What’s On in Oxfordshire this Spring?

Step away from the well trodden tourist traps and opt to enjoy our unique list of things to do in Oxfordshire instead

The events team at our hotel in Oxfordshire can’t wait to get outdoors and enjoy the longer, lighter days of spring. We bring you our top pick of things to do in Oxfordshire this season for when the weather picks up… 


Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France

Visit the Ashmoleon Museum this spring to see a private collection of works by Matisse, Manet, Chegall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso from a private collection of over 100 never-been-seen works of art. This ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism. The exhibition is  running from 10 February – 7 May 2017 and is not to be missed.


May Morning / May Day

May Morning is celebrated on 1 May every year and is the traditional celebration of the coming of spring. The celebrations will start at 6am on Monday 1 May 2017 with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower. After a morning of celebrations, enjoy breakfast in one of the many bars and restaurants across the city that will be opened especially for this day. Throughout May Morning, many more events and activities will take place across the city including Morris dancing in Radcliffe Square, Catte Street and Broad Street. Join Oxford’s communities in dancing, singing and revelry around the city on this extra special Bank Holiday.


Common People Festival – Oxford

Common People Festival takes place on May Bank Holiday (27th & 28th May 2017) in one of the most beautiful parks in the UK. With an incredible lineup including Groove Armada, Pete Tong, Sean Paul and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, this festival in the stunning surrounds of Oxford’s South Park is not to be missed.


Abingdon Abbey Open Day – Monday 29th May 2017

Abingdon Abbey Open Day Experience the stunning Medieval Abbey Buildings.

Building Tours | Entertainment | Refreshments

10:30am until 5:00pm | Free entry.


Abingdon Bank Holiday Walks – Monday 29th May 2017

Explore Abingdon-on-Thames and its environment

FREE guided walks from the MARKET PLACE

10:30am or 2:00pm (please register by 10:00am)

8 nature & heritage walks lead by local societies


Further Afield

If you feel like getting out of the city for a little while this spring, Oxford is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Blenheim Palace, a little over an hour from Stonehenge and just 15 minutes from plenty of picturesque Cotswolds towns


Oxfordshire Artweek
Between 6th May – 29th May you will be able to enjoy amazing art
across Oxfordshire – for free! With art exhibitions and open studios in hundreds of interesting places throughout May, you can discover Oxfordshire’s creative talent in painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glass art and more. The first two weeks of the event will be held in locations across Oxfordshire and the third and final week will take place in Oxford itself, across 200 art spaces around the city. Meet artists in a wide range of interesting locations, talk about their work, watch demonstrations and even have a go yourself.


Just a small taster of things taking place in Oxford this Spring. If any or all of these activities take you fancy, then our Oxford hotel is the perfect place to recharge during your your trip.

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