Exploring Oxfordshire’s Festivals This Summer

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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.

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