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


The Hare and the Moon / Things to do in Oxfordshire this August bank holiday

Can’t decide what to do with yourself this August bank holiday weekend? Here are 10 or so brilliant things you should make time for.

If the summer seems to have passed by so quickly, better make the most out of the last – and longest – weekend in August (from Saturday 27 August to Monday 29 August 2022).

Finally, after two years of chaos, it’s going to be the first ‘normal’ August bank holiday with a return of some of our bank holiday favourites like The Big Feastival at Alex James’ farm in Kingham and Foodies Festival Oxford in South Park.

Looking for something a little more low-key? Have a wholesome day on a pick-your-own fruit farm or while away a couple of hours at a Farmers’ market. This is the last gasp of the summer, so enjoy some al fresco dining too.

Now is the time to plan for the long weekend; make the extra day off count.

The Hare and the Moon / Things to do in Oxfordshire this August bank holiday

The Hare and the Moon

27 August
Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Join The Fabularium Astronomers as they tell the tale of how Leapa the Arctic Hare, saved the realm from a villainous beast; a tale of a furry fearless female, who brought the light back to the day and also made the night sky glow!

This is a free event with performances at 12.30pm and 3.00pm. No booking is required.

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The Big Feastival 2022 will be back for the August bank holiday, and promises to be one truly unforgettable weekend with three days of family-friendly events combining food from some of the country’s top chefs with a top drawer selection of live music acts.

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Foodies Festival Oxford 2022, part of the UK’s biggest food festival, will return over the August bank holiday weekend with a mouth-watering summer festival, live music, workshops, masterclasses and of course, Top Chefs. There will be weekend tickets which let you enjoy all three days of great food, great music and great fun, and day tickets if you prefer to come for the day.

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2021 Abingdon Summer Fireworks Festival

Abingdon Summer Balloon & Firework Festival 2022

27 August
Abingdon Airfield (RAF Abingdon)

Head up to Abingdon Airfield with your family and friends for a breathtaking evening of hot air balloons, skydiving and world-class firework entertainment in what is perhaps the UK’s biggest firework event – an enormous, breathtaking 1/4 mile wide closing show by the hosts and double British Firework Champions Illusion Fireworks.

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Cowley Classic Car Show 2019 on 26 August 2019 at Cutteslowe Park in North Oxford

Cowley Classic Car Show 2022

29 August
Notcutts Garden Centre, Oxford

Organised by The Rotary Club of Oxford Isis, the Cowley Classic Car Show 2022 is a great Summer’s day out to raise much-needed funds for local and national charities. The main beneficiary for this year’s event is Dogs for Good. There will be a convoy leaving the Oxford Mini Plant in the morning, which will drive on a pre arranged route finishing at the Showground.

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The Duke’s Theatre Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Duke’s Theatre Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

25 & 26 August
Broughton Castle, Banbury

The Duke’s Theatre Company returns after their critically acclaimed inaugural adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. This new, ambitious production for Summer 2022, with live music, stunning design and theatrical magic, promises to delight audiences with Shakespeare’s most comic and celebrated fairy tale.

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Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe

Until 21 August
Modern Art Oxford

Citizen of the Universe takes a unique look at the visionary artist, educator and activist Ruth Asawa. The free exhibition features her signature hanging sculptures in looped and tied wire, and celebrates her holistic integration of art, education and community engagement through displaying prints, drawings, letters and photographs.

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From a sketch on the back of an envelope to grand, elaborate chalk drawings, this major exhibition 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. Explore the enormous range of techniques and media used by the artists that made up this movement and shed light on their connections to Oxford.

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Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure at Blenheim Palace

Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure

06 July to 03 September
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

The Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure is a live immersive experience in the walled garden at Blenheim Palace. Join Beatrix Potter in the garden of old Mr McGregor and help rescue Peter Rabbit. Through a magical mix of storytelling, live performance, and puppetry, the world of Beatrix Potter will come alive in Blenheim Palace’s Walled Garden

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