Up and coming events in Oxford

  • Wednesday 30 May, Oxford Playhouse Plays Out Tent, Florence Park, 10 am to 6 pm. A production of One Small Step – which is a show aimed at families. Activities include colouring, reading books, craft activities and learning resources all available on tables in the tent.
  • Friday 1 June, St Andrew’s School Fun Run, Bury Knowle Park, 1 pm to 2 pm. An event which takes place in Bury Knowle Park each year. Runners are the school pupils who walk, jog or run an inner loop of Bury Knowle Park, watched by parents and guided by marshals.
  • Friday 1 June, Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, Society Café, St Michael’s Street, 7 pm to 9 pm. A reading by Canadian poet Richard Harrison, recent winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.
  • Saturday 2 June, Oxford Pride, city centre, 12 pm to 10.30 pm. A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life in Oxfordshire.
  • Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, Headington Festival, Bury Knowle Park, 2 pm Saturday to 5 pm Sunday. A family film performance in the evening in Bury Knowle Park alongside a bar for parents. There will be some low-key child-friendly amusements, stalls and refreshments.
  • Saturday 9 June, Big Green Day Out, Broad Street, 10 am to 5 pm. A day-long family festival celebrating everything green and sustainable in and around Oxford.
  • Saturday 9 June, Children’s Day, Florence Park, 10 am to 4 pm. To celebrate our children in the community – activities for the day include a bouncy castle, sports, face painting and a barbecue.
  • Saturday 9 June, Oxford Parkrun, Cutteslowe Park, 9 am to 10.30 am. The Cutteslowe School Friends are organising and promoting children’s participation in the Oxford Parkrun, a weekly timed run at Cutteslowe Park. The Friends will host fun activities, a raffle, and cake sale at Cutteslowe Pavilion. Register to run and come by the Pavilion for tea and cake.
  • Saturday 9 June, Soulful House Hugs, Bonn Square, 1 pm to 4 pm. Providing soulful house music for the people of Oxford – and free hugs to anyone who wants them.
  • Sunday 10 June, Bubble Rush, Cutteslowe Park, 10 am to 2 pm. Family-friendly charity fun run organised by local charity, Helen and Douglas House.
  • Sunday 10 June, Great Global Greyhound Walk, Cutteslowe Park, 10 am to 11.30 am. An international annual dog-walking event that brings together greyhounds, lurchers, other sighthounds and their owners to raise awareness of the breeds and show the public just what wonderful pets they make.

Up and coming events in Oxford in May

  • Saturday 12 May, MOSAIC – Indonesian Cultural Exhibition, Bonn Square, 11 am to 6 pm. Event with lots of hands on experience for visitors related to Indonesia’s diverse and rich culture, such as batik making, wayang making, dance workshops and gamelan. There will also be Indonesian dance, food and more.
  • Sunday 13 May, Town & Gown, city centre, 10 am to 12 pm. Annual 10 km charity road race around the city centre. The race village will be located at University Parks.
  • Sunday 13 May, British Heart Foundation London to Oxford Trek, finishing at Oxpens Rec. 100 km trek, where walkers raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
  • Wednesday 16 May, Human Library, Bonn Square, 4 pm to 6 pm. Part of the Think Human Festival with the theme of revolution. Leading academics from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University will act as human ‘books’ which visitors of all ages will be able to ‘loan’ and engage with, around an aspect of revolution.
  • Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May, Stand for Freedom, Bonn Square, 3 pm to 9 pm (Friday) and 9 am to 3 pm (Saturday). Annual event to raise awareness of Modern Day Slavery.
  • Sunday 20 May, Bike Oxford, route across Oxfordshire and the city, 7.30 am to 5 pm. A day of marked cycle rides of 25, 50 and 80 miles starting and finishing at Oxford University Rugby Club on Iffley Road.
  • Monday 21 May, Sri Chinmoy Races, Cutteslowe Park, 7 pm to 7.30 pm. Annual three mile running race around Peace Mile at Cutteslowe Park.
  • Wednesday 23 May, Wolvercote WW1 Aerodrome Memorial Unveiling, Port Meadow, 2 pm to 2.30 pm. Outdoor ceremony to unveil a new memorial to 17 airmen killed in flying training accidents there during World War One. A rebuilt biplane from the time will be present.
  • Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May, Common People Festival 2018, South Park, 10 am to 11 pm. It’s the third year of Common People in Oxford – a two-day festival created for everyone who wants to listen to music, have fun, eat great food, drink great drinks and play.
  • Saturday 26 May, Oxford Singers Fundraising Event, Bonn Square, 11 am to 4 pm. The Oxford Singers are raising money for the charity Rainbow Trust with their acappella singing.
  • Monday 28 May, Walk the Thames 2018 Fundraising Event, Bonn Square, 9 am to 4.30 pm. Over the course of six days, seven firefighters from Burford Fire Station, Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue service will be walking the length of the Thames Path for 186 miles.

Common People event – noise monitoring in Headington

Following noise complaints last year, one resident has been informed by the City Council:

With regards to monitoring points, we aim to take more measurementsfrom locations that appeared to be particularly affected by low frequency noise from the festival last year which included the Headington area. In terms of the equipment, if I or one of my colleagues could visit you on the Friday evening prior to the start of the festival to install the equipment that would be much appreciated. It will take no more than 15mins or so at the most to set it up and it does not require any interaction at all during the festival as it will be pre-set to log the data we require. We would aim to pick the equipment up on Sunday evening if that is convenient?

Please let us know if you experienced a volume of noise you considered unacceptably high last year and would like monitoring equipment too, and we shall contact the appropriate officer.

Up and coming events

  • Saturday 28 April, Oxford Maths Festival, Bonn Square, 11 am to 4 pm. Find out more about how exciting maths can be with a series of stalls featuring mathematical curiosities, games and demonstrations.
  • Saturday 28 April, Saturday Series – Orienteering Event, Shotover Country Park, 10 am to 1 pm. Orienteering event organised by the Thames Valley Orienteering Club.
  • Saturday 28 April, British Universities Orienteering Championships, Shotover Country Park, 10 am to 1 pm. Orienteering event organised by Oxford University Orienteering Club.
  • Saturday 28 April at 6.30pm at All Saints’ Church, Headington. The Akureyri Choir from Iceland will be performing a wonderful selection of music. The concert is FREE with a retiring collection for the Footsteps Foundation, based in Dorchester, a charity which provides support for children with disabilities.The programme of choral gems includes excerpts from Rossini’s ‘La Petite Messe Solennelle’, Samuel Wesley’s ‘Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace’, the African American Spiritual ‘Deep River’ and a selection of music by Icelandic composers.
  • Wednesday 2 May to Friday 4 May, Riverford Organic Farmers – Veg Box Promotion, Bonn Square, 9 am to 5 pm. Riverford staff members will talk to members of the public about their organic veg box delivery service.
  • Thursday 3 May, Jewish Cultural Fair, Broad Street (bollarded end), 12 pm to 5 pm. Annual outdoor fair that celebrates the rich diversity of Jewish culture in Oxford through food, books, art, music, history exhibition and other activities for all ages.
  • Monday 7 and 21 May, Sri Chinmoy Races, Cutteslowe Park, 7 pm to 7.30 pm. Annual three mile running race around Peace Mile at Cutteslowe Park.
  • Saturday 12 May, MOSAIC – Indonesian Cultural Exhibition, Bonn Square, 11 am to 6 pm. Event with lots of hands on experience for visitors related to Indonesia’s diverse and rich culture, such as batik making, wayang making, dance workshops and gamelan. There will also be Indonesian dance, food and more.
  • Sunday 13 May, Town & Gown, city centre, 10 am to 12 pm. Annual 10 km charity road race around the city centre. The race village will be located at University Parks.
  • Sunday 13 May, British Heart Foundation London to Oxford Trek, finishing at Oxpens Rec. 100 km trek, where walkers raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Forthcoming events in Oxford

  • Wednesday 14 March, Illegal Tobacco – Keep it Out Awareness Event, Bonn Square,  9.30 am to 3.30 pm. As part of No Smoking Day, Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards will bring their Illegal Tobacco Crime Unit to Bonn Square to give out information about the dangers of illegal tobacco.
  • Monday 19 March, Clean Green Roadshow, Manzil Way Gardens, 10.30 am to 4 pm. The Recycling Team will engage with local residents regarding Oxford City Council’s waste, cleansing and enforcement services.
  • Saturday 24 March, Oxford Bus Museum Twilight Vintage Bus Day, Bonn Square, 12 pm to 6 pm. The Oxford Bus Museum is bringing one of their vintage buses and will also provide free vintage bus trips around Oxford city centre in the evening.
  • Saturday 31 March to Monday 2 April, Hebborns Easter Fun Fair, South Park, 1 pm to 10 pm. Family fun fair with a short fireworks display on Saturday (8.30 pm).
  • Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 April, Dogs Trust Promotion, Bonn Square, 9 am to 5 pm. Find out how you can support the charity!
  • Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April, Oxford Arts Market, Broad Street, 9 am to 5.30 pm (Saturday) and 10 am to 4.30 pm (Sunday). Annual arts market that gives local artists and craft makers the opportunity to sell their products.
  • Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April, Folk Weekend Oxford, various locations in the city centre, 10 am to 4 pm. Morris dance teams are performing in spots around the city centre.
  • Saturday 28 April, Oxford Maths Festival, Bonn Square, 11 am to 4 pm. Find out more about how exciting maths can be with a series of stalls with mathematical curiosities, games and demonstrations.
  • Saturday 28 April, Saturday Series – Orienteering Event, Shotover Country Park, 10 am to 1 pm. Orienteering event organised by the Thames Valley Orienteering Club.

Up and coming events in March

  • Friday 2 to Sunday 11 March, Dancin’ Oxford Spring Festival, various locations. Annual dance festival offering a variety of workshops and performances.
  • Sunday 4 March, British Universities Orienteering Championships, Shotover Country Park, 10 am to 1 pm. Orienteering Event by Oxford University Orienteering Club.
  • Wednesday 7 March, Teddy Hall Relays 2018, starting and finishing at Iffley Road Track with a route around the city, 1.30 pm to 4 pm. Annual relay race organised by Oxford University Cross Country Club.
  • Saturday 10 March, Dancin’ Oxford – aerial performance by Gravity & Levity, outside façade of Westgate Centre opposite Bonn Square, 12 pm, 1.30 pm and 3 pm. Gravity & Levity, one of the UK’s leading aerial dance companies, will give three performances throughout the day.

Museum of Oxford seeks volunteers

Find out more about volunteering at Museum of Oxford

The team behind the Museum of Oxford are hosting two free information sessions for members for the public to learn how they can get involved in volunteering.

The sessions, taking place on Monday 5 February, and Tuesday 6 February invites those interested in volunteering to attend two free information talks:

  • Find out more about volunteering: Monday 5 February, 10.30am-12.30pm, at the Heritage Learning Centre
  • Young Innovators open meeting: Tuesday 6 February, 6.00pm-7.30pm, at the Old Museum

The sessions will explore how the public can get involved in volunteering and will feature talks from staff and volunteers, as well as a tour and a chance to ask questions.

The Young Innovators open meeting invites 16-25 year olds who are interested in using their skills to assist in the planning projects and events at the Museum of Oxford. Previously the group have planned live music nights, Halloween evenings, and a family-friendly event examining archaeological finds during the redevelopment of the Westgate shopping centre.

Earlier this month Museum of Oxford introduced Volunteer Makers, a flexible volunteering scheme introducing a new way to volunteer digitally.

In September 2017, the Museum of Oxford as a part of the City Council’s Community Services team received the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard accreditation. The accreditation recognises the team as having best practice of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers.

Up and coming events in Oxford