Summer Events Oxford

Late Summer Events Oxford

With August come the hot dog days of summer. The last few weeks of the long summer school holidays and all that means with bored kids to entertain and not to mention your own holidays and, well, don’t YOU deserve a little time to relax?
So, with you in mind we have compiled a very short list of upcoming events in and around Oxford through August and early September that are sure to give you some opportunities for relaxation and recuperation as you get ready for back to work and back to school.

Summer Music with Mozart
A varied bunch of suggestions this time starting with an event at the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street. The Oxford Proms – Summer Serenade takes place on Saturday 19th August. A great chance to listen to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Oxford Proms Orchestra and soloists Emma Sheppard (viola), Celia Redgate (flute), Edmund Jones (violin), and Christopher Redgate (oboe/conductor).
Enjoy all this:

  • Serenade No 13 in G for strings, ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ K 525 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Concerto for the Howarth-Redgate oboe – Tim Perkins
  • Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E flat K 364 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No 2 in D K 314 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Symphony No 29 in A major K 201 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Your chance to enjoy enchanting music in the delightful surroundings of the Wren designed Sheldonian Theatre.
The concert starts at 7:30pm and adult tickets start from just £10 each and can be ordered online right here:Summer Serenade Tickets

See Ancient Oxford Town Hall from a New Perspective
Just a couple of days later there’s a couple of chances to take a tour of the interior of the historic Oxford Town Hall hosted by the Museum of Oxford you can see the beating heart of Oxford. Your guide will bring to life the history of the place with stories of the people who have been part of the history of the building. During the tour, which does require climbing a few steps, you will see the Medieval Crypt, see the Court Room, visit the Council Chamber – still in use today.

You will be able to view the watercolours of Oxford’s own William Turner. On display is the largest ceremonial mace in England along with the Civic Plate display. To cap it all, the chance to explore the wonderful museum galleries and see how Oxford became what it is today.

The Oxford Town Hall Tour takes place regularly and during August can be taken on the 22nd and 24th. Tickets are from £4 for concessions purchased in advance to £5 if purchased on the day. Best to book in advance at the Town Hall Gift Shop as spaces are limited but you can contact the museum by email, leaving a name and contact number for them to call you back:

A Food Event for the Family Foodies
Next up, can we tempt your inner foodie with the Oxford Foodies Festival? Running from 1st to 3rd September? The Foodies Festival is a three-day event at Oxford’s South Parks, Headington Road.

This extravaganza of food features cooking demonstrations from Michelin starred chefs, a wine, champagne and craft beer theatre and a cake and bake theatre.

If you enjoy TV cookery and chef shows then this is something that you will not want to miss. There’s Candice Brown, the Great British Bake-Off Winner, Matt Tebbutt from Saturday Kitchen, Gary Jones, the Michelin starred chef at Le Manoir and from MasterChefs there’s Billy Wright, Jack Layer and Tony Rodd.

There’s plenty of opportunity to taste great food on the Feast in the Street Food Avenue, you and your family can learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre, enjoy a tipple in the Drinks Theatre while the kids get their cooking skills started in the Children’s Cookery Theatre. You can buy produce from local producers and, if that was not enough, there’s live music,

Cocktails and competitions.
The event is open from 11am-7pm Friday and Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online through the event website:

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
The last event in this roundup takes us out of Oxford into the countryside, specifically to Blenheim Palace for the world-famous Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Running from 13th September through to 17th September this five day long event is a must see for any horse lover or even the mildly interested!
This is one of the most prestigious equestrian eventing competitions in the world and all the competitions will be fought over by the world’s leading competitors and their up-and-coming horses.

In addition to the competitions there’s a big selection of trade stands for enthusiasts to check out, a food pavilion and craft hall. Non-horse attractions include dog agility displays, side saddle displays and even horseback falconry demonstrations.
Equestrians can take part in the well-loved Blenheim Fun Ride on the 17th September covering a route of about 10 miles with optional fences ranging from 2’3” to 2’9”.

More information and tickets on the event website at:

That’s about it for now, of course there’s much, much, more going on in and around Oxford so we can only touch the surface. We will be back to introduce more events in a few weeks. If there’s any events you’d like us to cover in future columns please drop us a line with your suggestions.


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