Summer 2018: What’s on in Oxfordshire?
Summer is a coming in, and that means the season for embracing the outdoors is upon us. Oxfordshire is home to lots of delightful festivals that make the perfect way to while away balmy summer weekends, and here’s our pick of some of our favourites to look forward to.
Henley Garden Show
If you didn’t make it to Chelsea Flower Show this year, the Henley Garden Show is a great alternative. Running from 13 to 15 July at Stonor Park, the show sees over 100 exhibitors filling this beautiful setting with loads of gardening inspiration, from an array of flowers and plants to bigger investments such as garden furniture and greenhouses. Even better, the Food and Drink Pavilion is full of tempting treats when you’re in need of some refreshment.
If gardening isn’t your thing, you could instead head to the Great Tew estate for Cornbury Festival, which runs the same weekend, from 13 to 15 July. While last year’s festival was originally scheduled to be the last, it’s back again this year by popular demand, featuring another great line-up of music, comedy and great food. Headliners this year include UB40, Alanis Morissette, Squeeze and Caro Emerald, with James Acaster and Katy Brand among the comedians on stage, and the Hairy Bikers dishing up culinary delights in their ‘Pop Up Woody Fired Restaurant’.
Returning to Blenheim Palace from 2 to 5 August, Countryfile Live celebrates all things rural and gives you the chance to mingle with the stars of your favourite Sunday evening show. In keeping with the show, you’ll be able to meet some rare breeds from Adam Henson’s Cotswolds farm, and there’s a pop-up nature reserve where you can look out for butterflies, bees and other wildlife. A full programme of fascinating talks (including some with Countryfile presenters including Ellie Harrison and Anita Rani), a dog show, an equine arena and live cookery demonstrations are just a few of the other things you can look forward to at this fantastic event for all the family.
The Big Feastival
If you love your food and drink, you won’t want to miss this fantastic foodie festival, hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James at Alex’s picturesque Cotswolds farm near Chipping Norton. The Big Feastival runs from 24 to 26 August, and it’s particularly worth going if you’re a fan of cheese: as well as lots of other delicious food and drink, you can look forward to sampling artisan cheeses in the Alex James Cheese Hub, and grabbing a grilled cheese sandwich from the Cheese Truck. As if that wasn’t enough, the music line-up features the likes of Paloma Faith, Craig David and Basement Jaxx.
Don’t forget, you can make the occasion extra special by hiring a chauffeur to get you there and back in style and comfort. You’ll never have to worry about quaffing that extra glass of Pimm’s, so you can enjoy the summer events season to the full!