Events

Cultural in Cowley Road & Southeast Oxford

May Morning

At 6am on May Day, atop Magdalen College’s belltower, the college choir sings Hymnus Eucharisticus, composed by a Magdalen Fellow in the 17th century. Many students stay up drinking all the previous night, before ga…
Sports in Oxford

Eights Week

In this inter-college rowing championship, contested for over 200 years, boats line up end to end, slightly apart. If you ‘bump’ the boat in front, you swap places for the next race. The leading boat after four days…
Music in Chipping Norton

The Big Feastival

This family-oriented food-and-music festival, on the organic farm 5 miles southwest of Chipping Norton, where Blur bassist Alex James makes his cheese (really!), has become a fixture on the Cotswolds calendar. Recen…
Music in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cheltenham’s prestigious jazz festival, held for six days over the May Day Bank Holiday, has traditionally featured the likes of Stephane Grappelli, Van Morrison and Ornette Coleman as well as newcomers. Around 50 p…
Fair in Jericho & Science Area

St Giles’ Fair

Oxford’s oldest traditional festival, first celebrated in 1625, honours the feast of St Giles (1 September) with stalls, rides and funfair attractions in his namesake street. It takes place on the first Monday and T…
Literature in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Literature Festival

One of the world’s oldest book-focused festivals kicks off over 10 days in autumn, hosting an astounding array of talks, workshops, interviews and debates by 600 top writers, actors, scholars and other literary figu…
Horse Racing in The Thames Valley

Royal Ascot

Don your finest duds and join the glitterati at the biggest racing meet of the year, going strong since 1711. The royal family, A-list celebrities and other rich and famous folk gather for this five-day festival, 7 …
Music in The Thames Valley

Reading Festival

Each August Bank Holiday weekend, up to 87,000 revellers descend on the industrial town of Reading for one of the country’s biggest music events. The three-day extravaganza features world-class artists in all genres…
Sports in Henley-on-Thames

Henley Royal Regatta

This world-renowned tournament sees Henley burst into action for five supercharged days. It’s a serious sporting event, pitting top-calibre rowers against each other, but it’s also a major fixture on the high-societ…
Cultural in Painswick

Cheese-Rolling

The Cotswolds' most dangerous sporting event continues, despite official disapproval and serious injuries, to be celebrated on the final Monday of each May. In a 200-year-old tradition, crowds run, tumble and slide …