What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this July

What's on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in July.

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

Hope you’ve been enjoying the wall to wall blue skies and record temperatures.

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.

Sadly, the Auto Royale 2021 Concours d’Elegance scheduled to take place at Waddesdon has been cancelled because of an extension to lockdown restrictions. This would have seen a removal of social distancing and venue capacity limits, and mass participation events would have been able to go ahead at capacity.

We’re increasingly optimistic about the future, but like many, we’re opting to have a staycation, and we hope there’s pretty much something or the other that piques your interest in our neck of the woods.

Of course, this is a curated list of the top things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this July. Be sure to visit the “What’s on section”, where you’ll find a longer list of events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire 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.

Expressions of Nature Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

Expressions of Nature Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

Until 12 September
This new programme of art exhibitions for the Gardens Gallery Café at Blenheim Palace, launching with ‘Expressions of Nature’ Exhibition from 17 May to 12 September 2021. The exhibitions showcase the work of regional emerging and mid-career contemporary artists for visitors to the Palace to enjoy in its newly refurbished Gardens Gallery Café.
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Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

Until 04 July
Blenheim Palace is hosting a range of iconic photographs by British fashion and portrait photographer Cecil Beaton best known for his elegant photographs of high society. The exhibition is displayed in the Palace State Rooms.
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Samson Kambalu: New Liberia at Modern Art Oxford - things to do in Oxfordshire this bank holiday

Samson Kambalu: New Liberia at Modern Art Oxford

Until 05 September
For his largest solo exhibition, Samson Kambalu’s powerful installation creates the atmosphere of an initiation ceremony for a utopia of international racial justice that equally values each person. This idea of a ‘New Liberia’ marks a mass change in attitudes, sparked by the pandemic and global Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
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Meat The Future Exhibition at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Meat The Future Exhibition

Until 08 May
A special exhibition presenting cutting edge research on the environmental and health impacts of eating meat and offering visitors a variety of compelling future scenarios.
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Merton College Choir Summer Concert. Image: Daniel Kidane. Image credit: Kaupo Kikkas.

Merton College Choir Summer 2021 Concert

03 July
The Merton College Choir Summer 2021 Concert programme will include the world premiere of Daniel Kidane’s Christus factus est.
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Paws at the Palace 2021

Paws at the Palace 2021

03 & 04 July
The UK’s largest and fastest-growing festival devoted to dogs and their owners is bringing its unique brand of family-friendly canine fun and games to Blenheim Palace.
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Cowley Road Carnival Day 2021. What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this July

Cowley Road Carnival Day 2021

04 July
Starting at 12.30 from The Plain, the mile-long procession is one of the star attractions of Carnival Day.
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2021 Bremont Stonor Supercar Sunday

2021 Bremont Stonor Supercar Sunday

04 July
The Park and Gardens of the House will play host to over 400 hypercars and supercars including an array of the world’s most prestigious automotive legends.
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Summer Jaguar Festival 2021

Summer Jaguar Festival 2021

04 July
The Summer Jaguar Festival was planned to take place over the weekend of 14 to 16 May at Heythrop Park Hotel and Blenheim Palace, but will now take place as a one-day event within the atmospheric surroundings of Bicester Heritage.
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Tino Sehgal Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

Tino Sehgal at Blenheim Palace

9 July to 15 August
Organised by Blenheim Art Foundation, this major solo exhibition by Tino Sehgal will be the first exhibition at Blenheim, specifically designed for the Park and Gardens.
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Rally of the Giants 2021 by the Pre’50 American Auto Club

Rally of the Giants 2021 by the Pre’50 American Auto Club

11 July
Join hundreds of motoring enthusiasts in the celebration of classic American vehicles, with more than 400 motor cars, trucks and bikes on display in the Parkland at Blenheim Palace.
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Auto Royale Concours d’Elegance at Waddesdon

Auto Royale 2021 Concours d’Elegance at Waddesdon (Cancelled)

16 to 18 July (Cancelled)
More than two years in the making, Auto Royale at Waddesdon is a modern reimagining of what the traditional Concours d’Elegance can be. Modern British culture will meet world-class automotive machinery in the luxurious yet accessible settings of Waddesdon.
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Celebrating Ceramics 2021 at Waterperry Gardens

Celebrating Ceramics 2021 at Waterperry Gardens

16 to 18 July
An artist-led event showcasing the very best in the world of contemporary ceramics and showcasing over 100 diverse ceramic artists. This fine selection of artistic talent is set against the backdrop of Waterperry House and Gardens.
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Giffords Circus - The Hooley at Stonor Park

Giffords Circus – The Hooley at Stonor Park

22 July to 02 August
Come and join Giffords Circus as they return once again to Stonor Park. Join their dance to timeless Celtic rhythms and drums and get down with the fairy folk as Giffords Circus and going to kick up a Hooley. Expect ancient Celtic magic in a world of fairy and woodland folk.
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What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this July - Truck Festival 2021 Oxfordshire

Truck Festival 2021 (Cancelled)

23 to 25 July (Cancelled)
Often described as the Godfather of the small music festivals, the Truck Festival which takes place in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, has been featuring some of the biggest and best emerging artists since 1998.
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TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum

TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean

Until 03 January
TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition is a major exhibition at the Ashmolean. It explores 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 sprawling modern metropolis and dynamic centre of art, photography and design 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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Battle Proms Picnic Concert at Blenheim Palace

Battle Proms Picnic Concert 2022 at Blenheim Palace

02 July
Led by Douglas Coombes MBE and compered by much-loved BBC presenter Pam Rhodes, the concert will include a host of well-known uplifting classical pieces.
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