What’s on in Oxford this spring
Oxford is a city that is famous for its arts and culture. With an affluent, broad-minded and international 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 spring!
Oxford Literary Festival
For eight days every April, more than 350 writers come to Oxford to discuss all-things literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary for the Oxford Literary Festival, hosted by famous Christ Church College.
Visitors can book to join guided literary walks, lunches and dinner parties with prominent authors. In 2019, speakers will include Nobel prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, thriller writer Robert Harris, comedian Jo Brand, explorer and adventurer Ranulph Fiennes, former ballerina now Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.
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.
Lui Shou-Kwan Centenary exhibition
Lui Shou-kwan (1919–1975) was one of the most significant artists in Hong Kong during the mid-twentieth century. An exhibition on his work is being held at the prestigious Ashmolean Museum from Tuesday 2nd April.
Harry Potter film sites tour
Any Harry Potter fans can enjoy their very own guided tour of New College or Christchurch Harry Potter film site, as well as entry to the Divinity school film site at the Bodleian Library, when open. The tour lasts one-and-a-half to two hours and can be booked in advance.
Bacterial World exhibition
Held at Oxford University's Museum of Natural History, Bacterial World is a must for anyone who is interested in learning how science is lifting the lid on the secret lives and hidden stories of the smallest of organisms, and their influence on us and our planet.
Guided punting on the River Thames
From 1st February onwards each year (weather permitting) Oxford's famous punting season commences! Whether you want a guided ride, or to have a go yourself, you'll be able to get beautiful views of the city from the winding river Thames.
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra performance
On 17th April, Oxford's famous orchestra will perform with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti at the beautiful Sheldonian Theatre. Even if this type of music is not your preferred genre, it'll give you the chance to visit this beautiful venue, which is well worth a visit in its own right!
In the Willows — The Hip Hop Musical
Showing at the Oxford Playhouse, one of the city's most renowned venues, the classic story of Wind in the Willows is brought into the twenty-first century through street dance and contemporary music by the award-winning Metta Theatre on 9th – 10th April. Definitely one to book of you enjoy modern dance.