What’s on in Oxfordshire this June

Oxford City & Oxfordshire | Magazine 

whats on in oxfordshire in june

Are you ready for an exciting month filled with events and activities? Look no further than Oxfordshire, where June brings a delightful array of attractions and experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Here are just a few of the events taking place this June:

Ramsden Summer Fete

Saturday 10 June from 12 noon to 16:00
Ramsden Playing Field, Ramsden

Get ready for the highlight of the summer in West Oxfordshire – the Ramsden Summer Fete!

On Saturday 10 June at Ramsden Playing Field you will find one of the friendliest fetes. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Cotswold countryside, this traditional event with a modern twist promises fun for everyone.

Explore a vibrant showcase of fifty craft and food stalls, offering an array of local treasures. Let the little ones bounce to their hearts’ content on the bouncy castles or embark on thrilling adventures in the playground. From donkey rides to children’s games and exciting attractions, there is no shortage of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Check out the skills of clog dancers, ukulele and jazz bands, and the elegant maypole dancers. Don’t miss the spectacular Spitfire flypast that will leave you in awe. And while you’re here, indulge in refreshing Pimm’s, delicious teas and a wide variety of culinary delights.

To reach the fete, simply follow the diversion signs from the B4022 main road, as a one-way system will be in place from 11:00 to 17:00. Ample free parking is available in the field next to the fete, with Blue Badge parking conveniently located near the entrance.

If you’re a dog lover, be sure to check out the Dog Show. Starting at 1pm, the show features an exciting line-up of classes for our furry friends.

For further information please click here to visit the Ramsden Village Summer Fete website

Kite Festival

Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June
Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire

Get ready for the much-anticipated Kite Festival! From the 9 June to 11 June a thrilling weekend filled with electrifying music, and a star-studded line-up of special guests. Hosted at Kirtlington Park in Oxfordshire, this festival has become a beloved tradition that captures the spirit of fun and celebration.

One of the highlights of the Kite Festival is its exceptional music line-up. With iconic performances from renowned artists such as Suede, Pretenders, Candi Staton, Hot Chip, and Alison Goldfrapp who are just a few of the incredible acts that will grace the stage, delivering unforgettable performances that will have you dancing and singing along.

But the Kite Festival isn’t just about the music. It also attracts an array of influential personalities who add a touch of glamour and excitement to the event. Prepare to be star-struck as you encounter famous faces like Sir John Major, Dame Joan Collins, George The Poet, Alastair Campbell, and Prue Leith. These distinguished guests bring their unique perspectives and talents to the festival, enriching the experience for all attendees.

Don’t miss out on the excitement and exhilaration of the Kite Festival. Visit their official website Kite Festival to learn more about the event, including ticket information, schedules, and additional attractions.

Rare Plant Fair

Sunday 11 June 10am to 4pm
Waterperry Gardens, Oxford, OX33 1LA

Step into a botanical wonderland at the Rare Plant Fair held in the enchanting Waterperry Gardens on Sunday, 11 June from 10am to 4pm.

Take in the beauty of the 8-acre gardens that date back to the 1930s, once home to Beatrix Havergal’s renowned School of Horticulture for Women. Today, Waterperry Gardens continues its legacy of horticultural excellence and education.

Browse stalls manned by experts specialising in both rare and traditional plants.

Explore the ornamental gardens, including a delightful rose garden, a meticulously designed formal knot garden, and a serene canal adorned with water lilies. Don’t miss the magnificent 200ft herbaceous border, a true testament to the garden’s history. Nestled in a tranquil, rural setting just a stone’s throw away from historic Oxford, Waterperry Gardens offer a serene escape, inspiring garden spaces, and a sense of wellbeing surrounded by nature’s wonders.

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

Nocturne Live

Wednesday 14 June to Saturday 17 June
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Experience the ultimate live music extravaganza at Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace from 14 June to 17 June. Prepare to be dazzled as they bring together legendary pop superstar Lionel Richie and pioneering DJ Pete Tong for a series of unforgettable performances in the stunning surroundings of Blenheim Palace.

Lionel Richie, the iconic singer with over 125 million record sales worldwide, will grace the stage with his timeless hits such as “Endless Love,” “All Night Long,” and “Hello.” Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Lionel Richie’s soulful voice and captivating stage presence will transport you on a musical journey like no other.

Joining the line-up is the renowned Pete Tong, who will take you on a musical adventure with his Ibiza Classics show. Backed by the 65-piece Essential Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, Pete Tong will blend classical and club music to create an electrifying performance that transcends genres.

Nocturne Live 2023 promises to be an extraordinary event, transforming the Great Court of Blenheim Palace into a spectacular arena with 7,000 seats. Enjoy an evening of live music under the starlit sky, surrounded by the enchanting beauty of Blenheim Palace.

For further information and a full list of artists, please click here to visit the official Nocturne Live website.

Swan Lake

Friday 16 June to Saturday 17 June
New Theatre Oxford

English Youth Ballet (EYB) returns to Oxford with its electrifying production of Swan Lake. The lavish production will star 6 international principal dancers and showcase the talents of 98 young dancers from the local area.

EYB’s emotionally charged production of Swan Lake is set in 1895 Imperial Russia and tells of love, rivalry, greed, and murder.

EYB’s Swan Lake follows the traditional storyline, but with particular emphasis on the rivalry between the seductive, evil Black Swan and the beautiful but vulnerable White Swan as they compete for the affections of the Prince. A powerful new adaptation of one of the world’s most cherished classical ballets starring English Youth Ballet’s stunning international principals and 100 talented young dancers from the local area.

For further information please click here.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

The Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a dazzling celebration of floral beauty and gardening excellence. Set against the majestic backdrop of Blenheim Palace, this annual event attracts flower enthusiasts, gardening professionals, and visitors from all over the world. From 23 June to 25 June, the palace grounds will be transformed into a floral paradise, showcasing stunning displays, captivating exhibits, and a vibrant atmosphere.

As you wander through the show, you’ll be greeted by a myriad of colours, scents, and textures, as the finest nurseries, landscapers, and horticultural experts showcase their talents. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Flower Show will feature more stands than before.

In addition to the horticultural wonders, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show offers a shopping and culinary experience. Explore the craft and artisan stalls, where you can find unique gifts, home decor, and local crafts. Treat yourself to delicious food and beverages from the array of food vendors and pop-up restaurants and enjoy the live music.

For more information please click here to visit their website.

Sausage and Cider Fest

Saturday 24 June 2pm to 11pm
Oxford Rugby Club, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford

Get ready for the ultimate outdoor experience as the Sausage and Cider Fest arrives in Oxford for the very first time on Saturday 24 June! Taking place at the grounds of Oxford Rugby Club, this festival promises a day filled with mouth-watering sausages, a wide variety of ciders, and an incredible line-up of live music.

With a massive festival bar, a giant stage showcasing the UK’s foremost tribute acts, and the opportunity to discover 15+ cider flavours and 12+ sausage flavours. Indulge in delicious artisanal ciders, craft beers, prosecco, cocktails, and explore the offerings from multiple food vendors. To add some excitement to the mix, get ready for the Sausage and Chilli Eating Competitions!

The 2023 line-up is truly sensational, with headlining act Dodgy taking the stage. This incredible band has been captivating audiences worldwide since 1990, with hits like ‘Good Enough’ and ‘Staying out for the Summer’ reaching the UK Singles Chart. Prepare to sing along to the iconic tracks of Queen with the Queen Tribute: ‘Queen Greatest Hits.’ And let’s not forget the amazing ABBA Tribute, recognised as the best ABBA tribute band around the globe.

Rock out to the sounds of BON GIOVI, the premier Bon Jovi tribute band, known for their uncanny resemblance and spot-on performances. And don’t miss the Kopycat Killers, led by vocalist Stuart Rook, who has gained over 20 million streams with their internationally successful Killers covers.

With a lineup like this, the Sausage and Cider Fest in Oxford is set to be an epic celebration of great music, delicious food, and fantastic company!

For further information please click here to visit their website.

Walk Oxford 2023 – Restore (Working For Mental Health)

Sunday 25 June – 8am to 1pm
Oxford University Rugby Club, Jackdaw Lane, Oxford, OX4 1SR

Join ‘Restore’ for an exciting new event, Walk Oxford 2023. The starting point will be at Oxford University Rugby Club on Jackdaw Lane, for a memorable day of walking and camaraderie.

Embark on a 10-mile journey through the historic scenes of Oxford, exploring the city’s iconic landmarks and meandering along serene canal and riverside paths. The route will be clearly marked, ensuring you don’t miss a single moment of Oxford’s rich history. Along the way, you’ll encounter checkpoints and discover fascinating local stories that bring the city to life.

Walk Oxford 2023 is not only about the walk itself but also about creating a fun and supportive community. Gather your friends, family, or attend as an individual and embrace the challenge. It’s a team day where everyone can enjoy the journey together.

And guess what? Dogs are encouraged to join in on the fun too! Take your furry friends along as you make your way through the beautiful surroundings of Oxford.

Tickets for Walk Oxford 2023 are priced at £20 for adults and £10 for children. Plus, for every two paying adults, children can join for free, making it an affordable outing for families.

For further information please click here to visit their website.

Elementary Festival

Thursday 29 June to Monday 3 July
Braziers Park, Wallingford

The Elementary Festival 2023 is taking place from 29 June to 3 July at the stunning Braziers Park in Ipsden, Oxfordshire.

At Elementary 2023, the festivities go beyond music. You can engage in a wide range of captivating workshops that will transport you to different cultures and traditions. Discover the rhythm of African drumming, create stunning Aboriginal artwork, master the skill of boomerang throwing, explore the sounds of the didgeridoo, practice yoga with an advanced teacher, and delve into the beauty of Aztec dance.

With two stages, a fire pit, Crops-not-Shops kids workshops, a bar, cafes, sauna, and an eclectic selection of world music market stalls, there’s something for everyone. A line-up of international artists, including Bundjalung Kunjiel, The Turbans, Dubravko Lapaine, Sandeep Raval, The Majestic, Ruben Yon’ton & Api Ascaso, Mobius Loop, and many more.

Whether you choose to camp under the starry skies, indulge in glamping luxuries, or opt for a room in the house, you can stay refreshed with hot showers and ecological toilets, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

For further information please click here to visit their website.

June is an exciting month filled with a variety of events and activities in Oxfordshire. So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready for a fantastic month of entertainment and experiences!

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