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6 fantastic festivals to enjoy in Oxfordshire this year

PUBLISHED: 11:38 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:38 14 May 2019

There are plenty of fantastic festivals taking place in Oxfordshire this year (c) monkeybusinessimages / Getty Images

There are plenty of fantastic festivals taking place in Oxfordshire this year (c) monkeybusinessimages / Getty Images


From delicious food to marvellous music, there are plenty of fantastic festivals taking place in Oxfordshire this year

Thame Food Festival

Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29

Where: Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire

Facebook: @Thamefoodfestival

Twitter: @thamefoodfest

Love food…wine…music…and fun?! Then join this year's Thame Food Festival on the September 28 and 29, 2019. There will be over 150 wonderful artisan producers, delicious street food stalls and obviously yummy sampling. Not to mention demonstrations galore by some of the country's leading chefs and bakers including Jane Devonshire, Chetna Makan and Briony May. In addition there will be a visit from one of the country's best loved cookery writers and television personalities - Mary Berry.

Get involved and enjoy many of the workshops and masterclasses going on, plus there will be a number of children's activities run by local charities including all the fun and frolics of a dog show. Enter into the festival vibe with the dedicated live music area, pop-up pub and botanical gin garden.

Entrance is £5 per day (accompanied children under 16 go free), so come eat, drink and do! Join for a fun, fabulous, feasting family day out!

This event, originally based in the town centre, has been going since 2008 and last year attracted thousands of people. This year is aiming to have over 120 artisan producers alongside demonstrations from many leading chefs and bakers. The event naturally attracts a number of high profile celebrities from both the chef and baking world including Master Chef and Great British Bake Off stars. It is also part of the British Food Fortnight (falling in the middle weekend of that celebration).

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Thame Food Festival (c) Deb PorterThame Food Festival (c) Deb Porter

English Music Festival

Friday, May 24-Monday, May 27

Where: Dorchester Abbey in Dorchester-on-Thames, All Saints' Church in Sutton Courtenay and The Silk Hall at Radley College

Twitter: @EMF_music

Taking place in and around the mediaeval Abbey at Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, the English Music Festival promises a May bank holiday weekend full of glorious music, played by top musicians, set in context by informative talks, joyful social events and even a poetry recital: conviviality, beautiful and historical locations and inspirational music-making.

Artists involved range from the BBC Concert Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble of London through the Piatti Quartet to the wonderful boys of Worcester College (Oxford) Chapel Choir. Highlights include the world premiere performances of Vaughan Williams's The Blue Bird, a Stanford Violin Concerto and of major works by David Matthews, Robin Milford and Lord Berners.

Music ranges from lute songs and duets by John Dowland and songs by Finzi, Ireland and Warlock, through choral and orchestral gems by Finzi, Howells, Holst, Ireland, Dyson, Delius and Vaughan Williams, to Elgar's gorgeous String Quartet and Violin Sonata, and 1930s jazz from the New Foxtrot Serenaders.

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English Music Festival (c) Keith Barnes / www.photographersworkshop.co.ukEnglish Music Festival (c) Keith Barnes / www.photographersworkshop.co.uk

Burford Festival - a small town with a big festival!

Thursday, June 6- Sunday, June 16

Facebook: @burfordfestival

Twitter: @burfordfestival

Burford's non-stop festival with many of around 50 events costing between £5 and £13 is on the June 6 and 16 starting with their Open Gardens weekend. Theatre and film events include Letters from Broadway and Much Ado About Nothing.

The speakers include Rick and John Stein, Michael Morpurgo, Prue Leith, Diane Setterfield, and Deborah Warner. One unmissable event is Chadden Hunter, BBC Natural History Unit, who will be sharing never-before-seen footage.

Jo Ruxton will discuss her film A Plastic Ocean. Lysander Ashton, will introduce Deep Field with amazing Hubble Space Telescope's imagery and Tweedy the clown will add cheer. Music includes The Songbird Trio's concert, a celebration of Milt Jackson of MJQ and chic Parisian café music. The acclaimed, 80-strong Pendyrus Male Voice Choir will uplift everyone and the a cappella group All the King's Men will amaze The finale gala concert features The Burford Singers and superstar pianist Maria Marchant.

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Burford Festival (c) Anthony Paul LtdBurford Festival (c) Anthony Paul Ltd

Oxford Piano Festival

Saturday, July 27-Sunday, August 4

Where: Various locations in Oxford

Facebook: @oxfordphil

Twitter: @OxfordPhil

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Oxford Piano Festival, providing gifted young pianists an opportunity to work alongside some of the world's finest musicians. The festival's Patron, Alfred Brendel, opens the week with Chamber Music Masterclasses, and Boris Berezovsky makes his festival debut with a varied programme including transcriptions by Rachmaninov of popular works by other composers, as well as his magnificent Piano Sonata No. 2, a work as tempestuous as it is heartfelt. Also making their festival debuts are Ingrid Fliter (performing with the Orchestra) and exclusive Warner Classics artist Beatrice Rana, a pianist of extraordinary musicianship. Sergei Babayan returns for an evening dedicated to the music of Chopin, while Menahem Pressler gives a recital that will produce an atmosphere only he can generate. Closing the series, Steven Osborne displays his acute affinity with Messiaen's piano works.

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Offbeat Festival

Monday, June 17-Saturday, June 29

Where: Oxford Playhouse & The Old Fire Station

Facebook: @oxfordfestival

Twitter: @OffBeatOx

Offbeat is Oxford's genre-bending festival of comedy, theatre, dance, spoken word, family shows and more from some of the UK's most exciting performers.

Whatever you like, there's something for you. Take a chance on something a bit different, and go on a blind date with a show you could fall in love with. This includes a comedy about a jewel heist, a VR experience, a glittering dance party, an unstageable play and an exhibition of dog selfies. From intimate dance duets to a hip-hopera, stopping off at a circus show along the way.

Performances will take place in the Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio, Old Fire Station and outdoors on Gloucester Green.

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Cornbury Festival

Friday, July 5-Sunday, July 7

Where: The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire

Facebook: @CornburyMusicFestival

Twitter: @Cornbury

The Cornbury Music Festival is located on the beautiful Great Tew Estate in the heart of the Cotswolds. A one-of-a-kind festival, lovingly crafted, top notch open-air party for the whole family!

Like the best of England, The Cornbury Music Festival is civilised, charming and irresistible - a homespun melting pot where music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and little old ladies who make exceptional cakes. In short, it represents classic summer entertainment for a friendly crowd from all walks of life. A country fair with a rock 'n' roll twist; a farmers' market with a dance floor; a local carnival with a classic contemporary soundtrack.

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