10 (or so) brilliant things to do in Oxfordshire this Jubilee bank holiday

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Abingdon / Things to do in Oxfordshire this Jubilee bank holiday

Can’t decide what to do with yourself this Jubilee bank holiday weekend? Here are some things you should make time for.

The Jubilee bank holiday weekend promises to be a memorable occasion with just weeks to go until the nation celebrates the Queen’s historic achievement.

1,400 parading soldiers will march in the traditional parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday. And we’ll also see the lighting of the Platinum Jubilee Beacons while there will be a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Queen will also be accompanied by the Royal Family to attend the Derby at Epsom Downs. And the BBC will also broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace which will welcome some big stars.

It’s not to early to start planning how to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime bank holiday. And we’ve put together this curated list to help get your started. You’ll find even more to choose from on our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Events page.

Psst: Did you know that if you take Monday, 30 May, Tuesday, 31 May, and Wednesday, 01 June off, you’ll get nine days off in a row when you include the additional Bank Holiday dates?

1. Join in the celebrations at Abingdon’s Rye Farm Meadows

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Abingdon / Things to do in Oxfordshire this Jubilee bank holiday

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Abingdon

01 to 05 June
Rye Farm Meadow, Abingdon

Abingdon Town Council is planning a celebration of events from Wednesday 01 to Sunday 05 June 2022, all taking place in the Rye Farm Meadows in Abingdon with the beautiful backdrop of the Thames to enjoy. There will be events for all ages, including performances from local dance and drama groups, an evening of local bands, a comedy night and a funfair for the kids - with plenty of food and drink to enjoy along the way.

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2. Go to the circus for a brand-new show

Giffords Circus ¡Carpa! at Blenheim Palace and Stonor Park

Giffords Circus ¡Carpa! at Blenheim Palace

02 to 06 June
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England from the first days of spring to the first glimpse of winter, and they are back in 2022 with a brand-new show ¡Carpa! - the Spanish word ‘tent’ or a removable canvas roofed structure used for a travelling theatre, much like a circus. Expect a show full of skill, humour, turmoil and excitement from a talented troupe.

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3. See an ‘Olivier Award’ nominated West End musical play on tour

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Live at New Theatre Oxford

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

02 to 04 June
Oxford Playhouse

It doesn’t happen every day that the tiger comes round to play. But following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!

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4. Go to a food festival fit for a Queen!

Blenheim Palace Food Festival 2022

Blenheim Palace Food Festival 2022

02 to 05 June
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Blenheim Palace Food Festival is back with a food festival for everyone with a Jubilee theme. Expect even more celebrity masterclasses this year, a new tasting tent for extensive sampling, entertainment for the children and high quality local and national stallholders offering delicious delights at this world heritage site. It promises to be a food festival fit for a Queen!

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5. Join Lord Camoys for an epic display of Medieval Jousting

The Jubilee Jousting Tournament at Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The Jubilee Jousting Tournament at Stonor Park

03 to 05 June
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Lord Camoys, Commander of the Left Flank at the Battle of Agincourt, invites you to his annual Jousting Tournament at Stonor Park. Enjoy spectacular horseback stunts, as well as foot combat with medieval weaponry, falconry displays, 15th century black powder weapon displays, living history displays, Agincourt history theatre, a working medieval forge, archery, mouthwatering food and medieval costume competitions.

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6. Join Oxford Phil in celebration of Brahms’s magisterial craft

Two decades in the making, the first of Johannes Brahms’s symphonies is a powerful drama of heroism and defiance whose journey to victory over torment contains as much intimacy as grandeur. This is a symphonic struggle on Brahms’s own lyrical, melancholy-tinged terms with hints of the delicate nobility that would characterise the composer’s double concerto for violin and cello written nearly a decade later.

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7. Join in the 2022 Oxford Pride Day parade

Oxford Pride 2021

Oxford Pride Day 2022

04 June
Oxford City Centre

Oxford Pride is an important event that celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community and brings people together for an annual parade through the city centre on Pride Day, starting at 10.30 in Radcliffe Square and traveling through the city centre to Oxford Castle Quarter. But Oxford Pride is not isolated to one parade. Expect a variety of live entertainment, community and commercial market stalls plus food traders, and more dancing in the streets as the party continues into the evening.

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8. Enjoy an unforgettable ‘one-off’ event at the Historic Abingdon Airfield

Abingdon Platinum Jubilee Fiesta

Abingdon Platinum Jubilee Fiesta

04 June
Abingdon Airfield (RAF Abingdon)

Celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee with friends and family at an unforgettable ‘one-off’ exclusive event taking place at the Historic Abingdon Airfield this June. Make magical memories on this momentous occasion. Bring a picnic or grab food and drink at the event. Relax and soak up the atmosphere as an afternoon of British tribute acts, air displays, hot air balloons, skydivers and fireworks unfold.

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9. Go to Bicester’s Garth Park for a fun-filled day

Bicester Town Council is putting together a fun-filled, family-friendly day at Garth Park to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Expect Elite Dance, ECU Cheerleaders, D-Day Dollies, James Farrant, Bicester Military Wives Choir, Stiltwalkers, Walkabout acts, Face Painting, Community stalls, and more.

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10. Visit the Fresh Air Sculpture 2022 on it’s opening day

Fresh Air Sculpture 2022 - Colour of Mourning by Sally de Courcy

Fresh Air Sculpture 2022

05 to 26 June
Quenington Old Rectory

Fresh Air Sculpture is a contemporary sculpture and craft show taking place in the extensive gardens of Quenington Old Rectory in Gloucestershire from 05 to 26 June 2022. This biennial curated event prides itself on showcasing and selling unique sculptural pieces as well as decorative arts in a beautiful outdoor setting. Expect the traditional and the experimental, from moving and thought-provoking sculptures and detailed heritage craft to the brightest of textiles and the glamour of glass.

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11. Catch the final days of the Pissarro - Father of Impressionism exhibition at the Ashmolean

Pissarro - Father of Impressionism at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Pissarro – Father of Impressionism

Until 12 June
Ashmolean Museum

Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) is one of the most celebrated artists of nineteenth-century France and a central figure in Impressionism. The Pissarro - Father of Impressionism exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum is a major exhibition that draws on works from the Ashmolean’s collections as well as international loans and spans his entire career.

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12. Attend a Queen’s Jubilee Beacon lighting event in Oxfordshire

When: 02 June
Where: Venues across Oxford

The lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons is one of the first official community events of the four-day Jubilee Weekend from 02 to 05 June 2022. It will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.

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