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Oxfordshire events to look forward to this autumn

It’s always nice to have things in the diary to look forward to – especially when the summer starts to draw to a close. Luckily, there’s plenty going on this autumn to keep your spirits up even when the nights draw in and the kids go back to school. Here are some of our favourite events in or within easy reach of Oxford coming up this autumn.


The Wychwood Forest Fair

Head over to Ducklington Showground in Witney between 11am and 5pm on 3 September for the Wychwood Forest Fair, where you’ll find rural craft demonstrations, great food and entertainment aplenty. Pick up some unique local wares to take home with you after enjoying the fun fair, ferret racing and coconut shy. Even better, the fun and games are all in aid of local wildlife and landscape conservation work carried out by the organising charity, the Wychwood Project.


Autumn colours at Batsford Arboretum

Autumn is the event of the year at Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh. Throughout October and November, you can look forward to an autumnal walk amidst the fiery red and orange leaves. The cherry and maple trees are a particular highlight, so don’t forget your camera and have Instagram at the ready. Batsford is dog-friendly, so you can even bring your canine friend along with you to chase the leaves.


The Raymond Blanc Festival of Music

If you’re a fan of music and fine food, Raymond Blanc’s Festival of Music could have been made for you. Held on 3 and 4 October, the first day features singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti and the second the Oxford Philharmonia Orchestra. Tickets for the event include a Champagne Laurent-Perrier reception and a mouthwatering autumn menu paired with wines.


Imagining the Divine exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum

Opening on 19 October and running until 18 February 2018, Imagining the Divine is a major new exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. This ambitious exhibition is the first of its kind, looking at the spread of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism across the world in the first millennium AD. Expect to see some incredible artefacts from the early development of these religions, and don’t forget to have a look around the rest of the museum’s priceless collections while you’re at it.