What’s happening in the Shire — 10th and 11th June 2017

This weekend is a busy one in the Shire! There’s so much going on we’re truly spoilt for choice!

From country shows to fetes, festivals to street fairs, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the longer days and warm weather expected this weekend.

Deddington Festival

Just a stone’s throw from where I live, I’m really looking forward to attending this year and seeing what the Deddington Festival is all about.

Now it its 15th year, the festival started yesterday and continues until Sunday. Saturday there is the Children’s Festival in Deddington Church from 1–3:30pm, where the short ones can take part in a whole host of activities, including dance sessions, photography workshops, jewellery making pottery painting and much more. Children’s poet, John Foster, will also be in attendance, and will be holding poetry workshops.

Deddy Rocks begins at 3pm in the Unicorn pub garden, and continues late into the evening. There will be a BBQ and kids disco, as well as performances by the school choir. Later on the line up includes solo singer/songwriters and bands including The Lilyhammers.

On Sunday a classic car show is taking place in the market square. There’s also an art exhibition at Holly Tree Room, and a singing workshop with A Capella group, All the King’s Men, followed by their performance in the church.

Fetes, fetes, fetes!!

Great Tew Fete

There are so many fetes on this weekend I don’t know where to start! (Whose silly idea was it to hold them all on one weekend?!)

First up is the Great Tew Fete, which is being held at the primary school from 12–4pm on Saturday. A traditional village fete in the heart of the Cotswolds, you can expect a raffle, Morris dancers, coconut shy, beer tent and much more.

Next is Broughton Summer Fete which is taking place at Broughton Castle from 2–5pm on Saturday. There will be a Civil War enactment, dog retrieval demonstration on the moat, teddy parachute competition, Pimms stall and more.

Adderbury will be celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter at their fete on Saturday. A touch excited about this! From 12–4pm on Lucy Plackett playing field you can expect Quiddich, wand decorating, and potion making!

Head to the Apricot Village on Sunday for Aynho’s summer fete. Held in the grounds of the lavish Aynhoe Park, this one is sure to be a lot of fun, with a gin and vodka bar (!!), ferret races, dance performances and unicorn rides! Taking place between 2:30 and 4:30pm.

Banbury and District Show

Two large fields are taken over in Spiceball Park for the Banbury and District Show. Taking place on Sunday between 10:30am and 4:30pm, you can expect flyball, demonstrations by Liberty Action Horses and performances by local dance and drama academies.


Supporting the build up to Bodfest, Duckfest is happening between 3 and 6pm tomorrow at Sor Brook in Bodicote. Buy a duck and take part in the races for your chance to win cash prizes, or just relax with live music and a cream tea.

Jericho Street Fair

Jericho Street Fair

As in previous years the community of Jericho will be giving it all and showing the other folks of Oxford exactly what they can do tomorrow, from noon until 10pm.

Expect Live Music, Real Ale, food a-plenty, arts and crafts, table-top stalls, children’s entertainment and much more.

Open Farm Sunday

Sunday is Open Farm Sunday, when you and your family can learn all about the farming industry at a local farm.

There are a number of local farms taking part in the day, including Spring Hill Farm in Barford St Michael, and Hill Farm in Duns Tew.

Cheltenham Science Festival

The Cheltenham Science Festival is a pretty big deal. With past speakers in including Professor Brian Cox and Lord Robert Winston, and this year’s line up including Dara Ó Briain, Alice Roberts, Dallas Campbell, you’d be (a) mad (scientist) to miss out!

The festival opened on 6th June and concludes this Sunday, with plenty still to see and do such as:

Rocketeers, where kids aged 5 and above can journey into space with Simon Watt as he explores the science of space exploration through exciting experiments and demonstrations.

Joys Of Toys: Suitable for children aged 6 months to 2 years, let your little one enjoy the colours, textures, sounds and movements while Psychologists Caspar Addyman and Nathalia Gjersoe reveal the science inside the toy box in this interactive play session.

Deep Ocean Lab: Kids aged 8 and above can join YouTuber & Science Guy on Blue Peter Greg Foot as he relives his scientific adventure to the deep. With exciting experiments and stunning videos, Greg shows off the high-tech submersibles which took him 1000ft below the surface and uncovers the kit used to measure the health of the deep ocean, our planet’s beating heart.

PHEW! that’s a lot of cool things to do with your family this weekend! Let me know if you have anything else to add to the list!