What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this May


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What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this May

Hello and welcome to your invaluable guide to the best events, exhibitions and things to do throughout May 2023 in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

May: creeping warmth and pre-summer excitement. It’s one of Oxfordshire’s finest. And it’s right around the corner. First up, there’s May Morning on Magdalen Bridge. Crowds are always bigger on weekends and bank holidays.

Then, as the month progresses, be sure to check out the Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival – the UK’s oldest and biggest artist open studios and pop-up exhibition event – and feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activities by hundreds of artists, makers and designers.

Top up on your vitamin D 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 fine places to enjoy the sun in Oxfordshire.

For comedy lovers, you can treat yourselves to a Saturday night of award-winning comedy at The Glee Club in Oxford. And, of course, on Sundays, you can make the most of the tedious hours between brunch and supper with a cultural experience in London’s theatreland.

Need we say that this is nothing but a curated list of things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this May. Do take a look at the “What’s on” section, where you’ll find a growing list of events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire, plus unmissable events beyond the county that would make for a great day out.

Got an event that should be on the list? List your event on The Oxford Magazine website and reach our growing audience of people who live, work or place in Oxfordshire. Once again, welcome to your invaluable guide to what’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this May.

Be warned, you’re in for one sweet, sweet month.

  • Dia al-Azzawi – Painting Poetry

    Dia al-Azzawi – Painting Poetry

    When: Until 11 June
    Where: Ashmolean Museum

    This free exhibition presents artworks and ‘dafatir’ from Dia al-Azzawi, an internationally recognised Iraqi painter and sculptor who has been living and working in London since the late 1970s. Dia al-Azzawi is best known for monumental and colourful canvasses, and his work spans many genres, including a type of artist book known in Arabic as ‘dafatir’.

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  • Carey Young

    Carey Young

    When: Until 02 July
    Where: Modern Art Oxford

    In this major new exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, Carey Young (b. 1970, lives and works in London) focuses her astute vision on female identity with works depicting women working in law and industry, which invite viewers into new perceptions of systemic power, gender and justice. An associated selection of Young’s compelling text and photographic works will connect law, power and visual culture.

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  • About Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality

    About Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality

    When: From 10 February
    Where: Ashmolean Museum

    The palace of Knossos, discovered and excavated over 100 years ago, was the centre of a Bronze Age civilisation of people we now call the Minoans, named after the legendary King Minos. This will be the first UK exhibition to focus on Knossos and will include over 100 objects that have never left Crete and Greece before, alongside discoveries from the Ashmolean’s Sir Arthur Evans Archive.

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