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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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Results in Abingdon on Thames

Country & Crafts

Earth Trust Events - Abingdon on Thames

02/07/2017 to 04/08/2017

Summer PicnicSunday 2ndJuly, 11am-4pmHelp us celebrate our 35th Birthday at this year’s summer festival! Party games, live music, a smoothie bike and more! 

A Midsummer Night’s DreamWednesday 19th July, 6.30pm-9.30pmEarth Trust is delighted to welcome The HandleBards, the world's first cycling theatre company! Since 2013, their two troupes (one all-male, the other all-female) have pedalled over 6000 miles across the UK to perform their unique brand of "charmingly chaotic, environmentally sustainable, bicycle-powered Shakespeare”.   Join the all-male troupe in the beautiful gardens of the Earth Trust Centre, at the foot of the Wittenham Clumps, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as you’ve never seen it before! Bring a picnic and settle down for an evening of "gloriously eccentric" outdoor theatre.   For those not familiar with the story, what’s the play about? Well... Four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites, where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war over the possession of an Indian boy. A group of amateur actors share the same forest. They’re rehearsing for a play. Fairies and humans collide. Hilarity ensues. 

Drawing from Nature for FamiliesSunday 23rdJuly, 10am-1pmLet your creative side loose in the great outdoors, and get top tips for inspiration and improvement from local artist Gareth Lloyd. 

Creepy Crawly ComicsMonday 24thJuly, 10am-3pmYou’ll be the bees’ knees at creepy crawly comic drawing after attending our session with popular cartoonist Neill Cameron, whose work features in The Phoenix comic. You’ll explore the Earth Trust garden, then create a nature themed comic inspired by what you discovered. 

Woodland AdventureTuesday 25thJuly, 10am-12pmAn expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to explore, build and play in the woods!

Night SafariTuesday 25thJuly, 8pm-10pmJoin us for this night-time expedition to discover Thrupp Lake’s wildlife, who knows what you might find? On the evening, you’ll also set up live traps ready for tomorrow’s event. 

Wildlife Wednesday at Thrupp LakeWednesday 26th July, 10am-12pmOur roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve each school holiday. Come out and play and learn about your local wildlife! 

Tree ClimbingWednesday 26th July, 10am-5pmUse ropes and harnesses to explore Little Wittenham Wood’s treetops in 1hr sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. 

Basket WeavingSaturday 29thand Sunday 30th July, 9.30am-5pmYou can create several small baskets or one larger structure in this two day workshop with Catherine Tregaskes. 

Clumps ClubMonday 31stJuly - Friday 4th August, 9am-5pmExperience some wild adventures in this holiday club for 7-11 year olds! Different outdoor activities each day (see our website for details). 

General Events

Film and Splash, Amey Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

29/07/2017 09:00

Enjoy a fun swim session in our superb swimming pool followed by an aquatic-themed movie in the Amey Theatre. The morning begins with swimming from 9.00am - 10.30am at the Abingdon School Sports Centre and the film will begin promptly at 11.00am. Snack and refreshments are available to purchase at both the Sports Centre and Amey Theatre

29 July - Finding Dory (PG)
26 August - Moana ( PG)

Meetings and Lectures

Horizon Lectures: Gordon Buchanan, Amey Theatre - Abingdon on Thames

12/10/2017 19:30

Wildlife presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan has spent 20 years filming in some of the most remote parts of the world. Having a developed a reputation for taking on tough and dangerous assignments he's behind some of the most memorable wildlife scenes in recent years; from filming in the night-time leopard hunt in Mumbai for Planet Earth II, to coming face to face with a polar bear in the highly-acclaimed "The Polar Bear Family & Me" series.

With remarkable stories from around the globe, Gordon's talk delves into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife all illustrated with his own film footage and photography.

Seasonal Events

Events at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre - Abingdon on Thames

26/07/2017 to 01/09/2017

Family Fun: Wild About Dinosaurs

Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th July – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Come and meet Denis our friendly Dinosaur, go hunting for dinosaur eggs and dig for bones. Learn more about the dinosaur's distant relatives who live on the nature reserve today. Fun activities to get the whole family excited about nature. Activities are aimed at children 4-11 years.Cost £4 per child.  

Children's Workshop: Wildlife Photography

Thursday 10thAugust - 10:00am - 12:30pm

Bring your digital camera, learn from our expert and practice your wildlife photography skills on our fun and photogenic nature reserve. Cost £15 per child. For children aged 8+, no younger accompanying siblings.

Family Fun: Who’s Living at the Bottom of the Garden?

Tuesday 22rd – Thursday 24th August - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Find out what wonderful and interesting creatures make a home in your garden. Follow the trail to explore the mysterious lives of the creatures visiting your garden. Then come inside to create some wild crafts to take home. Activities are aimed at children 4-11 years. Cost £4 per child.

Children's Workshop: Bushcraft

Wednesday 30thAugust - 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Fancy yourself as a real adventurer? Join us a Sutton Courtenay as we master creating a camp fire, cook a delicious snack on a fire and try your hand at traditional woodland skills. Aimed at children ages 7+ years, no younger siblings please. Cost £4 per child.


Children’s Workshop: Teddy Bear Takeover

Friday 1st September 10:00am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Bring your teddy along to Sutton Courtenay for a real adventure! We will creep through the woods looking out for the wild teddies of Sutton Courtenay and discover how our teddies would survive in the wild. Activities suitable for pre-school children. Cost £4 per child

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