Towersey Festival

There is so much going on in Oxfordshire this August Bank Holiday weekend we thought we’d give you a heads up on what to see, watch, enjoy, drink and eat. You’re welcome!

1)  Tap Social – Change is Brewing Beer Fest,Tap Social’s Botley Taproom on Sunday, 28 August from 12pm – 11pm. Expect a diverse collection of fantastic breweries from all around the UK, a wicked lineup of live music, DJs, street food vendors, and more. Plus a series of panel discussions and other events dedicated to beer, cider, wine, food, and travel. In short, this is the type of proper, nationally focused craft beer festival Oxford has long deserved. Tickets here:

Tap Social Movement Taproom

2) Towersey Festival August Bank Holiday 26 – 29 A friendly family fest near Bicester with fun for all ages and features a real mix of alternative music. Headliners include Bill Bailey, Imelda May, Del Amitri, Turin Breaks, Howard Jones, Kate Busby, Anais Mitchell  

3) Blenheim Palace – Live duelling in the Great Court with Art of the Duel all weekend. Stage-fighting actors will dazzle visitors with their re-enactment of classical two-person combat. Or book the Peter Rabbit Experience – an immersive adventure in Blenheim’s Walled Gardens READ ABOUT IT HERE where a young Beatrix Potter invites you to join her on an adventure to find her mischievous friend Peter Rabbit with friends Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher

Art of the Duel at Blenheim Palace

4) Oxford Playhouse – Dragons and Mythical Beasts Live – Fri 26 to Sun 28 Aug. Direct from the West End. From the creators of the international smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life, enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new show for all the family and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Just don’t wake the Dragon….

Dragons and Mythical Beasts Live

5) Plough Fest, The Plough, West Hanney, Sunday August 28, with live music from 12 noon until 9pm. Foodies will love the lamb flatbreads, pizza, burgers and hot dogs, ale lovers the beer from Timothy Taylor, Ilovebeer, Otter Brewery, and Loose cannon. Or camp out at the Prosecco Pimms and Provence bar. Music acts include Dave Fitzgerald, Steve White, Ryan Clayton, Torrin Cuthill, Flo And George, George Lewis, Rhiannon Fitzgerald, Tom Wells And Collabs.

Landlord Owain at The Plough in West Hanney. Pic by Ed Nix

6) The Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition 2022, SJE Arts, features 230 pieces by local artists almost all of which are for sale, hand-picked in a rigorous selection process that saw the judges processing over 398 artworks, with the chosen pieces ranging from mosaics and portraits to sculpture and prints. And it’s FREE! Until September 4. 

Becky Paton

7) Big Feastival – takes place on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds on August 26-28. This year’s line-up includes music from the Stereophonics, Anne-Marie, The Human League, Sam Ryder, Sugababes and Jake Bugg whilst the chef line-up features Ravneet Gill, Thomasina Miers and Clare Smyth, alongside some of the nation’s best street food vendors including DJ BBQ. Plus fun for the whole family in the form of Justin Fletcher, Bluey & Bingo, Dick and Dom and Andy & The Odd Socks to keep the little ones entertained.

6AlexJames Food Hub. Caitlin_Mogridge_9706

8) Story Museum Ka-Boom! The art of creating comics’ and Beano workshop. ‘Ka-Boom! The art of creating comics’  an interactive journey through the comic-making process with the help of some familiar faces including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Cadet Judge Dredd and Bunny VS Monkey. Book the brilliant workshop with Beano artist, Laura Howell on Saturday 27 August at 11am and 2.30pm. Entry is included with a Galleries ticket.

Kaboom at Oxford Story Museum

9) The Theatre Chipping Norton has a great summer schedule of Al Fresco events.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Newbarn Farm, Charlbury on August 27-28.

Midsummer Night’s Dream

10) Woodstock Live! Woodstock, August 27-28 – The town comes alive with live music from 1pm-9pm both days and a massive mix of live music from Cuban and blues to R&B to country and pop. Some really up-and-coming bands and singers have been head-hunted for this so pop along and enjoy the food and drink supplied by the town centre’s many hostelries, hotels and restaurants.

Jazmine Flowers is playing at Woodstock Live! Pics by Shade Dean Alegre

11) FOODIES FESTIVAL, South Parks, August 27-29  – a star-studded line-up of celebrity TV chefs and music stars, including Natalie Imbruglia, The Feeling and Toploader, as well as MasterChef champions, stars of Great British Bake-Off and Michelin Starred Chefs. Chef-patron, Mike North from The Nut Tree Inn, Murcott, Michelin starred chef and Great British Menu celebrity, Paul Welburn and Taste Tibet’s Yeshi and Julie Jampa will all be cooking live.

The Michelin boys: Mike North of The Nut Tree (left) with Paul Welburn at the OxInABox Food Awards

12) THE HARE AND THE MOON, Didcot Cornerstone. Saturday August 27. 12.30pm and 3pm. Come along to this brilliant show and join the Fabularium Astronomers as they tell the tale of how Leapa the Artic Hare and friends who band together to reclaim the sun.

13) The Horseshoes, Witney – DJs, food, BBQ – it’s all going on this Sunday with live music from the amazing DJ Funk Soul Stu.

The Horseshoes, Witney this bank holiday

14) EATING OUT: Don’t know where to eat? Want to enjoy the sun? Then check out our Oxfordshire Al Fresco Eating Out Guide here with over 65 recommended, hand selected pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from

The orangery at The White Hart Fyfield