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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

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 or download the brochure.

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Plays & Films

Cinderella, The Beacon - Wantage

21/12/2013 14:00

Capture the magical, family fun of pantomime with our classic fairytale of Cinderella. You will be whisked away on a whirlwind adventure of romance, royalty and intrigue. Will Cinderella make it to the ball and meet Prince Charming? Who will the glass slipper fit? And most importantly, will the wicked step-sisters get their comeuppance? Packed with fun and frolics, get ready to boo, hiss and cheer for the fairest panto of them all! Ticket prices apply and can be purchased from the website. Performances are at 14.00 and 19.00 and are 1 hour 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Seasonal Events

Fireworks & Bonfire, Grove - Wantage

07/11/2014 19:00

Organised by Grove RFC. Gates open at 19.00, with the fireworks starting asome time after 19.30. There will be a barbeque, bar (inside and out), side shows and fairground rides. Ticket prices apply. GRFC kindly requests that you do not bring sparklers to the event please. At Rugby Club, Recreation Ground, Cane Lane, Grove, Oxon, OX12 0AA. Tel: 01235 762750 Email:

Wantage Dickensian Evening, Market Square - Wantage

05/12/2014 18:00

On Dickensian Evening the market square in Wantage is full of fantastic attractions and events. Dress up in Victorian costume if you can. There will be a Victorian Fun Fair, Punch and Judy shows, treasure hunt, hog roast, refreshments, charity stalls, hot air balloon, Shire horses, live music, Heart Radio, and Santa with his reindeer. Many shops will stay open late and some will have FREE drinks and special offers. Its a real family event and is always great fun! Vale of White Horse District Council car parks will be FREE from 16.00.


The Ramblers' Festival of Winter Walks - Entire Region

20/12/2014 to 04/01/2015

Take a walk in a winter wonderland this festive season with our Festival of Winter Walks. We have many FREE group walks to choose from in Southern Oxfordshire. So whether you want a short stroll to burn off the Christmas dinner or a heartier ramble to kick-start your new year's resolution, we've got something for you. So get your friends or family together, wrap up warm, and take in Christmas markets and carol singers, tramp through winter woods or roam over snow covered hills. FREE, fun and open to everyone, these walks are chosen and led by friendly and welcoming walk leaders who'll make sure you never get lost. We've got short fun walks that children will love; leisurely strolls for people new to walking; and longer walks for those that want a good leg-stretch over the Christmas break. Please visit the website to find walks in your local area.  

Art / Exhibitions

Anniek Jameson, Vale & Downland Museum - Wantage

27/10/2014 09:30 to 01/11/2014 16:00

Anniek is a self taught artist whose watercolours are dominated by a strong sense of the seasons and her love of nature. Her main inspiration comes from wild flowers and grasses and also garden flowers. Anniek’s fascination with flora originates from her childhood in The Netherlands where flowers were abundant both in the house as well as in the garden. Nowadays, she is inspired by plants she sees on and around the Ridgeway which lies above the village where she lives on the edge of the Berkshire Downs. Her ability to paint quickly without drawing an outline results in a style full of freshness and vitality and with a striking sense of colour. Since 1985 she has had 14 successful ‘one-man’ exhibitions including The Dutch Embassy in London and The Century Gallery in Henley on Thames. Many of her paintings have been bought by greeting card suppliers, and examples of these cards will be available to purchase at the exhibition. More recently Anniek has used her talent to paint floral Dutch symmetrical designs on pottery and tiles. She also does bespoke paintings and artwork on pottery to use as gifts for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. There will be  a chance to chat with Anniek when she will hold an informal ‘Meet the Artist’ session in the front of house galleries on Saturday 1 November between 11.00 and 13.00. Most of the artwork in the exhibition will be for sale. FREE event.

Oxfordshire Artweeks Christmas Art Weekend - Entire Region

22/11/2014 11:00 to 23/11/2014 18:00

More than 100 venues across the county will re-open their doors and invite you in for some inspired Christmas shopping! Visit the website to download the Christmas venues list.

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