What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August

What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in August.

Hello and welcome to your invaluable guide to what’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August.

Sadly, the Fairport Cropredy Convention that was originally scheduled for 12 to 14 August 2021 is one of several events that have been cancelled because of the lockdown extension.

However, with the lifting of the remaining lockdown restrictions, there’s plenty to see and do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August, and this is just a curated list.

The Henley Royal Regatta - a staple of the British Sporting and Summer season in June/July, has been rescheduled to mid-August.

Take advantage of the sunny weather (fingers crossed) by heading out into Oxfordshire’s great outdoors - to catch a musical festival, an outdoor play or performance, a food festival, or perhaps an open-air movie.

An while you’re at it, explore the county’s parks and open spaces, book a table at one of Oxfordshire’s best restaurants, or enjoy afternoon tea in one of the many fine country homes within easy reach.

Be sure to visit our “What’s on section”, where you’ll find more events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire, as well as a limited number of unmissable events 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 and let us help you reach a local audience of people who live, work or place in Oxfordshire.

 

TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum

TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean

29 July to 03 January
This major exhibition will explore Japan’s capital city through the varied and vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years, from its beginnings as the headquarters of the Tokugawa shoguns in the early 1600s to the modern metropolis it is today.
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2021 Langford Arts Festival

2021 Langford Arts Festival

31 July to 01 August
The festival is set in the quintessential Cotswold village of Langford will feature works from over 40 amateur and professional artists ranging from watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, prints and photography to sculpture, glass and pottery.
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Oxford Proms - Classical Favourites - Jocelyn Freeman

Oxford Proms – Classical Favourites

07 August
Welcome back Jocelyn Freeman to perform Mozart's 9th Piano Concerto, his most acclaimed early masterpiece of this genre. The concert is packed full of memorable melodies.
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The Legends Festival 2021 - The Henley Showground, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The Legends Festival 2021

07 & 08 August
The UK’s biggest arena tribute acts celebrating the world’s greatest pop and rock acts. Everyone will love this amazing weekend of live music.
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Fullers’ Shakespeare in the Garden 2021 As You Like It at The Chequers in Weston-on-the-Green

Shakespeare’ As You Like It at The Chequers in Weston-on-the-Green

10 August
Experience Shakespeare as intended - informal, raucous and in a spacious pub garden with a drink in hand. Whether this will be your first or thirty-first night of Shakespeare, you will not be disappointed.
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Henley Royal Regatta 2021

Henley Royal Regatta 2021

11 to 15 August
Established in March 1839, this is undoubtedly one of the best-known regattas in the world; and a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the English social season.
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The Luna Open-Air Cinema at Blenheim Palace

The Luna Open-Air Cinema at Blenheim Palace

12 to 15 August
After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for an unforgettable big-screen experience at the Luna Open-Air Cinema at Blenheim Palace.
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Waterperry Opera Festival 2021

Waterperry Opera Festival 2021

12 to 21 August
This year’s open-air festival programme will include seven productions, as well as a variety of workshops, masterclasses, talks, and pop-up performances.
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Retro CarFest 2021 at Bicester Heritage

Retro CarFest 2021 at Bicester Heritage

13 to 15 August
It’s official, CarFest is coming to Bicester Heritage. The new addition to CarFest family will take place from 13 to 15 August.
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Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Stonor Park

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Stonor Park

14 August
King of boogie woogie, Jools Holland, brings his energy-fuelled show to Stonor Park, featuring Gilson Lavis and guests Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.
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What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this August - Oxford Balloon Festival 2021 - Cutteslowe Park in Oxford

Oxford Balloon Festival 2021

20 to 22 August
A fun-filled weekend of live entertainment, Hot Air Balloons, Giant Funfair, Fireworks, Food and Drink, Local Traders and much more.
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Rewind Festival South 2021 at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Rewind Festival South 2021

20 to 22 August
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.
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Blenheim Palace Food Festival 2021

Blenheim Palace Food Festival 2021

20 to 22 August
For the seventh year, the food festival will return to magnificent Blenheim Palace for a gastronomic weekend packed with engaging and informative demonstrations from celebrity and local chefs, as well as an abundance of regional food and drink stallholders.
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2021 Abingdon Summer Fireworks Festival

2021 Abingdon Summer Fireworks Festival

21 August
It's time to start making incredible memories together again. Bring a picnic with your family and friends and enjoy incredible showcase firework displays.
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Race for Life Oxford 5k & 10k

Race for Life Oxford 5k & 10K 2021

22 August
Join thousands of people uniting with one purpose - to raise valuable funds for life-saving research.
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SIX at Oxford Playhouse

SIX at Oxford Playhouse

24 August to 05 September
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.
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Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2021

Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2021

27 to 30 August
The 42nd Thames Traditional Boat Festival - popularly known as 'The Trad' - will go ahead again this year following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
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The Big Feastival 2021

The Big Feastival 2021

27 to 29 August
The three-day family-friendly music and food festival returns to Alex James' Farm near Kingham in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds from 27 to 29 August 2021.
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Foodies Festival Oxford 2021

Foodies Festival Oxford 2021

28 to 30 August
This mouth-watering summer festival returns to Oxford's South Park with live music, workshops, masterclasses and of course Top Chefs, plus Kids Zone with Kids Cookery Theatre.
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