What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this June
Hello and welcome to your invaluable guide to the best events, exhibitions and things to do throughout June 2022 in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.
June. Jubilee weekend, summer festivals, outdoor entertainment, theatrical delights, sporting spectacles, Royal events, and more, June is one of the most lively and exciting months to be in Oxfordshire.
First up, you must know by now that to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch, the Spring Bank Holiday that would have been on Monday, 30 May, was moved to Thursday, 02 June, and an additional bank holiday was added to the calendar for Friday, 03 June.
There is a lot to do across Oxfordshire, and it goes without saying that we’ve put in the legwork and pulled together a list of brilliant things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire over the four-day Jubilee bank holiday. You’ll also find a dedicated section for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events in Oxfordshire.
As the month progresses, be sure to fit in a festival or two. From music to Shakespeare, food and drink to flowers, and contemporary art, be warned, there’s something or the other happening nearby this month.
Make time for brunch at one of the many local restaurants with outdoor seating, or pack a picnic basket and find yourself a coveted spot at any of our numerous parks, open spaces and nature reserves and other lovely places to enjoy the sun in Oxfordshire.
And if you fancy venturing further afield, consider taking a cultural day trip to London’s west end on a Sunday (the capital city is relatively calmer then) for a matinee in one of the 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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Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England from the first days of spring to the first glimpse of winter, and they are back in 2022 with a brand-new show ¡Carpa! - the Spanish word ‘tent’ or a removable canvas roofed structure used for a travelling theatre, much like a circus. Expect a show full of skill, humour, turmoil and excitement from a talented troupe.
Discover more: What’s On at Blenheim Palace
It doesn’t happen every day that the tiger comes round to play. But following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!
Discover more: Oxford Playhouse
Blenheim Palace Food Festival is back with a food festival for everyone with a Jubilee theme. Expect even more celebrity masterclasses this year, a new tasting tent for extensive sampling, entertainment for the children and high quality local and national stallholders offering delicious delights at this world heritage site. It promises to be a food festival fit for a Queen!
Discover more: Food & Drink Events
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Lord Camoys, Commander of the Left Flank at the Battle of Agincourt, invites you to his annual Jousting Tournament at Stonor Park. Enjoy spectacular horseback stunts, as well as foot combat with medieval weaponry, falconry displays, 15th century black powder weapon displays, living history displays, Agincourt history theatre, a working medieval forge, archery, mouthwatering food and medieval costume competitions.
Discover more: Stonor Park
Two decades in the making, the first of Johannes Brahms’s symphonies is a powerful drama of heroism and defiance whose journey to victory over torment contains as much intimacy as grandeur. This is a symphonic struggle on Brahms’s own lyrical, melancholy-tinged terms with hints of the delicate nobility that would characterise the composer’s double concerto for violin and cello written nearly a decade later.
Discover more: Classical Music, Opera & Ballet
Oxford Pride attracts thousands of people throughout the day. In addition to the parade, which starts at 10.30 from Radcliffe Square, there will be Pride Day events featuring a variety of live entertainment, community and commercial market stalls, plus food traders, followed by more dancing in the streets as the party continues into the evening.
Discover more: In pictures: Oxford Pride Parade Day 2022
Fresh Air Sculpture is a contemporary sculpture and craft show taking place in the extensive gardens of Quenington Old Rectory in Gloucestershire from 05 to 26 June 2022. This biennial curated event prides itself on showcasing and selling unique sculptural pieces as well as decorative arts in a beautiful outdoor setting. Expect the traditional and the experimental, from moving and thought-provoking sculptures and detailed heritage craft to the brightest of textiles and the glamour of glass.
Since its premiere, Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance - a unique combination of high-energy Irish dancing, original music, storytelling and sensuality - has visited over 1000 venues worldwide and been seen by over 60 million people in 60 different countries on every continent, making it one of the most successful dance productions in the world.
Discover more: What’s On at New Theatre Oxford
The 2022 Women’s Tour will end with a spectacular Oxfordshire finale in June, with stage six taking place between Chipping Norton and Oxford city centre. About 100 professional riders will weave their way through our towns, villages and rural areas. Highlights of the 145 km (90 mile) race will also be screened on ITV4.
Discover more: Sporting Events
Please join the Lawrence Home Nursing Team for a charity clay pigeon shoot at The Oxfordshire Shooting School in Enstone and afterwards for a reception supper and auction at Great Tew Park. Established in 1999 in memory of Dr Martin Lawrence, a Chipping Norton GP of 25 years, they provide end of life nursing care to people in their own home. The care is free of charge.
There’s never been a better time to create the home of your dreams. Seek the inspiration you need to create a property that you will never want to leave with Build It Live. The interactive exhibition takes place annually at Bicester Heritage and offers a wide range of advice clinics and one-to-one sessions for anyone looking to ‘self build’, renovate or extend their home.
Discover more: Bicester Heritage
Nocturne Live 2022 will turn The Great Court at Blenheim Palace into a grand arena with world-class acts and 7,000 seats. It can be an all-day affair with VIP dining in the famous State Rooms, a stroll in the palace’s vast grounds, or a waterside picnic. It can also be an evening gig for those who just want to hear their favourite live music.
Discover more: Music festivals in Oxfordshire
Ballet Central will return this Spring for its 2022 tour with a new cast of exceptional dancers. They will perform a mixture of new pieces from distinguished choreographers Ashley Page OBE, Mthuthuzeli November, and Mikaela Polley, alongside a restaging of Cathy Marston’s Moving, Still. This is a chance to see the grace and power of classical ballet and dynamic contemporary dance performed to powerful music.
Discover more: The Theatre Chipping Norton
Explore the historic motoring hub that is Bicester Heritage and take a glimpse behind the doors of industry-leading specialists, allowing behind-the-scenes access to their showrooms and workshops. The Scramblers membership club will be present in full force, promising a range of curated delights for members and non-members alike around our restored WW2 RAF base.
Discover more: Planes, Trains, Boats & Automobiles
This this dynamic and exciting production of Shakespeare’s greatest play by BMH Productions is part of the Oxford Shakespeare Festival 2022. Back for its 12th year, this annual outdoor theatre experience takes place in the castle yard of Oxford Castle & Prison. Two hours of love, death and madness at the Oxford Castle & Prison - brilliant!
Discover more: Oxford Shakespeare Festival 2022
Taking place at the prestigious Waterperry Gardens, this edition of Handmade Oxford will have an open-air festival feel over four days. You’ll be able to browse and shop for exquisite, contemporary British craft, participate in a packed programme of craft workshops and watch live demonstrations hosted by our designer-makers.
Discover more: Waterperry Gardens
A riot of colour, fragrance and weird and wonderful plants, a 20,000 square foot Grand Floral Pavilion, the UK’s finest nurseries and growers giving expert advice and gardening ideas, more than 300 exhibitors, an outdoor Plant Village and live entertainment throughout the weekend - the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is the perfect place to discover your favourite plants, flowers and an array of gardening goodies.
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, comedy with Phil Wang, Rosie Jones and Sara Barron, special guests and speakers, and a spectacular production of Julius Caesar by the Shakespeare Globe Theatre.
Charlbury Beer Festival is one of the largest independent, one-day beer festivals in England. Each year, the festival welcomes thousands of guests to the Cotswolds to sample from over 50 ales and craft beers and enjoy the Aunt Sally Open Singles World Championship. The event is entirely non-profit, run by volunteers, with 100% of profits going to local groups and causes, plus an overseas cause each year.
Discover more: Food & Drink Events
Henley Summer Fest is a very special one-day family festival jam-packed with top tribute acts, hot air balloons, air displays, entertainers, a huge funfair and loads more. Back after its hugely successful debut during the pandemic, it promises to be an unforgettable afternoon and evening of making magical memories with family and friends.
Discover more: Concerts & Live Music
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.
Discover more: Exhibitions & Displays
City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned. Based on the 1980s screen sensation that took the world by storm, you’ll enjoy classic 80s hits with some of the best UK musical talents.
Discover more: What’s On at New Theatre Oxford
Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly one of the best-known regattas in the world and a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the English social season. In addition to watching the racing, you can take in the ambience of the enclosures, enjoying the array of restaurants, bars and shops available, as well as the charming views of Henley and the River Thames.
Discover more: Henley-on-thames