What’s on in Oxfordshire this October

What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024

October in Oxfordshire is set to be an electrifying month filled with a diverse array of entertainment options. From the nostalgic melodies of the Dung Beatles at The Kenton Theatre and the homage to synth-pop legends by Enjoy The Silence – A Tribute to Depeche Mode at Fat Lils, to the gripping drama of “A Raisin in The Sun” at Oxford Playhouse and the comedic genius of Jenny Eclair at The Kenton Theatre, there’s no shortage of reasons to venture out.

Each event, whether it be a musical tribute that takes you back in time, a theatrical production that moves and challenges you, or a stand-up show that leaves you in stitches, promises to make this October a memorable one. Oxfordshire’s vibrant cultural scene is buzzing with activity, ensuring that there’s something for everyone to enjoy this autumn.

A small selection of what’s on in Oxfordshire this October 2024

A Raisin in The Sun

Wednesday 02 to Saturday 05 October 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

A Raisin in The Sun - what's on in oxfordshire this october 2024
A Raisin in The Sun – Oxford Playhouse

From Wednesday, 02 to Saturday, 05 October 2024, Oxford Playhouse presents Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal work, “A Raisin in the Sun,” under the direction of Tinuke Craig.

Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s South Side, the play delves into the lives of the Younger family as they navigate the complexities of hope, dreams, grief, and aspirations following the death of their patriarch. With the life insurance money potentially serving as a catalyst for change, the family grapples with conflicting visions of the future: Mama dreams of owning a home, Beneatha aims to pursue a medical career, while Walter Lee sees the money as his ticket to personal success, even at the cost of his values and family unity.

“A Raisin in the Sun” not only explores the challenge of forging a meaningful existence within the constraints of a segregated society but also the internal and interpersonal struggles that come with it, making it a poignant and timeless piece.

Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” was a trailblazing play that marked the first time a Black woman’s work was performed on Broadway, earning its place in history for challenging the racial barriers of its time. Directed by the acclaimed Tinuke Craig, whose previous works include “Jitney” and “The Colour Purple,” this production promises to breathe new life into the classic drama, highlighting its humour, heart, and the enduring relevance of its themes. As the world continues to grapple with issues of inequality and racial injustice, the play’s exploration of dreams deferred and the quest for dignity within a prejudiced society remains as compelling as ever. Described by The New York Times as “a play that changed American theatre forever,” and brought to life by the “consistently impressive” Headlong company, according to the Evening Standard, this rendition of “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Oxford Playhouse is poised to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.


Abba Tribute – Kiss The Teacher

Friday 04 October 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

Abba Tribute – Kiss The Teacher – Fat Lils, Witney

The vibrant venue of Fat Lil’s in Witney, is set to welcome back the sensational Abba tribute band, Kiss The Teacher, for their fifth triumphant performance that is guaranteed to be a sell-out event.

This highly anticipated show is a celebration of all things ABBA, featuring a spectacular showcase of the Swedish pop group’s biggest hits. Audience members are encouraged to dress to impress, ready to dance the night away in platform boots, embracing the iconic fashion and unforgettable music of the 1970s.

The electrifying atmosphere of Fat Lil’s, combined with the nostalgic tunes of ABBA, promises an evening of joyous entertainment and lively dancing. Kiss The Teacher’s 100% ABBAtraction show is renowned for its faithful renditions of ABBA’s greatest hits, capturing the essence of the original band’s electrifying performances.

From the opening chords to the final encore, attendees will be transported back to a time when ABBA dominated the music scene, and glittery disco attire was all the rage.


Antarctic Monkeys

Saturday 05 October 2024
O2 Academy Oxford,190 Cowley Road, Oxford

Antarctic Monkeys - What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024
Antarctic Monkeys – O2 Academy Oxford

The O2 Academy Oxford is set to host the Antarctic Monkeys, a premier tribute act to one of the UK’s most influential bands, Arctic Monkeys. Renowned across the UK tribute scene, the Antarctic Monkeys have carved out a niche for themselves with their electric live performances that capture the essence of the Arctic Monkeys’ spirited rock anthems.

The Antarctic Monkeys stand out by replicating not just the sound but the raw energy of the Arctic Monkeys, creating an immersive experience that resonates with die-hard fans and newcomers alike.

As they take the stage at the O2 Academy Oxford, attendees can expect a meticulously curated setlist that spans the breadth of Arctic Monkeys’ discography, from their early indie rock hits to their more complex, introspective tunes. This event promises to be a celebration of Arctic Monkeys’ enduring legacy, brought to life by a tribute band that understands the significance and impact of their music.


Jenny Eclair: Jokes, Jokes, Jokes, Live!

Saturday 05 October 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

Jenny Eclair - what's on in oxfordshire this October 2024
Jenny Eclair: Jokes, Jokes, Jokes, Live! – The Kenton Theatre, Chipping Norton

The Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames will host the incomparably witty Jenny Eclair, as she presents her new autobiographical show, “Jokes, Jokes, Jokes, Live!”

This tour celebrates the release of her humour-filled memoir, inviting audiences into the rollercoaster world of a comedian, novelist, and self-professed professional show-off. From her days at drama school indulging in cider and sausage rolls, through the highs and lows of punk poetry, anorexia, bedsit living, and waitressing, to the pinnacle of becoming the first woman to win the prestigious Perrier Award, Jenny’s journey is as hilarious as it is inspiring.

As she navigates becoming a mother, author, podcaster, and even a nana, Eclair promises an evening of laughter, reflection, and unapologetic honesty, making this a must-see event for fans of her distinctive brand of comedy.

Jenny Eclair has been captivating audiences with her unique brand of comedy for over forty years, and “Jokes, Jokes, Jokes, Live!” offers a rare opportunity to delve into the memories and experiences that have shaped her career. Known for her ‘ruthlessly funny’ humour, as praised by The Times, Jenny’s show is anticipated to be a sell-out event, featuring a mix of punk poetry, animal impressions, and her signature baritone nursery rhyme singing.


The Dung Beatles

Saturday 12 October 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

The Dung Beatles - What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024
The Dung Beatles – The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

On Saturday, 12 October 2024, The Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, is set to welcome The Dung Beatles, a band that has redefined the art of paying homage to the legendary Beatles.

Since their formation in 2013, The Dung Beatles have captivated ‘hard-core’ Beatles fans and new listeners alike with their high-energy performances, top-drawer musicianship, and precise vocal harmonies that capture the very essence of Beatles music. Unlike traditional tribute acts, The Dung Beatles pride themselves on being a Beatles rock band, eschewing wigs, costumes, and backing tracks in favour of a genuine and authentic musical experience. Their extensive repertoire not only includes beloved hits and hidden album gems but also songs that The Beatles themselves never performed live, offering audiences a unique and comprehensive celebration of the Fab Four’s legacy.

Having graced stages from Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club to numerous festivals and theatres, and even featuring in multiple ‘live sessions’ on BBC Radio, The Dung Beatles’ special show at The Kenton Theatre promises to be an unforgettable journey through the Beatles’ discography. Accompanied by a four-piece horn section, the band will traverse the evolution of Beatles music from their early days to their late masterpieces, including a special medley of songs from the early ’70s.


Enjoy the Silence – A Tribute to Depeche Mode

Saturday 12 October 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

Enjoy the Silence – A Tribute to Depeche ModeFat Lil’s, Witney

Fat Lils in Witney prepares to host a night that promises to transport fans back to the electrifying era of Depeche Mode with the tribute band Enjoy The Silence UK.

Formed by seasoned musicians from leading tribute acts like “Speak & Spell” (Depeche Mode), “Love Distraction” (The Human League), and “Retro Electro,” Enjoy The Silence UK recreate the enthralling live experience of Depeche Mode at their peak.

With a repertoire that includes timeless hits such as “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Personal Jesus,” and “Behind The Wheel,” you can expect an evening filled with the synth-driven sounds and darkly poetic lyrics that defined a generation, delivered with the authenticity and passion that have made Depeche Mode legends of the music world.

The tribute band’s commitment to replicating the original sound and atmosphere of Depeche Mode’s live shows, using authentic sounds and a carefully curated setlist, ensures a gig that resonates with the same intensity and emotion as the original performances.


The Pretenders

Sunday 13 October 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

The Pretenders - What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024
The Pretenders – New Theatre Oxford

On Sunday, 13 October 2024, the legendary rock band The Pretenders will grace the stage of New Theatre Oxford, bringing their electrifying 2024 theatre tour to the heart of the city.

Riding the wave of their new album “Relentless,” their highest-charting record in 23 years and a remarkable 14th UK Top 40 release, The Pretenders are set to deliver a performance that underscores their enduring legacy and relevance in the music world. Critics have lavished praise on “Relentless,” with accolades from MOJO celebrating the “persistently brilliant song writing” and The Observer admiring the band’s “inspiring longevity”.

The past year has seen The Pretenders tirelessly bring their dynamic live show to audiences across the UK, US, and Europe, performing over 60 gigs that have solidified their reputation as a formidable live act.

Their surprise appearance at Glastonbury, featuring icons Johnny Marr and Dave Grohl, emerged as a festival highlight, with their set being described as “thrilling” and “melodious” by The Telegraph. Moreover, their collaborations with Guns N’ Roses during a European arena tour and subsequent performances in the US underscored the band’s versatile appeal and the magnetic presence of frontwoman Chrissie Hynde.

As they return to the UK, supported by The Picturebooks, The Pretenders’ show at New Theatre Oxford is poised to be a homecoming of sorts, a celebration of their new prime as they continue to leave fans “well and truly in awe” with their timeless sound and compelling live performances.


An Evening with Pam Ayres

Wednesday 16 October 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024 - An evening with Pam Ayres
An Evening with Pam Ayres – The Theatre Chipping Norton

The Theatre Chipping Norton will play host to an enchanting evening with Pam Ayres, a beloved poet and humourist whose witty verse has captivated the UK for nearly half a century.

Having earned the title of the best-selling poet since records began, following Ted Hughes, as acclaimed by The Bookseller magazine, Pam’s indelible mark on British poetry is undeniable. Her performance is set to be a delightful journey through her illustrious career, featuring a curated selection of poems and stories that have endeared her to generations of readers and listeners.

Highlights include works from her bestselling poetry collection of 2021, “Pam Ayres on Animals,” and her latest literary offering, “Who Are You Calling Vermin?” This evening promises to be a showcase of Ayres’ unparalleled ability to blend humour with poignant observations, making for a memorable experience steeped in laughter and reflection.

Pam Ayres’ enduring appeal is not just limited to her written works; her recent television appearances on shows like “The Cotswolds” for Channel 5, “This Morning,” and “Would I Lie To You?” have only served to solidify her status as a national treasure. Described by Glastonbury Festival 2022 as a “timeless talent and a glorious people’s poet,” Ayres possesses the unique ability to touch hearts and provoke laughter with her relatable and often comical perspectives on everyday life.


Budapest Café Orchestra

Friday 18 October 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on In Oxfordshire this October 2024 - Budapest Cafe Orchestra
Budapest Cafe Orchestra The Chipping Norton Theatre

The Theatre Chipping Norton will come alive with the vibrant and eclectic sounds of the Budapest Café Orchestra. Known for their refreshingly unconventional approach and snappy attire, this boutique orchestra is set to deliver an evening of gypsy and folk-flavoured music, reimagined with their unique, spirited twist.

From the heart-stirring melodies of Balkan and Russian traditions to the nuanced distillations of Romantic masterpieces and Gaelic folk tunes, the Budapest Café Orchestra’s performance promises to be a journey through diverse musical landscapes. Their ability to evoke the lively atmosphere of Budapest café life, the virtuosity of Tzigane fiddle maestros, and the warmth of gypsy campfires, all while surprising audiences along the way, makes each show a captivating experience, revealing the profound musicianship and immense skill of the ensemble.

Established in 2009 by the renowned British composer and violinist Christian Garrick, the Budapest Café Orchestra has captivated audiences across the country, building a dedicated following with their enchanting and infectious stage presence.

Despite being a compact ensemble of just four players, they produce a rich, full sound that belies their numbers, blending violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz, and balalaika to create a musical alchemy that is as powerful as it is intimate.

Featuring international soloists like the supreme accordion champion of Great Britain, Eddie Hession, and celebrated jazz violinist Christian Garrick, alongside the mysterious mastery of The Sultan on strings and veteran bassist Kelly Cantlon, the orchestra’s line-up guarantees an evening of exhilarating performances.


Peter Hook & The Light Performing Both ‘Substance’ Albums By Joy Division & New Order

Saturday 19 October 2024
O2 Academy Oxford,190 Cowley Road, Oxford

Peter Hook & The Light Performing Both 'Substance' Albums By Joy Division & New Order - What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024
Peter Hook & The Light – O2 Academy Oxford

On Saturday, 19 October 2024, the O2 Academy Oxford will host a monumental live music event, as Peter Hook & The Light take to the stage to perform the iconic ‘Substance’ albums by Joy Division and New Order in their entirety.

This special performance is part of a series of live dates that have seen Peter Hook, co-founder of both legendary bands, delve into their influential discographies to bring their ground-breaking music back to life on stage.

Since revisiting Joy Division’s seminal album “Unknown Pleasures” in 2010 for a charity concert, Hook has made it an annual tradition to perform albums from both bands, drawing fans old and new to experience the raw emotion and innovative sound that characterised the Manchester music scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

The performance promises to be an immersive journey through the post-punk and synth-pop landscapes that Joy Division and New Order helped to define, celebrating over four decades of their enduring influence on music and culture. With “Substance,” both bands’ compilations featuring some of their most beloved tracks, audiences can expect a night filled with nostalgia, innovation, and the unmistakable basslines that Hook is renowned for.


The Theatre Feast

Saturday 19 October 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

The Theatre Feast - What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024
The Theatre Feast – The Theatre Chipping Norton

This unique event transforms the auditorium and stage into a vibrant dining space, where guests will be treated to a sumptuous feast prepared by the acclaimed local open-fire culinary magicians, Pit Kitchen.

Specialising in gourmet, locally sourced, seasonal street food, the menu promises an array of delectable choices, including plentiful vegetarian and vegan options, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all tastes.

The night is not just about the exquisite food; it’s a fusion of dining and entertainment, where guests will be treated to irreverent, colourful performances that weave through the tables, featuring the beloved clown Tweedy from Giffords Circus and the acrobatic cabaret troupe, Cabaret with Claws, promising an evening of grown-up silliness and hilarity.”The Theatre Feast” is more than just a celebration; it’s an opportunity for theatre staff, friends, supporters, and newcomers to come together for a night of fun, food, and fundraising.

As part of the festivities, tickets include a three-course sharing menu from Pit Kitchen, a welcome drink to toast to the occasion, and a full line-up of entertainment designed to delight and surprise. Guests will be seated at benches on shared tables, fostering a communal atmosphere that echoes the spirit of the theatre.


David Eagle – Flying Solo

Wednesday 23 October 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

David Eagle - Flying Solo.  What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024.
David Eagle – Flying Solo – The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury is set to host an evening with the exceptionally talented David Eagle, a comedian and musician renowned for his work with the three-time BBC Radio 2 folk award-winning band, The Young ‘Uns.

Since venturing into stand-up comedy in 2018, David has rapidly ascended the comedy ranks, clinching the New Comedian Of The Year title at the Nottingham Comedy Festival, Bath Comedy Festival, and Leicester Square Theatre.

His unique blend of humour, which recently earned him a spot on BBC Radio 4’s flagship comedy show ‘The Now Show,’ coupled with his musical prowess, promises an unforgettable night that oscillates between laughter and melody, showcasing the breadth of his talent.

David’s comedy navigates the complexities of life as a blind person, transforming everyday situations into extraordinary comedic narratives. His ability to draw humour from his experiences, creating surreal and memorable moments, resonates deeply with audiences.

Whether he’s unravelling the absurdities of commonplace events or countering hecklers with his accordion for a comedic song performance, David’s shows are a blend of wit, satire, and musicality. His George Formby parody, hailed by The Guardian as “a comic tour de force,” exemplifies his skill in weaving together music and comedy to great effect.


Welsh National Opera – Rigoletto

Thursday 24 October and Saturday 26 October 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024. Welsh National Opera - Rigoletto
Welsh National Opera – Rigoletto – New Theatre Oxford

The New Theatre Oxford will be enveloped in the drama and intensity of Verdi’s masterpiece, “Rigoletto,” presented by the Welsh National Opera. This opera invites audiences into the turbulent world of the Duke of Mantua’s court, where Rigoletto, a court jester burdened by a deeply tormented soul, navigates a precarious existence. His razor-sharp wit shields a vulnerable heart, with his daughter Gilda as his sole beacon of happiness.

However, when the Duke, a notorious womanizer, ensnares Gilda in his web, a harrowing sequence of betrayal, passion, and devastation unfolds, showcasing the devastating consequences when the depths of a father’s love meets the cruel hand of fate. “Rigoletto” stands as a timeless exploration of human emotion, set against a court rife with debauchery and deceit, promising an unforgettable operatic experience.

Under the baton of conductor Pietro Rizzo and the visionary direction of Adele Thomas, this production of “Rigoletto” promises to capture the essence of Verdi’s intentions, who himself proclaimed it as his finest work.

The opera’s intricate narrative of love, betrayal, and retribution is brought to life through its powerful score and unforgettable melodies, such as the famous quartet and the renowned aria ‘La donna è mobile.’

This production, sung in Italian with English subtitles, offers a unique opportunity for audiences to experience the raw power and beauty of Verdi’s music, while exploring the dark and complex emotions that drive its characters.

With its scenes of sex and violence, “Rigoletto” provides a gripping and emotionally charged experience that delves deep into the heart of human vulnerability and the dire consequences of unchecked power.


Women In Rock

Friday 25 October 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

What's on in Oxfordshire this October 2024.  Women in Rock at The Mill Arts Centre.
Women in Rock – The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury is set to host an electrifying standing gig featuring the sensational Women In Rock. Since their inception in 2016, Women In Rock have carved a niche for themselves in the global music scene with their dynamic and sell-out shows that celebrate the prowess of female rock legends.

Their much-anticipated performance promises an exhilarating journey through five decades of iconic music, honouring the women who have shaped the rock genre. With their powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and a backing band of world-class musicians, Women In Rock deliver a show that’s as musically enriching as it is visually spectacular, earning them critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base across theatre and live music venues worldwide.

This standout show pays tribute to a line-up of legendary artists, including Suzi Quatro, Janis Joplin, Cher, Tina Turner, and Joan Jett, among others, ensuring a setlist packed with hit after hit. From the heart-wrenching ballads to rock anthems that have become the soundtrack of generations, the performance is guaranteed to have audience members dancing and singing along. Women In Rock’s commitment to showcasing the strength and diversity of female voices in the rock genre, combined with slick choreography and striking costumes, makes for a truly unforgettable night.


As the curtain falls on a vibrant October in Oxfordshire, filled with unforgettable events and performances, visitors and locals alike can find solace and relaxation in the myriad of accommodation options the county has to offer.

Oxfordshire’s welcoming arms extend beyond its entertainment to include a splendid array of places to stay, ranging from the opulence of boutique hotels in the bustling city centre to the quaint charm of countryside bed & breakfasts that offer a glimpse into rural tranquillity.

Self-catering accommodations provide a home away from home, perfect for those seeking a touch of privacy and freedom, while the adventurous at heart can indulge in the unparalleled experience of glamping, where luxury and nature intertwine seamlessly.

No matter the reason for your visit – be it the rich tapestry of October’s cultural offerings, the historical allure of Oxford, or the serene beauty of the Oxfordshire countryside – the region’s diverse accommodation choices promise a comfortable and delightful stay, ensuring that your memories of Oxfordshire are as cosy as they are captivating.

The Wonders of Wallingford

Wallingford

Wallingford, located within the verdant embrace of rural Oxfordshire, its rich history coursing through the quaint streets and along the serene banks of the River Thames. This storied market town, a harmonious blend of past and present, is strategically positioned between Reading, Oxford, and Henley-on-Thames, and has been recognised as one of the finest countryside retreats for those seeking solace from the city’s bustle.

Wallingford’s narrative is etched into its landscape, from the historic crossing that gave the town its name to the majestic ruins of what was once an imposing castle. With architectural gems like the Corn Exchange Theatre and a 14th-century coaching inn framing its bounds, Wallingford offers a charming chronicle etched in stone and tradition.

Wallingford Castle

Wallingford Castle and Gardens

Wallingford Castle, once a bastion of medieval strength and influence, now offers a tranquil sanctuary as the Castle Gardens and Meadows. Here, visitors can stroll among the manicured lawns, vibrant flowerbeds, and wander through the historic earthworks that whisper tales of the past. Managed by the Earth Trust for the South Oxfordshire District Council, this site has been consecrated with its 15th consecutive Green Flag and the esteemed Green Heritage site accreditation, a testament to its enduring beauty and historical significance.

The verdant hillocks that rise gently within the gardens are the remnants of what was once among England’s most formidable fortresses, erected by the decree of William the Conqueror in 1067 as a symbol of his victory. Over the centuries, the castle expanded and evolved into a royal residence entwined with the lives of medieval monarchs. However, by the time of Henry VIII, the castle’s prominence waned, succumbing to neglect and serving as a quarry for Windsor Castle’s constructions. It experienced a brief resurgence during the Civil War, only to be dismantled by order of Cromwell’s Council of State, closing the final chapter on its storied martial legacy.

Wallingford Museum

Visit the Wallingford Museum in Oxfordshire

Wallingford Museum offers a charming glimpse into the rich tapestry of local history, within a medieval oak-beamed building at the heart of Wallingford. This intimate, family-friendly museum spans two floors, inviting visitors to explore Wallingford’s storied past from its Roman roots through to the Civil War. Notably, the museum features a detailed miniature of Wallingford’s expansive royal castle and hosts “The Wallingford Story,” an exhibit that guides visitors along a chronological path through the town’s significant historical milestones.

Entirely volunteer-run, Wallingford Museum depends on the contributions of visitors and the dedication of its volunteers to maintain its operations and community services.

The museum also houses a special exhibition titled “At Home with the ‘Queen of Crime’,” dedicated to Agatha Christie, the world-renowned novelist who spent a significant part of her life in nearby Winterbrook House. This exhibit provides an intimate look at Christie’s personal life through photographs and memories from locals who knew her, along with several of her personally handwritten letters. These letters offer insights into her fondness for pantomimes and her struggles with health in her later years. Christie, who regularly shopped in Wallingford and worshipped at her parish church in Cholsey where she is now buried, left an indelible mark on the community, captured lovingly within the museum’s walls.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie bronze statue in Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Agatha Christie’s connection with Wallingford and the adjacent parish of Cholsey was one of the lesser-known aspects of her life, yet it played a significant role in her personal and professional world. In 1934, alongside her husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan, Christie purchased Winterbrook House, a spacious 18th-century residence nestled in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. This property, with its expansive grounds leading down to the River Thames, became their primary residence for the rest of their lives together. While they frequently traveled abroad for Mallowan’s archaeological digs or vacationed in Devon, Winterbrook House was their sanctuary, a place where Christie could write far from the public eye, completing many of her celebrated novels and plays.

In Wallingford, Christie enjoyed a semblance of normalcy, often seen strolling into town to shop with her wicker basket in hand. Despite her global fame, she was known locally simply as Mrs. Mallowan, a testament to the town’s respect for her privacy. Wallingford provided the perfect backdrop for her quiet, yet fulfilling domestic life, away from the glamour and demands of her literary fame.

To commemorate her life, Wallingford Town Council commissioned a life size bronze statue of her, funded by an Arts Grant. This stunning statue created by Ben Twiston-Davies in 2023 is close to the Wallingford Museum.

Markets in Wallingford

Wallingford’s Charter Market transforms the Market Place into a vibrant hub of activity every Friday, offering an all-day shopping experience steeped in local tradition. Here, traders display a diverse array of goods ranging from fresh produce like eggs, cheese, and vegetables to household items such as clothes and pet food. The market also features a selection of plants and handmade gifts, providing something for every shopper. This weekly event not only supports local traders but also brings the community together, creating a lively atmosphere where residents and visitors alike can enjoy the bounty of local products.

Adjacent to this, the Wallingford Local Producers Market takes place every Saturday morning from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at St Mary-le-More, providing a weekly showcase of local culinary delights and crafts. This market is a food lover’s paradise, offering everything from fresh vegetables and artisan cheeses to homemade cakes and coffee. Additionally, local artisans sell their unique arts and crafts, adding a creative flair to the marketplace. The market is known for its friendly community vibe, making it a perfect place for those looking to enjoy high-quality local produce and crafts. Starting in March, the market expands its presence with additional monthly sessions on every first Saturday at the Market Place, further enriching Wallingford’s vibrant market scene.

Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

Step back in time with a scenic ride on the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, a cherished heritage railway that captures the essence of South Oxfordshire’s picturesque landscapes. This nostalgic journey begins in the historic market town of Wallingford and winds its way to Cholsey, covering a 2.5-mile route that promises enchanting views and a tranquil escape into the countryside. As you settle into the vintage 1950s coaches, pulled by either a heritage diesel locomotive or a visiting steam engine, prepare to be transported through a living museum of rail travel, where the journey itself harkens back to a simpler, slower-paced era.

The ride offers passengers a unique opportunity to view local landmarks and natural beauty. Along the way, keep an eye out for the grave of the famed novelist Agatha Christie at St Mary’s Church, visible from the train as you approach Cholsey. The route also features several crossings where enthusiastic waves to stopped cars add to the charm of the trip. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the sections of the journey near the gravel lakes, where a diverse array of birds and animals can often be spotted. The trip includes a brief stop at Cholsey Station, allowing time for photographs or a short walk to visit Agatha Christie’s resting place, enriching the historical experience.

Enhancing the overall experience are the dedicated volunteers who bring the railway to life, offering insights and maintaining the spirit of bygone days of steam. The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway not only serves as a delightful excursion through the countryside but also operates as a conduit to the past, preserving the rich railway heritage of the region. Visitors often commend the delightful combination of a serene train ride with the option of enjoying a traditional cream tea, making it a highly recommended attraction for those seeking both relaxation and a touch of nostalgia in Oxfordshire’s scenic setting.

TV Filming – Midsomer Murders

Midsummer Murders filing in Oxfordshire

Wallingford has gained fame beyond its scenic charm as a prime filming location for the beloved British TV series “Midsomer Murders.” Known as Causton in the series, Wallingford serves as the fictional capital of Midsomer County and has frequently appeared onscreen in various episodes.

Fans of the show might recognise the bustling marketplace and the iconic Wallingford Bridge as backdrops in numerous scenes featuring the show’s original protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, as he unravelled the mysteries of this seemingly tranquil town.

Download the Midsomer Murder (explore locations from the series in Wallingford) leaflet to help you navigate your way around Wallingford following the footsteps of Detectives Barnaby and Troy.

Visit Wallingford Town Information Centre for all the leaflets to help you explore Midsomer Murders in Wallingford, from walking trails, driving trails, location trails and also for books and memorabilia for sale.

Wallingford, steeped in history and enriched with cultural heritage, offers an enchanting escape for visitors seeking a blend of past and present. Whether you’re exploring its medieval market square, enjoying a leisurely stroll by the River Thames, or uncovering the legacies of literary giants. Accommodation options in Wallingford and the wider Oxfordshire area cater to every preference, from cosy bed & breakfasts and self-catering cottages to hotels and unique glamping sites, ensuring every visitor can find the perfect place to stay while experiencing the charm of this historic town.

Breweries in Oxford and Oxfordshire

Brewery in Oxfordshire

Nestled among the rolling hills and historic spires of Oxfordshire, the craft beer scene is thriving with an array of breweries that are as diverse as they are passionate about their craft. From the venerable Hook Norton Brewery, steeped in tradition and Victorian innovation, to the vibrant and community-focused Little Ox Brew Co, which infuses each batch with local charm and creativity, these establishments are just a small sampling of the county’s flourishing beer culture. Each brewery tells a story, not just through their unique brews but also through their deep connections with the heritage and community of Oxfordshire, making the county a must-visit destination for any beer enthusiast.

Hook Norton Brewery

Brewery Lane, Hook Norton, OX15 5NY

Hook Norton Brewery

In the rolling hills of Oxfordshire, Hook Norton Brewery stands as a testament to the timeless craft of brewing. With a legacy dating back to 1849, this family-run brewery invites visitors to step into a world where traditional techniques are celebrated in every pint. A visit to Hook Norton is not merely about sampling the award-winning ales; it’s an immersive experience that transports you back to the roots of British brewing. Their Malthouse Kitchen welcomes guests for a hearty breakfast or a leisurely lunch, encapsulating the essence of local hospitality.

Visitors to Hook Norton Brewery can expect to be guided through the storied Victorian Tower Brewery by knowledgeable tour guides. The tour, lasting approximately 1 ½ hours, is a journey through time, revealing the sights, sounds, and smells of heritage brewing methods, culminating in a tutored tasting that delights the palate. It’s a rare opportunity to observe brewing history in action and understand the intricate process that gives Hook Norton beers their distinctive character.

A unique feature of the Hook Norton Brewery is its commitment to maintaining a living piece of history with its team of magnificent Shire horses. These gentle giants, once the backbone of brewery deliveries, continue to be a proud tradition at Hook Norton. Visitors may witness Brigadier, Balmoral, Cromwell, and Nelson in their purpose-built stables, amidst the picturesque Cotswold landscape. The brewery’s dedication to these animals extends beyond their practical use; it is a commitment to preserving the breed and raising awareness about their critical status.

As an ‘Approved Shire Horse Society Centre,’ Hook Norton Brewery plays a pivotal role in the conservation of these majestic animals. While the brewery’s delivery system has evolved, the Shires remain central to their identity, often seen at local and private events throughout the year. The planned reintroduction of horse-drawn deliveries to local pubs is a celebration of tradition that both locals and visitors eagerly anticipate.

The brewery’s calendar is dotted with events where the Shires make grand appearances, adding a touch of nostalgia to festivals and shows across the county. From Hooky on Tour to the Towersey Festival, each event is an opportunity to connect with the community and share the heritage that Hook Norton Brewery so passionately preserves.

Oxford Brewery

Tap Room and Brewery Shop, Oxford Brewery, Coopers Yard, Manor Farm Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1SD

Oxford Brewery

Deep in the storied city of Oxford, a place renowned for its academic excellence and historical grandeur, stands the Oxford Brewery—a testament to the city’s rich cultural heritage. Born from the fusion of The Shotover Brewing Co and Oxford Craft Beer Co, the brewery weaves the fabric of tradition with threads of innovation, producing not just beers, but legends in a glass. Their narrative began with the fabled Scholar beer, born from a tale as old as Oxford itself, where knowledge triumphed over the wild, a spirit that continues to guide their brewing philosophy today.

For over a decade, Oxford Brewery has been at the forefront of the city’s craft beer revolution. They proudly claim the title of one of the pioneering new wave brewers in Oxford, a mantle they carry with pride as they continue to shape the future of local brewing. Spring 2021 marked a new chapter for the brewery with the launch of the Oxford Brewery Tap, alongside their established brewery shop. Here, locals and visitors alike can taste the innovation in every pint, crafted with care in their Coopers Yard brewhouse.

Strategically located in Horspath, just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city centre, the Oxford Brewery Shop and Tap Room are where the magic of brewing comes to life. This proximity to Oxford’s vibrant city allows for a seamless blend of urban innovation and rural charm, creating the perfect setting for tasting their full range of creations, from the comfortingly familiar to the excitingly novel.

Oxford Brewery’s ‘Music @ The Tap’ nights have quickly become a cornerstone of the local scene, providing a platform for Horspath’s incredibly diverse and talented musicians. On the third Thursday of each month, the brewery becomes a hub of musical diversity, showcasing an array of genres and styles. These evenings celebrate the community’s shared love for music and beer, inviting musicians to collaborate in a symphony of taste and sound.

Loose Cannon Brewery

Unit 6, Suffolk Way, Abingdon, OX14 5JX

Loose Cannon Brewery

Located in the heart of historical Abingdon on Thames, Loose Cannon Brewery stands as a modern monument to the town’s ancient brewing legacy. Since its establishment in 2010, Loose Cannon has rekindled Abingdon’s brewing fire, once doused with the closure of Morland Brewery at the turn of the millennium.

The brewery was the brainchild of Will Laithwaite, whose less-than-lucrative degree in Ancient History unexpectedly paved the way for a return to the town’s time-honoured tradition. With the town’s roots running deep into the oldest strata of continuous habitation in Britain, Loose Cannon Brewery is a tip of the hat to a past that once thrived with monks and their monastic brews.

With Abingdon’s long-standing connection to monastic and commercial brewing dating back to the days of medieval abbeys and the eventual rise and fall of commercial ventures like Morland, Loose Cannon has seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of this historic tapestry.

In a modest industrial unit, on land once farmed and possibly roamed by monks, Will, alongside his trusted companion Caleb, built more than just a brewery—they resurrected a tradition. Their inaugural brew, Abingdon Bridge, was the result of community collaboration, a nod to the importance of local palates and preferences, a beautifully balanced English Bitter infused with a contemporary twist.

The Loose Cannon Brewery quickly distinguished itself by releasing an astonishing variety of over sixty-eight distinct and palatable beers, catering to a wide spectrum of tastes with twenty-one unique beers released annually across various ranges. This commitment to variety and quality underlines Loose Cannon’s dedication to satisfying even the most discerning of ale aficionados.

As Loose Cannon Brewery continues to grow, so too does its infrastructure, with consistent investments in state-of-the-art equipment enhancing both production capacity and brewing prowess. Bursting at the seams of their current locale, the brewery is poised for expansion, exciting fans with plans to enrich the Loose Cannon experience further and inviting them into the next chapter of the brewery’s flourishing narrative.

For those who share the brewery’s passion, Loose Cannon extends an invitation to their open evenings, where the fusion of community and craft comes alive. Guests are welcomed with a samples bar showcasing the latest brews, enriched by talks from the brewers themselves, and complemented by a selection of street food.

Little Ox Brew Co

Unit 6 Wroslyn Rd Ind Est, Freeland, Witney OX29 8HZ

Little Ox Brew Co

Rooted in the fertile grounds of Freeland, Little Ox Brew Co stands as a testament to the joy of craft beer, echoing the vibrant spirit of Oxfordshire itself. Established with the intent to blend traditional brewing techniques with inventive twists, Little Ox is not just about creating beers but about fostering a community around them. Their vision extends from the fermenting vats to the local pubs and eateries, sharing their unique flavours with beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike, challenging palates and inviting everyone to embark on a taste adventure.

The bond between Little Ox and the local community is palpable, with the brewery keeping the conversation flowing like their ales. Through social media, newsletters, and their inviting brewery shop, they call upon locals and visitors to engage in taproom events, celebrating the shared love of hops and barley. This outreach isn’t limited to virtual spaces; Little Ox makes its presence known with a refreshing presence in pubs and restaurants, where the clink of glasses resonates with the warmth of shared experiences.

In line with their inclusive philosophy, all beers at Little Ox are vegan and gluten-free, catering to a diverse range of drinkers. The brewery operates a core range of brews while regularly introducing new and seasonal specialities, ensuring a year-round variety of flavours that keeps fans anticipating their next sip. Their direct sales model invites beer lovers to purchase by the can, keg, or cask from their online shop, reinforcing the personal touch that defines the brand.

Little Ox Brew Co’s calendar is dotted with events that showcase their vibrant culture. The Witney Beer Festival and their open days are gatherings that fuse the essence of beer with the heart of community festivities. Here, amidst live music and tasty bites, Little Ox’s brews pour freely, accentuating the joyous atmosphere of local pride and LGBTQ celebrations, traditional fêtes, and the family-friendly Witney Carnival.

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What’s on in Oxfordshire this September

whats on in oxfordshire this september 2024

September in Oxfordshire has a variety of cultural, musical, and theatrical events. From the high-energy tribute performance of Totally Blondie at The Kenton Theatre, to the captivating tales of adventure with Simon Parker at The Theatre Chipping Norton, and the comedic genius of Mo Gilligan at the New Theatre Oxford, there’s something to entertain and inspire every taste.

The month also promises a thrilling dive into musical theatre with the iconic “Grease,” a journey through the extraordinary life of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and a nostalgic trip with the music of Victoria Wood.

Whether you’re in the mood for laughter, music, adventure, or the intrigue of a musical murder mystery, Oxfordshire is the place to be this September, showcasing the breadth and diversity of its cultural offerings.

A small selection of what’s on in Oxfordshire this September 2024

Simon Parker: A Ride Across America

Thursday 05 September 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Check out Simon Parker - A Ride Across America at The Theatre Chipping Norton
Simon Parker: A Ride Across America – The Theatre Chipping Norton

Join the intrepid Simon Parker on Thursday, 5th September 2024, at The Theatre Chipping Norton, for an evening that promises to be as enlightening as it is exhilarating.

“A Ride Across America” is not just a talk; it’s an adventure that unfolds through a multimedia presentation, combining tall tales, captivating short films, detailed maps, vivid photographs, immersive audio clips, and engaging book readings. As America edges closer to the 2024 Presidential Election, Parker offers a unique lens through which to view the vast tapestry of the United States, guided by the rhythm of his bicycle pedals across 4,327 miles of American terrain.

Simon Parker, an award-winning travel writer, public speaker, and filmmaker, embarked on this monumental journey through 11 states to delve deep into the heart of America, its diverse populace, the pulsing veins of its politics, and the pressing issues it faces.

This event not showcases the stories and insights gathered from hundreds of encounters along the way and also provides an intimate glimpse into the soul of America, as perceived from the saddle of a bike.

Following the presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to engage directly with Parker during a Q&A session, and even get their hands on a copy of his second book, “A Ride Across America,” making it an unmissable event for anyone fascinated by the complexities and contrasts of the United States.

Old Time Sailors

Friday 06 September 2024
O2 Academy Oxford,190 Cowley Road, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  The 02 Academy Oxford is the venue to see the Old Time Sailors
Old Time SailorsThe O2 Academy Oxford

Set sail for a musical voyage like no other with the ‘Old Time Sailors’ on Thursday, 29 February 2024, at the O2 Academy Oxford.

This event promises to whisk you away to the 19th century, where the spirit of the sea comes alive through the power of song and dance. With their vast crew of musicians wielding traditional and eclectic instruments, attendees will find themselves enveloped in the authentic sounds of folk and shanty songs that narrated the life and adventures of sailors from centuries past.

This unforgettable night promises to be a blend of historical homage and exhilarating entertainment, inviting everyone to stomp their feet, dance, and sing along to the rhythm of the waves.

Totally Blondie

Friday 06 September 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Totally Blondie perform at The Kenton Theatre in Henley on Thames
Totally Blondie – The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

On Friday, 06 September 2024, The Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames is set to host an electrifying evening with Totally Blondie, one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed professional tribute bands.

This ensemble of exceptional musicians, led by a charismatic Debbie Harry lookalike whose presence and performance style closely mirror the iconic Blondie frontwoman, promises a powerful homage to one of the most influential bands of the Seventies. Each member of Totally Blondie brings a wealth of experience to the stage, having collaborated with an impressive roster of international stars across various genres, from Katrina and The Waves to John Legend and Ronan Keating. Their setlist spans the entirety of Blondie’s storied career, from their ground-breaking debut album to their latest releases, ensuring that fans old and new will be treated to a comprehensive celebration of the band’s hits and hidden gems.

Totally Blondie’s dedication to authenticity, from their sound to their stage presence, makes for a compelling and dynamic live music experience. Attendees can expect a passionate and high-energy performance that captures the essence of Blondie’s enduring appeal.

An Evening Without Kate Bush

Thursday 12 September 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  An evening without Kate Bush
An Evening Without Kate Bush – Oxford Playhouse

Sarah-Louise Young, alongside co-creator Russell Lucas, brings to life a show that’s as much a tribute as it is a theatrical masterpiece, inviting fans old and new to howl with the “Hounds of Love” and dance on the moors with “Wuthering Heights.”

This show emerges as a beacon for those touched by the Stranger Things phenomenon and long-time admirers alike, offering a splendid opportunity to release your inner Bush in an environment that celebrates the singer’s unparalleled influence on British music. With its roots in a sold-out, critically acclaimed premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe, followed by successful seasons in London, tours across the UK and Australia, the show has solidified its status as a must-see, bringing together an amalgamation of joy, unique flair, and a mind-blowing homage to the ethereal Kate Bush.

Critics and audiences have lauded “An Evening Without Kate Bush” for its spellbinding performances and innovative approach to tribute acts, with The Daily Telegraph and The Stage offering high praise for its creativity and impact. Sarah-Louise Young’s ability to channel the spirit and artistry of Kate Bush, combined with Russell Lucas’s visionary direction, creates a space where music and mythology intertwine, offering an immersive experience that transcends the conventional tribute show.

Mo Gilligan

Thursday 12 September 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Mo Gilligan appearing at the New Theatre Oxford
Mo Gilligan – New Theatre Oxford

Mo Gilligan, the triple BAFTA-winning stand-up comedy sensation, is set to electrify audiences once again with his latest World Tour, “In the Moment,” making a much-anticipated stop at the New Theatre Oxford.

Riding high on a wave of success from hosting The BRIT Awards for the second time, Gilligan has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s leading comedy talents. With a resume that boasts two sold-out national tours, including a landmark performance at London’s O2 Arena, three Stand Up Specials, and a host of hit TV appearances on shows like “The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan” (C4), “That’s My Jam” (BBC One), and “The Masked Singer” (ITV1), Mo’s comedic prowess has been recognised and celebrated across the board. Dubbed “The Funniest Man in Britain” by The Times, his journey from the viral “Coupla Cans” stand-up tour to global Netflix specials showcases a meteoric rise that has captivated audiences worldwide.

Gilligan’s unique blend of humour and charismatic stage presence earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base, evidenced by his previous “There’s Mo to Life” tour, which included an unprecedented 10 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo and a historic performance at the O2 Arena. His work on “The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan” further solidified his status in the entertainment world, earning him two BAFTAs for Best Entertainment Performance and Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.

As a judge on “The Masked Singer” and the host of the UK version of Jimmy Fallon’s “That’s My Jam,” Mo continues to showcase his versatility and appeal. This upcoming tour promises to be a culmination of Gilligan’s remarkable journey in comedy, offering an intimate yet expansive look at his ability to connect with audiences “In the Moment.”

Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood

Thursday 12 September 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood at The Kenton Theatre
Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood – The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

“Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood,” promises a delightful evening dedicated to celebrating the genius of the beloved British comedian and songwriter, Victoria Wood.

Starring Paulus, known as The Cabaret Geek from BBC1’s ‘All Together Now,’ and accompanied by the talented Michael Roulston of Fascinating Aïda fame on piano, the show is a heartfelt tribute filled with Wood’s most cherished songs. It’s an invitation not only for die-hard fans but also for newcomers to discover the magic of Victoria’s wordplay and musical talent.

The acclaim for “Looking For Me Friend” speaks volumes, with the Daily Mail hailing it as “the most feel-good show in town” and notable endorsements that include Victoria Wood’s colleagues and friends, emphasising the show’s authenticity and emotional resonance. Sue Devaney, a star of Wood’s ‘dinnerladies,’ remarked, “Vic would have loved this,” highlighting the show’s success in capturing the essence of Wood’s humour and humanity. Additionally, the praise from Fascinating Aïda and the recognition of its “poignancy and heart” by The Scotsman underline the show’s ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level.

This tribute evening offers a communal experience that celebrates the enduring legacy of Victoria Wood’s extraordinary talent in bringing laughter and joy through her masterful storytelling and musical prowess.

Alfie Moore: A Face For Radio

Friday 13 September 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024 - Alfie Moore: A Face For Radio
Alfie Moore: A Face For RadioOxford Playhouse

On Friday, 13th September, the Oxford Playhouse welcomes the unique comedic talents of Alfie Moore with his latest show, “A Face For Radio.”

Drawing from a life that could have taken a very different path, Moore shares a hilarious and somewhat poignant reflection on the twists of fate that led him from the potential of a stage school prodigy to the hardy realities of working in Sheffield’s steelworks, followed by an eventful career with Humberside Police. This parallel universe narrative not only sets the stage for an evening filled with laughter but also offers a glimpse into the life choices and circumstances that shape us.

Moore’s transition from dealing with the grit and grind of policing to becoming a beloved BBC radio personality and his flirtations with television fame, provides the perfect backdrop for a show that combines storytelling, humour, and a touch of introspection.

Alfie Moore’s “A Face For Radio” is a stand-up comedy show and an exploration of life’s unpredictability, the dreams we follow, and the realities we encounter. With over thirty years of experiences that range from the industrial heartlands of Sheffield to the frontline of policing (where, as Moore jokes, he was “punched in the face quite a lot”), audiences can expect a journey through the life of a man whose face may be better suited for radio but whose stories demand the spotlight.

This show promises an evening of laughter and a heart-warming acknowledgment of the resilience and unexpected turns in the road to success. Whether you’re a fan of Moore’s radio work, intrigued by his policing background, or simply in search of a genuinely entertaining night out, “A Face For Radio” at the Oxford Playhouse is set to deliver on all fronts.

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

From Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September 2024, the prestigious grounds of Blenheim Palace will once again play host to the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

Under new management by a team renowned for orchestrating some of the most beloved countryside events, this year’s trials are set to elevate the equestrian experience to new heights. As a cornerstone event in the international equestrian calendar, the trials will attract competitors from across the globe, all vying for supremacy in one of the sport’s most esteemed venues.

Beyond the competition, the event promises a plethora of activities suitable for families and individuals alike, offering an immersive experience that blends top-tier equestrian sport with the charm and beauty of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Attendees can expect to find an extensive selection of shopping opportunities, from equestrian gear to lifestyle and country fashion, alongside thrilling arena attractions that showcase the skill and agility of both horse and rider. For families, the trials provide a wealth of children’s entertainment, making it not just an event for equestrian aficionados but a great family day out.

A Fistful of Mondays – By Joe Graham

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 September 2024
Witney Corn Exchange, Market Square, Witney OX28 6AB

“A Fistful of Mondays,” penned by the talented Joe Graham, is set to grace the stage of the Witney Corn Exchange from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th September 2024, promising audiences a delightful blend of humour, romance, and line dancing.

The story unfolds in the quaint setting of Walbersley Sports and Social Club, where Tom, a karaoke enthusiast, and Barry, the bar manager, find their monotonous lives invigorated by the arrival of The Monday Night All Star Line-dancing Club. This energetic group not only brings a new lease of life to the club but also leads Tom into an unexpected romance with Annie, the dance teacher. As Tom navigates his newfound love, he must also confront his past insecurities, while the line dancing club faces its own set of challenges, including a betrayal that threatens to divide them.

This latest revival of “A Fistful of Mondays” seeks to recapture the magic and enthusiasm of its original production in 2009 and its subsequent successful UK tour in 2011, which featured notable names such as Shaun Williamson and members of the pop group Steps. The show, renowned for its engaging narrative, classic country tunes, and dynamic line dance sequences, offers a unique theatrical experience that combines the best elements of a romantic comedy with the spirited world of line dancing.

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Grease

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 September 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2A

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Grease the Musical at the New Theatre Oxford.
GreaseNew Theatre Oxford

The timeless allure of “Grease” is set to captivate audiences yet again at the New Theatre Oxford, promising a nostalgic journey back to the high-spirited days of Rydell High.

This iconic musical, which has charmed generations with its enchanting tale of romance, rebellion, and rock ‘n’ roll, tells the story of Danny, the quintessential bad boy greaser, and Sandy, the quintessence of the girl-next-door, as they navigate the complexities of love and identity. Their unexpected reunion at Rydell High after a summer of romance sets the stage for a tumultuous senior year. As they grapple with the expectations and social dynamics of teenage life, the question looms: can their love endure the pressures of high school society?

This exhilarating new production of “Grease” is infused with a fresh vibrancy, thanks to a young and dynamic cast whose energy and passion breathe new life into the classic score. Audiences can look forward to singing along to beloved hits like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “You’re the One That I Want,” each performed with a modern twist that respects the original’s spirit while appealing to contemporary sensibilities.

Under the direction of Curve’s Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster, this revival promises to reignite the passion of long-time fans and introduce the magic of “Grease” to a new generation. Whether you’re a T-Bird, a Pink Lady, or simply a lover of high-energy musicals, this production is a must-see that proves why “Grease” remains an enduring favourite in the world of musical theatre.

Murder For Two

Thursday 26 September to Saturday 05 October 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Murder For Two at The Theatre Chipping Norton
Murder for Two – The Theatre Chipping Norton

“Murder for Two,” a wildly inventive musical murder mystery, is set to bring a whirlwind of laughter and intrigue to The Theatre Chipping Norton.

Crafted by the ingenious minds of Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian, this production is a masterful blend of comedy, mystery, and music, uniquely presented with just two actors. One takes on the role of the investigating officer with aspirations of detective glory, while the other embodies an entire line-up of eccentric suspects, all with the added twist of both performers dazzling on the piano. As the plot unfolds around the mysterious death of a celebrated novelist during his birthday bash, the audience is drawn into a hilarious, high-energy chase for clues, with every character more suspiciously entertaining than the last.

With its dynamic duo delivering a tour de force of quick changes, rapid-fire wit, and impressive musical chops, “Murder for Two” guarantees an evening of uproarious entertainment. The shared piano becomes a central character in its own right, providing live accompaniment to the unfolding comedic chaos, enhancing both the suspense and the hilarity. As Officer Marcus races against time to crack the case before the real detectives arrive, the audience is kept on the edge of their seats, trying to piece together the puzzle amidst a barrage of laughs.

Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him

Friday 27 September 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him The Mill Arts Centre

Dive into an evening of laughter and sharp wit as Matt Bragg brings his debut show, “Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him,” to The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury on Friday, 27 September 2024.

Celebrated for his unique blend of Jack Dee’s deadpan humour and Frank Skinner’s comedic brilliance, all delivered with the flair of a Mod, Matt is set to showcase the best of his material honed over seven years on the comedy circuit. Having graced stages across Europe, from intimate basements to grand arenas, and opening for comedy giants such as Ricky Gervais, John Bishop, Suzi Ruffell, and Jason Manford, Matt Bragg’s tour is a culmination of experience, timing, and the kind of observational comedy that has earned high praise from peers and critics alike, including Ricky Gervais who lauds his “classic observational comedy, delivered with effortless style.”

As audiences at The Mill Arts Centre prepare for an unforgettable night, they can anticipate a show that combines eloquent narratives with a keen eye for the quirks of everyday life, all presented in Bragg’s signature style that has been described as “brilliantly funny” by Suzi Ruffell and praised for its exemplary stand-up by Tom Rosenthal.

Whether you’re a long-time fan of stand-up comedy or simply in search of a night filled with good humour and great stories, “Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him” promises a performance showcases the best of Matt Bragg’s comedic journey and solidifies his place as one of the most engaging voices on the comedy scene today.

Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie

Sunday 29 September 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury.
Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie – The Mill Arts Centre

Get ready to dance “All Night Long” at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, as the electrifying tribute show “Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie” takes the stage on Sunday, 29 September 2024.

Celebrated performer Malcolm Pitt, known for his captivating appearances alongside Lionel Richie on prestigious platforms like ITV’s ‘Sunday Night At The Palladium’ and the ‘Graham Norton Show’ on BBC, channels the soul and charisma of the music legend in a performance that promises to be both powerhouse and breath-taking. Audiences can expect to be swept away by renditions of Richie’s timeless hits, including ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Hello’, and ‘Three Times A Lady’, among others, in a show that has garnered five-star accolades for its dynamism and authenticity.

The show pays homage to Lionel Richie’s illustrious career and also celebrates the enduring legacy of the Commodores, bringing to life their classic tunes with an extraordinary level of energy and soul.

The production boasts a stellar ensemble of world-class musicians, led by musical director Jonny Miller of Talon fame, ensuring that each performance is of the highest musical calibre. Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Lionel Richie and the Commodores or simply in love with the rich history of soul and pop music, “Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie” at The Mill Arts Centre is an event that promises to deliver an unforgettable evening of music.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Sunday 29 September 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous at the New Theatre Oxford.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous – New Theatre Oxford

Join the renowned Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE at the New Theatre Oxford, for “Mad, Bad and Dangerous,” an evening that promises to unveil the layers of the man dubbed ‘the world’s greatest living explorer.’

This unique event offers a rare glimpse into the life of a legend whose expeditions have pushed the boundaries of human endurance and exploration. Sir Ranulph’s incredible journey has seen him circumnavigate the globe from pole to pole, cross the Arctic and Antarctic by foot, summit Everest as the oldest Briton, and uncover the Lost City of Ubar.

His tales are not just of triumph but also of the trials and tribulations that came with his adventures, including battles with frostbite, near-death experiences, and overcoming a heart attack before an astonishing marathon challenge. This night is set to be an exploration of Sir Ranulph’s extraordinary achievements, the personal costs of such endeavours, and the unyielding spirit that propelled him forward.

Beyond the record-breaking feats and the physical extremes, Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ presentation will delve into the personal aspects of his life, including his upbringing, military service, and the inspiration drawn from his personal heroes.

The audience will be treated to a side of Sir Ranulph rarely seen: the motivations behind his daring exploits and the lessons learned from a lifetime of adventure. Accompanied by captivating visuals and intimate home footage, Sir Ranulph will share stories of mischief, courage, and determination that have defined his career.

Oxfordshire welcomes visitors with a rich selection of accommodation choices, perfectly complementing its diverse attractions and scenic landscapes. From luxurious hotels nestled in the heart of Oxford to charming bed & breakfasts scattered across idyllic countryside, travellers are spoilt for choice. For those who cherish independence and privacy, self-catering options abound, offering cosy cottages and stylish apartments. Adventure-seekers and nature lovers can revel in the unique experience of glamping, where the rustic charm of camping meets the luxury of modern amenities.

Whether you’re in town for a festival, exploring ancient colleges, or soaking up the rural beauty, our array of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering properties, and glamping sites ensures a memorable and comfortable stay in Oxfordshire.

What’s on in Oxfordshire this August

Whats on in oxfordshire this August

August in Oxfordshire is a bustling tapestry of cultural, culinary, and musical festivities, making it the perfect destination for those looking to immerse themselves in a variety of experiences. From the soulful melodies and historical narrative of “The King of Reggae” at Oxford Playhouse, the whimsical family adventure of “The Tiger Who Came To Tea,” to the elegance and luxury of Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace, and the culinary delights of the Foodies Festival in South Parks, there’s something for everyone.

The county becomes a vibrant hub of activity, inviting locals and visitors alike to partake in events that celebrate the best of music, food, automotive excellence, and theatrical magic. Whether you’re drawn to the high-octane excitement of supercars, the enchanting allure of live performances, or the tantalising tastes of international cuisines, Oxfordshire in August is a testament to the region’s rich diversity and its capacity to enchant and entertain.

A small selection of what’s on in Oxfordshire this August 2024

Wilderness Festival

Cornbury Park, Charlbury, OX7 3HL
Thursday 01 to Sunday 04 August 2024

Wilderness Festival – Cornbury Park

The Wilderness Festival offers a unique blend of escapism and entertainment, setting itself apart as a four-day celebration of creativity, freedom, and indulgence.

Held in the picturesque Cornbury Park, Wilderness is not just a music festival; it’s an immersive experience that invites festivalgoers to explore a vast array of activities and adventures. From the culinary arts to soul-stirring workshops, forest foraging, creative crafting, engaging games, and thought-provoking debates, Wilderness ensures that every moment is filled with an opportunity to explore and celebrate the joy of being alive. This festival is a haven for those seeking to break free from the mundane and dive into a world of wholesome hedonism and high jinks, embodying the true spirit of exploration and self-expression.

Accommodation at Wilderness is designed to cater to a variety of preferences, ensuring that every attendee can find their ideal sanctuary amidst the festival’s lively atmosphere. The options range from luxurious Yurts, Country Wagons, Tipi Lodges, and Bell Tents to the more exclusive Safari Suites with en-suite facilities and cosy Cabins, offering something for everyone.

The King of Reggae – The Man – The Music

Friday 02 and Saturday 03 August 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this August 2024.  The King of Reggae - The Man - The Music.
The King of Reggae – Oxford Playhouse

“The King of Reggae – The Man – The Music,” set to charm audiences at the Oxford Playhouse on Friday 02 and Saturday 03 August 2024, is a vibrant new production from The Rush Theatre Company, known for their critically acclaimed performance “RUSH – A Joyous Jamaican Journey.”

This captivating show promises to delve deep into the life and legacy of the legendary musician who catapulted Reggae music onto the global stage. With the King of Reggae Band bringing to life iconic hits like “One Love,” “No Woman No Cry,” and “Is This Love” with live performances, attendees are in for an unforgettable musical journey that transcends time and genre.

The narrative of this production is as stirring as the melodies it celebrates, charting the remarkable journey of Reggae music’s most iconic figure from his humble beginnings in a government yard in Trenchtown to becoming a Rastafari icon and a global musical phenomenon.

“The King of Reggae – The Man – The Music” showcases the timeless music and also explores the spiritual, political, and cultural dimensions that defined his life and the indelible mark he left on the world. This show is a must-see for fans of Reggae, music historians, and anyone intrigued by the powerful story of how one man’s vision and voice contributed to shaping the musical landscape worldwide.

Rats In The Kitchen

Saturday 03 August 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6B

What's on in Oxfordshire this August 2024.  Check out Rats in the Kitchen the premier UB40 tribute band
Rats In The Kitchen – Fat Lils, Witney

On Saturday 3rd August 2024, Fat Lils in Witney, is set to host an electrifying evening with Rats In The Kitchen, hailed as the world’s premier UB40 tribute show. This talented group has captivated audiences across the UK, Ireland, Europe, and even as far afield as India, with their dynamic performances that pay homage to one of the most influential reggae bands of all time.

Attendees can expect a night filled with the rhythmic beats and smooth melodies that UB40 made famous, performed with a passion and precision that have earned Rats In The Kitchen their outstanding reputation.

This gig promises to be a reggae lover’s dream, offering up to three hours of non-stop hits that span the remarkable 25-year legacy of UB40’s music. From the soulful “Red Red Wine” to the groove-laden “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and many more, Rats In The Kitchen recreate the band’s iconic sound and vibe with an authenticity and energy that’s rare to find.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 August 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this August 2024.  The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Oxford Playhouse.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Oxford Playhouse

From Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th August 2024, the Oxford Playhouse becomes the enchanting setting for the much-loved family show, “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” This Olivier Award-nominated smash hit, direct from the West End, brings Judith Kerr’s beloved book to life through a musical play adapted and directed by David Wood.

Audiences of all ages will be captivated by the story of Sophie and her mummy, whose teatime is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of a big, stripy tiger. This production promises a magical blend of sing-along songs, spellbinding magic, and a touch of mayhem, making it a perfect theatrical outing for families looking to immerse themselves in the charm and whimsy of Kerr’s classic tale.

“The Tiger Who Came to Tea” at the Oxford Playhouse offers a theatrical experience; an invitation to join in the teatime chaos that ensues when a tea-guzzling tiger disrupts the afternoon of Sophie and her mummy. With its delightful mix of clumsy chaos and oodles of magic, this stunning stage adaptation ensures a memorable experience filled with laughter and surprises.

Critics have hailed the production as “perfectly pitched” (Daily Telegraph) and declared this tiger to be “the cat’s meow” (The Times), reflecting its universal appeal and the joy it brings to audiences.

A Band Called Malice

Friday 16 August 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

What's on in Oxfordshire this August 2024.  Check out the tribute band 'A Band called Malice'
A Band Called Malice – Fat Lils, Witney

Witney’s own Fat Lils will be the venue for an unforgettable night with A Band Called Malice, the UK’s leading tribute to the legendary punk-mod band, The Jam. This highly acclaimed tribute act has swiftly risen to prominence for their ability to capture the essence, energy, and passion of The Jam, transporting audiences back to the height of the band’s fame in the late 70s and early 80s.

A Band Called Malice is celebrated for their dynamic and powerful performances, meticulously recreating hit after hit with an authenticity that has garnered them a dedicated following and critical acclaim, including being finalists in the National Tribute Awards and securing a tour of the O2 Academy network in 2024, a testament to their quality and popularity.

The setlist promises an exhilarating walk through The Jam’s illustrious career, featuring songs from all six studio albums, including beloved tracks such as “The Eton Rifles,” “Down in the Tubestation at Midnight,” “Start,” “That’s Entertainment,” “Going Underground,” and “A Town Called Malice.”

The Big Festival 2024

Kingham Farm, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ
Friday 23 August to Sunday 25 August 2024

What's on in Oxfordshire this August 2024. The Big Feastival.
The Big Festival 2024 – Kingham Farm, Oxfordshire

The Big Festival 2024 is set to transform Alex James’ picturesque Cotswolds farm into a vibrant celebration of music, gourmet cuisine, and family fun from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August.

At the heart of this extravaganza is the Feastival Main Stage, a hub of musical brilliance where headliners such as Becky Hill, Snow Patrol, Ella Henderson, Ash, Johnny Marr, and many others will captivate audiences with their performances. This festival is not just about showcasing the UK’s most beloved artists; it’s an immersive experience that combines the thrill of live music with the culinary excellence of Michelin-starred chefs and award-winning street food, all set against the backdrop of an idyllic rural setting.

With a diverse line-up of talent across several stages, attendees are invited to sing, dance, and revel in a meticulously curated programme that promises unforgettable moments and standout performances throughout the weekend.

Beyond the exhilarating musical line-up, The Big Festival 2024 promises a gastronomic adventure that rivals the tunes. Festivalgoers can indulge in a wide array of culinary delights, from street food to rustic dining and exclusive pop-ups, ensuring a palate-pleasing journey for every taste. The festival prides itself on featuring the best in the food business, including live demonstrations, talks, and interviews with renowned chefs and culinary experts across various kitchen stages.

As the festival gears up for another year, the promise of good music, good food, and good times encapsulates the essence of what attendees can expect at this unique weekend on the farm, offering a glimpse into the heart and soul of the Big Feastival experience.

Foodies Festival Oxford

Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August 2024
South Parks, Oxford

The Foodies Festival Oxford, taking place from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th August 2024 at South Parks, is set to be a grand celebration of culinary delights, featuring an impressive line-up of top chefs, an array of tasty foods, delicious drinks, and live music performances by Blue, Sister Sledge, and Symphonic Ibiza.

This event promises to be a food lover’s paradise, offering the chance to watch MasterChef Champions, Michelin-starred, and top local chefs showcase their signature summer recipes in the La Española Chefs Theatre. Additionally, attendees can learn the art of making show-stopping cakes in the Cake & Bake Theatre with stars from the Great British Bake Off and expert bakers, making it a perfect blend of entertainment and culinary education for enthusiasts of all levels.

For those looking to dive deeper into the culinary arts, the ALL-NEW COOK SCHOOL presents hands-on Authentic Thai Green Curry Cook School sessions with Celebrity Chef Nigel Brown, where participants can learn to create this classic dish under the guidance of an award-winning cookbook author and renowned cookery school owner. With activities designed for all ages, including The Kids Cookery Theatre for the little ones, the Foodies Festival Oxford 2024 is gearing up to be an unforgettable experience for families, food enthusiasts, and anyone looking to immerse themselves in the vibrant food culture.

Salon Privé

Wednesday 28 to Saturday 31 August 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

What's on in Oxfordshire this August 2024.  Check out the supercars at Salon Prive
Salon Privé – Blenheim Palace

Set against the majestic backdrop of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Salon Privé invites automotive enthusiasts and luxury lifestyle aficionados to experience the UK’s most elegant automotive gathering.

This prestigious event showcases an unparalleled collection of the finest supercars, classic automobiles, and the pinnacle of luxury in a setting that combines historical grandeur with contemporary glamour. Salon Privé has evolved into more than just an automotive event; it’s a social highlight of the year, offering a unique blend of luxury and exclusivity. Attendees can enjoy a range of sophisticated experiences, from luncheon on the lawns and dining in exclusive pavilions to an exquisite three-course menu in The Glass House, all curated to ensure a memorable and intimate atmosphere away from the typical crowds of public shows.

The event kicks off with the Salon Privé Concours presented by Aviva on the 28th and 29th of August, where the lush lawns of Blenheim Palace become a stage for the world’s rarest and most exceptional classic cars. This segment of the event not only celebrates automotive history through its concours entrants but also showcases the latest advancements in supercars and hypercars, alongside luxury brands and classic specialists.

The festivities continue with Ladies’ Day presented by Boodles on Friday, 30th August, adding an extra layer of glamour and elegance to the proceedings. It’s a day when fashion meets horsepower, encouraging attendees to don their most stylish hats for a chance to win exquisite Boodles jewellery.

The event culminates on Supercar Saturday, 31st August, with an adrenaline-pumping display of modern engineering marvels. The North Lawns of the Palace are transformed into a supercar enthusiast’s dream, featuring club paddocks brimming with incredible vehicles. The day is highlighted by the Salon Privé Club Trophy presented by Lockton, honouring the best club car, and exclusive parades showcasing global, European, and UK debuts.

Oxfordshire boasts an eclectic array of accommodation options catering to every taste and budget, ensuring that every visitor finds their perfect stay. From the comfort of well-appointed hotels and quaint bed & breakfasts that offer a glimpse into local life, to the independence of self-catering cottages and apartments where guests can create a home away from home, there’s something for everyone. For those seeking a more unique experience, the county’s glamping sites provide a luxurious twist on camping, allowing guests to immerse themselves in Oxfordshire’s natural beauty without forgoing modern comforts.

Whether you’re here to explore the historic streets of Oxford, attend one of the many vibrant festivals, or simply relax in the countryside, our diverse selection of accommodations will ensure your visit is unforgettable.

Exploring Oxfordshire’s Festivals This Summer

Exploring Oxfordshire's Festivals This Summer 2024

This summer, Oxfordshire hosts an wonderful array of festivals for every interest and age group. From the musical journey of the Treehouse Music & Arts Festival nestled in the enchanting Uffington woodlands, the nostalgic rewind to the ’80s at the Rewind Festival South, to the spirited fun of The Gin To My Tonic Festival in Faringdon, there’s no shortage of reasons to step outside and enjoy exploring Oxfordshire’s Festivals this Summer.

A small selection of some of Oxfordshire’s Festivals this Summer

Wood Festival 2024

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May 2024
Braziers Park Campground, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Exploring Oxfordshire's Festivals This Summer at the Wood Festival 2024
Stornoway – Wood Festival 2024

Wood Festival 2024 promises to once again capture the hearts of families and music lovers from 17 to 19 May 2024 at the scenic Braziers Park Campground in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Known for its intimate setting nestled within the Chiltern Hills, Wood Festival stands out as a celebration of community, sustainability, and local talent, offering a rich tapestry of activities alongside an impressive line-up of musical performances.

The festival has an array of free workshops for all ages, talks and discussions in the Kindling tent, late-night films, and kids’ tent activities, ensuring that every family member has something to enjoy.

Highlighting the 2024 musical line-up are the return of Oxford’s own beloved band, Stornoway, taking the stage on Saturday, and the much-anticipated performance by Willy Mason and his tight 3-piece band on Sunday, marking a special return more than a decade after his memorable 2011 show. The full line-up boasts a diverse range of talent including Albert, Annie Dressner, and The Ciderhouse Rebellion with Molly Donnery, among others, offering festival-goers a chance to experience the best of local and national music.

Witney Music Festival 2024

The Leys, Witney, Oxfordshire
Friday 07 to Saturday 08 June 2024

The Witney Music Festival 2024 is gearing up for the two-day open-air celebration of music, community, and family-friendly fun. Scheduled for the 7th and 8th of June, this not-for-profit event, delivered in partnership with Witney Town Council, embodies the spirit of local culture and music. Founded by Stuart Foster in a touching tribute to his sister Jo, the festival has evolved from a heartfelt memorial into a cornerstone event of the town’s cultural calendar.

The festival not only honours Jo’s memory but also champions the local music scene, engaging with businesses and musicians to create a dynamic and inclusive program of entertainment. The culmination of this two-week extravaganza is the eagerly anticipated greenfield event on The Leys Recreation Ground, bringing together the community in a celebration of music and togetherness.

This year’s line-up promises an eclectic mix of performances, including Daft Punk Laser Show, the engaging Hooked on Music, the energetic Chemical Dance, and the soulful grooves of Grove Town and Sista Stroke, among many others.

The Gin To My Tonic Gin Rum & Vodka Festival

Friday 07 to Sunday 09 June 2024
Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire's Festivals this summer 2024. The Gin To My Tonic Gin Rum & Vodka Festival
The Gin To My Tonic Gin Rum & Vodka Festival

This special outdoor festival is a paradise for spirit enthusiasts, featuring hundreds of craft gins, rums, vodkas, and even beers set against the picturesque backdrop of the hotel’s grounds. With marquees, spirit sampling tents, and live music adding to the festive atmosphere, this event promises to be an unforgettable exploration of the finest craft spirits the UK has to offer.

Attendees can look forward to a spirited adventure as they discover new flavours, meet passionate distillers, and enjoy the vibrant energy of one of the UK’s best craft gin and spirit festivals.

The festival’s mission is to celebrate the art of distillation and the incredible variety of craft spirits available today. With your ticket, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a wide range of spirits directly from the producers, gaining insight into the passion and creativity that goes into every bottle.

The Gin To My Tonic festival isn’t just about gin; it’s a comprehensive celebration of all craft spirits, with an expanded selection that now includes rum, vodka, tequila, cocktails, Prosecco, and even beer. With fabulous live music and entertainment, the festival offers a great day out for both the curious newcomer and the discerning aficionado.

Front Row Festival

Saturday 22 June 2024
Fritwell Scout Group Bicester

Oxfordshire Festivals this summer 2024.  Bartholomew School perform at the Front Row Festival
Bartholomew School – Front Row Festival

Set against the scenic backdrop of Bicester, Oxfordshire, the Front Row Festival on 22 June 2024 promises a delightful day of entertainment for the whole family.

Hosted by the Fritwell Scout Group, this one-day music festival is designed to cater to all ages, featuring a line-up of diverse musical acts such as Casino, Bartholomew School, Chris Cleverley, Bloodhound’s, and Sarah Stock, among others.

With its focus on family-friendly fun, the festival showcases an array of musical talent and provides a variety of children’s entertainment, making it an ideal event for families looking to enjoy a day filled with great music and laughter in the heart of Oxfordshire.

Treehouse Music & Arts Festival

Thursday 04 to 07 Sunday July 2024
Curtis’ Copse, Uffington, Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Festivals this summer - Treehouse Music and Arts Festival
Treehouse Music & Arts Festival

The Treehouse Music & Arts Festival is a four-day extravaganza set against the stunning landscape of Curtis’ Copse in Uffington, Oxfordshire.

This extraordinary event invites festivalgoers to discover a world of hidden musical gems and captivating performances, all within the enchanting atmosphere of a Treehouse paradise. With weekend tickets that include camping, attendees will have the unique opportunity to pitch their tents in the shadow of the ancient White Horse Hill, blending the experience of live music with the natural beauty and historical significance of the Oxfordshire countryside.

The Treehouse Music Festival 2024 stands out as a small, yet perfectly formed celebration of the UK’s best independent musical talent, centred around the magnificent Treehouse in the heart of the woodland site. With performances spread across three stages, the festival offers an intimate yet diverse line-up, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Thanks to the generosity of landowners Ruth and Jonathan de Wilton, attendees are treated to an event that is as much about community and appreciation for the arts as it is about the music itself.

Wilderness Festival

Thursday 01 to Sunday 04 August 2024
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Exploring Oxfordshire's Festivals This Summer - Wilderness Festival 2024
Wilderness Festival 2024

Wilderness Festival, presented by Audi, invites you to a four-day extravaganza of escapism, high jinks, and wholesome hedonism from Thursday, 1st to Sunday, 4th August 2024, set in the stunning backdrop of Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.

This festival is a journey into an alternate reality where laughter fills the air, and life’s worries fade into the background. As a celebrated destination for those seeking a break from the mundane, Wilderness offers a chance to embrace a different kind of party atmosphere—one that combines the joy of discovery with the pleasures of refined hedonism.

Attendees are promised an experience that transcends the ordinary festival vibe, featuring a labyrinth of activities and performances designed to inspire, entertain, and rejuvenate.

The line-up for Wilderness 2024 is nothing short of spectacular, boasting headliners such as Michael Kiwanuka, Faithless in a live performance, Bicep presenting Chroma in an AV DJ set, and Jessie Ware, alongside other musical geniuses like De La Soul, The Teskey Brothers, and Barry Can’t Swim in a live set.

Wilderness is a holistic festival experience offering sprawling fine dining adventures, well-being experiences to refresh body and soul, dazzling arts, and thought-provoking talks and debates.

Rewind Festival South 2024

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August 2024
Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames

Exploring Oxfordshire's Festivals This Summer - Rewind Festival South 2024
Rewind Festival South 2024

This vibrant event is a paradise for lovers of the ’80s, offering a chance to relive the music of the decade with iconic acts and also an array of contemporary festival amenities. Attendees can look forward to camping and glamping options, a funfair, spectacular fireworks, a variety of street food vendors, street entertainers, themed bars, a silent disco, an inflatable church, and a dedicated kids zone.

Rewind Festival South goes beyond music to offer a comprehensive festival experience that caters to families, groups of friends, and music enthusiasts of all ages, making it a standout summer event.

The musical line-up for Rewind Festival South 2024 is nothing short of stellar, featuring a mix of legendary artists and beloved bands that defined the ’80s music scene.

Saturday’s headliner, Billy Ocean, will take the stage with a big band, chorus, and special guests. Other artists include Gabrielle, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Altered Images, and more, promising a day filled with nostalgic hits and sing-along classics.

Sunday continues the musical journey with performances by The Jacksons, Nik Kershaw, Aswad, Hue & Cry, Living in a Box, and many others, ensuring the festival vibe remains electrifying from start to finish. With such an eclectic mix of artists, Rewind Festival South 2024 offers a unique opportunity to experience the magic of ’80s music live.

The Big Festival 2024

Kingham Farm, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ
Friday 23 August to Sunday 25 August 2024

Exploring Oxfordshire's Festivals This Summer - the big feastival 2024
The Big Feastival 2024

The Big Festival 2024 is poised to transform the scenic Cotswolds farm owned by Alex James into a lively festivity of music, fine dining, and family-oriented activities.

Central to this vibrant celebration is the Feastival Main Stage, where an array of musical talents, including Becky Hill, Snow Patrol, Ella Henderson, Ash, Johnny Marr, among others, will enchant the crowd with their live performances. This event transcends the typical music festival by melding exhilarating live performances with the culinary prowess of Michelin-starred chefs and the best of street food, all within the beautiful confines of the countryside.

Guests will have the opportunity to feast on a diverse selection of foods, from casual street food stalls to sophisticated dining and unique pop-ups, catering to every palate. Celebrating the finest culinary talents, the festival features engaging demonstrations, insightful talks, and interviews with top chefs and food experts, making it a haven for food enthusiasts.

As preparations for the festival continue, guests are assured a blend of splendid music, exceptional food, and joyful moments, epitomising the quintessential Big Feastival experience.

What’s on in Oxfordshire this July

whats on in oxfordshire this july

This July, Oxfordshire is set to buzz with an array of vibrant events that showcase the region’s rich cultural tapestry and community spirit. From the eclectic beats and energetic crowds of the Truck Festival at Hill Farm, featuring headliners like Jamie T, The Streets, Wet Leg, and The Kooks, to the classical harmonies of the Oxford Piano Festival, where young pianists will have the chance to learn from world-renowned maestros in some of Oxford’s most historic venues. Not to be missed is the unique blend of music, art, and gastronomy at the Henley Festival, an exclusive black-tie event that brings together international music stars and art installations along the picturesque riverbank.

These events, each with its distinct flavour and appeal, promise to make July in Oxfordshire an unforgettable month of celebration, learning, and entertainment.

A small selection of what’s on in Oxfordshire this July 2024

Purple Zeppelin

Saturday 06 July 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

what's on in Oxfordshire this July.  Purple Zeppelin at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury.
Purple Zeppelin The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

On Saturday, 6th July 2024, The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury will host an electrifying tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, through the acclaimed performance of Purple Zeppelin.

Celebrated for their feature in the BBC TV documentary “The Joy of the Guitar Riff” alongside legends like Brian May, Tony Iommi, and Dave Grohl, Purple Zeppelin offers a nostalgic journey back to the days when these monumental rock bands dominated the music scene. For fans who never had the chance to witness the original bands live, and even for those who did, Purple Zeppelin promises a revival of the magic, excitement, and raw energy that only musicians of such calibre could generate. Their show, extending over two and a half hours, includes costume changes for each band, ensuring that attendees experience the very essence of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin through their most famous songs and unforgettable stage antics.

With more than 15 years of touring, seen by over 6 million people live and on TV, Purple Zeppelin are not just seasoned performers but are also four highly talented and versatile musicians who bring decades of experience and passion to the stage. This tribute goes beyond performing the greatest hits; it’s a theatrical exploration of rock history, complete with special effects, onstage ‘artistic differences,’ and audience participation, making it a night of entertainment not to be missed. Their dedication to authenticity and entertainment has earned them the title of Best UK Tribute Band twice, a testament to their skill in bringing the spirit of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin back to life.

Attendees can expect a show filled with memorable moments, including Ritchie Blackmore’s iconic stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck guitar and theremin, a drum duet, and a special violin bow solo. As acclaimed by critics and theatre managers alike, Purple Zeppelin delivers a highly entertaining, musically authentic experience that captures the brilliance of the rock legends they pay homage to.

Pete Firman: TrikTok

Saturday 06 July 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

what's on in oxfordshire this July 2024.  Pete Firman - TrikTok at The Theatre Chipping Norton
Pete Firman: TrikTok The Theatre Chipping Norton

Pete Firman, celebrated as the UK’s leading comedy magician, is set to bring his latest show, “TrikTok,” to The Theatre Chipping Norton on Saturday, 6th July 2024.

With a career that boasts over 250 million views online and numerous television appearances, Pete has captivated audiences nationwide through platforms such as ITV1’s “Tonight at the London Palladium” and “The Next Great Magician,” BBC1’s “The Magicians,” “The John Bishop Show,” and “The Sarah Millican Television Programme.” His ability to blend humour with astonishing magic has made his viral videos a social media sensation and solidified his reputation as a must-see performer.

“TrikTok” offers a unique opportunity for fans and newcomers alike to experience Pete’s magic live, transitioning his viral success from the small screen to the stage with an evening promised to be filled with both jaw-dropping illusions and side-splitting comedy. Known for his engaging stage presence and the seamless integration of humour with magic, Pete promises an unforgettable night out. The show is a testament to his innovative approach to magic and comedy, inviting the audience into a world where laughter and wonder coexist.

As described by THE TELEGRAPH as ‘the new poster-boy for British comedy magic,’ Pete Firman’s performance is anticipated to be a highlight of the entertainment calendar. Whether you’re a long-time fan of magic or simply looking for a night filled with entertainment and laughter, “TrikTok” at The Theatre Chipping Norton is an event that promises to deliver on all fronts, leaving audiences both amazed and amused.

Blenheim Art Foundation: Mohammed Sami

Tuesday 09 July to Sunday 20 October 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

what's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024.  The Blenheim Art Foundation announce the solo exhibition by  Mohammed Sami
Blenheim Art Foundation: Mohammed Sami

The Blenheim Art Foundation is delighted to announce an upcoming major solo exhibition by the acclaimed artist Mohammed Sami at Blenheim Palace, titled “After the Storm,” scheduled from Tuesday, 09 July to Sunday, 20 October 2024.

This exhibition is a milestone, marking a decade of the Foundation’s award-winning programme that brings contemporary art into the historic setting of Blenheim Palace. Mohammed Sami, known for his poignant exploration of retroactive memories through painting, offers viewers a unique lens into a world shaped by both the past and the present. His work invites interpretation through personal experience, adhering to the notion that painting captures the essence of what is no longer visible. Featuring landscapes, interiors, and abstract scenes devoid of human figures, Sami’s art blurs the boundaries between reality and artifice, evoking a sense of both presence and absence, and prompting a contemplative engagement with the layers of memory and history.

Michael Frahm, Director of Blenheim Art Foundation, expresses enthusiasm for bringing Sami’s exceptional work to the palace, highlighting the artist’s ability to weave together personal and historical narratives in a visual language that is both fragmented and surreal.

Henley Festival 2024

Wednesday 10 July to Sunday 14 July 2024
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2LP

The Henley Festival 2024, set to unfold from Wednesday 10 July to Sunday 14 July, stands as a beacon of cultural sophistication, blending the elegance of a black-tie event with the vibrancy of music, arts, and gastronomy.

This exclusive boutique festival celebrates the very best of UK and international talent across a diverse spectrum of musical genres, from pop to world music, classical to jazz, all while giving equal importance to visual arts and culinary excellence. As a truly unique gathering, Henley Festival showcases an eclectic mix of performances and also transforms into a whimsical wonderland for families on Sunday early afternoon, featuring children’s entertainers, face-painting, and clowns during the electrifying Playdate segment. This commitment to creating a multidimensional experience underscores the festival’s uniqueness, offering something truly special for every attendee, be it through music, art, or culinary delights.

Marking significant milestones such as the 40th anniversary in 2022, Henley Festival continues to evolve, notably with the introduction of the RISE initiative, designed to nurture and support emerging talent in the creative arts industry. This visionary program underscores the festival’s commitment to the next generation, offering paid opportunities for young musicians, comedians, visual artists, and technicians, thus fostering a supportive environment for budding talents.

The 2024 line-up boasts an impressive array of artists, including international sensations like Nicole Scherzinger, the legendary Gladys Knight, and the innovative sounds of the House Gospel Choir, complemented by the Ministry of Sound Ibiza Anthems with Ellie Sax, showcasing the festival’s commitment to presenting a rich tapestry of musical and artistic expressions.

Sons of the Seventies

Saturday 13 July 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

What's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024.  Check out The Sons of the Seventies at Fat Lils in Witney.
Sons of the Seventies Fat Lils, Witney

On Saturday, 13th July 2024, Fat Lils in Witney, is set to host an electrifying evening with the Sons of the Seventies, a band that has carved out a niche for itself by masterfully covering classic rock songs from one of music’s most vibrant decades.

As a four-piece ensemble hailing from Oxfordshire, they’ve garnered a reputation for delivering high-energy performances that capture the essence and dynamism of the 1970s rock scene. Attendees can look forward to two sets packed with hits from legendary bands like Deep Purple and T-Rex, among others, promising a night filled with nostalgia and the timeless appeal of rock music. Their skilful renditions and passionate performances offer a unique opportunity for fans of classic rock to relive the era’s ground-breaking music.

Having supported the iconic Slade on five UK tours, Sons of the Seventies brings a level of authenticity and experience to their shows that is rare and highly valued among rock enthusiasts. Their connection to such a seminal band not only underscores their credibility but also highlights their ability to resonate with audiences across generations.

The Bootleg Shadows

Sunday 14 July 2023
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024.  The Bootleg Shadows at The Chipping Norton Theatre.
The Bootleg ShadowsThe Theatre Chipping Norton

On Sunday, 14 July 2023, The Theatre Chipping Norton will host a nostalgic musical journey with The Bootleg Shadows, a tribute band dedicated to recreating the iconic sounds of The Shadows.

Back in June 1960, Hank B Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet Harris, and Tony Meehan released “Apache,” a track that not only soared to the top of the charts in July but also ignited the instrumental career of The Shadows. This momentous hit fostered a generation of guitar enthusiasts, all dreaming of owning a Fender Stratocaster and capturing the spotlight just as The Shadows did. Known for their polished appearance, synchronised dance moves, and clean, melodic sound, The Shadows achieved an unprecedented 35 hits, in addition to another 33 hits with Cliff Richard, making them the British group with the most hits and cementing their legacy in the history of popular music.

The Bootleg Shadows offer fans a chance to experience the magic of The Shadows’ music live, covering the band’s illustrious career from their 1960 beginnings to the early ’80s. Through a fantasy concert, Geoff, Keith, Tony, Tim, and Binks bring to life hits like “Foot Tapper,” “Man of Mystery,” “Atlantis,” “Wonderful Land,” “Kon Tiki,” “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “FBI,” and many others.

This performance is a musical tribute and a night filled with humour and memories, inviting the audience to not only enjoy the timeless tunes but also partake in the laughter and joy that comes with them. The Bootleg Shadows ensure that the legacy of The Shadows is preserved, offering a performance that has attendees humming the classic hits and mimicking the famous Shadows ‘walk’ long after the curtain falls, making it an unforgettable experience for anyone who cherishes the sounds of the ’60s.

Uncanny: I Know What I Saw

Monday 15 July 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

what's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024. Check out Uncanny: I Know What I Saw at The Oxford Playhouse
Uncanny: I Know What I Saw – Oxford Playhouse

“Uncanny: I Know What I Saw” marks its triumphant return to the Oxford Playhouse, following its phenomenal success and overwhelming demand from audiences nationwide.

Spearheaded by Danny Robins, the show delves into the age-old question of the existence of ghosts and seeks to understand the reasons behind their sightings. The 2023 tour witnessed an unprecedented turnout of 25,000 attendees across various theatres, making it the largest live investigation into the paranormal ever conducted. Danny Robins, known for his inquisitive approach and engaging narrative style, invites the audience on a journey to explore these mysteries, presenting a compelling blend of real-life supernatural stories and interactive discussions that challenge the boundaries between belief and scepticism.

“Uncanny: I Know What I Saw” offers an evening of terror and intrigue, skilfully combining elements of projection, sound design, and storytelling to bring eerie real-life encounters to the stage. With Danny and his team of experts, attendees are promised a thought-provoking experience that goes beyond mere entertainment to explore the deeper questions about the paranormal phenomena reported by ordinary people from everyday backgrounds.

Whether you consider yourself a #TeamBeliever or #TeamSceptic, this show provides a unique opportunity to engage with the paranormal in a manner that is both intellectually stimulating and spine-chillingly entertaining.

King Arthur: A Legendary Comedy

Thursday 25 July to Saturday 27 July 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

what's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024.  King Arthur: A legendary comedy at the Oxford Playhouse
King Arthur: A Legendary Comedy Oxford Playhouse

“King Arthur: A Legendary Comedy,” set to grace the Oxford Playhouse and promises a hilariously fresh take on the timeless Arthurian legends.

With Camelot’s legacy hanging in the balance, King Arthur is determined to steer his realm away from becoming a mere footnote in British history as a rather unremarkable era. The twist in the tale comes with the arrival of three inept squires, whose ambitions of altering Camelot’s fate inadvertently set the stage for a legend unlike any other.

This comedic spectacle is the brainchild of a collaboration between John Nicholson, one of the UK’s finest comedy writers and directors known for his work with Peepolykus, and the award-winning comedic ensemble Le Navet Bete, renowned for their gut-bustlingly funny productions like “The Three Musketeers,” “Treasure Island,” and “Dracula: The Bloody Truth.”

Designed to entertain audiences of all ages, “King Arthur: A Legendary Comedy” is lauded for transforming the Arthurian legends into a rib-tickling comedy that leaves audiences in stitches. Critics have showered the show with praise, comparing its uproarious narrative and execution to a blend of “Horrible Histories” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” According to reviews from the British Theatre Guide and Exposé, the performance is celebrated for its frantic fun, chaotic comedy, and exceptional slickness, securing its place as one of the most commendable comedic theatre performances in recent years.

Chemical Dance (Chemical Brothers Tribute)

Friday 26 July 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

What's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024.  Check out Chemical Dace - Chemical Brothers Tribute.
Chemical Dance, Fat Lils in Witney

Fat Lils in Witney is set to pulsate with the electrifying rhythms of “Chemical Dance,” a tribute to the legendary Chemical Brothers.

This tribute act promises to deliver an unforgettable night of dance music by meticulously recreating the explosive energy and sounds that have made the Chemical Brothers one of the most influential acts in electronic music. Fans can expect a dynamic setlist featuring all the hits and dance classics that have defined the duo’s illustrious career.

The evening is designed not just for die-hard fans of the Chemical Brothers but for anyone looking to enjoy themselves in a vibrant celebration of electronic dance music, enhanced by a state-of-the-art sound system that promises to deliver every beat with crystal clear precision.

Adding to the allure of the night is a Daft Punk laser show opening set, setting the stage for an immersive experience that bridges the gap between two of electronic music’s most iconic acts. This unique combination not only pays homage to the Chemical Brothers’ legacy but also tips its hat to Daft Punk’s contribution to the genre, creating a multifaceted celebration of electronic dance music’s evolution.

Cillian O’Connor: My World of Magic

Friday 26 July 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

what's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024.  See Cillian O'Connor's My World of Magic at The Kenton Theatre in Henley on Thames
Cillian O’Connor: My World of MagicThe Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

Cillian O’Connor is set to dazzle audiences with “My World of Magic,” his inaugural live stage tour across the UK and Ireland, with a highly anticipated performance on Friday, 26th July 2024, at The Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames.

Having made a sensational debut on Britain’s Got Talent in 2023, Cillian swiftly ascended to national fame, securing a spot in the top three finalists. His acts not only won the hearts of millions but also became the most viewed performances of the series, amassing over 500 million views in a matter of weeks. This tour marks a rare opportunity for fans to experience Cillian’s magic first-hand, following his global appearances in prestigious venues such as Monte Carlo and the USA, showcasing the charismatic charm and astounding illusions that catapulted him into the spotlight.

The show promises an unforgettable family experience, blending illusion, mystique, and a touch of the unexpected, with Cillian O’Connor at the helm of this magical journey. Adding to the allure is his special guest, Ryland Petty, known for his own magical prowess on America’s Got Talent, ensuring a show brimming with talent and awe-inspiring moments.

Cillian’s ability to enchant and amaze transcends the screen, bringing a unique magic to the stage that promises to captivate audiences of all ages. Simon Cowell, a figure synonymous with unearthing extraordinary talent, hailed Cillian as “An Incredible Talent,” a testament to the spellbinding experience awaiting attendees at “My World of Magic.” This event is not just a magic show; it’s a portal to a world where the impossible becomes possible, inviting audiences to suspend disbelief and immerse themselves in the wonder of Cillian O’Connor’s magical universe.

Truck Festival

Friday 26 July to Sunday 28 July 2024
Hill Farm, Oxfordshire

What's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024. Truck Festival 2024.
Truck Festival, Hill Farm, Oxfordshire

Truck Festival, celebrated annually at Hill Farm in Oxfordshire, returns from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2024, continuing its legacy as a cornerstone of the UK’s festival scene since its inception in 1998.

Known affectionately as the “UK’s most warped village fête,” Truck Festival has evolved from a birthday party into a renowned four-day extravaganza, showcasing a dynamic blend of the finest new and established musical talents. It’s an event characterised by its eclectic mix of entertainment, a strong sense of community, and a commitment to giving emerging bands their first taste of the festival stage—a philosophy highlighted by Yannis Philippakis of Foals.

With over 50 acts, including headline performances by Jamie T, The Streets, Wet Leg, and The Kooks, alongside unique orchestral renditions and morning motivation sessions, Truck promises a festival experience that transcends the ordinary, catering to an array of musical tastes and preferences.

Beyond the music, Truck Festival takes great pride in its culinary offerings, boasting some of the best festival food in the country. From hearty breakfasts to delectable dinners and sweet treats, the festival ensures that all dietary needs are met with a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available throughout the weekend. Complementing the gastronomic delights, Truck’s bars offer an extensive selection of beverages, ensuring that attendees can enjoy their favourite drinks while soaking up the festival atmosphere.

Game Fair at Blenheim Palace

Friday 26 July to Sunday 28 July 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

What's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024.  The Game Fair at Blenheim Palace.
The Game Fair at Blenheim Palace

The Game Fair at Blenheim Palace is gearing up to be an unparalleled celebration of the Great British Countryside and its myriad pursuits.

Set against the majestic scenery of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, this event is a must-visit for anyone with a passion for outdoor activities and the rural lifestyle. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a wide array of demonstrations and hands-on activities, including world-class shooting, fishing, and captivating falconry displays. These showcases highlight the skill and tradition of countryside sports and also offer visitors a chance to engage directly with the experts.

The fair will also feature an exquisite selection of artisanal foods and drinks, alongside the latest innovations in outdoor gear and equipment, making it a comprehensive showcase of the rural culture and the adventurous spirit of outdoor pursuits.

Beyond the thrill of sports, The Game Fair 2024 promises an extensive range of learning opportunities for enthusiasts of all levels. Whether it’s mastering the art of fly fishing, getting personalised advice on the best tackle, or discovering the incredible variety of working dog breeds, there’s something for everyone.

The event boasts one of the longest shooting lines, facilitated by the seasoned team from E.J. Churchill, one of the world’s most esteemed shooting grounds and sporting agencies. This blend of entertainment, education, and shopping makes The Game Fair at Blenheim Palace a unique and enriching event that celebrates the essence and ongoing traditions of country life and outdoor adventure.

Oxford Piano Festival 2024

Saturday 27 July to Sunday 04 August 2024
Various Venues

Since its inception in 1999 by the esteemed pianist and Music Director of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Marios Papadopoulos, the Oxford Piano Festival has become a pivotal event in the classical music calendar, drawing piano players, pedagogues, experts, and enthusiasts to the historic heart of Oxford.

Held in prestigious venues like the Sheldonian Theatre, the Holywell Music Room, and Christ Church Cathedral, the festival immerses participants in the rich musical heritage of the city. The last week of July sees St Hilda’s College’s tranquil campus, home of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, become a bustling hub of musical activity, offering a serene setting that’s just a stone’s throw away from Oxford’s vibrant city centre. This annual gathering’s mission is to foster musical excellence at the piano, providing a nurturing environment for both learning and performance at some of Oxford’s most celebrated historical sites.

The Oxford Piano Festival stands out for its commitment to the multifaceted development of young pianists, offering them the unparalleled opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the most distinguished figures in the world of piano.

Under the patronage of Alfred Brendel, with Sir András Schiff as President, and spearheaded by founder Marios Papadopoulos, the festival sets a standard of artistic excellence, emphasising the pianist’s varied roles in music. From virtuoso solo performances to collaborative works as chamber musicians and accompanists, the festival explores the breadth of the piano repertoire and the diverse traditions of piano playing. This holistic approach, prioritising artistic exchange over competition, cultivates a community where emerging talents can flourish alongside established luminaries, ensuring a rich educational experience steeped in the tradition and innovation of piano music.

Lord of the Dance – A Lifetime of Standing Ovations

Monday 29 July to Wednesday 31 July 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

what's on in Oxfordshire this July 2024.  Lord of the Dance at The New Theatre Oxford.
Lord of the Dance – New Theatre Oxford

The New Theatre Oxford is set to host the internationally acclaimed “Lord of the Dance – A Lifetime of Standing Ovations”, marking a thrilling return of Michael Flatley’s legendary dance phenomenon.

Celebrating over a quarter-century since its inception, “Lord of the Dance” has captivated more than 60 million people across 60 countries, showcasing its universal appeal and Michael Flatley’s unparalleled genius in dance storytelling. This production, having graced stages in over a thousand venues worldwide, continues to be a pivotal moment in the history of entertainment, demonstrating the timeless allure and dynamic energy of Irish dance.

The 2024 tour, coming after the celebration of its 25th anniversary in 2022, is set to rekindle the magic that has made “Lord of the Dance” a cornerstone in the realm of performing arts, promising an experience that transcends cultural and geographical boundaries.

Under the visionary guidance of Michael Flatley, the “Lord of the Dance” 2024 tour is ambitiously designed to enchant anew, incorporating innovative staging, novel choreography, and dazzling costumes, all augmented by the latest in technology and special effects lighting. Flatley’s commitment to evolving the show while maintaining its core spirit aims to elevate the audience’s experience, drawing them into a spectacle of rhythm, precision, and emotion that has defined “Lord of the Dance” as a global dance masterpiece.

The promise of a fresh yet familiar journey through the realms of Irish dance underscores the show’s legacy as a celebration of human creativity and resilience. As Michael Flatley puts it, the show’s return to the UK is not just a performance but a testament to the “enduring power of dance and the indomitable spirit of the human soul,” ensuring that the legacy of “Lord of the Dance” continues to inspire awe and admiration across generations.

Please visit our ‘Stay’ section for a wide selection of accommodation options tailored to suit every preference and budget. Whether you’re looking for a cosy bed and breakfast to recharge after a day of exploring Oxfordshire, a luxurious hotel or a tranquil retreat to reflect on the beautiful music and art you’ve immersed in, or self-catering accommodations that offer flexibility and a sense of home.

Find the perfect place to stay and make your July in Oxfordshire unforgettable by visiting our ‘Stay’ section here.

What’s on in Oxfordshire this June

whats on in oxfordshire this June 2024

Oxfordshire bursts into a vibrant spectacle of arts, music, and theatrical brilliance throughout June, offering a kaleidoscope of events that cater to a wide array of interests and tastes. From the serene grounds of Blenheim Palace hosting the enchanting Nocturne Live, featuring a lineup of iconic acts like Sugababes, Melanie C, and Shaznay Lewis, to the historic Sheldonian Theatre’s classical rendition of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony by the Southbank Sinfonia, the region promises an unforgettable cultural experience.

A small selection of what’s on in Oxfordshire this June 2024

Simon Evans and Friends

Saturday 01 June 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

On Saturday 1st June 2024, the renowned Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, is set to host an evening filled with laughter and sharp wit, featuring the celebrated Simon Evans as the star of “Simon Evans and Friends.” Known for his incisive humour and compelling stage presence, Simon Evans is a luminary of the UK comedy scene, celebrated for his appearances on prominent television and radio programs. His return to The Kenton promises an extended headline set brimming with fresh material, offering audiences a unique opportunity to experience his latest comedic explorations.

Evans, whose reputation for fearless, provocative, and intelligently crafted comedy precedes him, is a fixture on shows like BBC One’s “Live at the Apollo,” “Mock the Week” on BBC Two, and a regular contributor to Channel 4’s “Stand Up for the Week,” among others. His insightful BBC Radio 4 series, “Simon Evans Goes to Market,” showcases his unique ability to mine humour from the unlikely realms of commodities, trading, and wealth, solidifying his status as a master of comedy with depth.

Supporting Evans on this special night are two rising stars in the comedy world, Alex Kealy and Tadiwa Mahlunge, who bring their own distinctive styles to the stage. Kealy, known for his sharp political wit as showcased on Radio 4’s “The Now Show,” and Mahlunge, who has made waves with his appearances on Comedy Central, promise to complement Evans’ headline act with their vibrant and engaging performances. However, attendees are kindly reminded that the line-up of support acts is subject to change

High Jinx 2024

Saturday 01 June 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

What's on in Oxfordshire this June 2024. High Jinx 2024 at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury.
High Jinx 2024 – The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

The High Jinx show is making a grand return to the stage in 2024, promising an afternoon filled with spellbinding magic, breath-taking illusions, and exhilarating circus acts that will captivate and entertain audiences of all ages. Michael Jordan, the exceptionally talented and multifaceted performer, along with his dynamic supporting cast, invites you to dive into a world where the impossible becomes possible. Renowned for their previous performances at the iconic Blackpool Tower Circus and celebrated appearances at the ‘International Festival de Magie,’ High Jinx is synonymous with top-tier entertainment that seamlessly combines the art of magic with the thrill of the circus.

Michael Jordan’s masterful execution of magic tricks, alongside his adept juggling and daring acrobatics, will dazzle and amaze. His showmanship is unparalleled, ensuring that every moment of the show is laden with suspense, laughter, and awe. From mind-bending illusions that challenge your perception to circus thrills that keep you at the edge of your seat, the High Jinx show is a spectacle that defies the ordinary and celebrates the extraordinary.

Lark Rise

Thursday 06 to Sunday 09 June 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on in Oxfordshire this June 2024.  Lark Rise - The Theatre Chipping Norton
Lark Rise – The Theatre Chipping Norton

The Theatre Chipping Norton is set to transport audiences back to the cusp of the 20th century with its evocative production of “Lark Rise,” adapted by Keith Dewhurst from Flora Thompson’s cherished book.

This captivating play unfolds on a summer’s morning at the end of the 19th century, where the audience will follow the 14-year-old protagonist, Laura, through her journey on the first day of harvest. Laura’s day is filled with encounters with a remarkable, eccentric, and endearing array of characters that bring to life the songs, laughter, and everyday tragedies of the villagers of Lark Rise. Set against the backdrop of golden cornfields and smoky taverns, the production promises a deep dive into the rich tapestry of rural England’s past, its fieldworkers’ chants, and long-lost songs, offering a nostalgic glimpse into a world that has since faded away.

What sets this production apart is its engaging narrative and historical setting with its unique presentation. “Lark Rise” is performed in an immersive promenade style, promising to envelop the audience in the unfolding action within a completely reimagined auditorium of Chippy Theatre. This innovative approach, combining professional creatives, performers, and a mix of amateur actors, singers, and dancers from the community, ensures a truly communal and immersive experience. Adding to the theatrical feast, the play is performed as a double bill with “Barn Dance” by Mike Bartlett, offering audiences an extended exploration of themes and stories.

Music at Oxford and Southbank Sinfonia; Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Saturday 08 June 2024
Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

The historic Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford will be the setting for a remarkable performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, presented by Music at Oxford in collaboration with the Southbank Sinfonia.

This event stands out as a highlight of Music at Oxford’s season, dedicated to the theme of the Natural World, showcasing a piece that resonates deeply with the beauty and drama of nature. Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, with its evocative scenes of dancing country folk, bird songs, a dramatic storm, and even the calls of a cuckoo, serves as a vivid musical homage to the composer’s profound love and appreciation for the natural environment. It’s a work that captures the essence of the countryside, celebrating its tranquillity, dynamism, and the cyclical forces of life and renewal.

The Southbank Sinfonia, known for its vibrant and youthful energy, is uniquely suited to bring this masterpiece to life. Comprised of the brightest young professional musicians of their generation, the orchestra is renewed annually, ensuring a fresh and enthusiastic approach to the repertoire. This constant infusion of new talent allows the Southbank Sinfonia to explore Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony with a sense of discovery and innovation, making well-known music feel newly minted.

For audience members, this performance promises not just a listening experience but an immersive journey through the sights and sounds of nature, as interpreted by one of the most talented orchestras of our time. This combination of youthful exuberance and timeless music against the backdrop of the Sheldonian Theatre’s architectural splendour is poised to create an evening celebrating nature’s wonders through the lens of Beethoven’s genius.

Cilla & The Swinging 60s

Saturday 08 June 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

what's on in Oxfordshire this june 2024 - check out cilla & the swinging 60s at the mill arts centre
Cilla & The Swinging 60s

The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury is set to host a vibrant celebration of the 1960s, headlined by the tribute show “Cilla & The Swinging 60s,” dedicated to the legendary Cilla Black and her illustrious contemporaries. This highly entertaining production promises to captivate audiences with its nostalgic journey through the era’s most iconic music, featuring the unforgettable voice of Sandy Smith. Alongside her talented dancers, Smith will bring to life the hits that defined a generation, including Cilla Black’s chart-toppers like ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart,’ ‘Alfie,’ and ‘You’re My World.’ The show’s repertoire extends beyond Cilla’s own songs to include classics by Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Petula Clark, The Beatles, and many more, offering a comprehensive homage to the vibrant music scene of the 1960s.

“Cilla & The Swinging 60s” is not just a musical tribute; it’s a time capsule that transports audiences back to the heart of the 60s pop revolution. The performance is packed with hit songs such as “Dancing in the Street,” “Shout,” “Do You Love Me,” and “Proud Mary,” each promising to imbue the night with an irresistible “feel-good” vibe. The show’s success across the country, underscored by glowing reviews, is a testament to its ability to resonate with fans of the era and new audiences alike. Attendees can expect an evening of relentless energy, hit after hit, that not only celebrates the legendary Cilla Black but also the spirit of an unforgettable decade.

Nocturne Live – Blenheim Palace

Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 June 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace, set within the stunning Oxfordshire countryside, is gearing up to be an unforgettable summer event, running from Wednesday 12th June to Sunday 16th June 2024. This musical extravaganza brings together a diverse array of legendary artists and bands, offering a unique blend of pop, soul, and rock to the historic grounds of one of England’s most beautiful estates. Highlighting the weekend, on Saturday, 15th June, British pop royalty such as the Sugababes, Melanie C, and Shaznay Lewis are slated to grace the stage, promising an evening filled with nostalgic hits and contemporary classics. The event not only celebrates these iconic figures of British pop music but also provides a platform for them to showcase their enduring appeal and musical talents amidst the grandeur of Blenheim Palace.

The line-up for Nocturne Live extends beyond pop music, featuring a soulful Thursday on 13th June with performances by the legendary Chaka Khan, Sister Sledge, and The Fatback Band, followed by a closing night on Sunday, 16th June, that boasts names like Crowded House, Sheryl Crow, and Turin Brakes. This rich diversity in musical offerings ensures that attendees will experience a wide spectrum of sounds and styles, all in the spectacular setting of Blenheim Palace. Visitors are encouraged to make the most of their experience by exploring the palace, park, and gardens with an Annual Pass, turning their concert evening into a full day of cultural and historical immersion.

The 39 Steps

Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 June 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

The 39 Steps – Oxford Playhouse

Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless classic, “The 39 Steps,” is making a triumphant return to the stage, reimagined with Patrick Barlow’s award-winning comedic brilliance. Scheduled from Tuesday, 11th to Saturday, 15th June 2024 at the Oxford Playhouse, this adaptation revives the spy thriller with a unique blend of humour and intrigue that has captivated audiences worldwide. After an impressive nearly decade-long run in London’s West End, conquering Broadway, and being performed in 39 different countries, “The 39 Steps” has proven its global appeal, enchanting over 3 million people with its spirited homage to the original film and novel. This version, based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, preserves the essence of Hitchcock’s masterpiece while infusing it with a light-heartedness that transforms the spy narrative into a laugh-out-loud theatrical experience, winning both Olivier and Tony Awards for its ingenuity.

The play follows the thrilling escapades of Richard Hannay, portrayed as the quintessential British hero, complete with a stiff upper lip, a sense of unflappable gung-ho, and the obligatory pencil moustache. Hannay’s journey is a whirlwind of suspense and comedy, involving dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and encounters with devastatingly beautiful women, all intricately woven into the fast-paced storyline. Barlow’s adaptation is a marvel of theatrical creativity, utilising a small but versatile cast to bring to life a multitude of characters and settings, making for an inventive and exhilarating viewing experience.

Pet Shop Boys, Actually

Friday 14 June 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

On Friday, 14th June 2024, Fat Lils in Witney will play host to “Pet Shop Boys, Actually,” a tribute band that meticulously recreates the sound and essence of one of the most influential pop duos of the modern era. This 3-piece ensemble, with over 25 years of playing experience, takes fans on a nostalgic journey through the Pet Shop Boys’ impressive 40-year catalogue, promising an evening filled with timeless hits like “Go West,” “It’s A Sin,” and many more.

The tribute band’s dedication to authenticity, from the synthesiser sounds to the vocal stylings, ensures that attendees will feel the same electrifying energy that the Pet Shop Boys have been known for since the 1980s. As “Pet Shop Boys, Actually” surges through the decades-spanning repertoire, the audience at Fat Lils will be treated to an evening of sing-along anthems and dance-floor classics, all delivered with a passion and precision that pays homage to the original artists’ ground-breaking contributions to pop music.

Rory Stewart – Politics on the Edge

Thursday 20 June 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

What's on in Oxfordshire this June 2024. Rory Stewart - Politics on the Edge
Rory Stewart – Politics on the Edge – New Theatre Oxford

The New Theatre Oxford is set to welcome Rory Stewart for an enlightening evening titled “Politics on the Edge.” As a co-presenter of the hit podcast “The Rest is Politics,” Rory Stewart brings his wealth of experience as a diplomat, explorer, cabinet minister, and writer to the stage for a no-holds-barred discussion on the intricacies of crisis, politics, and the shifting world order. This event unravels the complex dynamics of power—questioning who gets to win it, how it’s maintained and lost, and importantly, who is systematically excluded from wielding it. Through Stewart’s lens, attendees will explore the corrupting nature of power and whether it is possible for leaders to maintain their integrity while in authority, offering a rare opportunity to delve into the moral dilemmas at the heart of leadership and governance.

Following a series of sold-out events in 2023, Rory Stewart’s return to the stage is eagerly anticipated. His unique journey from political outsider to acting as the prime minister, and his eventual dismissal from a Conservative Party he scarcely recognised, provides a compelling narrative arc that will form the backbone of the evening’s discussion.

Stewart’s first-hand experiences—tackling ministerial challenges ranging from flood response and prison violence in the UK to addressing conflict and poverty on an international scale as a foreign minister, and navigating the tumultuous waters of Brexit—offer a profound insight into the deficiencies and complexities of modern governance and democracy. As Stewart opens up about populism, global conflict, and the insights from his instant number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, “Politics On The Edge,” attendees will also have the unique opportunity to pose their own questions, making this an unmissable event for anyone interested in the realities of political life, the challenges faced by leaders, and the future of global politics.

Beacon Festival 2024

Friday 21 to Saturday 22 June 2024
Watlington Hill Farm, Christmas Common, OX49 5HS

Beacon Festival 2024

Beacon Festival 2024, set to take place from Friday, 21 June to Saturday, 22 June at Watlington Hill Farm and is renowned as Oxfordshire’s premier family-friendly music festival. This not-for-profit event boasts what is arguably the best location for live music in the UK, offering breathtaking views across the Chilterns. Beyond its musical allure, Beacon Festival distinguishes itself with a purely plant-based food selection, a dedicated Kids Zone, various workshops, a feel-good area, and an array of bars serving real ale, cider, and guest beverages. It’s a comprehensive community event designed to cater to all family members, ensuring that whether you’re camping onsite for the weekend or just dropping by for a day, the experience will be unforgettable. For first-timers and seasoned festival-goers alike, Beacon Festival promises easy access, no queues, and a wide range of musical genres to suit every taste.

As the sun sets over Oxfordshire, the Beacon Festival transforms into a magical enclave, enhanced by the lighting of the Beacon atop the hill, visible for miles around. The 2024 lineup, featuring headliners Rusky Shackle on Friday and Green Haze on Saturday, alongside a diverse array of other outstanding musical acts, guarantees an electrifying atmosphere. The festival not only celebrates a broad spectrum of music from hard rock to folk but also emphasises sustainability with its Sparkle Vegan Village and a variety of local artisan traders.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

What's on in Oxfordshire this June 2024.  Blenheim Palace Flower Show.
Blenheim Palace Flower Show

The Blenheim Palace Flower Show, a much-anticipated highlight on the British gardening calendar, is set to bloom once again from Friday, 21st to Sunday, 23rd June 2024. This fabulous three-day event at the historic Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, promises to be an extraordinary showcase of horticultural excellence and creativity.

The show is poised to feature an even greater array of stands and entertainment options than in previous years, making it a must-visit for gardening aficionados and casual enthusiasts alike. Central to the event’s attractions is the return of the Grand Floral Pavilion, which will house a stunning collection of floral exhibits. Alongside, the innovative ‘Floral Street’ will offer immersive outdoor displays, setting the scene for a weekend filled with the beauty and diversity of British gardening.

Beyond the visual spectacle of blooms and gardens, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show offers a rich program of talks and demonstrations led by gardening experts, providing invaluable insights and tips for gardeners of all skill levels.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in plant shopping from a wide selection of vendors, ensuring they can take a piece of the show’s magic back to their own gardens. The event also caters to a broader range of interests with fabulous food and drink options, homeware and crafts stalls, and live music to entertain visitors throughout the weekend.

Six

Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 June 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

What's on in Oxfordshire this June 2024.  Six the musical at the New Theatre Oxford.
Six – New Theatre Oxford

“Six,” the international smash hit musical that has captivated audiences from the West End to Broadway, announces its much-anticipated UK tour, making a stop at the New Theatre Oxford from Tuesday, 25th to Saturday, 29th June 2024. Celebrated for its innovative retelling of history, “Six” transforms the tales of Henry VIII’s wives from Tudor Queens into Pop Princesses, offering a vibrant, modern twist on a centuries-old story. This Double Tony Award-winning production, recognised for ‘Best Original Score’ and ‘Best Costume Design,’ and the recipient of the WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ in 2022 and 2023, promises to be a theatrical event not to be missed. The musical’s unique approach to storytelling, combining historical depth with contemporary flair, has not only won critical acclaim but also a dedicated fan following, making it a standout addition to the UK’s theatrical offerings.

The charm of “Six” lies in its empowering narrative and catchy tunes, as it remixes five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power. With an energetic score that features hits like “Don’t Lose Ur Head” and “Ex-Wives,” the show’s soundtrack has achieved Gold-Disk status, a testament to its popularity and the universal appeal of its music. Described by The Australian as having ‘an incredibly strong and powerful message’ and hailed by the New York Times as ‘pure entertainment,’ “Six” is more than just a musical; it’s a cultural phenomenon that redefines what audiences expect from historical storytelling.

As it embarks on its UK tour, “Six” is set to bring its revolutionary spirit and infectious energy to Oxford, inviting theatregoers to experience the compelling stories of these six queens as they’ve never been told before.

Mark Simmons – Quip Off The Mark

Thursday 27 June 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

The Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames is set to host Mark Simmons and his critically acclaimed tour show, “Quip Off The Mark.” Celebrated as the UK Comics’ Comic 2022 – Best Act and lauded by the Evening Standard as “one of the UK’s pre-eminent pun merchants…the quickest quipster in showbusiness,” Simmons has carved a niche for himself in the comedy world with his sharp wit and masterful one-liners. Having made a mark with semi-regular appearances on BBC2’s “Mock The Week” alongside comedy stalwarts Dara O’Briain and Hugh Dennis, Simmons’s show promises an evening brimming with clever punchlines and rapid-fire humour. His tour, which has already captivated audiences across over 125 venues, selling more than 15,000 tickets, showcases his unique talent for comedy that’s both smart and hilariously engaging, earning him spots on BT Sport’s DIY pundit, “The Rugby’s On,” and various other television and radio appearances.

“Quip Off The Mark” is not just any comedy show; it offers a distinctive narrative that sets it apart from typical one-liner performances. This year, the show is themed around a personal anecdote – Mark’s parents selling his childhood home, prompting him to retrieve a box of memories from the loft. This inventive premise serves as a backdrop for a series of jokes and one-liners, inviting the audience into a more personal dimension of Simmons’s comedy. Furthermore, Mark’s engagement with other comedians through his solo podcast, “Jokes With Mark Simmons,” where he discusses the art of joke-writing with guests like Gary Delaney and Sarah Millican, adds depth to his comedic perspective. Audiences at The Kenton Theatre can expect not just a series of jokes, but a crafted narrative experience, peppered with Simmons’s trademark wit and a unique insight into the comedian’s world, making “Quip Off The Mark” a standout event in the comedy calendar.

Nik Kershaw

Friday 28 June 2024
O2 Academy Oxford,190 Cowley Road, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this June 2024.  Nik Kershaw at the O2 Academy Oxford.
Nik Kershaw – O2 Academy Oxford

The O2 Academy Oxford will play host to an extraordinary event as Nik Kershaw, along with his fabulous band, prepares for an intimate festival warm-up show. This special occasion offers fans a unique opportunity to experience the legendary musician’s work in a close and personal setting, a rare treat for those accustomed to seeing their favourites in larger, more impersonal venues.

Nik Kershaw, whose career spans several decades, is renowned for his engaging live performances and a catalogue of hits that have left an indelible mark on the music industry. You can look forward to live renditions of classics such as “Wouldn’t It Be Good”, “The Riddle”, and “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, alongside selections from his nine studio albums.

As a songwriter, Kershaw has penned songs for other artists, further cementing his status in the industry. This festival warm-up show offers a comprehensive look at his journey as a musician, showcasing not only the well-loved singles but also highlighting his evolution over the years. For fans old and new, this performance is a chance to connect with Kershaw’s music on a deeper level, experiencing the energy and emotion of his songs in a live setting that promises to be both memorable and moving.

Adolf and Winston

Friday 28 June 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on in Oxfordshire this June 2024.  Adolf and Winston at The Theatre Chipping Norton.
Adolf and Winston – The Theatre Chipping Norton

On Friday, 28th June 2024, “Adolf and Winston” is set to take the stage at The Theatre Chipping Norton, promising a unique and humorous take on two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. This production, featuring just two actors, Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin, embarks on a creative and daring exploration of the lives and legacies of Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler, albeit through a lens that is far removed from the sombre tones often associated with their histories.

The play begins with a reflective moment in London, 1939, where Winston Churchill, amidst the brewing storm of World War II, resolves to lead Britain through its darkest hour. Fast forward to Bristol, 2014, Howard Coggins finds a resemblance to Churchill in his mirror, setting off a chain of events that leads to a comedic yet thought-provoking portrayal of history.

“Adolf and Winston” is more than just a play; it’s a bold experiment in storytelling, weaving together the threads of history with personal narratives and a touch of the absurd. Following their success with “The Six Wives of Henry VIII,” Coggins and Mcloughlin continue their tradition of tackling grand historical themes with a blend of humour, satire, and a decidedly light-hearted approach to research. As the narrative shifts to Bristol, 2015, with Stu Mcloughlin donning a small moustache to embody Hitler, the duo invites the audience on a tightrope walk of taste and decency.

This production challenges conventional portrayals of these monumental figures, offering a fresh perspective that promises to engage, entertain, and perhaps even enlighten, as it navigates the complex waters of history and its impact on the present. Will either of these characters, or indeed the actors themselves, emerge unscathed from this war of wits and words? “Adolf and Winston” at The Theatre Chipping Norton is an event not to be missed by those who enjoy their history served with a side of irreverence and wit.

Discover the ideal place to stay in Oxfordshire by exploring our ‘Stay’ section, offering accommodation choices for every budget. From charming bed and breakfasts perfect for unwinding after festival activities. Great hotels that elevate your festival journey, or serene retreats like glamping for contemplation amidst the arts, or a self catering option that offers the comfort of home.

Ensure your Oxfordshire visit is nothing short of perfect.

What’s on in Oxfordshire this May

whats on in oxfordshire this may 2024

This May, Oxfordshire transforms into a vibrant hub of entertainment, showcasing an eclectic array of events that cater to diverse interests and tastes. From the comedic genius of Julian Clary at New Theatre Oxford to the soul-stirring musicality of the Average White Band at the O2 Academy Oxford, the region buzzes with a unique blend of performances. Fans of classic rock can revel in the authenticity of Deeper Purple, while those seeking a touch of whimsy can enjoy the theatrical charm of “Sherlock’s Excellent Adventures” at The Kenton Theatre. Each event, whether it be a farewell tour of a legendary band or a satirical take on the world of politics and entertainment, contributes to a culturally rich and lively atmosphere, promising memorable experiences for residents and visitors alike in Oxfordshire.

A small selection of what’s on in Oxfordshire this May 2024

Pink Martini

Thursday 02 May 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

Pink Martini, the eclectic and internationally acclaimed musical group from Portland, Oregon, is set to perform at the New Theatre Oxford. With over three million albums sold worldwide, Pink Martini is celebrated for their distinctive musical style that seamlessly blends Latin, jazz, pop, and classical influences. Formed in 1994 and led by the talented pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini has been enchanting audiences for nearly three decades with their sophisticated and diverse musical arrangements. Vocalist China Forbes, known for her captivating voice, adds a unique dimension to the band’s signature sound, further solidifying their status as musical innovators.

Pink Martini’s critically acclaimed album “Hotel Amour,” featuring guest appearances from artists like Rufus Wainwright, the vonTrapps, the late Michel Grand, and Barry Humphries, is a testament to their commitment to musical diversity and artistic collaboration. The album is a celebration of different musical styles, showcasing the band’s versatility and creative prowess. Additionally, their recent single, “The Lemonade Song,” has been a streaming success, with over eight million streams on Spotify.

Pink Martini’s remarkable journey includes performances with 70 orchestras worldwide, a reflection of their widespread appeal and musical excellence. As they approach their 30th anniversary in 2024, Pink Martini is excited to bring their celebratory tour to the UK, promising an unforgettable experience for their fans.

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The Elton John Show

Friday 03 May 2024
The Mill Arts Centre Spiceball Park Road, Banbury , OX16 5QE

“The Elton John Show,” set to take place on Friday, 03 May 2024, at The Mill Arts Centre on Spiceball Park Road in Banbury, OX16 5QE, promises to be a spectacular tribute to one of the most iconic musicians of our time. This show is the UK’s newest and most thrilling Elton John tribute act, offering fans a chance to experience the magic of Elton’s music live on stage. The Mill Arts Centre, known for its vibrant atmosphere and excellent acoustics, provides the perfect setting for this musical journey. The show aims to recreate the extraordinary energy and flamboyance of Sir Elton John, focusing on his early years when he dazzled audiences worldwide with his dynamic performances and unique style.

Celebrating the incredible career of Sir Elton John, who has sold over 300 million records, making him the most successful singer-songwriter of his generation, “The Elton John Show” is more than just a tribute concert. It’s an homage to Elton’s artistic genius and a celebration of his most beloved songs. The performance will feature some of his greatest hits, from the soul-stirring “Rocket Man” to the timeless beauty of “Tiny Dancer.” Audiences can expect to be transported back in time to witness “Young Elton” at his energetic best, reliving the moments that solidified his place as a flamboyant mega-star. The show promises to be an unforgettable experience for Elton John fans, music enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a night of nostalgia and world-class entertainment.

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Deeper Purple

Saturday 04 May 2024
O2 Academy Oxford,190 Cowley Road, Oxford

Deeper Purple, are an international tribute band known for their authentic renditions of classic rock anthems. Celebrating the legacy of one of the most influential rock bands of the past 50 years, Deeper Purple brings to life the iconic sound of Deep Purple with remarkable fidelity. The band’s line-up is as diverse as it is talented, featuring the charismatic Italian vocalist Luca Ravase, the skilled Spanish guitarist Rob Sas, German drummer Thomas Hauser, and British musicians Phil Crombie on bass and David Chapman on keyboards and backing vocals. This unique blend of international talent adds a distinct flair to their performances, ensuring that each show is not just a tribute, but a powerful musical experience in its own right.

Fans can expect a high-energy show packed with hits that have defined a generation. Deeper Purple’s setlist includes timeless Deep Purple classics such as “Highway Star,” “Black Night,” “Woman from Tokyo,” “Child in Time,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Mistreated,” and the legendary “Smoke on the Water.” Each song is performed with a level of precision and passion that honours the original band, while also showcasing the individual talents of the members of Deeper Purple. Their show at the O2 Academy Oxford promises to be a night, filled with nostalgia, raw energy, and some of the greatest rock music ever written.

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Jousting Tournament

Saturday 04 to Monday 06 May 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, is gearing up to host a spectacular jousting event. This event promises to be a thrilling step back in time, transporting visitors to the era of knights and nobility. Guests will have the opportunity to witness the exhilarating clash of steel and the thundering of hooves as knights in shining armour mount their steeds and prepare for jousting, one of the most anticipated and spectacular events of the year.

The grounds of the majestic Blenheim Palace will transform into a medieval battleground, offering a unique and immersive experience. Visitors can expect to see fully armoured knights on horseback, engaging in skilful and dramatic jousting matches, a true display of chivalry and martial skill from a bygone era.

For history enthusiasts, families, and anyone looking for a unique and exciting outing, the jousting tournament at Blenheim Palace is an event not to be missed.

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Average White Band

Tuesday 14 May 2024
O2 Academy Oxford,190 Cowley Road, Oxford

The legendary Average White Band are renowned for their soulful and funky rhythms. This performance is part of their much-anticipated farewell tour, offering fans one last chance to experience the band’s iconic music live. Since their formation in London in 1972, the Average White Band has left an indelible mark on the soul and funk music scene, earning them the title of one of the best bands in the genre. Over the decades, they’ve delighted audiences with hits like “Let’s Go Round Again,” “Cut The Cake,” “Queen of My Soul,” and their US Number 1 hit “Pick Up The Pieces.”

The Average White Band’s influence extends beyond their own albums and hits. They have been a significant source of inspiration for numerous artists across various genres. Their tracks have been heavily sampled by influential acts such as the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, and Arrested Development. This extensive sampling is a reflection of the AWB’s timeless sound and their impact on the music industry, making them one of the top 15 most sampled acts of all time.

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Julian Clary – A Fistful of Clary

Wednesday 15 May 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

Julian Clary, the celebrated comedian known for his sharp wit and flamboyant style, is set to bring his unique brand of humour to the New Theatre Oxford. A Fistful of Clary.” Embracing a Western theme, Clary, self-described as a “renowned homosexual and national trinket,” is ready to embark on his 2024 UK tour. The show promises a blend of Clary’s trademark risqué humour with a touch of the wild west. The show’s description, complete with Clary sipping Bourbon and dabbing his temples with a damp flannel, sets the stage for an evening of audacious and unrestrained comedy.

In “A Fistful of Clary,” Julian promises an interactive experience, with some audience members getting the chance to join him on stage at the fictional “Hang ‘em Low” saloon, invoking the spirit of the Old West with a comical twist. The show is infused with Clary’s unique sense of humour, as he playfully suggests that the men in the audience will be so taken with his performance, they’ll be eager to join his posse.

The finale hints at a dramatic “shoot-out,” with Julian humorously offering himself “selflessly at high noon to the last man standing,” leaving the audience to wonder what other surprises he might have in store “for a few dollars more.” The show promises to be an evening of unbridled laughter and entertainment, with The Standard describing it as “adult comedy that makes you giggle like a child.”

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Alfie Moore – A Face For Radio

Friday 17 May 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

“Alfie Moore – A Face For Radio,” is a stand-up comedy show by the inimitable Alfie Moore. In a humorous exploration of alternate realities, Alfie Moore presents a tale of what might have been. In one universe, he imagines himself as a stage school prodigy, nurtured by supportive parents and launched into a glittering career in showbiz. This narrative contrasts sharply with his actual journey, which took a very different path. In our universe, Alfie’s comedic talents were overlooked in favour of the more pragmatic pursuit of a career, first in the Sheffield steelworks and then as a member of the Humberside Police. This show promises to be an insightful and witty exploration of the “what ifs” of life, all delivered through Moore’s unique comedic lens.

In his 40s, the two universes of Alfie Moore’s life collided, as he made a bid for stardom in the world of entertainment. However, the years of hard labour and the physical toll of police work had, in his words, left him with “a face for radio.” Moore’s show is a hilarious and often poignant reflection on the challenges and absurdities of chasing dreams, especially when time and circumstance seem to conspire against you. Described by the Daily Mail as “offbeat, revealing and very funny,” Alfie Moore’s “A Face For Radio” is more than just a comedy show; it’s a candid look at the roads taken and not taken, and the laughter to be found along the way.

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The Swing Ninjas @ Merriscourt

Tuesday 21 May 2024
Merriscourt, Chipping Norton OX7 6QX (Al Fresco event)

The Swing Ninjas, a dynamic and charismatic band. Since their inception as a busking trio in 2010, the Swing Ninjas have carved a niche for themselves in the music world. Hailing from Brighton, UK, they have redefined the genre of swing and jazz, blending vocal harmonies with a fusion of New Orleans’ swing and vintage UK jazz, all while infusing it with a modern musical flair. Their approach revitalises the sound of a raucous 1930s band, making it relevant and exciting for contemporary audiences.

With over 40 million combined views on YouTube, two original albums, and four albums of classic US-UK jazz/swing, the Swing Ninjas are more than just a band; they are a musical phenomenon. Their popularity is evident in their hectic schedule, playing over 150 shows a year, a testament to their talent and the joy they bring to their audiences. Their performances breathe new life into 100-year-old music through their highly skilled, energetic performances, group vocal harmonies, immaculate dress, and tongue-in-cheek charm.

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Punt and Dennis

Saturday 25 May 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt, the renowned comedic duo, are set to grace the stage once again at the Oxford Playhouse on Beaumont Street, Oxford, on Saturday, 25 May. Marking their return to touring after a decade-long hiatus, this event is eagerly anticipated by fans who have missed their unique brand of humour. Known for their sharp wit and insightful commentary, both Dennis and Punt have spent the past ten years honing their skills on popular shows like “Mock the Week” and “The Now Show.”

Their new live show promises to be a blend of the insightful and the hilarious, as they delve into their experiences and observations from a decade of following the news. The show offers a chance to see them do what they do best – making sense of the world’s chaos with a healthy dose of humour.

Fans old and new are in for a treat as Punt and Dennis prove that while they may be older, their ability to capture the absurdities of life remains as sharp as ever.

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Shepherd’s Pie

Saturday 25 May 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

“Shepherd’s Pie,” a classic rock and metal cover band, is set to electrify the stage at Fat Lils on Saturday, May 25, 2024. Renowned as one of the premier rock/metal cover bands in the region, Shepherd’s Pie has garnered a significant following, and for good reason. Their gigs are high-energy tributes to the giants of rock and metal music. Fans can expect an evening filled with iconic riffs, pulsating beats, and vocals that resonate with the spirit of the original artists.

The repertoire of Shepherd’s Pie spans the breadth of rock and metal classics, featuring covers of legendary bands like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, and Metallica, executed with the same intensity and passion as the original acts. Their performances are known for incredible soaring vocals and a fervent display of musical prowess that brings the essence of classic rock and metal to life. For those who love their music loud and live, this night at Fat Lils with Shepherd’s Pie is not to be missed.

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Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

The Blenheim Palace Food Festival, a much-anticipated event among food lovers and culinary enthusiasts, is poised to celebrate its 10th anniversary from Saturday, 25th to Monday, 27th May 2024. Set against the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace, this festival has grown to become one of Oxfordshire’s most popular culinary events, attracting visitors from all over the country.

This year, the festival promises an even more exciting and diverse array of offerings, featuring a wide selection of local and national stallholders. Attendees can look forward to indulging in an assortment of artisan treats, homemade delights, and a variety of beverages including craft beers, cocktails, and mocktails. The festival is a perfect opportunity for foodies to explore new flavours, discover unique products, and enjoy the best of what the culinary world has to offer.

In addition to the vast array of food and drink options, the festival will also host a series of live demonstrations and Q&A sessions in the festival kitchen, presented by an impressive lineup of celebrity chefs and culinary experts. These sessions provide a rare chance for visitors to gain insights into cooking techniques, food trends, and culinary secrets directly from the professionals. For families looking for a weekend filled with fun and flavour, the Blenheim Palace Food Festival offers exciting activities for all ages, a picturesque picnic area for those wishing to relax and dine al fresco, and great entertainment throughout the weekend.

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Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 May 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

“Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book,” an enchanting theatrical adaptation of the beloved children’s book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is set to captivate audiences at the Oxford. This production is a collaborative effort by Little Angel Theatre, The Lowry, and Rose Theatre, promising to be a delightful experience for young audiences and families.

The story revolves around Charlie, a young boy who adores reading, particularly pirate stories. However, his sister finds reading dull and uninteresting. The play follows Charlie’s imaginative attempt to convince his sister of the wonders of reading. The narrative cleverly intertwines various stories within stories, like a pirate reading about Goldilocks, who in turn is reading about a knight, thereby creating a magical and layered world of adventures. This theatrical experience is perfect for sparking a love of reading in children and is a heart-warming adventure for the entire family.

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Sherlock’s Excellent Adventures

Friday 31 May 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

“Sherlock’s Excellent Adventures,” a comedy penned by James Barry, is set to entertain audiences at The Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames. This acclaimed comedy has already enjoyed sell-out runs at both the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes, in addition to three UK-wide tours. The play offers a fresh and humorous take on the world of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. John Watson.

Audiences are invited to join them on a riveting and previously unpublished case, adding an exciting new chapter to the Sherlock Holmes canon. The plot thickens when Lucy Matravers, a damsel in distress, seeks the help of Holmes and Watson to settle a dispute over a family will. Little do they know that this seemingly straightforward case will lead them straight into a confrontation with Holmes’ notorious archenemy, James Moriarty, setting the stage for a thrilling and hilarious adventure.

With a cast of just four actors and minimal furnishings, the production relies on the talent and versatility of its performers to bring this wacky and farcical adventure to life. The play’s clever writing and inventive staging are a tribute to the enduring appeal of Sherlock Holmes, while also offering a unique and comedic twist on the classic stories.

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The Windrush Secret

Friday 31 May 2024
The Mill Arts Centre Spiceball Park Road, Banbury , OX16 5QE

This is a compelling one-man drama penned by the talented Rodreguez King-Dorset. This gripping play delves into a turbulent period of British history, focusing on the Windrush generation – the wave of Caribbean migrants who moved to Britain between 1948 and 1973 – and the ensuing political scandal that erupted in 2018. The narrative weaves together the lives of three distinct characters: a young white far-right racist party leader, a black Caribbean diplomat, and a white, Oxford-educated Home Office government official. Each character, bound by their personal convictions and societal roles, delivers speeches on the same day, but at different times and locations, offering their perspectives on this historical migration and its complex legacy.

At the heart of “The Windrush Secret” is a dramatic revelation, a dark secret harboured by one of the characters, which unfolds during a fiery and emotionally charged speech. This revelation is set to dramatically alter the course of the character’s life, offering a profound commentary on identity, heritage, and the insidious nature of racism.

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Rosie Holt: That’s Politainment

Friday 31 May 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

Rosie Holt: That’s Politainment, a brand-new show by the acclaimed comedian, actor, and satirist Rosie Holt, is set to entertain audiences at The Theatre Chipping Norton. Following a highly successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe, Rosie Holt brings her unique blend of satire and comedy to the stage, exploring the intriguing intersection of politics and entertainment.

The show poses a humorous yet thought-provoking question: Can Rosie Holt’s character, a viral hit MP, emulate the transition of figures like Dorries, Farage, and Rees-Mogg from the serious world of politics to the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry? Holt’s show delves into the notion that a disastrous political career can paradoxically lead to lucrative opportunities in entertainment, a phenomenon increasingly evident in today’s media landscape.

Rosie Holt, known for her sharp wit and keen observational humour, has made a significant impact on social media, with her videos garnering over 6.5 million views. She is not only a master at crafting political satire but also an engaging performer, seamlessly blending humour with insightful commentary on current affairs.

“That’s Politainment” promises to be a show that not only entertains but also challenges the audience to think about the blurred lines between politics and entertainment, all delivered through Rosie Holt’s unique and hilarious perspective.

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What’s on in Oxfordshire this April

what's on in oxfordshire this April

Oxfordshire is set to come alive in April with a diverse array of events that promise to delight residents and visitors alike. From captivating musical performances and theatrical productions to thought-provoking literary festivals and tributes to music legends, the county is brimming with cultural experiences to suit every taste. Whether you’re an avid fan of classic rock, a lover of the arts, or a bookworm eager to engage with renowned authors, there’s something special happening throughout Oxfordshire this April. Below is just a small selection:

Me and My Girl – Musical Youth Company of Oxford

Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th April 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

The Musical Youth Company of Oxford presents ‘Me and My Girl’ at the Oxford Playhouse from Wednesday, 3rd April to Saturday, 6th 2024. This musical masterpiece, with a book by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber and music by Noel Gay, serves up a hearty dose of comedic chaos and heart-warming moments. The plot revolves around the Hareford family’s quest to find the rightful heir to their title, leading them to Bill, a fun-loving cockney from Lambeth. Bill’s journey to become a proper aristocrat, all while trying to stay connected to his beloved Sally, promises side-splitting hilarity and unforgettable musical numbers like ‘Me and My Girl,’ ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On,’ ‘Lambeth Walk,’ and ‘Leaning On A Lamp Post.’

Originally making waves in London in 1937, ‘Me and My Girl’ experienced a triumphant revival in the 1980s, thanks to a revised book by the brilliant Stephen Fry, earning it three Tony Awards. Now, Musical Youth Company of Oxford brings their unique and fresh interpretation of this timeless classic to the Playhouse stage. Known for their exceptional talent and boundless energy, MYCO promises to infuse new life into this beloved musical. Brace yourself for a night filled with smiles, laughter, and toe-tapping tunes as MYCO invites you to experience the magic of ‘Me and My Girl’ like never before.

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The Bootleg Beatles

Friday 5th April 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford

Prepare to be transported back in time to the swinging sixties as the legendary Bootleg Beatles take the stage at the New Theatre Oxford. While it may not be the original Beatles, you won’t believe your eyes and ears as this world-renowned tribute band recreates the magic and energy of the Fab Four. From the early days of ‘Love Me Do’ to the iconic ‘Let It Be,’ this musical journey promises to be a great night out.

From the mop tops to the Chelsea boots, Sgt. Pepper’s tunics to Chesterfield suits, every iconic element of the Beatles’ look and sound is meticulously recreated. The Bootleg Beatles leave no note unturned, and no quip unspoken in their quest to embody the spirit of the original band. With the added magic of an orchestral ensemble and a special set to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the ‘Please Please Me’ LP, this multimedia extravaganza is a must-see for Beatles fans of all generations. It may not be the Beatles, but you’ll simply have to see it to believe it.

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Choogh Choogh

Thursday 11th April 2024
Chipping Norton Theatre, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

Journey through the vibrant landscapes of India, as Choogh Choogh arrives at the Chipping Norton Theatre. This unique performance work is a celebration of the sheer joy of traveling by train through this diverse and colourful country. Choogh Choogh seamlessly blends the grace of classical Indian dance with contemporary movement, theatre, and the art of playful storytelling to create an immersive experience like no other.

As the performance unfolds, the audience becomes part of the adventure with their very own ‘Choogh Choogh’ ticket. Through a delightful interplay of three scarves, three talented artists transport spectators from one scene to the next, mirroring the changing landscapes and vibrant culture outside the train window. The soundscape envelops the senses, filled with the rhythmic sounds of the train, the calls of hawkers, the music of festivals, and the ambient sounds of India’s rivers, jungles, and bustling cities.

Special songs, like ‘Chai Chai,’ ‘Coffee Coffee,’ and ‘Kites Kites Everywhere,’ written for children, add to the enchantment. The artists’ interactions with the audience ignite their imagination as scarves become steam, train tracks, turbans, train windows, and even camels and elephants. In this journey, passengers experience not only the world inside the train but also the vibrant world that exists outside it. As tickets are checked, imaginary food is shared, and the train ‘chooghs chooghs on,’ Choogh Choogh invites everyone to explore the limitless boundaries of what we can see and imagine together.

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West End Magic

Friday 12th April 2024
The Corn Exchange Witney, Market Square, Witney OX28 6AB

West End Magic is renowned as London’s longest-running theatre magic show, and it’s now on tour, bringing its magic to venues across the country. This magical extravaganza features a line-up of incredible magic and variety acts from all corners of the UK.

Among them is the multi-award-winning magician Oliver Tabor, who will dazzle you with his extraordinary illusions that challenge the very boundaries of reality. Get ready to question whether reality can truly be bent and manipulated as you witness this master magician’s mind-bending feats.

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Adele Tribute (Hometown Glory)

Saturday 13th April 2024
Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BS

Natalie Black takes the stage at the Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames on Saturday, April 13, 2024, to pay homage to one of the world’s most beloved artists – Adele. Natalie Black’s “Hometown Glory” tribute to Adele is nothing short of extraordinary. With a career spanning over a decade, she has garnered worldwide acclaim for her stunningly accurate portrayal of the soulful British sensation. From weddings to cruise ships, television appearances, and even a role in the 2020 film ‘Greed,’ alongside Steve Coogan, Natalie has been wowing audiences across the globe.

Natalie’s performance is a must-see for any Adele fan. Her unparalleled vocal prowess and striking resemblance to the Grammy-winning artist promise a night of pure magic. Natalie will treat the audience to a repertoire of Adele’s greatest hits, including classics like ‘Set Fire to the Rain,’ ‘Make You Feel My Love,’ ‘Someone Like You,’ and ‘I Drink Wine.’ She takes immense pride in maintaining the highest standards, collaborating with top musicians, costume designers, arrangers, and tour organisers to ensure a pitch-perfect, top-quality show. Don’t miss out on this exceptional performance!

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Spiers & Boden

Saturday 13th April 2024
The Mill Arts Centre Spiceball Park Road, Banbury , OX16 5QE

An evening of traditional folk music is coming to The Mills Art Centre as Spiers & Boden take the stage on 13th April. Hailed by The Guardian as ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene,’ Spiers & Boden burst onto the music scene in 2001, quickly amassing critical acclaim and a collection of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their journey led them to form and lead the immensely successful folk big band Bellowhead, which not only sold out The Royal Albert Hall multiple times but also left its indelible mark on popular culture, providing the iconic theme tune for Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’ and contributing to the soundtrack of BBC 1’s ‘Beyond Paradise.’

After a seven-year hiatus, this beloved duo made a triumphant return in 2021, treating fans to a brand-new album titled ‘Fallow Ground.’ The album soared to number 3 on the Official Folk Albums Chart in September 2021 and earned a spot in Mojo magazine’s top 10 folk albums of the year. As described by The Observer, ‘It’s all exquisitely played – the pair are still the dons.’ Don’t miss the chance to see this exceptional musical journey brought to life by two of the genre’s most celebrated artists.

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ZZ Toppd – ZZ Top Tribute Show

Saturday 20th April 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

Get ready to rock with ZZ Toppd, the UK’s premier tribute to the legendary Texas music icons ZZ Top. Established in 2020, this electrifying two-hour show is as close to the real deal as you can get. With authentic stage props, costume changes, and spinning guitars, ZZ Toppd delivers a high-octane performance.

Expect to groove to all the classic songs from the ZZ Top catalogue, and with 2023 marking the 40th anniversary of the band’s iconic ‘Eliminator’ album, you might just be in for a surprise or two. Whether you’re a die-hard ZZ Top fan or simply looking for a night of rock ‘n’ roll fun, ZZ Toppd will have you tapping your feet and banging your head.

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Music at Oxford and 12 Ensemble; Recomposed by Max Richter

Monday 22nd April 2024
Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

This event promises to be truly unique, as one of the UK’s most innovative and fearless classical ensembles collaborates to bring you an exceptional experience. At the heart of this musical journey is Max Richter’s ground-breaking composition, ‘Recomposed,’ which reimagines Vivaldi’s timeless ‘Four Seasons’ in a way that captivates and transforms our familiarity with this classical masterpiece.

Richter’s ‘Recomposed’ has garnered global acclaim, allowing audiences to rediscover a well-known piece in an entirely fresh light. This rendition melds the Baroque era with Richter’s signature ‘post-minimalist’ style, resulting in a performance that is stripped back, evocative, and mesmerizing. Amidst the familiar strains of Vivaldi, you’ll encounter Richter’s innovative interpretations, breathing new life into this beloved work. In the hands of the 12 Ensemble, known for their audacious and avant-garde approach to classical music, this event promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Rock for Heroes

Friday 26th April 2024
Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BS

A night of electrifying rock anthems, incredible musicianship, sensational vocalists, and a whole lot of fun as “Rock for Heroes” takes centre stage at the Kenton Theatre. This show is a true ROCKTACULAR experience that will reignite your love for classic rock. With a talented 7-piece band at the helm, “Rock for Heroes” breathes new life into the iconic music of legendary bands like Guns ‘N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, and more. You’d be ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ if you miss it! It’s a show for the entire family and an absolute must-see for any rock enthusiast.

“Rock for Heroes” isn’t just about music; it’s a celebration of the Heroes of Rock. The evening promises to awaken your fond memories, keep you laughing till your sides hurt, and have you rocking the night away. Jump at the chance to secure your tickets today and be part of the BIGGEST rock celebration in town. Whether you’re reliving the classics or discovering them for the first time, “Rock for Heroes” guarantees an unforgettable night of rock ‘n’ roll bliss that will leave you singing along and tapping your feet to the timeless tunes of rock’s greatest heroes.

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Rory Bremner in Conversation with Graeme Garden

Friday 26th April 2024
The Chipping Norton Theatre, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

Get ready for an evening of laughter, wit, and sharp political satire as Rory Bremner takes the stage for ‘Rory Bremner in Conversation with Graeme Garden’, at The Chipping Norton Theatre. Rory Bremner, one of the nation’s foremost impressionists and satirists, boasting four BAFTA wins, will lead the audience on a delightful journey of light-hearted conversation, comedy, and unapologetic political takedowns. With a repertoire that spans over 100 of the most notable (and notorious) personalities, this special fiftieth-anniversary fundraising event promises to be the perfect remedy for the unsettling times we find ourselves in. Rory’s unique talent for impersonating both beloved and controversial figures ensure a night filled with laughter and insightful commentary that’s not to be missed.

Adding to the star-studded line-up is none other than Graeme Garden, celebrated for his roles in iconic British comedies like ‘The Goodies’ and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.’ Together, Rory and Graeme will create an unforgettable evening of humour and conversation that transcends the boundaries of comedy and politics.

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The Grand Oxford Wedding Fair

Sunday 28th April 2024
The Oxford Town Hall, Oxford

The Grand Oxford Wedding Fair, set to take place on Sunday, 28th April at the Oxford Town Hall, promises to be a splendid occasion for couples planning their dream wedding. This historic and stunning venue provides the perfect backdrop for this grand event, making it an excellent starting point for all your wedding preparations.

What sets this wedding fair apart is its impressive line-up of exhibitors from Oxford and beyond, offering a wide array of services and products to cater to every aspect of your special day. Whether you’re in search of a talented photographer, an exquisite wedding cake, or simply some valuable advice, you’ll find it all here. The fair even goes beyond the expected by featuring fashion shows on a signature catwalk, showcasing the latest bridal gowns, menswear, and bridesmaid dresses.

Furthermore, the experienced staff from Oxford Town Hall will be on hand to guide you through the venue’s various unique rooms and help you discuss and shape your wedding plans and ideas. Best of all, admission is free, and the fair runs from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, providing ample time for couples to gather inspiration and resources for their big day.

Jake Bugg

Monday 29th April 2024
02 Academy Oxford, 190 Cowley Road, Oxford

Jake Bugg, the acclaimed singer-songwriter, is hitting the road for his ‘Your Town Tour,’ and this time, he’s taking the stage in some of the UK’s smaller towns and venues. This tour is a special one, as it’s all about bringing live music back to the heart of communities. Audiences can look forward to a unique concert experience as Jake performs two sets per night, one acoustic and one electric. He’ll be belting out his biggest hits, including fan favourites like ‘Lightning Bolt’ and ‘Two Fingers,’ as well as treating fans to tracks from his latest album, ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,’ which reached the Top 3 on the charts. Jake Bugg’s soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and remarkable talent on the guitar promise a night of musical magic that fans in Oxford won’t want to miss.”

The 02 Academy Oxford will be the place to be on Monday, 29th April, as Jake Bugg brings his extraordinary talent and authentic sound to the stage.

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