What to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in January.
Well, hello there, and welcome to 2024. It’s really great to see you.
You’re probably paying the price for seeing off 2023 in appropriate style and thinking it’s time to take things easy for a while. Err, AS IF!
Fight off your post-Christmas malaise with a short wintry walk, or while away the afternoon in an atmospheric pub, or both. You know it’s a brave new world, so stay focused and make the most of January 2024 in Oxford and across Oxfordshire – the list isn’t looking shabby at all.
Of course, this is a curated list of the things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this month. You’ll find more events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in the “What’s on section”. You might even spot the an unmissable event ortwo beyond the county that would make for a great day out.
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This Christmas, Creation Theatre returns to The North Wall Arts Centre with their usual brand of joyful, anarchic, heartwarming festive theatre – complete with suitably grim Victorians, a Fezziwig party you’ll never forget and, at its heart, the most christmassy tale of redemption around.
Shen Yun presents an all-new dance and music production that takes you on an epic journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilisation before communism. Be transported to heavenly realms through elegant classical Chinese dance, original orchestral works, and patented interactive backdrops.
Start your automotive year in the best way possible with the first Scramble of 2024, taking place at Bicester Heritage on Sunday, 07 January. The home of historic motoring will be open from 9.00am until 2.00pm, giving you a glimpse behind the doors of more than 50 industry-leading specialists, showrooms and workshops.
Get ready for a historic moment as we bring you Kevin McCloud’s very first live shows in the UK. Renowned host of Grand Designs, Kevin is stepping out of the screen and onto the stage for an extraordinary evening where design meets curiosity, and your questions shape the journey.
Experience the magic of ice skating, one of winter’s greatest festive delights, at the Bicester Garden Centre, part of The Blue Diamond Group. The rink has a maximum capacity of 40 skaters at any one time, and your ticket includes a 45-minute skating session and the hire of skates.
Join Jack and his friends on an adventure of a lifetime as they scale the beanstalk and take on a Giant. Full of infectious laughter, brilliant storytelling, singing, dancing, cheering for the goodies and booing for the baddies, an Oxford Playhouse pantomime is fabulous festive fun for young and old alike.
Magnificat returns to Oxford to celebrate the genius and creativity of Orlandus Lassus, whose Magnificats paid tribute to other Renaissance masters by reimagining their music. Rich, dark-hued compositions by Josquin, Morales and Verdelot contrast with exuberant polychoral works, culminating in Lassus’ brilliant 10-voice setting, Aurora lucis rutilat.
Oxfordshire Mind and Jericho Comedy are taking over Oxford Playhouse for their annual Comedy Gala! All proceeds from the show go to supporting local mental health, and to date Jericho Comedy have raised over £136,000 for Oxfordshire Mind. So grab yourselves a ticket to raise even more to support this great cause.
Join The Theatre Chipping Norton, the national home of traditional family panto, for the classic tale as you’ve never, ever seen it before. With Latin American music and dance, a riot of colour and non-stop, laugh-out-loud silliness from beginning to end – come and join the carnival!
Direct from The London Palladium, the sensational new production of one of the world’s most beloved musicals is embarking on a UK tour. Join Dorothy, Toto, and friends on an unforgettable adventure down the yellow brick road to the merry old land of Oz.
Featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv with international soloists, a highly-praised chorus and a full orchestra, this dazzling production features Bizet’s unforgettable melodies, including The Toreador’s Song, Carmen’s enticing Habanera, and Don José’s lyrical Flower Song in a setting evoking the stunning architecture of Seville and its main square with Roman and Moorish influences.
One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. This award-winning opera features exquisite sets, including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes, and antique wedding kimonos from Japan.
Behzod Abduraimov stepped onto the international stage at the age of eighteen when he won first prize at the 2009 London International Piano Competition. Trained initially in Tashkent and then in the USA, his programme is one of scene painting and fantasy, with a mix of the familiar and the less well known.
Gather la Familia! It’s time to celebrate something truly Magical. From the producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-Long-a Frozen, the brand new smash hit film musical of 2021 about the Family Madrigal with lyrics on screen that everyone can’t stop singing.
Formed in 2018, Absolution is a Muse tribute band hailing from the sunny climes of Scotland. This dynamic 4-piece ensemble dosen’t use backing tracks in their electrifying live performances. Absolution injects energy and passion into every live performance, leaving Muse enthusiasts in awe of the classics they deliver
Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want. Look out ‘cause here it comes…! A live host will teach you a unique set of dance moves that will truly make you come alive; as they show you how to use our interactive prop bags.
Giovanni Pernice is back in 2024 for his brand new live tour – Let Me Entertain You. The Strictly Come Dancing champion and BAFTA winner is the epitome of live entertainment. Giovanni will be joined by a world class cast of professional dancers and West End performers to bring you an unforgettable experience.
This stunning 100% live show combines first class music with the slickest choreography and an amazing band to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have. Expect songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many, many more.
Elvana is the world’s finest Elvis tribute to Nirvana! From the bowels of Disgraceland, rock ‘n’ roll icons of the afterlife are raised from the dead! Elvana tears through Nirvana’s catalogue whilst splicing in grunged-up sections of the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s finest moments, culminating in a whopper mash-up of overdrive and old-school rockabilly.
Jonathan Pie is back! The tour-de-force will take to the stage with his weapons-grade takedowns of the people in charge and the state of the nation. Join him as he celebrates the UK’s greatest heroes (Nurses / Gary Lineker / 24-hour off-license proprietors) and takes a verbal blowtorch to its villains (The Tories / Cyclists). Is he a Hero or a Villain? This is one question he’ll hope to answer in his brand-new live show.
Miles Kane is back to tour his latest album, returning to his guitar hero best with One Man Band, packed full of big hooks and even bigger anthems. Sharp, infectious, urgent and packed to the brim with singalong moments, it’s Miles on the top of his game.
Celebrating 40 years on the road, Dillie, Liza and Adèle, Britain’s raciest and sassiest musical cabaret trio, present their brand-new show. Uniquely charming, with diamond-sharp satire, filthy, hilarious, belligerent, political, poignant and outrageous, this indomitable trio are still the mistresses of their craft. The show will feature much-loved favourites and some wickedly hilarious new songs.
OXOPS is proud to present Lionel Bart’s classic musical Oliver! based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Featuring much-loved songs such as “Consider Yourself”, “Food, Glorious Food”, and many more. Follow Oliver’s journey through Victorian England as he tries to find a place to call home, meeting a variety of characters along the way, from the morbid Sowerberrys to the vibrant Nancy.
LANDSALE 2.0 considers the role of territory in the collective past of Britain and South Africa. The exhibition of paintings and installations explores how the violence of invasion and vested interests of exploitation have been embedded in maps.
Dispelling our monochrome idea of Victorian Britain. Rediscover Victorian society as a vibrant colour-filled era – from dazzling dyes used in chic corsets, bold experiments by avant-garde painters, and the flamboyant use of nature’s beauty in jewellery.
This significant new survey exhibition of Swedish artist, activist, writer and eco-feminist Monica Sjöö (1938-2005) at Modern Art Oxford emphasises Sjöö’s advocacy for gender justice, eco-feminism, matriarchy and social equities – made visible in her artistic practice and activist commitment alike. The exhibition is curated in partnership with Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
The county’s military history museum is collaborating with Oxford-based Rebellion Publishing on the new exhibition that will offer visitors a chance to explore the history of British war comics through the archives of classic comic titles such as War Picture Library and Battle Action.
Travel from water source to river mouth to learn about the water inequality that lies below the surface. Fair Water reveals some of the global barriers to water equality and explores how researchers, communities and policymakers are working together to shape a fair water future.