What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this September

Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace - What’s on in Oxford and Oxfordshire this September

What to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in September.

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

From paintings, ceramics and photography to cars, film, drama and musicals to motors, boats and aircraft, to horses and all manner of livestock and country pursuits - it’s fair to say that there is something in stock for everyone in Oxfordshire this September.

It may officially be the end of summer, but the British Autumn may yet surprise us with some spectacular sunny spells. If that turns out to be the case, then make the best of the outdoors with brunch (or dinner) at one of Oxfordshire’s best restaurants with outdoor seating or afternoon tea in one of the many fine country homes within easy reach.

Nevertheless, 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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PS: We’re glad to see the return of the St Giles’ fair to Oxford this year, but regrettably, BunkFest 2021 has been cancelled.

Blood Brothers at New Theatre Oxford

Blood Brothers at New Theatre Oxford

31 August to 04 Spetember
New Theatre Oxford

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe, and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

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SIX at Oxford Playhouse

SIX at Oxford Playhouse

Until 05 September
Oxford Playhouse

Critically acclaimed across the UK with a soundtrack storming up the UK pop charts, the sell-out intoxicating Tudor take-off is on tour! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power.

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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
Modern Art Oxford

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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Salon Privé 2021 at Blenheim Palace

Salon Privé 2021 at Blenheim Palace

01 to 05 September
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Salon Privé returns to Blenheim Palace with their most sensational line-up to date. For four days, the South Lawn will be overcome with the finest super and classic cars in the world, accompanied by luxury brands and exquisite hospitality to form the UK’s Most Exclusive Motor Show.

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St Giles’ Fair 2021 at Oxford City Centre

St Giles’ Fair 2021

06 & 07 September
St Giles’, Oxford

The annual fun fair held in Oxford City Centre dates back to 1625 when it was a parish festival to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles, and is held on the Monday and Tuesday following the first Sunday after St Giles’ Day (01 September).

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The Luna Open-Air Cinema at Waddesdon Manor

The Luna Open-Air Cinema at Waddesdon Manor

09 to 12 September
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for an unforgettable big-screen experience at the Luna Open-Air Cinema at Waddesdon Manor. Throw in great food and a full bar, and of course giant screens with an incredible state of the art sound, and you have yourself your perfect late summer’s evening out.

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Quandary Collective’s Richard II Visiting major UK cities including Oxfordshire's Waterperry Gardens

Richard II: The UK Tour

10 & 11 September
Waterperry Gardens

Set in a near-future, post-global ecological collapse, Quandary Collective’s Richard II is a bloodthirsty outdoor exhibition. This fearless adaptation blends Shakespeare’s text with visceral movement and live electronic music, while you see the politics of old and young clashing in maintaining England’s fragile peace. Join us as we ask what it takes to lead a country, why gender matters in positions of power and explore the price we pay for wanting autonomy over our lives.

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Oxford Wine Festival 2019

The Oxford Wine Festival 2021

10 & 11 September
The Oxford Union

The Oxford Wine Festival 2021 brings together 40 leading wine merchants and vineyards in one of Oxford's most iconic buildings - the Oxford Union. Expect hundreds of award-winning and rare wines from over twenty countries, accompanied by live music, food, and tutored tastings from the world's foremost wine authorities.

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Abingdon Air and Country Show 2021

Abingdon Air and Country Show 2021

11 September
Abingdon Airfield (RAF Abingdon)

From dynamic flying displays to static aircraft displays, cockpits to sit in, as well as a great mix of re-enactment stalls, classic cars, country fayre, and arts and craft stalls - the Abingdon Air and Country Show 2021 will have something for everybody.

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The Henley Show 2021 at The Henley Showground

Henley Farm & Country Show 2021

11 September
The Henley Showground, Hambleden

Organised by Henley & District Agricultural Association - a charity dedicated to promoting and improving agriculture, horticulture and the breeding and rearing of livestock - the Henley Farm & Country Show 2021 will take place on Saturday 11 September 2021 at The Henley Showground from 8.30 am to the last Main Ring event at 5.00 pm.

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2021 Blenheim Palace Triathlon

2021 Blenheim Palace Triathlon

11 to 12 September
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Every year, competitors and spectators are welcomed to the stunning surroundings of Blenheim Palace to take part in one of the most spectacular triathlons in Europe, set against the backdrop of this World Heritage Site. General entries for the 2021 event are currently sold out, but spectator tickets are now available to buy online.

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Bicester Festival 2021

Bicester Festival 2021

11 to 26 September
Garth Park, Bicester

Bicester’s annual community arts festival will return this autumn with a vibrant programme of events and activities - from live and recorded music to visual arts, dance, theatre and outdoor performances, alongside workshops and talks. This year’s theme of Sea Change/See Change reflects on the big environmental and social changes being witnessed today and how we express that shared experience.

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Henley Festival 2021

Henley Festival 2021

15 to 19 September (Rescheduled)
Henley-on-Thames Town Centre

The Henley Festival is an exclusive boutique black-tie festival that takes place over five days, celebrating the best of the UK and International music and arts. The festival is a truly unique event. It embraces a vibrant programme from pop to world music, classical to jazz where art and gastronomy share equal billing with music.

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Paloma Faith at New Theatre Oxford

Paloma Faith at New Theatre Oxford

16 September
New Theatre Oxford

Come see Paloma as she emerges from lockdown with a new sense of her priorities which has seen her reconnect with her roots steeped in creativity. This is a new Paloma Faith, an artist who has retreated within herself and found not the careful, polished veteran of show business, but the 22-year-old art student being led by her own creativity.

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SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials 2019

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 2021

19 to 22 September
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials are a must for any eventing enthusiast. The competition is now firmly established in the eventing calendar, attracting the world's best riders and thousands of spectators who come each year to watch the five-day event. The first two days of the event will consist of Dressage competitions, with the weekend hosting Cross Country and Show Jumping.

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The Magic of Motown at New Theatre Oxford

The Magic of Motown at New Theatre Oxford

23 September
New Theatre Oxford

Celebrating 60 magical years of Motown, immerse yourself in the sound of a generation as The Magic of Motown returns! This is Motown at its very best. You will be going down memory lane with Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, and many, many more tribute acts.

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Hans Coper 100 at the Ashmolean Museum

Hans Coper 100 at the Ashmolean Museum

Until 26 September
Ashmolean Museum

To mark the 100th anniversary of internationally renowned ceramic artist Hans Coper’s birth, the Ashmolean is devoting a display to an exhibition of Coper’s ceramics made across his career. The exhibition includes ceramics from the museum’s own collection together with more than 30 loans from private collections.

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Roots to Seeds Exhibition at Weston Library

Roots to Seeds Exhibition at Weston Library

Until 24 October
Weston Library, Oxford

Marking the anniversary of the foundation of the Oxford Botanic Garden in 1621, this exhibition reflects on four centuries of botanical research and teaching at the University of Oxford. It charts the story of Oxford botany as an ever-changing organism, from its early roots as a physic garden in the 17th century to the collaborative research of today.

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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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