What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this July
Hello and welcome to your invaluable guide to the best events, exhibitions and things to do throughout July 2022 in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.
Summer is well and truly here. And so are the festivals. Not just the music festivals, but there are gatherings galore for petrolheads, art lovers, fun lovers and food lovers. There’s even a festival devoted to dogs and their owners. July is indeed, a brilliant time to be in Oxfordshire.
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.
Sadly, there isn’t a Cowley road festival this year as the organisers have cancelled the 2022 carnival amidst an uncertain future.
Need we say again that this is a curated list of things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this June. 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.
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Back in venues across Oxford, This year, go “Around the World in 80 Ways” with Art and Artefacts, including the phenomenal GAIA by Luke Jerram at University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Music with Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, and the Julian Joseph Trio. The festival celebrates Oxford’s diverse communities and offers something for everyone.
Discover more: Magdalen College School
This month-long comedy festival that takes places throughout July brings the best comedians headed to Edinburgh and other large festivals to the Oxford community. The festival has a particular interest in amplifying traditionally underrepresented voices, such as women, global majority, and LGBTQ+ comedians, as well as giving a stage to more experimental shows.
This is a 5k for everyone, with thousands of people uniting to raise valuable funds for life-saving research. The Oxford route begins in the scenic University Parks before heading out onto the historic streets of Oxford. The entire route is flat and mainly on pathways or road.
Discover more: Oxford University Parks
A highlight of the summer social calendar at Blenheim Palace, The Battle Proms is the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for a spectacular and memorable night out in a stunning setting at the world heritage site. Expect an afternoon of breath-taking displays and an extensive orchestral programme of entertainment.
Discover more: Blenheim Palace
Taking place over five days, Henley Festival is a truly unique boutique black-tie festival where art and gastronomy share equal billing with music. Celebrating the best of the UK and International music and arts, the festival embraces a vibrant programme from pop to world music, classical music and jazz. Everyone is encouraged to get dressed to the nines.
Discover more: Henley-on-Thames
Through a magical mix of storytelling, live performance, and puppetry, the world of Beatrix Potter will come alive in Blenheim Palace’s Walled Garden as you, the audience, take part in the rescue of Peter from Mr McGregor’s rabbit pie-shaped plan. The Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure is a live immersive experience for any child who loves to explore the great outdoors.
Discover more: What’s On at Blenheim Palace
Offbeat Festival is a hive of new performances in Oxford. It’s a festival of brand-new theatre, comedy, dance, family shows, spoken word and music. It’s a place for you to see something which wouldn’t usually come here. It’s a blind date with a show you could fall in love with. Take a chance on something exciting.
Giffords Circus is back in 2022 with a brand-new show ¡Carpa! The word ¡Carpa! originates from the Spanish word ‘tent’ and refers to a removable canvas roofed structure used for a travelling theatre, much like a circus. The Circus is bringing Mexican performers over to join the troupe and, with them, create a show full of skill, humour, turmoil and excitement.
Discover more: Stonor Park
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.
Discover more: Exhibitions & Displays
“The Trad” is the largest gathering of classic river craft in the world, and with the Dunkirk Little Ships dressed overall, they are a wonderfully picturesque sight, with vessels and owners primped and polished and itching to show off their beautiful craft.
Discover more: Planes, trains, boats & automobiles
CHICAGO – the “sexiest musical ever” (Metro) – is back in Oxford for one week only! Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Book now! It would be criminal to miss it…
Discover more: What’s On at New Theatre Oxford
Shakespeare’s Globe brings a startlingly relevant new production of the epic tragedy Julius Caesar to the grounds of Magdalen College School in Oxford this summer. Conspiracy to kill, public broadcast of cunning rhetoric, a divisive fight for greatness. Ancient Rome has never felt closer.
Discover more: Plays & Drama
Often described as the Godfather of the small music festivals, the Truck Festival has been featuring some of the biggest and best emerging artists since 1998. The festival takes place at Hill Farm in Steventon. Line-up includes Bombay Bicycle Club, Sam Fender, Kasabian with Thursday headliner Blossoms and special guest co-headliner – The Kooks.
Discover more: Concerts & Gigs
On the last Saturday of the month from April to November, the Nemon Studio Museum and Archive in the beautiful, leafy setting on Boars Hill, between Oxford and Abingdon, opens to celebrate the life and work of émigré sculptor Oscar Nemon, with free visits to see originals bronze casts of his works which are in cities around the world before enjoying tea in the garden.
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Inspired by the smash hit, multimillion-selling Dreamboats and Petticoats albums, the Dreamboats’ musicals feature some of the greatest hit songs ever written and are guaranteed to have you reminiscing and singing out loud! Catch up with the Bobby & Laura, Norman, Sue and the Dreamboats gang in this third instalment inspired by the million-selling albums.
Discover more: Musicals & Dance
Escape into the open-air this Summer with Rapunzel – an exhilarating, heart-warming production about one girl’s longing to break free from her imposed lockdown and explore the world outside. With wicked witches, lovable trolls, a fairytale Prince and miles of golden hair, Rapunzel is the perfect breath of fresh air for all ages.
Discover more: Outdoor theatre