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Royals are coming Wantage
Prince Edward and wife Sophie are visiting Wantage

A history of Waterperry
Waterperry from prehistoric to the present time

Take a walk amongst the bluebells
Beautiful bluebells are blooming across Southern Oxfordshire

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 is the star of a new BBC2 gardening series

Comedy and tragedy at the Henley Drama Festival
Six nights of quality theatre at the Henley Drama Festival in May

A year in the life of a herbaceous border
Watch stunning video from Waterperry covering twelve months

English Tourism Week round up
English Tourism Week is a success in Southern Oxfordshire

Celebrate English Tourism Week in Southern Oxfordshire
Did you know English Tourism Week starts 29 March. With so much to do, we have made life easy with a handy guide summarising the best things that we know you will love

Fifth annual regatta for the disabled launched
Fifth annual regatta for the disabled launched in Henley this week

Easter treats for kids at Cornerstone
Great Easter activities for kids in Southern Oxfordshire

Wantage and Grove Photography competition 2014
Photographers in the Vale are awarded

Children's art is a big draw in Wantage
Paintings of Wantage and Grove landmarks by some of the district’s youngest artists have gone on display

The Vale comes out top for another year
Vale of White Horse is voted one of the best places in Britain

South Oxfordshire town comes out on top
Henley is voted one of the best places to live in the countryside

Sir Matt's Henley regatta book hits shelves
Sir Matthew Pinsent releases new Henley Regatta book to celebrate 175th anniversary

Museum Week 2014
Visit our great local museums this week

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

Calling all shops and hospitality businesses to get involved in the Oxtrails app
Shops, cafes and hospitality businesses are invited to promote themselves on the Oxtrails app

Young filmmakers take to Wallingford red carpet
Young filmmakers take to Wallingford red carpet for film festival

Big Chilterns weekend
Describe your favourite part of the Chilterns and win a fantastic prize

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

Time called on Didcot A power station
Didcot power station set for summer demolition

Explore the counties museums on your tablet
A new museum app launches in Oxfordshire

Meet the owner of the real Downton Abbey
Find out what life is really like at Downton Abbey

A royal guest visits the River and Rowing Museum
Prince Harry shows his support for local charity

National Trust guided walks: A tale of two villages
Explore the unique villages of Buscot and Coleshill on National Trust guided walks

Henley Festival gets X Factor
X Factor's Rebecca Ferguson to headline last night of Henley Festival

Royals lunch at local restaurant
Prince Harry and Zara Phillips dine in the Vale

Local man wins prestigious film awards
Wheatley man wins recognition with an Oscar and BAFTA for his work on the film Gravity.

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

The Great Wallingford Pancake Race is back
Get your frying pans at the ready for Wallingford's annual Pancake Race.

Vale landmark voted top romantic spot
White Horse Hill is voted one of the best places to go on a date

Films added to Fringe Festival line up
Films added to Henley Fringe Festival, now in its seventh year

Caravan park benefits from £1m investment
Southern Oxfordshire caravan park wins national award after £1m rebuild.

Royal Mint coin inspired by local landmark
Local artist's design for Royal Mint coin inspired by White Horse Hill

Hugless Douglas comes to Henley stage
Children's theatre group Blunderbus to perform all new show for kids at Kenton Theatre

Henley there or be a patchwork square!
Henley gears up for new festival showcase of local makers and artisans

Henley Choral Society perform with big names
International musical cast set to perform in Henley

Half-term fun at Waterperry Gardens
Keep your little ones entertained this half term at Waterperry Gardens

New skate park designs to go on show
New £250,000 skate park to give Henley youth a boost

Find out what local scientists are discovering in Abingdon.
Abingdon Museum exhibits an exciting local science company

Rewind Festival 2014 line up revealed
The 2014 Rewind Festival announces this year's stellar line up

Join authors for lunch, book signings and demonstrations this spring
British Bake Off winner and Sunday Times bestseller come to Denman.

Once upon a time in Southern Oxfordshire
Put aside your preconceptions about the Wild West as the Le Navet Bete company reinvent the Western genre at the Kenton Theatre

Experience the Bible in under two hours
Experience the Bible at a pace you never thought possible with The Reduced Shakespeare Company at the Cornerstone.

International supermodel photographed at Didcot Railway Centre
Photos of Kate Moss taken at local railway centre are used to celebrate her birthday

Local brewery celebrates the community with series of beers
Loose Cannon Brewery releases locally inspired beers

Valentines Day in Southern Oxfordshire
A run down of the best places to take your special one this Valentines Day in Southern Oxfordshire

Stoke Row is a New Year hot spot
A host of famous faces welcome the new year in South Oxfordshire

New Poirot book to emerge in 2014
A new Poirot book in 2014 set to revive Southern Oxfordshire resident Agatha Christie's much loved detective

A very happy New Year to all in Southern Oxfordshire
A run down of some of the exciting and interesting events coming up in Southern Oxfordshire over the next twelve months.

David Cameron gives award to Henley’s ‘Living Advent Calendar’
Henley's ‘Living Advent Calendar’ wins the Big Society Award from Prime Minister

Head over Heels at the Vale and Downland Museum
Wantage museum hosts a new exhibition exploring our love for shoes and hats

Family-inspired ideas for the Christmas holidays in Oxfordshire
Christmas holidays are great fun! Take advantage of all the free activities going on in your town over the holidays.

Make the most of Christmas and the New Year at Waterperry
Come and check out the Christmas and New Year programme at Waterperry, and even choose your very own Christmas tree.

How many 'frivolously unecessary notices' can you spot in Faringdon?
Lord Berners leaves Faringdon a legacy of silly notices and plaques - can you spot them all?

Find the lost cannon ball in Faringdon
Learn all about Faringdon's rich Civil War history by
visiting All Saint's Church

Faringdon Farmer's Market is packed with delicious local produce
Head to Faringdon this Tuesday and see what great local food they have available.

Support local businesses and do your Christmas shopping in Abingdon
Abingdon Christmas Craft Fair and Small Business Saturday combine this weekend.

Brad Pitt movie Fury injects £1million into Oxfordshire economy
Businesses celebrate as the star-studded cast and production crew of World War II film Fury spend in local economy

Tourism businesses win big in Southern Oxfordshire
Businesses across the counties won various awards at the Beautiful South Awards

The best winter birdlife in Southern Oxfordshire
Your chance to get involved and up close with the best winter birdlife Southern Oxfordshire has to offer

The very best Christmas music in Southern Oxfordshire
Experience the very best in Christmas music at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

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

What Southern Oxfordshire is doing to support small businesses
Get involved in SmallBizSaturday on 7 December

Question: Could Henley be any prettier than it already is?
Henley-upon-Thames launches the annual Christmas shop window display competition.

Thame launches new Midsomer Murders Trail
Thame's starring role as Causton in TV's Midsomer Murders is explored in a new locations trail

Fantastic FREE January events at Waterperry Gardens.
Cure your post Christmas blues with January events at Waterperry

Grow your own 'fancy food treats' with James Wong
Waterperry Gardens welcomes TV presenter James Wong

Christmas events across the county
Festive family fun. Christmas fairs, crafts, activities and food for everyone to enjoy.

More movie magic in Southern Oxfordshire
Yet another story has come out this week linking the wonderful region of Southern Oxfordshire to the movies.

Johnny Depp spotted in Hambleden Oxfordshire
Johnny Depp fans visiting southern Oxfordshire were once again feasting their eyes on a star studded cast

Christmas town events in Oxfordshire
Discover the festive events taking place in Southern Oxfordshire this year

10 things to do indoors this Christmas
Activities for all the family out of the cold this winter.

Explore Wantage's Victorian history
A new map highlighting the Vale market town's history.

Ewelme is on the map
A new map of Ewelme helps visitors explore the South Oxfordshire village

Pride and Prejudice the Musical comes to Southern Oxfordshire
Jane Austen's classic novel is brought to life with music and song at the Kenton Theatre

Faringdon Country Market, make time for a regular Friday ‘treat’.
Head to Faringdon for fresh, locally sourced produce every Friday.

Legend to headline Henley Jazz and Blues Week
Blues legend Paul Jones is headlining the Henley Jazz and Blues Week in Southern Oxfordshire next month

Jazz goes to the movies and comes to Southern Oxfordshire too
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra comes to Southern Oxfordshire for a one off special performance of classic movie music

First Clooney, then Pitt and now Depp all spotted in Southern Oxfordshire
Johnny Depp joins the A-list celebrities spotted filming in Southern Oxfordshire

Henley Jazz and Blues Week
Henley's ten day musical extravaganza

Winter seasonal events at Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry Gardens has a series of seasonal events for all the family - from craft markets to pumpkin hunts...

Family Days out in Abingdon
Indoors or Outdoors, Abingdon has it all for families

Brad Pitt visits Henley on Thames
A-list movie star checks out local Henley shops buying toys for his twins.

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

Visitors swarming to Didcot Railway Centre from all over the world
Thomas and Friends are a big hit as Didcot Railway Centre welcomes more overseas visitors.

The Henley Living Advent Calendar
Participate in local performances every day in December in the run up to Christmas in Henley

Apple Day
Come and celebrate the popular fruit at one of the many events taking place this weekend

The longest street fair in Europe
Michaelmas Fair, Abingdon-on-Thames

The Runaway Fair
The fair for "runaways" who wanted a different master

'Visit Midsomer' restaurants come out on top.
TripAdvisor names Visit Midsomer restaurants as best in Oxfordshire

Thame Food Festival is a HUGE success in 2013
Thame food festival organisers reflect on another fantastic foodie event

Brad Pitt Filming in Shirburn and Watlington
Brad Pitt is working in a village near Watlington as filming starts on his Second World War movie - Fury.
Producers remain tight-lipped about what is going on

Henley Festival to remain at Royal Regatta site
The Henley Festival will remain at the Henley Royal Regatta site for the 'foreseeable future'

Starr Inn wins Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year
Sparsholt's Starr Inn named Oxfordshire's best gastropub and overall award winner

Oxtrails - how many have you tried?
Oxtrails is live and the downloadable trails are yours for following!

James Figg in Thame wins Oxfordshire Restaurant Award
Thame business wins 'traditional pub restaurant' category

Brad Pitt filming in Southern Oxfordshire
Hollywood 'A' list star Brad Pitt is filming his next movie near Thame - and you're invited to watch!

Abingdon Local Excellence Market
Local food and crafts in Abingdon Market Place on 23 November

Return of the Henley Living Advent Calendar
The award winning Henley Living Advent Calendar returns again, bringing together the Southern Oxfordshire community

Autumn activities tempt fitness fans to Southern Oxfordshire
A range of sporting events is set to take advantage of the cooler Autumn weather and glorious Southern Oxfordshire countryside

Pride and Prejudice comes to Henley
A famous dance scene from the much loved book will be reenacted

Transparent Reflections
The Vale and Downland Museum opens an extraordinary new glass exhibition.

The River Thames Relay: From source to sea
This weekend the River Thames Relay passes through Southern Oxfordshire taking a bottle of Thames water all the way to the sea

Nationally acclaimed museum unveils colourful new shop displays
Wantage town centre helps to advertise a local Museum

An exhibition 40-years in the making comes to Wantage
A Tibetan text and fallen angels are the inspiration for the unusual exhibition.

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

Hollywood comes to Southern Oxfordshire, again
George Clooney is leading a cast of stars filming in Southern Oxfordshire

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

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