What’s On in Oxfordshire – Autumn

Autumn in Oxfordshire

Whether you head into the centre of Oxford to explore the cobbled streets and historic landmarks or enjoy a crisp Autumnal day in the stunning Oxfordshire countryside, there are plenty of great events taking place this Autumn. If you are looking to fill your diary with exciting activities, this guide to what’s on in Oxfordshire this Autumn is sure to provide you with some great inspiration.

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Festivals & Exhibitions

  • Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

    This Autumn the Soldiers of Oxfordshire (SOFO) Museum is telling the stories of the children of Oxford who have lived through military conflict, from those who lived during the Second World War to the asylum seekers and refugees who live in Oxfordshire today. The exhibition brings these stories to life through art and first-hand stories and is proudly supporting Brian McCarty’s War Toys and the Little Troopers charities. This is a thought provoking insight into the lives of children in Oxfordshire from the 1940’s to the present day and is available to visit until December 24th.

  • Clare Bonnet & Carol Peace Exhibitions

    The Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Summertown is hosting two great art exhibitions this Autumn, which sees two of the most popular contemporary figurative artists combine their latest works, ‘Free, Big, Joy’ and ‘Reflected’. The partnership explores our lives, relationships, and achievements, and the intimate setting of this independent art gallery is a great place to discover their works. This exhibition opens on 15th October and will run until 5th November.

  • Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive – The Bodleian

    Discover the story of the exciting excavation of King Tutankhamun’s tomb within this exhibition which follows the discoveries of the famous archaeologists. This year marks 100 years since the discovery of the tomb, which housed a wealth of items from the king’s life. The exhibition is free to visit and includes photographs, drawings, diaries, and plans which promise to bring the excavation to life.

  • Abingdon Bonfire & Fireworks 2022 - The UK's Biggest Firework Display

    Now in it's sixth year at Abingdon Airfield, Illusion Fireworks return with a 30 minute JAW DROPPING quarter mile wide fireworks display choreographed to music! This year the show will be synchronised with a high powered light display spanning the entire site! The fireworks show is truly an incredible experience and like no other bonfire & fireworks night anywhere in the country! 12th November 2022, 16:00 – 21:00 GMT

Food & Drink

  • Apple Day in Brightwell cum Sotwell

    Autumn is a great time for many fruits, with the Apple Day on October 15th in Brightwell cum Sotwell an event which celebrates more than 90 heritage apple varieties. These apples are never sold in supermarkets, so it could be your first-time trying varieties such as Norfolk Beefing, Ashmead’s Kernel, and the Ingrid Marie. There are also chutneys, juices, and cakes available, with the chance to press your own apples using a traditional apple press.

  • Oxford Beer and Cider Festival

    This festival is perfect for cider lovers and beer fans alike, although no lederhosen are required at Oxford’s version of Oktoberfest. Over 20-21st October more than 120 beers and 30 ciders will be available to try at Oxford’s Town Hall, with local favourites mixed with some new specials.

Theatre and Concerts

  • Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Story

    This quirky, improvised performance is guaranteed to be a fun night as the quick-witted cast performs a new play, based on a title conjured up by the willing audience. The casts previous performances have proved to be very popular, and this regency inspired performance is sure to impress. The period play will be available at the Oxford Playhouse for one night only on October 29th.

  • Graham Fitkin and Friends: Two Pianos, Eight Hands

    On October 7th four unique musicians, Graham Fitkin and Friends, will be taking to the stage at the Sheldonian Theatre to present their highly energetic piano performance. The eight-handed ensembles will be played on two pianos, with solo and duo pieces also included from musicians such as Clare Hammond, Anna Meredith, and Ruth Wall.


  • Susie Dent ‘An Emotional Dictionary’ with Jo Brand at The Town Hall, Oxford

    The Queen of Countdown and the Queen of Comedy come together at this hilarious event on 13th October. Rediscover lost words and phrases within the retelling of stories, as the duo introduce the first truly human dictionary. Tickets to the event also include a copy of the ‘An Emotional Dictionary’ book, which will be available to collect on the evening during a post event book signing.

  • Comedy at The Castle

    This legendary stand-up comedy night at The Castle Pub is part of the ‘A Club If You’d Like To Go Collection’, and it is one of the most popular comedy nights in the county.
    The nights are held once a month, with the next being on October 7th, and it promises to be an evening packed with hotly tipped newcomers and award-winning comedians.


  • Congregation – Let a sonic sphere guide you to a secret location

    If you enjoy a leisurely Autumn walk, this exciting event will help you to explore the city of Oxford with the guidance of a mystery sphere. As you hold the sonic sphere, you will be guided to a secret location by pulses of sound alone. Whether you visit Oxford regularly or are visiting the area for a

  • Autumn Fair at Harcourt Arboretum

    Immerse yourself in the stunning Autumnal woodland of Harcourt Arboretum at this popular Autumn Fair, which features live music from an array of local performers. There are more than 130 acres to explore, including some of the oldest Redwood Trees, and with the musical backdrop October 15th is set to be a brilliant day out.

  • Oxford Round Table’s 54th Charity Fireworks Display

    Wrap up warm and head out on Saturday 5th November for the Oxford Round Table’s Charity Firework Display, with the famous Illusion Fireworks team. The display promises to be spectacular, with a huge bonfire, music, food, drink, and a funfair for the whole family to enjoy. Gates will open at 4.30pm for entry into Oxford’s South Park, with buses operating from Thornhill to reduce congestion.

Family Fun

  • Pond dipping at the Science Oxford Centre

    Pond dipping at the Science Oxford Centre The Science Oxford Centre in Headington is opening its woodland area on October 15th to young explorers who want to learn more about the ponds aquatic eco-system. Children will learn how to spot newts, snails, water boatmen, water beetles through a magnifying glass, as the Nature Lab team teach everyone about Autumn pond life.

  • Halloween Trail at Blenheim Palace for October Half Term

    No Autumn family day out is complete without some Halloween fun, and this year Blenheim Palace is promising an immersive experience for children and adults alike. Stomp through the crisp leaves and weave your way through fire artists, glowing pumpkins, the fire garden, and the illuminated woods, but make sure you look out for the spiders, bats and witches hanging from the trees! The trail is open from 21st October until October 31st, with booking advisable.

  • Tales from Screaming Spires

    This is a great Halloween event for teens aged over 15, and the horror and mystery theme combined with the mini convention is sure to be a hit with all tabletop gaming fans. All money raised will go to local charities, and it is a great chance to meet new people under the auspices of Tales from Dreaming Spires. This is an all-day event at the West Oxford Community Centre, doors open at 8:30am and close at 7.30pm.

Enjoy AUTUMN in Oxfordshire with our guide to the best events!

We hope that this list of great daytime and evening events has provided some inspiration for the months ahead, and with everything from music, art and food and drink through to Fireworks displays and spooky Halloween events, there really is something for everyone. If you would like to find out more about things to do in Oxfordshire during the coming months, please contact our team and we will be excited to share our local knowledge of things to do during the cosy season


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