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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

An exhibition of silk paintings, digital prints on silk and silk scarves by Marie Philpott
Local artist displays silk artwork at Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage

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

Faringdon Independents’ Day Artisan Market
Faringdon artisan market is the place to be on 5 July

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.

Wantage presents ... brings music to the town
'Wantage presents' will entertain visitors in the Market Place with a variety of local bands and musicians every Saturday morning

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'

Every sad and lovely thing exhibition commemorates WW1 100th anniversary
Vale & Downland Museum commemorates WWI with new exhibition

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

On the trail in Midsomer
Download the walking trails for the best way to explore Midsomer Murders country

Rare plant fair at Waterperry Gardens on 29 June
Tantalise the senses with the sights, sounds and smells of rare plants including agapanthus, phlox, Michaelmas daisies, foxgloves and aquilegias

Bothy vineyard to re-open on Saturday 10 May
Time to re-stock your wine fridge with 2013 Oxford Dry, Renaissance and Oxford pink

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

Great Coxwell Barn is 722 years old
Celebrate the barn's birthday with Family Fun Day this Sunday

Murder du Vin as new Henley trail launched
The launch of Henley's new Midsomer Murder trail left terror in the town

A history of Waterperry
Waterperry from prehistoric to the present time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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