better than ever this year!There are 8 events with a great line up, including Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, renowned pianists Maki Sekiya and Ilya Chetverikov, violinist Jan Schmolck and the Derek Paravicini Quartet. Please see the website and attached flyer for full details. Ticket prices apply.

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Henley Jazz & Blues Week - Henley on Thames

14/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

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

Plays & Films

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

21/08/2014 18:00

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

The Play, Milton Manor House, Steventon - Abingdon on Thames

24/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

Come and see "The Play". Milton Manor is now a hospital for wounded soldiers but danger lurks within! Lots of excitement. Performances at 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00. Also pony rides, woodland, treehouse, gardens and lakes and The Ferry.

To Kill a Canary, Kenton Theatre - Henley on Thames

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

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

Seasonal Events

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

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

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

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

19/07/2014 to 07/09/2014

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

Summer Family Fun, The Harcourt Arboretum - Nuneham Courtenay

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

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

Children's Summer Orienteering Trails, Waterperry Gardens - Waterperry

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

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

Summer Fun at Farmer Gow's, Longcot - Faringdon

28/07/2014 10:00 to 03/09/2014 17:00

'Hands on' summer fun for all the family with fluffy ducklings, bottle fed lambs and goat kids, wriggly piglets, and egg collecting. Trailer rides to feed Pollyanna pig and the porkers. Treasure hunts on the giant Bale Climb with a small prize for each child (toy not sweet). Giant Bale Climb, pedal tractors, adventure playground, indoor play areas. All weather activities both undercover and outside. Tea room with refreshments prepared to order. Ticket prices apply.

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

29/07/2014 10:00 to 26/08/2014 16:00

Part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4's campaign, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company comprises two highly skilled and friendly instructors helping all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree within Greys Court. Learn how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while securely attached in a harness. At the top of the tree, gain an experience that can't be gained at ground level. Booking is advisable. These take place on Tuesdays 29 July, 5, 19 and 26 August 2014.

Fun Fridays at Greys Court NT - Henley on Thames

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

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

Sporting Events

Source to Sea River Relay, River Thames - Entire Region

17/08/2014 to 26/08/2014

This exciting event returns for another fun journey along the length of the world-famous River Thames. Starting in Gloucestershire, a bottle filled with water from the source will be carried over 200 miles, through London, and finally out to sea via the Thames Estuary, linking communities on the river all along the way. Walkers, swimmers, rowers, sailors, traditional boat owners, kayakers and many more groups and individuals passionate about the river will, for two weeks, pass the bottle from hand-to-hand to the outskirts of London. The bottle will travel through the locks of South Oxfordshire from 17 to 26 August, starting in Abingdon, and then to Benson, Goring, Whitchurch, Sonning, Shiplake and the River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames. Please visit the website for full details.  

MX Nationals Motorcross Championship, Culham Park - Abingdon on Thames

23/08/2014 11:00 to 24/08/2014

Following the recent announcement that the MX Nationals will play a bigger part in British motocross next year, the pressure on the series leaders has grown, as they continue to push towards their goal of winning the inaugural MX Nationals championship in their respective classes. With three rounds remaining this year, there is still everything to play for as no titles have been sewn up yet and, as we know, anything can happen in motocross! It is going to be a great weekend! Adults £10 for the weekend. Tel: 07968 776691.

Didcot Urban Race - Didcot

25/08/2014 10:30

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

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Henley Regatta for the disabled - Henley on Thames

30/08/2014 10:00

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

Goring Heath Horse Trials, Goring Heath - Reading

06/09/2014 to 07/09/2014

At Copyhold Farm, Goring Heath, Reading, RG8 7RT.  Car parking £5 per car.  Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.  Hot and cold food will be available.  Goring Heath's course is set in Oxfordshire farmland making use of natural woodland and hedges. There is a variety of well built fences, some of which are new, resulting in good standard Novice and BE 100 courses. There are always changes to the layouts at each event. Both courses are undulating. Tel: 01491 680136.  Please follow the signs and don't use your satnav.

Tour of Britain - Entire Region


This year Southern Oxfordshire welcomes the 2014 Tour of Britain. The Tour is the UK's biggest professional cycle race and the country's largest free-to-spectate sporting event, and they will be cycling through our towns and rural communities. The Tour takes place from Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 September, including nine stages over eight days of action packed racing. The tour will enter the Vale at Stage Six (starting in Bath) on Friday 12 September and head to South Oxfordshire on the way to the finish line in Hemel Hempstead. The 203km race will pass through Wantage, West Hendred, Rowstock, Harwell, Upton, Blewbury, Cholsey, Crowmarsh Gifford, Oakley Wood, Park Corner, Cookley Green, Christmas Common, Crowell and Chinnor. To view the full route map through Southern Oxfordshire please visit the Tour of Britain website. 


Guided walks at Ewelme Watercress Beds - Ewelme

07/09/2014 10:30 to 07/12/2014

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

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

13/09/2014 to 14/09/2014

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

Art / Exhibitions

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

01/03/2014 to 30/11/2014

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

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

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

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

Mrs Mallowan - Queen of Crime, Wallingford Museum - Wallingford

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

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

Oxfordshire Basketmakers, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

15/06/2014 10:00 to 26/08/2014 17:30

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

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

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

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

The Downs, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

11/08/2014 09:30 to 23/08/2014 16:00

Professional photographer, Matthew P Wright, showcases a collection of beautiful landscape photographs, taken over the last three years on the North Wessex Downs, above and around his home in Wantage. Matthew is a professional Fine Art Landscape, Architectural, Commercial and Travel Photographer. Since graduating with a First Class Degree in Photography in 1996, Matthew has travelled widely, capturing images of some of the most beautiful and inspiring locations in the world. Matthew’s exhibition, includes photographs of all seasons, ranging from beautiful summer days to wind-swept November mornings. Non-limited edition and limited edition prints of the photographs will be for sale. Open Mondays to Saturdays.

Thames: Dark River, Still Shining - Entire Region

22/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

This is an exhibition of photographs documenting life by the River Thames from the source to the sea. Taken over two and a half years along the course of the River Thames, Tom Farmer's images offer a small glimpse of life along the river. Rich in culture and heritage, the river has been the scene of many a spectacle from royal traditions to industrial innovations. Yet it remains a wholly communal river, an inspiration to artists and musicians, a river of leisure, of sport and a place people call home. In the lead up to the exhibitions in London in September, Thames: Dark River, Still Shining will be shown in various locations along the Thames in Southern Oxfordshire.  
The Old Anchor, Abingdon on Friday 22 August, 18:00 to 21:00
The Boathouse, Wallingford on Saturday 23 August, 18:00 to 21:00
Sonning Lock, Sonning near Reading on Sunday 24 August, 11:00 to 17:00 (weather dependent)
Marsh Lock, Henley-on-Thames on Monday 25 August, 11:00 to 17:00 (weather dependent).

Art Exhibition, Morrell Room, Streatley - Goring and Streatley

23/08/2014 to 25/08/2014

The Morrell Room will be the venue for a much-anticipated annual event over the August Bank Holiday. Sixty local artists will exhibit paintings for sale, raising money for the Red Cross Syrian Appeal and a local cause, the Footsteps Foundation, which runs a centre for neurologically diusabled children. The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Pangbourne. There will be a Preview Party on the evening of Friday 22 August with drinks, nibbles and a chance to view and purchase artwork early. Tickets and information for the Preview Party can be obtained from the Rotary Club, email:  

Caressing Nature, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

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

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

People and Places, Cornerstone - Didcot

04/09/2014 to 28/09/2014

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

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

06/09/2014 to 04/01/2015

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

The Source, River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames

20/09/2014 to 18/01/2015

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

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

23/09/2014 to 04/10/2014

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

Wantage Art Group Exhibition, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

23/09/2014 to 04/10/2014

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

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