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What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August

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The Big Feastival, Alex James’ Farm, Kingham, Oxfordshire / What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August

What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August

Hello and welcome to your invaluable guide to the best events, exhibitions and things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire throughout August.

August is indeed, a wonderful time to be in Oxfordshire.

Enjoy the sun. Make time for brunch at one of the many local restaurants with outdoor seating, or grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket and find yourself a coveted spot at any of the numerous outdoor theatre events across the county.

And if you fancy venturing further afield, consider taking a cultural day trip to London’s west end on a weekend (the capital city is relatively calmer then) for a matinee in one of the London’s theatres.

Need we say again that this is a curated list of things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August. Take a look at the “What’s on” section, where you’ll find a growing array of events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire, plus unmissable ones beyond the county that would make for a great day out.

Got an event that should be on the list? List your event on The Oxford Magazine website and reach our growing audience of people who live, work or place in Oxfordshire. Once again, welcome to your invaluable guide to what’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August.

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.

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Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe

Until 21 August
Modern Art Oxford

The free exhibition features Ruth Asawa’s 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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Wilderness festival is the multi-award winning 4-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, artisanship, late-night parties, outdoor pursuits and culinary experiences. It’s one festival where genres are redefined, identity is turned on its head, and arts from across the spectrum sit side by side.

Festival lineup includes: Underworld, Jungle / Years & Years / Peggy Gou / Róisín Murphy / Jordan Rakei / Gabriels / Craig Charles / Binker and Moses / Ibibio Sound Machine / Willie J Healey / Billie Marten / House Gospel Choir / Azure Ryder / Áine Deane

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Oxford Proms 2022

Oxford Proms 2022

06, 10, 13, 17 & 24 August
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

Oxford Proms features five evening concerts in August 2022, all in the beautiful setting of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford City Centre at 7.00pm.

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David Walliams’ Awful Auntie at Cornbury Park and Heath Farm Holiday Cottages

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie at Cornbury Park

10 August
Cornbury Park, Charlbury

Wind amongst the trees to find a grand Oxfordshire valley with stunning views for David Walliams’ best-seller Awful Auntie on the outdoor stage at Cornbury Park. The new playground at the Saxby Hall Orphanage is finally complete

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The performance is also on at Heath Farm Holiday Cottages on 11 August.

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Following cancellations in 2020 and 2021, we’re looking forward to the Fairport Cropredy Convention 2022 that will be staged over the weekend of 11 to 13 August 2022. The annual festival of folk and rock music, headed by British folk-rock band Fairport Convention is held on the edge of the village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire.

Festival lineup includes: The Trevor Horn Band / Clannad / Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited / Fairport Convention & Friends (inc Full House) / Richard Thompson.

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Café Mambo Ibiza ‘In The Park’ at Stonor Park & Gardens, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Café Mambo Ibiza ‘In The Park’

12 August
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames

Back by popular demand, the iconic house music brand Café Mambo Ibiza will make a welcome return to Stonor Park & Gardens, Henley On Thames, on Friday 12 August 2022. Thousands of party people will come together for an unforgettable, festival-like experience under the stars as they dance to the cutting-edge tunes dropped from a massive line up of DJ talent.

Festival lineup includes: Danny Howard / Disciples / Riton / Coco Cole / Erik Hagleton

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Waterperry Opera Festival 2021

Waterperry Opera Festival 2022

12 to 20 August
Waterperry Gardens

2022 is an exciting year for Waterperry Opera Festival as they celebrate their 5th anniversary with a lively, heartfelt, and visionary eight-day open-air festival, with refreshing new projects and familiar much-loved productions performed across the Waterperry Estate.

Festival lineup includes: Mansfield Park (Dove) and Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev). Headlining the festival are new productions of The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) and Svadba ‘A Wedding’ (Ana Sokolović).

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Texas plus guests at Stonor Park. Image: Sharleen Spiteri of Texas

Texas plus guests at Stonor Park

13 August
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames

Texas have announced that they will play a huge outdoor show set against the stunning backdrop of one of Britain’s most impressive historic homes this summer. The ever-popular band, fronted by Sharleen Spiteri, will take to the stage at Stonor Park in Oxfordshire on Saturday 13 August.

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Stonor Park Proms

Stonor Park Proms 2022

14 August
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames

Set in the magnificent gardens of Stonor Park, ‘Stonor Park Proms’ is a spectacular classical concert that will be a night to remember for the whole family. Guest soloists will be joined on stage by the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell.

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Park Fair at Great Tew Estate

Park Fair at Great Tew Park

18 to 21 August
Great Tew Park

The classic country fair has been redesigned for the new generation with a four-day event on the Great Tew Estate in the Oxfordshire countryside that will bring together forward-thinking independent artisans, cherished fashion and lifestyle brands, and quintessential family entertainment.

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Rewind Festival South is the biggest 80’s music festival in the world. It is a spectacular event, packed full of fun, laughter, great (and terrible!) costumes and friends. All your favourite 80s icons will be at Rewind Festival South 2022, so get your tickets now and join the biggest party of the summer.

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The Pirates of Penzance at Cogges Manor Farm / Outdoor theatre in Oxfordshire

The Pirates of Penzance

23 August
Cogges Manor Farm, Witney

The award-winning outdoor theatre company Illyria is re-staging their much-loved production of The Pirates of Penzance at Cogges Manor Farm. Packed with memorable and well-known Gilbert and Sullivan songs, it promises a unique blend of comedy, melodrama, and glittering wit.

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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

Broughton Castle, the moated and fortified manor house near Banbury, will play host to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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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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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Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace

Salon Privé 2022 at Blenheim Palace

31 August to 04 September
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Salon Privé returns to Blenheim Palace with their most sensational line-up to date. For four days, the South Lawn will be overcome with the finest super and classic cars in the world, accompanied by luxury brands and exquisite hospitality to form the UK’s Most Exclusive Motor Show.

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