What’s on in Oxfordshire this July

Oxford City & Oxfordshire | Magazine 

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This July, you’re invited to join in the summer festivities and discover a world of entertainment right on your doorstep. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting for the first time, Oxfordshire is buzzing with a vibrant array of events and activities to keep you entertained.

Here are just a few of the many things happening in July:

Battle Proms Picnic Concert

Saturday 1st July 2023
Blenheim Palace

Experience the epitome of a British summer at the Battle Proms Picnic Concert, set against the breath-taking backdrop of Blenheim Palace on Saturday 1st July 2023. This long-standing tradition is a delightful open-air event that allows you to celebrate the season in true style. Prepare to be captivated by a day filled with thrilling displays, from daring cavalry demonstrations to live cannon fire and awe-inspiring parachute displays courtesy of The Red Devils, the official display team of the British Army and Parachute Regiment.

As the sun begins to set, the enchanting Battle Proms Belles will bring vintage glamour and harmonious melodies to the stage, setting the perfect atmosphere for the evening’s orchestral performance by the renowned New English Concert Orchestra. The programme includes classical favourites like the iconic 1812 Overture and the Battle Proms’ signature piece, Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, performed as originally composed, complete with the thunderous percussion provided by 193 live firing Napoleonic cannons.

Join in the jubilant flag-waving finale led by acclaimed soprano Denise Leigh, as the crowd unites in singing beloved patriotic anthems like “Jerusalem,” “Rule, Britannia!” and “Land of Hope and Glory.” The concert concludes in a magnificent spectacle of musical fireworks that will leave you in awe.

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FollyFest Faringdon

Friday 07 July to Sunday 09 July
Market Place, Faringdon

This vibrant music and community arts festival promises an incredible line-up of talent and a diverse range of styles to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re a fan of rock, pop, blues, or folk, FollyFest has something special in store for you.

One of the bands to look forward to is Abstraction Engine, a four-piece group from Oxfordshire. With their mix of covers and original songs, they offer an 80s and 90s inspired guitar-led pop sound that spans various genres, from indie to rock. Another exciting act is Apache Cats, formed by the remaining members of Navajo Dogs, with James “Ozzy” Lovegrove as the new frontman. Their music leans more towards rock while retaining elements of blues. These are just a taste of the incredible acts you can expect at FollyFest Faringdon.

In addition to the stellar music line-up, FollyFest offers a vibrant market square filled with stalls offering fabulous food, refreshing drinks, crafts, and activities. Explore the diverse range of offerings, from mouth-watering culinary delights to unique handmade crafts. The atmosphere is sure to be buzzing with excitement as festivalgoers indulge in the local flavours and immerse themselves in the lively ambiance.

Join the FollyFest Faringdon community for a weekend of music, arts, and celebration. Experience the talent of both established and emerging artists and embrace the community spirit. With free entry, FollyFest Faringdon is an event that brings people together to enjoy fantastic music, delicious food, and a vibrant atmosphere.

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Truck Festival 2023

Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July
Hill Farm, Oxfordshire

Check out Truck Festival 2023 for Music, food, and family-friendly activities. This year’s line-up boasts an impressive list of headliners including Royal Blood, Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J, and The Wombats as the Thursday headliner. Joining them are incredible acts such as DMA’s, The Vaccines, Everything Everything, and many more, ensuring there’s something for every music lover.

But it’s not just about the music at Truck Festival. The Feel-Good Food Hall, run entirely by volunteers from the local Faringdon and District Rotary Club, offers a mouth-watering selection of home-cooked meals prepared by over 150 dedicated volunteers. Indulge in delectable steak sandwiches, smoked salmon on toast, or classic tea and scones, all for a good cause, as the profits go directly to local charities. The festival also has many other food options including Goodness Gracious who serve up fresh and healthy festival food options, including shakshuka, veggie burgers, and hummus pitta, satisfying even the most discerning foodie.

For families, Truck Festival has an abundance of activities to keep everyone entertained. The dedicated Kid’s Tent offers workshops, shows, and crafts suitable for children of all ages. From Bhangra Dance to circus workshops, yoga, puppet shows, and sing-alongs, there’s never a dull moment for the young Truckers and their grown-ups. Plus, Truck Festival’s commitment to giving back is evident through the Truck Trust, which supports local Oxfordshire-based organisations by providing funding grants and charitable donations.

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Oxford Brick Festival 2

Saturday 22 July
King;s Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford

Calling all LEGO fans! Prepare for a day filled with brick-building excitement at the Oxford Brick Festival 2. This event is a LEGO fan’s dream come true, featuring everything from large-scale displays to speed building competitions. Whether you’re a family looking for a fun day out, a collector in search of rare LEGO sets, or an adult builder eager to showcase your creations, this festival has something for everyone.

Established in 2018, the Oxford Brick Festival has become a must-visit event for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages. It’s highly recommended to book your tickets in advance as this popular event tends to sell out quickly.

Prepare to be amazed by the incredible displays at the festival. From massive dioramas to intricate Great Ball Contraptions, the displays showcase the boundless creativity of LEGO builders. If you have a remarkable LEGO creation that you’d like to showcase, you can apply to be part of the event and share your masterpiece with fellow fans.

At the Oxford Brick Festival, the fun doesn’t stop at the displays. Get your hands on a wide selection of loose bricks at affordable prices, allowing you to bring your own imaginative ideas to life. The range of new and used LEGO sets available is extensive, perfect for vintage collectors or those looking for great deals. Additionally, explore a vast assortment of LEGO mini figures and accessories to enhance your collection.

Get ready to unleash your creativity in the dedicated building area, where thousands of LEGO bricks await your artistic touch. Challenge yourself in the Speed Building Competitions, available for both children and adults, and compete for exciting prizes. Don’t forget to pick up an Activity Sheet upon arrival and embark on a quest to discover hidden figures throughout the festival.

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Dirty Dancing the Musical

Tuesday 25 July to Saturday 29 July
New Theatre Oxford, Oxford

Get ready for an unforgettable night of music, emotion, and sizzling dance moves as Dirty Dancing returns to the New Theatre Oxford. Following a successful season at London’s Dominion Theatre, this worldwide smash hit is set to take the stage by storm once again. Prepare to be captivated by the heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotions, and sensationally sexy dancing that define this iconic production.

Millions of people around the globe have been enthralled by the story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young souls from different backgrounds who find themselves drawn together in a summer that will test and transform them. Now, you have the chance to witness the magic of Dirty Dancing brought to life right before your eyes in this fantastic, emotional, and triumphant live stage show.

Experience the nostalgia and excitement as the hit film’s iconic moments are reimagined onstage, accompanied by a soundtrack of unforgettable songs. From the mesmerising ‘Hungry Eyes’ to the infectious ‘Hey! Baby’ and the heart-stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’, every beat of the music will transport you back to the passion and romance of the original story. With an incredible cast of talented dancers, Dirty Dancing is a show that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary theatrical event. Grab your tickets now and prepare to have the time of your life at Dirty Dancing, live at the New Theatre Oxford.

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Charlbury Riverside Festival

Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July
Charlbury, Chipping Norton

Mark your calendars for an exciting weekend at Charlbury Riverside Festival 2023, taking place from Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July. With talented artists like Self Help, Juniper Nights, Flamingo, The Weekend Warriors, Dolly Movies and many more this free festival has something for everyone, attracting up to 5000 people each day.

Indulge in a variety of delicious food and drink options, including vegetarian and vegan choices. With numerous food and drink vendors, you’ll find something to satisfy your cravings. We have ample toilet facilities to ensure convenience for all attendees. Quench your thirst at two full bars offering alcoholic and soft drinks, including the excellent real ales, ciders, and lager from Hook Norton Brewery. They also offer wine, Pimms, fizz, and a fabulous gin bar. Don’t forget to take a refillable water bottle to enjoy our free drinking water and help reduce plastic waste.

Charlbury Riverside Festival is a family-friendly event, with plenty of activities to keep children entertained. From programmed activities to turn up and go options, there’s something for kids of all ages. Explore various kid-focused traders offering face painting and toys. The festival also features a Green Field, where you can witness craft demos like bronze axe casting, willow weaving, and stone masonry.

If you’re in need of relaxation and rejuvenation, visit the Wellness Tent. Take a break from the hectic pace of life and discover inner peace. Enjoy free taster sessions of holistic and alternative therapies conducted by local experts. Experience the benefits of Pilates, reflexology, reiki, crystal healing, breath work, meditation, and sound therapy.

Charlbury Riverside Festival has evolved into the largest free music festival in Oxfordshire and beyond.

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Oxford Piano Festival 2023

29 July to 06 August
City Centre, Oxford

Immerse yourself in the world of piano music at the Oxford Piano Festival 2023. Taking place from Saturday 29 July to Sunday 6 August, this nine-day celebration of piano features a captivating line-up of masterclasses and concerts led by top names in the piano world.

Founded in 1999 by Marios Papadopoulos, the Festival has become a prestigious event that attracts piano players, pedagogues, and enthusiasts from around the globe. Set against the stunning backdrop of Oxford’s historic venues, including the Sheldonian Theatre and Christ Church Cathedral, the Festival offers a unique opportunity to experience world-class performances and engage with a community of passionate musicians.

Nestled within the serene and picturesque campus of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, the Festival provides a nurturing environment for musical exploration and growth. Under the guidance of renowned soloists and teachers, talented young pianists have the chance to learn from the best, expand their repertoire, and refine their skills. The festival’s focus on collaboration and artistic exchange fosters a supportive community that values creativity and musical excellence. With esteemed figures like Alfred Brendel as the Festival’s Patron and Sir András Schiff as President, the Oxford Piano Festival upholds the highest standards of quality and artistic integrity.

Many distinguished musicians have emerged from the Oxford Piano Festival, establishing successful careers in the world of piano music. Alumni include Alim Beisembayev, winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2021, as well as Martin James Bartlett, Mark Viner, Alexander Ullman, Mishka Rushdie-Momen, and Denis Kozhukhin

For further information, please click here to visit their website.

As the sun shines brightly over Oxfordshire, the county comes alive with a plethora of exciting events that showcase the best of what this charming region has to offer. July is the perfect time to discover the hidden gems of Oxfordshire and enjoy a summer filled with fun!


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