What’s on in Oxfordshire this August

Oxford City & Oxfordshire | Magazine 

whats on in oxfordshire this august

Welcome to Oxfordshire in August, where the summer season is in full swing and the county offers a wealth of exciting activities and events to enjoy.

Here are just a few of the many events:

Wilderness Festival

Thursday 03 August to Sunday 06 August
Cornbury Park

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Cornbury Park, this four-day extravaganza offers a remarkable line-up of musical performances that will have you dancing the night away. Get ready to groove to the beats of iconic artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Christine and The Queens, Fatboy Slim, Sugababes, and many more. From soul-stirring melodies to energising anthems, the festival promises an unforgettable musical experience.

Beyond the captivating tunes, Wilderness Festival offers a diverse range of activities and experiences to ignite your adventurous spirit. Engage in a friendly game of cricket at The Wilderness Cricket with Bearded Kitten, or be mesmerised by the acrobatic performances at Village Circus Presents The Playing Fields. Embark on a journey of wellness and self-discovery through wild medicine walks, forest bathing, or indulge in the serene art of wild swimming. Unleash your creativity with phone photography masterclasses and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Faraway Fete. With a wide array of activities available, there’s something for every nature lover and thrill seeker.

Nurture your mind, body, and soul with an array of wellness and movement workshops at Wilderness Festival. From yoga and meditation sessions to dance parties and sound bath meditations, the festival offers an oasis of rejuvenation and self-expression. Join Francesca Oddie for a transformative experience in the Medicine of Grief workshop, explore the art of Rasa Tea Ritual, or find inner harmony through practices like somatic movement and breath-work. With an abundance of classes and workshops led by experienced practitioners, Wilderness Festival provides a space for self-reflection, growth, and connection.

Step into a realm where music, nature, and wellbeing intertwine at the Wilderness Festival. From electrifying performances by renowned artists to immersive experiences in the heart of nature, this festival offers an extraordinary journey of discovery and celebration. So, pack your bags, embrace the magic of the festival, and create unforgettable memories amidst the beauty of Cornbury Park.

For further information please click here to visit their website.

Henley Summer Fest

Saturday 12 August
The Henley Showground, Marlow Rd, Henley-on-Thames

The ultimate family day out at Henley Summer Fest, is a celebration of fun, entertainment, and excitement. Taking place at The Henley Showground, this event promises a jam-packed day filled with a wide range of attractions and activities to delight visitors of all ages. With multiple zones and arenas, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, ensuring a memorable experience for the whole family.

Witness thrilling displays and demonstrations that will leave you in awe. The Bold dog Lings team, Honda’s official and the UK’s number one motorcycle display team, will showcase their skills and daring stunts. Prepare to be amazed as the RAF Falcons skydivers gracefully descend into the main arena from an impressive height of 15,000ft. And don’t miss the Royal Air Force Battle Of Britain Memorial Spitfire Firing Display, a breath-taking spectacle that pays tribute to the iconic aircraft and the heroic history it represents.

Music enthusiasts will be in for a treat with The Brit Pop Boys, a high-energy tribute band that captures the essence of the Britpop era. Get ready to sing along and groove to the anthems of this quintessentially British music movement. As you explore the festival grounds, be sure to interact with the vibrant stilt walkers, who will add a touch of magic and whimsy to your day. And of course, no family day out would be complete without a fairground, offering thrilling rides and laughter-inducing attractions that are sure to create unforgettable moments for children and adults alike.

For further information please click here to visit their website.

Oxford Storytelling Festival

Friday 25 August to Sunday 27 August
Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry, Oxford

This intimate weekend event, now in its third year, invites you to immerse yourself in the magic of stories, spoken word, poetry, and song. Held in the picturesque Waterperry Gardens, this festival is a true feast for the senses, offering a beautiful space where a community of people can come together and connect through the power of storytelling.

The theme for this year’s Oxford Storytelling Festival is ‘Wildest Imaginings!’ Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerising tales shared by some of the UK’s best storytellers, accompanied by talented musicians and entertainers. Explore the grounds of Waterperry House and Gardens, where you’ll discover traditional crafts to observe and try out. Little ones will have their own areas to explore and perform, while the evening entertainment in the festival’s very own amphitheatre will leave you spellbound. Indulge in delicious food and drink, gather around the fireside for captivating stories into the night, and soak in the stunning surroundings of this magnificent Georgian house.

This festival is a perfect blend of old and new, with opportunities to try new things. Step into the grand tipi filled with stories and magic, as musicians transport you with songs collected over the ages. Experience the power of spoken word and poetry, connecting the ancient art of storytelling to the modern era of words. And if you’re feeling brave, there’s even an ‘open mic’ for those who want to share their own stories.

For further information please click here to visit their website.

The Big Feastival

Friday 25 August to Sunday 27 August
Churchill Heath Farm, Kingham

Experience a gastronomic and musical extravaganza like no other at The Big Feastival. Nestled on the idyllic grounds of Alex James’ farm in Oxfordshire, this three-day festival celebrates the very best of UK’s culinary talents and captivating music. Renowned chefs such as Asma Khan, Nathan Outlaw, and Lisa Goodwin-Allen take centre stage, offering cooking demonstrations and workshops that will tantalise your taste buds. With over 40 food stalls serving a delectable array of dishes, you can explore a world of flavours and satisfy every craving.

But The Big Feastival is not just a feast for food enthusiasts. It’s a sensory delight for music lovers too. Prepare to be enchanted by an impressive lineup of musicians who will set the stage on fire. From the infectious energy of Sigrid and Example’s electrifying performances to the timeless hits delivered by Rick Astley and the Faithless DJ Set, the festival creates an atmosphere that will make you dance with unbridled joy. Families are also in for a treat with a host of activities specially designed for children, including face painting and circus workshops, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, can revel in the festivities.

For further information please click here to visit their website.

The Foodies Festival Oxford

Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August
South Park, Oxford

The Oxford Foodies Festival is a three-day festival that takes place in South Park, Oxford. The festival features food and drink from over 100 exhibitors, including artisan producers, street food vendors, and top restaurants. The festival also includes live music from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Scouting for Girls and Martin Kemp. Cookery demonstrations, and masterclasses from chefs, including Jack Strurgess (Channel 4’s Sunday Bruch Bread Expert), Paul Welburn, Dhruv Baker (Masterchef winner 2010) and Charlotte White (Restoration Cake). Visitors can also participate in wine tastings, mixology workshops, and kid’s cookery.

The Foodies Festival in Oxford is a great event for foodies and anyone interested in discovering the best of Oxfordshire’s culinary scene. It is a great opportunity to sample and purchase high-quality food and drink, learn from top chefs and experts, and have a fun and enjoyable day out with family and friends.

For further information please click here to visit their website.

Minster Lovell Festival

Sunday 27 August
Wash Meadow, Old Minster, Minster Lovell

The Minster Lovell Festival is the perfect way to spend your August Bank Holiday Sunday. Enjoy a wide selection of cask ales, ciders, wines, and Prosecco, along with refreshing soft drinks. A variety of food stalls and music can be enjoyed while taking in the picturesque riverside setting on the banks of the stunning River Windrush.

The festival offers a fantastic line-up of entertainment for the whole family. Groove to the sounds of live music performances on the main stage, including the talented artists of the Oxmat Showcase, The Brit Pop Boys, The Standard, and Roughcut Rugby. Children will have a blast with a selection of activities including exciting rides, and the duck race on the river to cheer on. Explore the variety of stalls, where you can find unique items while supporting village organisations. Follow the festival’s Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

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