Up and coming events in Oxford

  • Until Monday 28 August, World Vision Charity – Journey of Hope, Bonn Square, 9am to 7pm every day. Journey of Hope is an immersive experience telling the story of eight-year-old Ayie from rural Sierra Leone. It also gives people the opportunity to sponsor a World Vision child. www.worldvision.uk
  • Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 August, Rose Hill Play Ranger Sessions, Rose Hill Rec (behind the Community Centre) 10 am to 2 pm. Free play sessions organised by the Oxfordshire Play Association. www.oxonplay.org.uk
  • Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 August, German Village Festival, Broad Street, 5 pm to 11 pm. Traditional German fest with an outside area and beer tent – the first time in Oxford. http://oxford.bierfest.co.uk/
  • Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August, Hebborns Family Fun Fair, Cowley Marsh Rec, 1.30 pm to 10 pm. www.hebbornamusements.co.uk
  • Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August, Oxford City Royal Regatta, Longbridges Nature Park, 7 am to 6 pm. Oxford City Royal Regatta is an annual rowing competition which has taken place on the Isis River since 1841. www.oxfordrowingclub.org.uk
  • Sunday 20 August, Oxford Women’s Softball Cricket Festival, Cutteslowe Park, 12 pm to 4 pm. Organised by Oxfordshire Cricket, this event gives women of all ages an exciting and inclusive introduction to cricket. http://www.oxfordshire.cricket/
  • Sunday 20 August, Film under the Stars, Rose Hill Rec (behind the community centre), 8.45 pm to 11pm. Outdoor screening of a family film. www.filmoxford.org
  • Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 August, Rose Hill Play Ranger Sessions, Rose Hill Rec (behind the Community Centre) 10 am to 2 pm. Free play sessions organised by the Oxfordshire Play Association. www.oxonplay.org.uk
  • Sunday 27 August, Headington 5 Mile Road Race, starting at Boults Lane Rec, 9.30 am to 11 am. Annual 5-mile road running race around Marston and Headington.http://www.hrr.org.uk/h5m/

Thames Valley Police Open Day on Saturday 5 August

Thames Valley Police hosts the eleventh force Open Day on Saturday 5 August. The event is being held at its Training Centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading (RG7 4DX) and will be open between 10am and 4pm.

With over 40 exhibitors attending, there is something for everyone. This year the Open Day promises to be even bigger and better than before. Here are just some of the highlights in the jammed packed programme:

• Become a detective for the day and solve the crime
• Arena displays showcasing the specialist dog, horse and public order teams
• See the force helicopter up close and meet some of the pilots
• Listen to expert talks about tactical armed policing, the dangers of sexting and how we are combatting organised crime
• Children’s fancy dress – come dressed in police themed costumes
• Name a police puppy competition
• Sample some mouth-watering delights in the Fun Food Kitchen
• Visit the on-site museum to learn about some of our most notorious cases.

For the first time, visitors will be able to become a detective for the day. Working with our Forensic Investigation Unit, you can solve various clues to reveal how Mr Money Bags met his unfortunate demise. Children are also encouraged to come dressed in police themed costume, with a parade at midday and a fabulous prize up for grabs.

The theme this year is Children and Young People and there will be a dedicated Kids Zone featuring our Cadets and Mini Police recruits. We are also supporting SAFE, a charity that helps people aged between 8 and eighteen who have been affected by crime within Thames Valley.

Limited parking is available and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Dogs are not permitted (except for assistance dogs) and must not be left in vehicles.

The Open Day will close at 4pm with the last entry at 3.30pm.

Looks like fun!

Up and coming events in Oxford

 

  • Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July, Dreaming Spires Steam Rally, Cutteslowe Park, 12 to 5 pm. Annual event for Rally for Model Engineering Club members to come together.www.cosme.org.uk
  • Saturday 22 July, Orinoco fund raising Indian dinner 7pm. North Oxford Association, Diamond Place OX2 7DF. Adults £20, concessions £12. To book a place contact Orinoco on 01865 761113, email mail@orinoco.org
  • Saturday 22 July, Run the Oxford Parks by Thames Valley Orienteering Club, Headington Hill Park, 9am to 2pm. Part of a series of Saturday orienteering events based in and around Oxford organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club. www.tvoc.org.uk
  • Saturday 22 July, Oxford Rathayatra, Broad Street, 12 to 4.30pm. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness’ biggest street festival with stage performances, chanting, free vegetarian food, exhibits, spiritual literature, meditation and a short procession around the city centre.
  • Saturday 22 July, FilmUunder the Stars, Hinksey Park, 9.20 to 11pm. Outdoor screening of a family film. www.filmoxford.org
  • Monday 24 July to Monday 28 August, World Vision Charity – Journey of Hope, Bonn Square, 9am to 7pm every day. Journey of Hope is an immersive experience telling the story of eight year old Ayie from rural Sierra Leone, giving people the opportunity to sponsor a World Vision child. www.worldvision.uk
  • Thursday 27 July, The Leys Play and Activity Day, Fry’s Hill, 11am to 3pm. Each year the Oxfordshire Play Association organises a series of play and activity days across the county in line with the ethos of National Playday, the celebration of the Childs Right to Play. www.oxonplay.org.uk
  • Saturday 29 July, Film Under the Stars, Sunnymead Park, 9.20am to 11 pm. Outdoor screening of a family film. www.filmoxford.org
  • Sunday 30 July, The People’s Fair, Florence Park, 11am to 5pm. Celebration of the diverse communities in Oxford with a variety of cultural stalls and food.
  • Tuesday 1 August, Meet Paw Patrol with the Oxford Tube, Broad Street, 10am to 5.30pm. The Oxford Tube is promoting their recently launched ‘Kids Go Free’ tickets.www.stagecoachbus.com
  • Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 August, Rose Hill Play Ranger Sessions, Rose Hill Rec (behind the Community Centre) 10 am to 2 pm. Free play sessions organised by the Oxfordshire Play Association. www.oxonplay.org.uk

Up and coming events in Oxford

  • Tuesday 4 July, Oxfordshire School Games, Horspath Sports Ground, 10am to 4pm. Annual programme of sport competition for young people in Oxfordshire. www.oxspa.co.uk
  • Saturday 8 July, West Oxford Fun Day, Botley Park, 1pm to 5 pm. Annual community Fun Day organised by West Oxford Community Association with a music stage, fun games for all ages, circus skills, gurning, food and drink stalls, and a range of community information and consultation stalls. www.woca.org.uk
  • Saturday 8 July, Leys Festival and Horticultural Show, Blackbird Leys Park, 12pm to 4pm. Annual community festival with activities for the whole family to try out, a static classic car display and performances. The horticultural show will display home grown vegetables, fruit and planters, as well as homemade foods from school pupils and residents across the Leys to be entered into competition. http://leysfestival.weebly.com/
  • Sunday 9 July, Cancer Research UK Race for Life 5k and 10k, University Parks and city centre, 10am to 2pm. Annual 5k and 10k fundraising event for Cancer Research UK. www.raceforlife.org
  • Saturday 15 July, Headington Fun Day, Bury Knowle Park, 2pm to 5 pm. Free annual fun day for the community of Headington with games, activities, food and beverages, music and fun. www.headingtonchurches.org.uk
  • Saturday 15 July, Dancin’ on the Green, Gloucester Green, 12.15pm to 4.30pm. Dancin’ Oxford will present an afternoon of professional and community dance performances by way of celebration of dance, right in the heart of the city.www.dancinoxford.co.uk
  • Sunday 16 July, Love Oxford, Broad Street, 10am to 1.30pm. An open air Christian church service, bringing together over 25 church communities across Oxford.
  • Sunday 16 July, Marston Neighbourhood Church Summer BBQ, Milham Ford Nature Park, 4pm to 6pm. Annual community BBQ run by the local church with food, gospel talk and some organised games. http://themnc.org/
  • Saturday 22 July, Run the Oxford Parks by Thames Valley Orienteering Club, Headington Hill Park, 9am to 2pm. Part of a series of Saturday orienteering events based in and around Oxford, and organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club. www.tvoc.org.uk
  • Saturday 22 July, Oxford Rathayatra, Broad Street, 12pm to 4.30pm. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness’ biggest street festival with stage performances, chanting, free vegetarian food, exhibits, spiritual literature, meditation, and a short procession around the city centre.
  • Saturday 22 July, Film under the Stars, Hinksey Park, 9.20pm to 11pm. Outdoor screening of a family film. www.filmoxford.org

Common People Festival

We have asked City Council officers for a report back on the Common People Festival as we realise that the noise levels appeared louder this year. They confirm that

  • they did check the noise levels both inside the Park and in surrounding areas, the volume was within set limits but an unusual combination of wind in the wrong direction and windows open on a hot day meant more noise than usual travelled into the Headington residential area
  • there were armed police on site following the incident in Manchester. All incidents (minor) were dealt with straightaway
  • there were sniffer dogs at the event so drug security was tight
It seems that the organisers and agencies managed the event as well as could be expected.

Up and coming events in Oxford

 

  • Friday 26 – Monday 29 May, Hebborn’s Fun Fair, Blackbird Leys Park, 1 to 10 pm. Family Fun Fair including games, rides & entertainment. www.hebbornamusements.co.uk
  • Saturday 27 May, Bonn Week Bürgerfest, Broad Street, 12 to 4 pm. Celebration of 70 years of friendship between the twin cities Oxford and Bonn with performances, food & drink and family activities.  www.oxford.gov.uk/bonnweek2017
  • Sunday 27 May, The Oxford Singers busk for Cancer Research UK, Bonn Square, 10 am to 5 pm. Acapella singing and charity collection. www.oxfordsingers.org
  • Saturday 27 May, Saturday Series Orienteering Event, Cutteslowe Park, 10 am to 2 pm. Small scale orienteering event by the Thames Valley Orienteering Club specifically aimed to attract newcomers to the sport. www.tvoc.org.uk/index.php
  • Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May, Common People Festival, South Park, 10 am to 11 pm. Common People is back in South Park with a great line-up and the best from the local music scene. www.oxford.commonpeople.net
  • Wednesday 31 May, World No Tobacco Day, Bonn Square, 10 am to 4 pm. World No Tobacco Day is a global Stop Smoking Campaign to encourage those who consume tobacco in any form, to refrain from doing so for at least 24 hours.www.solutions4health.co.uk
  • Wednesday 31 May, Wild Park & Gardens, Hinksey Park, 11 am to 3 pm. Find out what you can do for local wildlife conservation. www.bbowt.org.uk
  • Saturday 3 June, Oxford Pride, city centre, from 12 pm. Celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life in Oxfordshire! Parade from Catte Street to the main event at Oxford Castle Quarter and street party on Paradise Street. www.oxford-pride.org.uk
  • Saturday 3 June & Sunday 4 June, Headington Festival & Sports Day, Bury Knowle Park, 1 to 5 pm. Annual community event with activities for the whole family, including a funfair. www.headingtonaction.org
  • Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 June, West End Fayre, Middle Fisher Row, 10 am to 7 pm. Two day outdoor food & drink fayre promoting local businesses.
  • Sunday 4 June, Oxford City Cricket Mela, Cowley Marsh, 10.30 am to 9 pm. A free community cricket themed day promoting cricketing opportunities in the city.www.oxford.gov.uk / www.oxfordshire.cricket.co.uk

Events in Oxford over the Bank Holiday weekend

Upcoming events

  • Friday 19 May, Charles I Entry into Oxford Parade (part of Ashmolean’s Live Friday Nights), Broad Street to the Ashmolean, from 6.30 pm. Celebrate with Elias Ashmole, founder of the Ashmolean Museum, as well as King Charles I and a parade of Civil War Cavaliers & Courtesans. http://www.ashmolean.org/
  • Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May, Stand for Freedom, Bonn Square, 3 to 9 pm (Fri) & 9 am to 3 pm (Sat). Aware raising demonstration with the goal of increasing public understanding of the extent of modern day slavery. https://www.justloveuk.com/oxford.html
  • Saturday 20 May, Dementia Oxfordshire Raising Awareness Walk, Florence Park, 11 am to 3 pm. Service users and their families are invited to walk together to raise awareness and fundraise. www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk
  • Saturday 20 May, 8th Oxford Summer Mela, Rose Hill, 11 am to 5 pm. Oxford Mela is a celebration of dance, song, food, fashion and activities for the whole community.http://www.oxfordhindutemple.org/
  • Monday 22 and 29 May, Sri Chinmoy Races, Cutteslowe Park, 7 to 7.30 pm. Self Transcendence race series held every summer in Cutteslowe Park.https://uk.srichinmoyraces.org/races/oxford
  • Friday 26 – Monday 29 May, Hebborn’s Fun Fair, Blackbird Leys Park, 1 to 10 pm. Family Fun Fair including games, rides and entertainment. www.hebbornamusements.co.uk
  • Saturday 27 May, Bonn Week Bürgerfest, Broad Street, 12 to 4 pm. Celebration of 70 years of friendship between the twin cities Oxford and Bonn with performances, food and drink and family activities.  https://www.oxford.gov.uk/bonnweek2017
  • Sunday 27 May, The Oxford Singers busk for Cancer Research UK, Bonn Square, 10 am to 5 pm. Acapella singing and charity collection. www.oxfordsingers.org
  • Saturday 27 May, Saturday Series Orienteering Event, Cutteslowe Park, 10 am to 2 pm. Small scale orienteering event by the Thames Valley Orienteering Club specifically aimed to attract newcomers to the sport. http://www.tvoc.org.uk/index.php
  • Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May, Common People Festival, South Park, 10 am to 11 pm. Common People is back in South Park with a great line-up and the best from the local music scene. www.oxford.commonpeople.net
  • Wednesday 31 May, World No Tobacco Day, Bonn Square, 10 am to 4 pm. World No Tobacco Day is a global Stop Smoking Campaign to encourage those who consume tobacco in any form, to refrain from doing so for at least 24 hours.http://www.solutions4health.co.uk/
  • Wednesday 31 May, Wild Park and Gardens, Hinksey Park, 11 am to 3 pm. Find out what you can do for local wildlife conservation. www.bbowt.org.uk

Up and coming events in Oxford

  • Thursday 11 May, Mental Health Awareness Week, Bonn Square, 10am to 3pm. Oxford City Council and partners from Public Health, Aspire, Restore and OxSPA are coming together to promote Mental Health Awareness Week. www.oxford.gov.uk
  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May, British Heart Foundation London to Oxford Trek, finishing at Oxpens Meadow, 2pm (Sat) to 4pm (Sun). From the Capital to the historic university city of Oxford, heart trekkers can walk 100 km through the day and through the night. www.bhf.org.uk
  • Saturday 13 May, OxHoli 2017, Cowley Marsh, 12pm to 4pm. Celebration of the Indian festival of colours, organised by the Oxford University Hindu Society. www.facebook.com/groups/2202237652
  • Sunday 14 May, Town & Gown, route through the city centre finishing at University Parks, 8am to 12pm. Annual 10k charity road race through Oxford City Centre. www.musculardystrophyuk.org
  • Sunday 14 May, Jewish Culture Fair, Broad Street, 2pm to 6pm. Event celebrating Jewish culture including music, art, food, history display and crafts.www.oxfordchabad.org
  • Friday 19 May, Charles I Entry into Oxford Parade (part of Ashmolean’s Live Friday Nights), Broad Street to the Ashmolean, from 6.30pm. Celebrate with Elias Ashmole, founder of the Ashmolean Museum, as well as King Charles I and a parade of Civil War Cavaliers and Courtesans. www.ashmolean.org
  • Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May, Stand for Freedom,Bonn Square, 3pm to 9pm (Fri) and 9am to 3pm (Sat). Aware raising demonstration with the goal of increasing public understanding of the extent of modern day slavery. www.justloveuk.com/oxford.html

Headington Lib Dems support the Migrants Welcome campaign

Lib Dem general election candidate Kirsten Johnson joins the team to support the One Day Without Us campaign (2nd from left)

There will be an exhibition of photos by Fran Monks showing gratitude to migrants living in Oxford. The idea is to show that Oxford is a city which welcomes immigrants by photographing British born people with people who were born overseas to whom they are grateful. The gratitude can be for anything, big or small, and the photos will be exhibited outside the SAID Business School as part of the Oxford Festival of the Arts all summer.

 

Fran has taken a photograph of Ruth and Altaf – we have seen a copy already but are keeping it secret until the Festival starts on 24 June!

Oxford’s Japan Day 1st May

Have a taste of Japan in Oxford next Monday 1 May 2017 anytime from 11am to 3pm at St Giles’ Church Hall (OX2 6HT).

The organisers promise lots of typical Japanese food including cakes and tea; traditional Japanese crafts and antiques; workshops in origami, Japanese calligraphy, face painting and  a kimono (Japanese traditional clothes) fitting.

The event is aimed at introducing Japanese culture to people in Oxford and raising funds in aid of the communities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.