7 (or so) brilliant things to do in and around Oxford this weekend


UKRAINE: OUR HOME Art Exhibition
UKRAINE: OUR HOME Art Exhibition

7 (or so) brilliant things to do in and around Oxford this weekend

Need some inspiration on what to do with yourself in Oxford this weekend? 

Look no further because we’ve done the work and pulled together seven or so brilliant things for you to do in and around Oxford this coming weekend – you know, the kind of things worth making time for.

Squirrel yourself away in one of the city’s art venues perusing the permanent displays and longer-term exhibitions at the iconic museums – The Ashmolean, the Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum – and the often bold and ambitious programme of contemporary art at our smaller, more intimate cultural venues like the North Wall Arts Centre and Modern Art Oxford.

If you can make it out of town, head to one of the UK’s most popular literary festivals, the Henley Literary Festival, which brings together punters and pundits from far and wide in an annual meeting-of-minds set across its stunning riverside hometown.

Hope there’s enough here to pique your interest or curiosity. And while you’re at it, you might want to have a quick peek at what to do with yourself next month with our guide to brilliant things to do in Oxfordshire this October.

1. See a spectacular musical West End production

Dreamgirls at New Theatre Oxford


27 September to 01 October
New Theatre Oxford

Direct from the West End with an extraordinary story and the unforgettable, spine-tingling vocals that send audiences wild, let your soul sing with the dazzling multi-award winning Dreamgirls at New Theatre Oxford.

2. See an exhibition of works from Ukrainian artists

UKRAINE: OUR HOME Art Exhibition / Things to do in and around Oxford this weekend

UKRAINE: OUR HOME Art Exhibition

17 September to 02 October
Kendrew Barn, Oxford

From paintings, sculptures, and installations to digital art – the exhibition features works from Ukrainian artists across different mediums and from various locations, all in response to the idea of what it means to be Ukrainian.

3. Take a ride on a miniature train

Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway

Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway 2022

Various dates
Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, Oxford

The railway, built and developed by the voluntary efforts of the members of the City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers (COSME), will be running passenger-carrying trains pulled by steam or diesel locomotives this Sunday.

4. Go to a bougie farmers’ market

Summertown Farmers Market, Oxford

Summertown Farmers Market

Summertown Shopping Parade

Open every Sunday from 10.00am to 2.00pm, Summertown Farmers Market is a community market that hosts a wide range of fresh local and organic producers, street food vendors, and a few non-food treat traders.

5. Explore a collection of Pre-Raphaelite works on paper

From a sketch on the back of an envelope to grand, elaborate chalk drawings, this major exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum returns after a sold-out, limited run last year to give visitors the chance to enjoy the internationally-renowned collection of Pre-Raphaelite works on paper.

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