The Guide: Events in Oxfordshire

Image caption Market Square in Witney is set to host an ice skating rink for the festive period

From music and fun to arts and events: Some suggestions of things to do in Oxfordshire over the next few months.


Families are invited to search Oxford Castle for hidden Christmas trees, up St.George's Tower and down into the crypt to discover clues which will reveal the history and meaning behind Christmas traditions. Children can also make festive decorations, glitter snowflakes and reindeer pictures in the prison gallery. Until 3 January.

Come along to the Oxford Bus Museum in Long Hanborough on 1 January. It's an opportunity to re-live memories of bus travel from years gone by in and around Oxford, along with a look at the life and times of William Morris (Lord Nuffield) and the part he played in the lives of local people.

Photographs showing the lives of black South Africans in the early apartheid state are being displayed at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford until 8 January.

Belsen: Children of War, a new exhibition illustrating the impact of war on children in Oxfordshire, runs until 31 August 2012 at The Oxfordshire Museum Oxfordshire County Council in Woodstock.

The Chinnor Winter Beer Festival 2012 is on at the Chinnor village hall on 14 January.

Arts & Culture

UnderConstruction Theatre are presenting a promenade theatre show called Mummers, Michaelmas and The Empress Matilda at the Christmas Market at Oxford Castle until 18 December.

An ice skating rink comes to Witney on 22 and 23 December. Sessions must be pre-booked at Witney Town Hall.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is on at Chipping Norton Theatre until 7 January.

Creation Theatre Company brings a new version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to Oxford's The North Wall until 7 January.

Performances of Mother Goose take place at Oxford Playhouse until 15 January.

Breaking the Code will be the first play to be staged in the new replacement for the Old Fire Station Theatre in Oxford. Performed by Oxford Theatre Guild it runs from 13 to 17 December.


The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band will be staging their Christmas Knees Up at the O2 Academy in Oxford on 16 December.

The Oxford Philomusica is performing a traditional Vienese New Year's concert on 1 January at Oxford Town Hall.

Opera star Katherine Jenkins is performing at the New Theatre in Oxford on 7 January.

Nature and Outdoors

Free Go Active taster sports sessions are taking place across Oxfordshire throughout December.

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