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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 Wantage

Fairs & Festivals

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:

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.

Live Music

Wantage Music Festival, Challow Park Hall - Wantage

20/06/2015 to 28/06/2015

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


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

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

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

White Horse Folk Festival, Grove - Wantage

14/08/2015 to 16/08/2015

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

Sporting Events

Wantage Standing up to Cancer Weekend, Market Place - Wantage

25/04/2015 to 26/04/2015

On Saturday 25 April the Cycle for Independence Challenge takes place at the Richmond Village coffee shop and the challenge is to cycle for as long as you can! There will be a carnival atmosphere with live music all day. Other activities include a friendly bowls match, a fancy dress for dogs competition, raffle, beauty demonstrations and much more. Everyone is welcome to join the fun whilst raising funds for the Wantage Independent Advice Centre.On Sunday 26 April, local charity champion Ray Collins will be holding another event for Cancer Research. This is Rays Race for life 4 where you can run, jog or walk 5k or cycle. There is a choice of two cycle routes, a 10k family friendly route or a 20k route for more regular cyclists. Entertainment for spectators includes konga/zumba dance class mashup, candyfloss, popcorn, chocolate crepes and pizza at Wildwood Kitchen. All funds raised will go to Cancer Research UK.

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.


Wantage Rotary Club Sponsored Walk - Wantage

10/05/2015 08:00

Wantage Rotary Club invites you to take part in their sponsored walk. You will be able to choose between walking 5 or 10 miles, both starting and finishing at Wantage Cricket Club. Both walks will be marshalled and comprehensive maps and directions will be provided. There is no entry fee for walkers who chose to raise funds for the club's chosen good causes. There is a £5 charge if you wish to raise sponsorship for other charities. Accompanied children under 12 go FREE. Start times are between 8.00 and 10.00. Entry and sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the website.

Flexicare Sponsored Walk, East Hendred - Wantage

17/05/2015 09:00

The 18th Annual Sponsored Walk will comprise two circular routes of about 6 or 12 miles from Snells Hall, East Hendred, OX12 8LA. Registration is between 9 and 10 am. Home made cakes and other refreshments are provided. Flexicare is an Oxfordshire charity providing practical support for families with seriously disabled children in the local area. Contact tel: 01865 321881.

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.

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.

Art / Exhibitions

Glass, Wood, Clay, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

21/04/2015 09:30 to 02/05/2015 16:00

An exhibition of decorative glass work, wooden bowls and pottery, featuring the work of Steve Giles, Iain Shield and Debbie and Mark Warder. This must-see exhibition is being staged in the museum’s Upper Gallery and the Dr VF Squires Room. The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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.

Campaigns, Cardboard and Cockerspaniels, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

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

A quirky and thought provoking  exhibitions by local artist, John Groves.  Crafted from cardboard, tupperware and plastic toys, John’s work is extraordinary, an exhibition not to be missed! There’s a chance to meet John and find out more about what inspires him on Thursdays 7 and 14 May between 14.00 and 15.00. The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

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.

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