What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this October


What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this October

What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this October

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

September has given us some spectacular sunny spells, and we hope you made the best of it with brunch (or dinner) at one of Oxfordshire’s finest restaurants with outdoor seating.

Now that the nights are getting darker and everything is taking on the sickly sweet taste of pumpkin spice, what lies ahead for October? Well, your guess is as good as ours. But we have a feeling brollies and wellies will come in handy.

And aside from resisting the urge to turn on that exorbitantly expensive central heating, what we can say for sure is that there’s plenty to do in Oxford and across shire this month.

It’s also worth pointing out that half term will be upon us from 21 October, culminating in Halloween on Monday, 31 October. We’re scouring the length and breadth of Oxfordshire to put together a list of the best October half-term and Halloween activities we can find. Take a look at our suggestions and get planning.

As always, be sure to visit our “What’s on section”, where you’ll find more events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire, as well as a limited number of unmissable events beyond the county that would make for a great day out.

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  • Catherine Goodman: Do you remember me…

    Catherine Goodman: Do you remember me…

    When: 07 June to 29 October
    Where: Waddesdon Manor

    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.

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  • Joana Vasconcelos: Wedding Cake tours

    Joana Vasconcelos: Wedding Cake tours

    When: 08 June to 26 October
    Where: Waddesdon Manor

    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.

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  • Oxford Half Marathon 2023

    Oxford Half Marathon 2023

    When: 15 October

    The Oxford Half Marathon is a flat and fast 13.1-mile race through historic Oxford. The route begins at Oxford’s iconic Broad Street in the city centre and passes through Old Marston village, the River Cherwell, Oxford University’s impressive Lady Margaret Hall, before finally finishing on Parks Road.

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  • Lost In Music – One Night at the Disco

    Lost In Music – One Night at the Disco

    When: 13 October
    Where: New Theatre Oxford

    The night out of the year that you need more than ever is back! Get ready to get Lost In Music. Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic. This show boasts a sensational live band, an incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals.

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  • Henley Spooktacular Bonfire & Fireworks 2023

    Henley Spooktacular Bonfire & Fireworks 2023

    When: 28 October
    Where: The Henley Showground

    Billed as the UK’s biggest family-friendly Halloween-themed low-noise firework event, Henley Spooktacular Bonfire & Fireworks is a spectacular spooky night of spine tingling fireworks and thrilling entertainment for the whole family. Dress up and come and enjoy a fairground, hot food and drink, bonfire, light show and fireworks.

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  • Boundary Encounters

    Boundary Encounters

    When: 22 July to 29 October
    Where: Modern Art Oxford

    Boundary Encounters is a summer show of residencies, projects and live events at Modern Art Oxford, including new work from artists Valerie Asiimwe Amani, Julie Freeman and Harold Offeh. The exhibition features an interactive display of projects and events collaboratively selected from Modern Art Oxford’s archives, celebrating social learning experiences with creative communities living in Oxfordshire and beyond.

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  • The King and I Musical

    The King and I Musical

    When: 03 to 07 October
    Where: New Theatre Oxford

    Following its critically-acclaimed sold-out season at The London Palladium, the multi-award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I is coming to New Theatre Oxford as part of its 2023 UK tour. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival, The King and I has been thrilling theatre audiences for decades.

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