What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this May

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

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

As we cautiously transition out of lockdown, and our much-loved arts, culture and entertainment venues begin to reopen, our events calendar is rapidly filling up with unmissable events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

This is a curated list of the top things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this month. Be sure to visit our What's on section, where you'll find an extensive list of events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire as well as unmissable events beyond the county that would make for a great day out.

And as ever, if there's an event that should be on the list, do let our editors know using the contact form.

Rosannagh Scarlet Esson - Alchemy at Zuleika Gallery

Rosannagh Scarlet Esson – Alchemy at Zuleika Gallery

12 April to 17 May
Alchemy an inaugural solo exhibition of abstract paintings by Oxford-based artist, Rosannagh Scarlet Esson, at Zuleika Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
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Sculpture at Kingham Lodge, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Sculpture at Kingham Lodge

01 to 09 May
Part of Oxfordshire Artweeks, Sculpture at Kingham Lodge is an exhibition of over 400 sculptures by local and international artists set in 5 acres of beautiful grounds.
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Oxfordshire Artweeks Festivak 2019

Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival 2021

01 to 23 May
The UK’s biggest Free artist open studios and pop-up exhibition event with amazing art in hundreds of wonderful places across Oxfordshire.
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on form exhibition of sculpture at Asthall Manor

on form exhibition of sculpture at Asthall Manor

02 to 31 May
A biennial event that normally takes places in the even years (2018, 2020…) using Asthall Manor's grounds and a few of the interiors as a backdrop.
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Lewis Carroll and the Pre-Raphaelites with Mark Davies

Lewis Carroll and the Pre-Raphaelites with Mark Davies

04 May
The talk features PRB artwork; the iconic ‘Alice’ illustrations of John Tenniel; Lewis Carroll’s quirky originals; his exceptional photographic portraits of Combe, and more.
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The Luna Drive-In Cinema at Blenheim Palace

06 to 24 May
After spending months inside you’ll be able to enjoy a classic movie on the big screen in a social distanced and safe Drive-In setting in the comfort of your own car.
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Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity Exhibition at Blenheim Palace

17 May to 01 August
Blenheim Palace is hosting a range of iconic photographs by British fashion and portrait photographer Cecil Beaton.
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The Pre-Raphaelites - Drawings & Watercolours at The Ashmolean. Image: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Day Dream (Study), 1878, Chalk Drawing, 104.8 x 76.8cm (cropped)

The Pre-Raphaelites – Drawings & Watercolours Exhibition at The Ashmolean

18 May to 20 June
Explore the enormous range of techniques and media used by the artists that made up this movement – as well as the intimate and often complex friendships and love affairs between them.
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Alf Löhr: Good Poetry is Hard to Find. An exhibition of British/ German Artist, Alf Löhr at Wilcote Gallery and Studios.

Alf Löhr: Good Poetry is Hard to Find Exhibition

20 to 23 May
Alf Löhr: Good Poetry is Hard to Find is an exhibition of British/ German Artist, Alf Löhr by Branch Arts at Wilcote Gallery and Studios.
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Bampton Classical Opera presents Gluck’s The Crown

Bampton Classical Opera presents Gluck’s The Crown

22 May
Bampton Classical Opera presents Christoph Willibald Gluck ‘THE CROWN’ (‘La corona’) composed 1765, azione teatrale, in one act, sung in Italian with linking English narration.
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Samson Kambalu: New Liberia installation at Modern Art Oxford

Samson Kambalu: New Liberia at Modern Art Oxford

22 May to 05 September
For his largest solo exhibition, Samson Kambalu will create a powerful installation centred on his search for a more enchanted world beyond the limitations of everyday life.
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