What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this Easter


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What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this Easter

The first bank holiday of the year (and it’s a double!) usually means parties, long brunches, vast lunches and opportunities to soak up spring – a chance to celebrate renewal and hope.

One of the best ways to celebrate Easter in Oxford and across Oxfordshire is to spend time discovering the beautiful countryside and the great outdoors. From blissful drinks in the park to some of the year’s biggest and best club nights.

When you’re not out hunting for Easter eggs (we’ve even a handy guide to help you put together the ultimate Easter egg hunt) and eating as much chocolate and hot cross buns as humanly possible, head over to see some of the county’s finest themed attractions or visit one of our fine Farmer’s Markets.

And, just in case the weather doesn’t pull through, there’s plenty to do indoors. Don your Sunday best, kick up your heels and enjoy some of the county’s culinary offerings in the best places to dine. Alternatively, squirrel yourself away in one of our many museums and galleries.

Easter weekend this year runs from Good Friday on 07 April to Easter Monday on 10 April 2023. And, as always, here are our top picks of events and things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this Easter that’s guaranteed to keep you busy for those four days.

This is a curated list, and we’ll be updating our “What’s on” pages as more Easter events are announced. In the meantime, do get in touch if there’s an event that should be on the list, and we’ll do our best to include it here.

Easter trails & activities

Music, theatre & comedy

Exhibitions & displays

  • Dia al-Azzawi – Painting Poetry

    Dia al-Azzawi – Painting Poetry

    When: Until 11 June
    Where: Ashmolean Museum

    This free exhibition presents artworks and ‘dafatir’ from Dia al-Azzawi, an internationally recognised Iraqi painter and sculptor who has been living and working in London since the late 1970s. Dia al-Azzawi is best known for monumental and colourful canvasses, and his work spans many genres, including a type of artist book known in Arabic as ‘dafatir’.

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  • Carey Young

    Carey Young

    When: Until 02 July
    Where: Modern Art Oxford

    In this major new exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, Carey Young (b. 1970, lives and works in London) focuses her astute vision on female identity with works depicting women working in law and industry, which invite viewers into new perceptions of systemic power, gender and justice. An associated selection of Young’s compelling text and photographic works will connect law, power and visual culture.

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  • About Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality

    About Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality

    When: From 10 February
    Where: Ashmolean Museum

    The palace of Knossos, discovered and excavated over 100 years ago, was the centre of a Bronze Age civilisation of people we now call the Minoans, named after the legendary King Minos. This will be the first UK exhibition to focus on Knossos and will include over 100 objects that have never left Crete and Greece before, alongside discoveries from the Ashmolean’s Sir Arthur Evans Archive.

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