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Earth Trust in February
Get outdoors and explore Oxfordshire with the Earth Trust


Cafe Scientifique Valentine's special
Join Cafe Sci for a discussion on the science of the 'Psychology of Romantic Attraction'


Pancake race launches the Wallingford season
Pancake fun and fancy dress as Wallingford gears up for Shrove Tuesday


Wantage retailers feature in new short films
Shop Local is the message from the Wantage independent shops


Walk the Thames Path from Oxford to Henley
Enter the double marathon challenge


Southern Oxfordshire's year in film
Film locations from 2015 in southern Oxfordshire


Christmas on the railway
Get on track with these festive events


Local farm selected to supply Downing Street Christmas tree
Oxfordshire business is picked for the third year


Small Business Saturday 2015
Celebrating small businesses in southern Oxfordshire


'How the other half live' in southern Oxfordshire
Henley-on-Thames to feature in new series with Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford


The Bond connection
Oxfordshire's long established connections with James Bond


Fiery firework and bonfire events
The southern Oxfordshire sky will be sparkling this November


Live music and pubs - a perfect partnership
Brakspear Jazz & Blues Festival back for third year


BBC Songs of Praise filmed at Didcot Railway Centre
Music mogul and railway enthusiast Pete Waterman films at Didcot Railway Centre


Thame High Street named Rising Star
South Oxfordshire town awarded in Great British High Street Competition


Thame named in Top Ten Greatest Places in England Competition
Thame high street in running for top Planning Institute award


Celebrate autumn this October
Festive events throughout southern Oxfordshire


Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
The longest street fair in Europe is back!


Castles of the Thames Valley conference
Understanding Wallingford's role as a royal Saxon and Medieval stronghold


Railways on Air
Didcot Railway Centre joins 38 heritage railways for Railways on Air event


Filling food festivals this September
Celebrate delicious local food and drink in southern Oxfordshire


Henley Literary Festival
The annual literary festival is back with its best line up yet!


Jewellery from Henley stars in summer spy thriller
Rings made by Henley business are selected for The Man from U.N.C.L.E


Celebrating Agatha Christie in southern Oxfordshire
Wallingford and Cholsey celebrate the 'Queen of Crime'


Summer Oxford Art Fair
Free art extravaganza this August


Whirring wheels of excitement
A major new bike event in southern Oxfordshire


Add local authors to your summer reading list
Book suggestions for your summer break


Henley set for annual Club to Pub open water swim
Henley's Club to Pub open water swim involves two bells, 1500m and 230 swimmers


Medieval Day at Wallingford Museum
Relive Wallingford's Medieval past with a day of family activities and entertainment


Celebrate the end of 35mm films at the Corn Exchange
Free 'reel' films for the last time in Wallingford


'Pooches in Pubs' launches in Henley
Brakspear pubs launch new canine-friendly initiative.


Drovers' Arts first exhibition opens
Local artists come together for Vale and Downland exhibition


Discover Wallingford's Antiques Quarter
Explore the hidden gems along Wallingford's high street


Veteran and vintage transport days
Celebrate traditional transport on the road and river in southern Oxfordshire.


A month of sport in Henley
Watch world class rowing and take part in open water swimming


Wallingford English Civil War re-enactment
Step back in time and expereince the Siege of Wallingford


Wallingford and the Magna Carta
Exhibition displays fresh research into Wallingford's medieval past


Step inside the gardens of Southern Oxfordshire
Celebrate the National Garden Society Festival this June


Treat your Dad this Father's Day
Celebrate Father's Day in southern Oxfordshire


Midsomer films in South Oxfordshire
Benson and Wallingford set to star in the 18th series of Midsomer Murders


Sir Steve Redgrave launches new Midsomer boat
Henley legend launches a new Midsomer experience in Henley


Food festivals throughout June
Celebrate delicious local food and drink in southern Oxfordshire


A Walk of Art through Wantage
Wantage town centre shops host student art trail during Artweeks


Spring Festival to open new historical trail
WWI poet to be honoured in Dunsden


Special visitor offer available at six Thames Valley railways
Six Thames Valley Railway Attractions team up to offer visitors a discount voucher scheme


Summer festivals, fairs and carnivals
Save the date with this round-up of 2015 Southern Oxfordshire summer events.


Oxfordshire Artweeks 2015
View hundreds of artists' work over three weeks


Spring walks in southern Oxfordshire
Discover wild flower meadows, bluebell fields, spring wildlife and more.


Chalking the horse!
The National Trust needs your help to keep the Uffington Horse white


Southern Oxfordshire pubs amongst CAMRA's top 200
The Plum Pudding and Royal Oak come out on top


Blooming bluebells
Explore beautiful fields of bluebells throughout southern Oxfordshire


Easter equestrian events
Don't miss family fun at the races this April


The Easter Bunny needs your help!
Search for Easter eggs in southern Oxfordshire this weekend


Egg-cellent Easter events
Half-term activities for all the family


Easter at Cornerstone
Keep your little ones busy with arts and craft workshops in Didcot


Vale Creatures Great and Small
An exhibition inspired by the Vale countryside and its inhabitants


Joyce Grove stars in BBC series
New Tricks is the latest production to be filmed at the Nettlebed house


Celebrate WI's centenary with Inspiring Women talks
Fern Britton and Barbara Taylor Bradford among those speaking at Denman College


Treat your mum this weekend
Celebrate Mother's Day in southern Oxfordshire


Orwells reach finals for national sustainability award
Shiplake pub achieves national recognition for dedication to sustainable principles


Have your say on the future of Abbey Meadow
Abingdon's riverside park is set to have a makeover


9 White Horses, 100 Miles, 5000 Years
Walking the Wessex White Horses: from Westbury to the oldest of them all at Uffington


Market milestone celebrated with visit from Princess Anne
Royal visitor marks 800th anniversary of Thame market


Authors for Henley Literary Festival 2015 are announced
The literary line-up includes, Jane Hawking, Gyles Brandreth and MP Caroline Lucas


Hear children's experiences of WW II in Oxfordshire
The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society hold 'Children and War' talk


Brakspear restores CAMRA favourite Old Ale in Henley
Brakspear's Old Ale is back by popular demand after a 12 year gap


Enter the Wantage is Great competition
There's a chance of winning £100 in the Wantage is Great competition


Basement Jaxx to headline Truck Festival 2015
First acts have been announced for the Steventon festival


Café Scientifique opens in Wantage
"Science for the price of a coffee"


Top spots for snowdrops
Discover the blossoming flowers across southern Oxfordshire


Have you 'herd' about the Thame cows?
Thame's town cows need a makeover - find out how to help


2015 Rewind Festival line-up announced
Henley welcomes big names from the Eighties to play at Rewind


A mighty Midsomer Murders competition
Don't miss your chance to win a £2000 Midsomer holiday package


Ride the Ridgeway in a new cycling challenge
Wantage to host mountain bike marathon


Lionel Richie to headline the Henley Festival
First act announced for South Oxfordshire festival


'Into the Woods' filmed in Hambleden
South Oxfordshire village stars in the musical fantasy film


New three day triathlon in Henley
Swim, cycle & run in the Henley Highwayman


Southern Oxfordshire's year in film
Movie locations from 2014 in Oxfordshire


The Big Allotment Challenge is set at historic house in Oxfordshire
Mapledurham stars in a BBC2 gardening series for second year


They're behind you!
It's time to raise the curtain on the New Year Pantomimes


Prince Harry attends wedding at Dorchester Abbey
South Oxfordshire village welcomes Royal visitors


National trail has inspired storytellers for generations
The Ridgeway is one of Britain’s most enigmatic, ancient and inspiring muses


Henley Jazz & Blues Festival hailed Top Notch
Successful encore for Brakspear jazz and blues festival event around Henley


Complete Oxfordshire village guide
The 310 villages of Oxfordshire are photographed on new website


Abingdon author's book to be turned into film
Eggbert's Adventures to be brought to life in new DVD


The Battle for Wallingford
Wallingford sets the stage for English Civil War reenactment


Wantage named the Great British High Street 2014
Delight as Wantage secures national award


Martin Clunes films new TV drama in Nettlebed
Doc Martin star shot scenes for a new show at Sue Ryder Hospice.


Blue plaque unveiled for local car company
The former Abingdon home of MG founder has been honoured


Repeat performance for Brakspear Jazz & Blues Festival
Second Jazz & Blues festival - a top Notch event to liven up November


Fiery firework and bonfire events
The southern Oxfordshire sky will be sparkling this November


Countryfile's Autumn Special set in Oxfordshire
Wytham Woods and Le Manoir feature in BBC's Countryfile


Henley wins horticultural award
Henley takes home silver at the Britain in Bloom competition


Local farm to host national festive competition
The search for Downing Street's Christmas Tree comes to Christmas Common


Why I Love Henley
Local film premiere shows off what's special about Henley


Wallingford to feature in BBC film
Harry Hill and other celebrities spotted filming in Southern Oxfordshire town


The film 'Mr Turner' celebrates the English artist who painted Oxfordshire
J.M.W. Turner took inspiration from the landscape and market towns in southern Oxfordshire


Autumn festivals in southern Oxfordshire
Celebrate harvest and the start of autumn this October


Celebrate apple harvest this autumn
If you have a sweet tooth then make sure you visit an apple festival during October


Henley brewery up for top award
Brakspear shortlisted for ‘Heart of the Community’ award


Henley pub operator and brewer Brakspear reward local excellence
Two South Oxfordshire pubs beat off stiff competition to scoop top prize in Brakspear awards


Wallingford's PoW Sketchbook exhibition
WW2 PoW sketchbook to go on display at Wallingford Museum


Famous names took to the road in southern Oxfordshire
Cycling's Tour of Britain 2014 reaches southern Oxfordshire


Everything Goes Gala at Didcot Railway Centre
Didcot welcomes special line-up of railway heritage for a gala weekend


South Oxfordshire wishes the 'Queen of Crime' a Happy Birthday
Celebrate Agatha Christie weekend in Wallingford and Cholsey


Goring pub wins top industry award
The Catherine Wheel in Goring wins regional award in The Great British Pub Awards 2014.


Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards
Vote for your favourite southern Oxfordshire restaurant


Heritage Open Days
Discover southern Oxfordshire's history for free


Thame Food Festival 2014
Celebrate the wealth of wonderful food and drink in southern Oxfordshire


Sherlock star seen filming in Nettlebed
Benedict Cumberbatch shoots his new movie at Joyce Grove in Nettlebed


Explore the town during Bunk Fest
Enjoy local exhibitions, tours and offers at Wallingford Museum


Local chapel filmed for BBC programme
Stonor Park chapel is set to feature on BBC Songs of Praise


Fire Fly's Farewell
Steam loco Fire Fly Bows Out at Didcot Railway Centre


Shrivenham summer village fete
Local fete set to draw in thousands of visitors this August Bank Holiday


Life by the River Thames
Brilliant new exhibition documenting life along the river


Stunning photographs capturing the beautiful North Wessex Downs
Vale and Downland exhibition focuses on the local landscape


Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway marks its long service
The railway are celebrating their Silver Jubilee and 20th year of operation


Tour of Britain
The 2014 cycling tour comes to Southern Oxfordshire


Traditional skills showcase in Dorchester
Celebrate and take part in the skilled crafts that built Dorchester Abbey


August is packed with brilliant open-air theatre
Watch fantastic theatre in some of South Oxfordshire's most beautiful settings


Henley's outdoor cinema is back
Celebrate the summer evenings with classic films by the Thames


Celebrate the success of the red kite
25 years since red kites were reintroduced into South Oxfordshire


Literary Festival announces more fantastic acts
Royalty joins Henley Literary Festival line up


Waterways World magazine praise the Southern Oxfordshire River Thames
Abingdon to Marlow -"This is the Thames at its best"


Thame Remembers
Thame launches a new project to mark the centenary


Get your chinos, summer dresses and boaters ready - it's regatta time!
Celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Henley Royal Regatta


Celebrate Midsomer Murders with a special pint
Local pub has produced a Midsomer ale


Wantage Summer Festival 2014
Celebrate local talent this July with a packed line up for the Wantage Summer Festival


Watch Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens
Watch artists and get creative yourself at the art festival


TRUCK Festival
Steventon's annual independent music festival see's big names take to the Oxfordshire stage


Treat your Dad this weekend
Celebrate Father’s Day in Southern Oxfordshire


A blooming great idea!
Local brewery and Henley in Bloom have partnered up to create a new ale.


Camping and Caravanning Club set off from the Vale on charity ride
TV Presenter leads a cycling team from Wantage to Scarborough


Find out what is grown on our local farms
Farmers are allowing the public a sneak peek of their farms this weekend


D-Day commemoration weekend at Didcot Railway Centre
70 years after D-Day, Didcot remembers train blackouts, the Home Guard and 'make do and mend'


Didcot exhibition may encourage young people into the railway industry
New signalling exhibition planned at Didcot Railway Centre


At home with the Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie
Uncover the real Mrs Mallowan at Wallingford Museum


Didcot Railway Centre achieve new benchmark accreditation
Didcot Railway Centre Gains Arts Council Full Accreditation Award


Wallingford Food festival programme of chef demonstations 2014
Chef demonstrations to enjoy at this year's Wallingford Food Festival


Meet the Iron Duke this Easter at Didcot Railway Centre
Didcot Railway's four days of Easter fun includes an Iron Duke, Firefly and Chipper the Squirrel


The Big Allotment Challenge is set at an Oxfordshire house
Mapledurham stars in a new BBC2 gardening series


Once in a blue moon
Flagship locomotives gather for a unique display in tribute to their designers.


Didcot Railway Centre Tweets for Museums Week
Dedicated Twitter hashtags planned as Didcot Railway Centre celebrates National Museums week


Siege and Strife: Wallingford & War
Wallingford Museum exhibition considers the impact of war on the town through the ages


Local Heritage Railway Attraction scoops top award
Didcot Railway Centre wins Highly Commended at the 2013 Beautiful South Awards


Father Christmas has a day out with Thomas
Didcot Railway Centre announces dates for a day out with Thomas to meet Father Christmas


Thame Arts & Literature Festival: From Wembley to Downing Street
The 2013 Thame Arts & Literature Festival encourages participation, enjoyment and inspiration.


New exhibition sets the River & Rowing Museum ablaze with history
Blaze of Glory: A new exhibition reveals the 200 year history of the Rowing Blazer at Henley on Thames’ River & Rowing Museum


Wallingford, Alfred's Burh: Danes to Domesday
Prestigious conference will mark 40th anniversary of The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society


Henley celebrates Olympic Cauldron donation
The Cauldron that carried the Olympic flame on The Queen’s Rowbargem in 2012 has been donated to the River and Rowing Museum.


Electric Bike Network Launches in Henley on Thames
Henley's visitors urged to explore the area with two wheels and no sweat


Uncovering the stories behind Swan Upping
Henley exhibition celebrates 900 years of Royal tradition at the annual swan count.



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