What’s on in Oxfordshire this July

Oxford City & Oxfordshire | Magazine 

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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.


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