Cornbury Music Festival pic: Ben Phillips

1) Cornbury Festival – Friday July 8 – Sunday July 10. Great Tew Park. A real family festival with loads of great food, music and activities. Kick your summer off in style with headliners James Blunt, Bryn Adams, Jools Holland and Ronan Keating. READ ABOUT IT HERE: Book at


2) Oxford Festival Of The Arts, Oxford – runs until July 25. READ ABOUT IT HERE: Start tonight with a talk by The Rt Hon Theresa May MP in conversation with Neil Record, enjoy Madrigals On The River, a film festival at UPP, Imaginary Landscapes with poet Chris Tutton, and harpist Anne Denholm at Oxford Botanic Gardens and catch Gaia at University Church of St Mary the Virgin


3) Oxford Comedy Festival, runs throughout this July. Catch Celya Ab: Swimming and Morgan Rees’ Bi and Large on Friday 8, Crizards and Sam Lake on Saturday 9 at the James St Tavern and check out It’s Debatable! A Comedy Debate Show Presented By Qed Comedy Lab, and Chloe Petts at Tap Social’s White House on Sunday. Go to or read about it here:

Oxford Comedy Festival

4) The Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock until September 3. Join Beatrix Potter in the garden of old Mr. McGregor and help rescue Peter Rabbit. READ ABOUT IT HERE: Through storytelling, live performance, and puppetry the world of Beatrix Potter will come alive in Blenheim Palace’s Walled Garden as you, the audience, take part in the rescue of Peter from Mr. McGregor’s rabbit pie shaped plan, leading you through flower and vegetable gardens, greenhouses and potting sheds previously not open to the public. On the way you’ll meet Jemima Puddle-Duck, Benjamin Bunny, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and more. Expect a few surprises! Book at

Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure at Blenheim

5) Dancin’ Oxford’s Summer Festival. Leiden Square, Westgate. Saturday July 9. 12noon-5pm. Enjoy over four hours of cutting edge, dance from some of the leading dance companies in the UK including 2FacedDance, Company Chameleon, Lyndon Dasilva and Vanhulle Dance Theatre. Try a Zumba party led by George Martini and friends, as well as the B-Boys, who will be walking through Westgate on stilts. READ ABOUT IT HERE vibrant youth companies will perform high energy street and contemporary dance: Messy Jam Dance SchoolTPD Young ArtistsStep 2 Dance and Mini Professionals. Read about it here:

Vanhull Dance Theatre’s Dovetail. pic by Mickaël ‘Marso’ Rivière

6) Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Oxford Castle. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Wild Goose Theatre until July 30. Shakespeare’s best loved comedy sees young lovers escape Athens to a forest so they can marry in secret. In the forest the King and Queen of the fairies, helped by their fairy servants, play tricks on them all with hilarious results. Great comedy and farce with music, song, dance and period costume.

Oxford Shakespeare Festival

7) Al Fresco Dining. Here is our guide of the best places to eat outside in Oxfordshire. With over 65 places to choose from, you won’t be disappointed to make use of the sun

The new look garden at The Plough in West Hanney