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There's always lots going on in Southern Oxfordshire. Below you'll find up to date information about the latest tourism news, event and exhibition announcements and detailed information to help make the most of your visit. 
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Incredible roll-call of cheffing talent at Thame Food Festival
National celebrity and high profile local chefs to appear at Thame Food Festival 2014

River & Rowing Museum: Christmas holiday activities 2013
Enjoy Christmas with Mr Toad and friends at Henley River & Rowing Museum

Didcot Railway Centre's final Steam and Speed event
Only a small number of tickets remain for the final (ever) Speed & Steam experience combining Didcot Railway Centre and Williams F1 Centre.

Didcot Railway Centre holds Steam Aid II
Steam Aid II promises special tours and opportunities to 'drive' a locomotive or to ride on the footplate to raise money for charity

Summer activities programme at the River and Rowing Museum
Find your age in Martian years, make a Teddy in a Toga or mini motor boat at the River & Rowing Museum

Medieval themed actitivities planned in Wallingford
Wallingford Museum to host a medieval themed family day complete with knight and scriveners

Woodcote rally celebrates 50 golden years
Vintage aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight add magic to this year's Woodcote rally

River & Rowing Museum named as one of the top 50 museums
The Times newspaper names Henley's River and Rowing museum in a list of top 50 museums

Diesel Gala planned at Didcot Railway Centre
Bank holiday weekend sees a diesel gala taking place at Didcot Railway Centre

2013 Speed & Steam Event Dates Announced
Experience the glamour, excitement and passion of F1 Racing and Steam Locomotives in one special day.

New sponsors for Wallingford Food Festival 2013
Wallingford Food Festival announces four new sponsors for the popular annual event

Team GB Olympic medalist support Macmillan MG Midget
Why is London 2012 medal winner and Classic car enthusiast Robbie Grabarz heading to Southern Oxfordshire?

Waterperry Gardens' silver saxifraga gains National Collection Status
The alpine saxifrages at Waterperry Gardens gain a second national collection status award

A four year old could do that
A new exhibition in Wantage challenges the popular criticism of modern art that "A four year old could do that"

Pendon Museum launches modelling masterclasses
New masterclasses promise expert advice and instruction on modelling techniques at Pendon Museum

Dates announced for 2013 Wallingford Food Festival
Mark the dates 18-19 May in your diary for Wallingford's 3rd annual Food Festival

A Monk’s Tale - the hidden habits of Wallingford Priory
As Wallingford Museum prepares to re-open on March 1st get a sneak preview of what's new

Rewind Festival unveils headline acts for 2013
We're so Excited: The Pointer Sisters, Kim Wilde, ABC and The B52's top the bill for this summer's 80's musical celebration

Revolutionary rowing story captured through iconic painting
19th Century ‘Champion of the World’ joins Steve Redgrave’s Boat at River & Rowing Museum

February news from Pendon Museum
Leading Oxfordshire model museum Pendon, will open its doors during the February half term holiday.

Three Great Local Trips at a Discount
Didcot Railway Centre, Pendon Museum, and the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway band together for a three way joint promotion.

A motorcar for Mr. Toad
Workshop fun taking place at the River & Rowing Museum this February half term

Great Western Echo
The Great Western Society celebrates 50 years and 200 editions of its iconic magazine the Great Western Echo

Henley based Rivertime Boat trust wins Queens Award
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2012 recognises volunteering work that is a social, economic or environmental service to the local community.

Tasty, Tasty: how four tourism award recipients have food in common
Awards handed out to four South Oxfordshire tourism businesses in the annual Beautiful South quality competition.

Tornado warning from Didcot Railway Centre
New build Peppercorn A1 Pacific locomotive 60163 Tornado is paying a whirlwind visit to Didcot Railway Centre, on Sunday 25 November.

Festive events at Henley River and Rowing Museum
From Rowing across the Atlantic to Christmas with Mr Toad: Christmas Exhibitions and Activities at the River & Rowing Museum

Going for Gold: South Oxfordshire's tourism businesses aiming for top spots
Four South Oxfordshire businesses have been short-listed in the South East Regional Tourism Awards for Excellence 2012

Autumn news from Newington Nurseries
Garden colours, festive purchases, award nominations and lunch club details - it's all happening at Newington Nurseries

Henley's Medieval Market
Three days of Medieval merriment arrive in Henley on Thames

Visitors urged to choose the Chilterns
A new tourism website launches to promote The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Last chance to see Royal Wallingford exhibition
Wallingford Museum's 'Royal Wallingford' exhibition presents the remarkable history of the town’s royal connections, beginning with King Alfred and ending with Queen Elizabeth II

Unleash your inner pumpkin carver
Autumn means getting creative with colour, pumpkins and costumes. These six South Oxfordshire seasonal events lift the gloom and entertain in equal measure.

Le Boat Open Weekend
Europe's number one boating holiday company is holding an Open Weekend at its base in Benson, from 12th - 14th October.

Thame Food Festival is a resounding success
What gripped 20,000 visitors, 100 stallholders and many celebrity chefs? Answer: Thame food festival 2012

In search of Agatha Christie
Out there in Wallingford, Cholsey or further afield, someone somewhere knows more than they are telling.

Row2Recovery: six extraordinary rowers on one epic journey
How four amputee and two able bodied servicemen completed a 51 day epic journey, rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

When Didcot doubled for Moscow
Actors Keira Knightly and Jude Law bring Moscow to Didcot in the soon to be released film Anna Karenina.

Queen Victoria', liquorice and 'Pandemonium' at the Vale & Downland Museum
What is the connection between Queen Victoria and the Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage?

Triumphant Thames: the River Thames transformation
New partnership exhibition celebrates the dramatic recovery of the River Thames from a biologically dead river in the 1950s to today’s thriving waterway.

River & Rowing Museum announces new exhibition of local landscapes
Anna Dillon's creative eye captures Southern Oxfordshire's countryside in a new exhibition at Henley River & Rowing Museum.

See Britannia in action at Didcot Railway Centre
Your chance to travel behind a famous non Great Western Railway locomotive for just one day - Wednesday 08 August.

Rowing museum acquires copy of Henley's first Regatta programme
An extremely rare programme from the first Henley Regatta has been donated to the town's River & Rowing Museum.

Expected Highlights at the 2012 Thame Food Festival
Thame Tart, pop-up Pub, Oyster Meister and Cookery Theatre demonstrations by Raymond Blanc and Lotte Duncan - some of the highlights for this year's food festival.

VisitEngland's Fan in a Van visits Henley
England super-fan Rachel Kershaw won a 70 day tour following the torch relay and writing about her travels. On Tuesday 10 July she arrived in Henley on Thames.

River & Rowing Museum wins Heritage Lottery Grant
The Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed a grant of £25,500 for the River & Rowing Museum's Swan Upping education and training project under its 'Your Heritage' programme.

Exploring Midsomer: The Towns and Villages at the Murderous Heart of England
Local man Chris Behan publishes a new book about the Southern Oxfordshire towns and villages used as Midsomer Murders locations.

170th anniversary of Queen Victoria's first ever train journey
Didcot Railway Centre commemorates Queen Victoria's historic first train journey 170 years ago today.


Two monks called John of Wallingford
What worried the first Prior John of Wallingford about 10th century Danish invaders?

Jackie Ellis
Published On:
29/05/2013 View Post

5 reasons to visit Thame Museum
Brush away the winter blues and discover what's new at Thame museum.

Jackie Ellis
Published On:
19/01/2013 View Post

Stuck Up: Britain’s Golden Era of Poster Art comes to Henley
This collection of rare posters represents a fantastic period in time for British design and paints a vibrant picture of Britain in the early 20th Century.

Jackie Ellis
Published On:
23/11/2012 View Post

Swan Upping: Eight things to know about this annual event
Every year the Queen's Swan Marker carries out a census of swans on the River Thames. Here's what you need to know about the origins and reasons for this traditional and colourful event.

Jackie Ellis
Published On:
30/06/2012 View Post

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