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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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Fairs & Festivals

Michaelmas Fayre, East and West Hanney - Wantage


The Michaelmas Fayre includes the Hanney Horticultural Show in the church. Classes for both adults and children include flowers and vegetables, cooking, sewing, woodwork, painting and photography. Outside on the Church Green and along Church Street there will be fun and games for all, including morris dancing, a dog show and a soapbox derby, which is a modern take on the traditional pram race.

Wantage Autumn Festival, King Alfred's East Site - Wantage

19/10/2014 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 ales & cider, teas & cakes, plus fun stuff for the kids too. The festival is a fundraiser run by Sweatbox Youth Centre and Sustainable Wantage. You can bring along your garden apples for traditional apple pressing and there's a grow-your-own area with Master Composters plus the Love Food Hate Waste crew. 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.

Wantage 'not just' Betjeman Literary Festival - Wantage

25/10/2014 to 02/11/2014

This festival named after Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman who lived in the town of Wantage from 1951 to 1972 boasts a plethora of 30 events across the week at a variety of venues in Wantage. This festival offers something for everyone to get involved in, from talks and workshops from both local and well known authors, such as the likes of Kate Aide and Andy McNab, to murder mystery and wine tasting, as well as a whole host of children's events. to mention but a few. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.

Seasonal Events

Wantage Dickensian Evening - Wantage


Celebrate a traditional Christmas with the Wantage Dickensian Evening on Friday 5th December in the centre of Wantage. Not only are there great attractions and events, but everyone is encouraged to dress in Victorian costume!


The Thames Pilgrim Way - Entire Region

18/09/2014 09:45 to 28/09/2014 17:00

The number of people who have signed up to join the Thames Pilgrimage is building. While some people are hoping to undertake the whole journey, others are joining for occasional days. On Thursday 18 September, we will be setting out from Radcot, which is where the Thames flows into Oxford Diocese from Gloucester Diocese. The pilgrimage will take in the Southern Oxfordshire villages of Radley, Little Wittenham, Moulsford and Shiplake. On our last day, Sunday 28 September, the party will be joined by the Rt Revd Paul Williams, Area Bishop of Kensington, when we reach the border with London Diocese. Our own Area Bishops of Dorchester, Reading and Buckingham and our Archdeacons will join the party at various points along the way. Download the attached leaflet to find out more. The pilgrimage is open to everyone. For the purposes of refreshments, it would be helpful to know if you are hoping to take part. Please let Revd Graham Sykes know (01865 208221).

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Art / Exhibitions

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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