What’s on in Oxfordshire this August

Oxford City & Oxfordshire | Magazine 

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.

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