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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

Country & Crafts

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.

General Events

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.

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!

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.  

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. 

Art / Exhibitions

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).

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.

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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