Hello and welcome to your invaluable guide to the best events, exhibitions and things to do throughout July 2023 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 – the capital city is relatively calmer then for a matinee in one of London’s theatres.
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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Russell Howard, “one of the world’s top comedians” (Sunday Times) is back for a brand new live tour of the UK in 2023. As we reel from one global crisis to the next, join Russell, ‘the uplifting Comedy King’, as he puts the world to rights in his own uniquely hilarious way.
Women & War: From the Fringes to the Front Line is a new exhibition opening at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock to tell the stories of women in the armed forces. The exhibition will explore the diverse experiences of women who have been involved with all aspects of military life.
Do you remember me… is a major new exhibition at Waddesdon, showcasing never before seen works by Catherine Goodman. Displayed in the Coach House Gallery and the Drawings Room of the Manor, the exhibition focuses on a new body of work, including a selection of her new paintings, drawings, collages and works on paper which capture the landscape of Corfu and its rugged, vibrant beauty.
Opening this summer, Wedding Cake is a 12-metre-tall ceramic sculptural pavilion in the form of a three-tiered cake. This major new Rothschild Foundation commission from celebrated Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos will stand within a grove of trees at Waddesdon beside the 19th-century Dairy.
The Oxford Festival of Arts 2023 (OFA 2023) will be back in venues across Oxford this year, with events running from 23 June to 16 July. This year’s theme is People. Stories. Histories. with events including the Rosie Holt: The Woman’s Hour, and the BBC Big Band with vocalist Claire Martin in a spectacular evening of jazz in the Festival Marquee.
Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated brand new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical Sister Act direct from London. Disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody, she is hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found – a convent!
This intimate and expertly curated classic country fair, redesigned for the new generation, will bring together independent artisans, cherished lifestyle brands, and quintessential family entertainment. Expect a shopping experience that is unparalleled outside of the capital with more than 80 inspiring brands, each meticulously selected for their style, quality, and sustainability credentials.
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 from the riders of the Battle Proms Napoleonic cavalry and The Red Devils – the British Army and Parachute Regiments official display team.
Festival lineup includes: New English Concert Orchestra
Henley Festival is an exclusive boutique black-tie festival that takes place over five days, celebrating the best of the UK and International music and arts. The festival is a truly unique event. It embraces a vibrant programme from pop to world music, classical to jazz where art and gastronomy share equal billing with music.
Festival lineup includes: TBC