Events in Oxford this autumn
Oxford is a city that is famous for its arts and culture. With a diverse and broad-minded population, there is always a huge variety of events, exhibitions and shows to enjoy at the city's extensive range of venues. These include both public institutions such as museums and theatres, and of course the many colleges that make up the world-renowned university.
Here is just a small selection of the things happening across the city and its surroundings this autumn!
Oxford Open Doors
Run by the Oxford Preservation Trust, Oxford Open Doors is an annual weekend-long event when many of Oxford's significant buildings, both contemporary and historic, open their doors.
Many of the venues are not generally open to the public, so it's your chance to get a rare glimpse of some of the city's most interesting places. Most venues operate on a first come, first served policy and many popular tours fill up quickly!
The event is scheduled for 14 – 15th September in 2019 and previous venues have included Oxford University Press, Oxford Castle and Prison, C S Lewis' house and the Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre.
St Giles' Fair
St Giles Fair is held on St Giles — a street right in the very centre of Oxford — every year on the Monday and Tuesday following the first Sunday after St Giles Day (1 September). The centre of Oxford enjoys an especially vibrant and bustling atmosphere whilst it is on, and it brings lots of extra visitors to the city.
The fair has a long history, having evolved from the St Giles' parish wake, first recorded in 1625.
Shakespeare at Blenheim Palace
Just outside Oxford, in the picturesque village of Woodstock, spectacular Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.
This September, the palace is hosting productions of four of Shakespeare's most famous works — Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream — all of which can be enjoyed in the open-air within the 'pop up' Rose Theatre.
Visiting farmers' markets has become a hugely popular weekend activity all around the UK, and in Oxford you'll be spoilt for choice! With popular markets in parts of the city such as Gloucester Green, Summertown, Headington and Wolvercote, you'll be able to stock up on fresh produce and enjoy tasting a host of culinary delights from around the world.
Art exhibitions at the Ashmolean
The Ashmolean Museum is the University of Oxford's museum of art and archaeology, whose world-famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.
Exhibitions to enjoy at the venue this autumn include one dedicated to the works of A.R. Penck (1939 – 2017), an internationally acclaimed German artist recognised for his work in painting, drawing, print and sculpture, and (until 6th October) 'Lifelines' — an exhibition of woodcuts showcasing the career of Naoko Matsubara.
First Animals and the Origin of Oceanic Ecosystems exhibition
Held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the First Animals exhibition brings together exceptional fossils from sites across the globe to tell the story of our earliest beginnings. It is on all throughout the autumn of 2019 and is a great option for anyone with an interest in the natural world.