WHAT’S ON! A packed programme of autumn and winter activities right across Oxfordshire

As the nights start drawing in, Oxfordshire’s landscape and culture can be captured at its very best!

Across Oxford itself and all four corners of our picturesque county, a wealth of activities are on offer throughout the cold autumn and winter months.

Here, we explore our top picks for a great day out with all the family in Oxfordshire!

Henley Spooktacular Bonfire & Fireworks

Nothing says autumn quite like Halloween and cosy bonfires to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.

Henley Spooktacular Bonfire & Fireworks is back this year with an impressive programme of activities planned.

Spooky Woods Halloween maze, fancy dress competition, hot air balloon displays and fairground rides and stalls will all be happening before the bonfire and fireworks display.

Be quick! The event will take place on Saturday, October 28, between 3pm and 9pm at the Henley Showground site with booking available online. (

Oxford Climate Hope Trail

Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be running an innovative hybrid trail to educate young people about environmental issues through the lens of historical artefacts across libraries, gardens and museums in Oxford.

At various sites across the city, including the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Botanic Garden and the Bodleian Library, QR codes will accompany various artefacts and plants to reveal interactive content including stories, photos and videos in a unique digital learning experience.

Entry to all sites is FREE for all under 16s, with adults paying for admission to the Botanic Garden.

The trail can be downloaded online and is open until the end of the year.

Burford & Minster Lovell Hall

Burford is described as the ‘gateway to the Cotswolds’ and its world-famous high street ‘the Hill’ is lined with picture-postcard buildings, a local museum and an array of independent shops, tea rooms and pubs.

Situated just a ten minutes’ drive away from Burford is Minster Lovel Hall, the ruins of a 15th Century Manor House lying in an idyllic location beside the River Windrush. As an English Heritage site, it is free to visit and open all year round and is the perfect way to finish off your day out to Burford.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace

The annual Christmas celebrations at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock have become an unmissable highlight of the Oxfordshire festive season. And this year is no exception, with a spellbinding Christmas lights trail planned including the return of the colourful cascades and an eight-metre sphere containing 20,000 lights.

This year will also see the palace’s stunning interior transformed into an indoor trail with each room decorated to retell the story of Sleeping Beauty, with a specially themed Afternoon Tea on offer in the Orangery.

The much-loved Christmas Market on the historic courtyard will host stalls from independent sellers showcasing unique Christmas gifts, street food, mulled wine and hot drinks to enjoy.

The events begin on November 17 and lasts until January 1. Annual Pass Holders will enjoy a special discount, and pre-booking is essential. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website here.

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