West Oxfordshire residents invited to become tourists for week

Witney Gazette:

12:30pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

WEST Oxfordshire residents are being invited to become tourists on their own doorsteps next week.

Festival offers mixture of ale and music

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

AFTER a successful first event last year, the Finstock Ale folk and beer festival returns this weekend.

Fair returns to Wychwood Forest

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE Wychwood Forest Fair returns to its spiritual home this weekend, when the Cornbury Park estate, near Charlbury, hosts the event.

Alex James: 'Our Big Feastival is bigger and better'

Witney Gazette:

11:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

Rock star Alex James tells Tim Hughes how he has been motivated to make this weekend’s Big Feastival the best one yet

Tuning up for feast of music and food down on farm

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

ROCK star-turned farmer Alex James once again throws open the gates of his farm at Kingham this weekend for the third Big Feastival.

Making music in Woodstock Market Place

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

WOODSTOCK'S Market Place will become a live music venue for the weekend.

Saddle up for special day of cycling at Blenheim Palace

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

BLENHEIM Palace plays host to a festival of cycling on Sunday.

Dramatic story from a world at war comes to stage in Eynsham

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

IT IS 1914, Britain is at war and the entertainment business is on its uppers.

Raise a glass to support Cogges

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE third annual Cogges Beer and Cider Festival takes place this weekend.

Paradise found at Wilderness

Witney Gazette:

9:36am Thursday 24th July 2014

Wilderness festival is coming back to Cornbury Park, bigger, better and with a Paradise Lost theme. Tim Hughes speaks to festival manager Eloise Markwell-Butler about what’s in store

Making music down at Riverside in Charlbury

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CHARLBURY once again plays host to Oxfordshire's biggest free music festival, Riverside, this weekend.

Getting all steamed up for West Oxfordshire Steam and Vintage Show

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

VINTAGE tractors and machinery will be on display this weekend at the annual West Oxfordshire Steam and Vintage Show.

Car fans get revved up for Witney Motor Show

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

HUNDREDS of cars will be making tracks to Witney tomorrow for the town’s annual motor show.

Rich pickings at 'Poshstock'

Witney Gazette:

9:46am Thursday 26th June 2014

Tim Hughes talks to Cornbury Festival Director Hugh Phillimore about his feast of music with an upper class vibe

Burford Orchestra marks 60th anniversary with celebration concert

Witney Gazette: A Burford Orchestra concert in the 1950s

12:30pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

BURFORD Orchestra is holding an extra-special concert on Saturday, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding.

Songscope choir makes music for deaf with special signed concert

Witney Gazette: Songscope members rehease for the concert

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

DEAF people will be able to enjoy music when a concert by Witney children’s choir Songscope is interpreted in sign language on Saturday.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show ready to bloom

Witney Gazette: Visitors enjoy some of the displays at last year’s show

10:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

BRITISH gardening will be celebrated when the Blenheim Palace Flower Show returns for a second year this weekend.

Theatre's birthday celebrations show flare

Witney Gazette: Lovetrain

10:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

CHIPPING Norton Theatre is starting its 40th birthday celebrations this weekend.

Raise a glass at Chadlington's fundraising beer festival

Witney Gazette: The bar does a brisk trade at last year’s Chadlington Beer Festival

10:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

CHADLINGTON Beer Festival began life as a fundraising event for the village’s primary school and 11 years on is still going strong.

Festival fun is odds-on favourite

Witney Gazette: Sadie and the Hotheads

9:41am Thursday 22nd May 2014

On the eve of its 10th birthday, Tim Hughes finds out about Wychwood's eclectic line-up

Feast of free live music in store at The Leys

Witney Gazette: Rhys Fletcher on the acoustic stage at last year’s Witney Music Festival

10:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014

WITNEY Music Festival takes over The Leys for its showpiece event, called Better Together, on Saturday, with 10 hours of live music on two stages.

Bartholomew Players' comedy is in earnest

Witney Gazette: Members of the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest

10:00am Wednesday 14th May 2014

OSCAR Wilde’s classic Victorian comedy The Importance of Being Earnest is brought to the stage by Eynsham’s Bartholomew Players this week.

Festival to celebrate town’s ties with Native Americans

Witney Gazette: TRADITIONS: Left to right: Stuart Foster, Mike Cilliers, Richard Fox, Lesley West, Daniela Okrajkova, Rod Cleasby and Derek West

10:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014

WITNEY’s link to Native Americans will be celebrated in a 10-day music festival for the first time.

Photographer explores wild times across the world

Witney Gazette: Sue Flood

10:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014

AWARD-WINNING wildlife photographer Sue Flood will talk about her adventures at The Theatre in Chipping Norton tonight.

Alice enjoys a new adventure on TV talent show

Witney Gazette: Cast member Alice Shuttleworth, 13

10:00am Wednesday 30th April 2014

DRAMA students at Burford School have combined Lewis Carroll's classic story  Alice in Wonderland with TV talent show The X Factor for their new production.

Punks get ready to rock

Witney Gazette: AK-Poets

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PUNK bands AK-Poets and Molotov Sexbomb are performing at Fat Lil’s in Witney tomorrow.

Wilderness Festival to offer more forest revelry

Witney Gazette: Top chef Russell Norman

5:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

ORGANISERS of Oxfordshire’s Wilderness festival have unveiled a programme of feasting and revelling for their expanded event, which they say will recapture the spirit of the raucous Wychwood Forest Fairs originally held on the site.

Music shop tunes up for open-air birthday concert

Witney Gazette: Ags Connolly

4:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WEST Oxfordshire’s only independent record shop is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a day of open-air live music.

Singers bring Passion to Good Friday celebrations

Witney Gazette: Burford Singers in rehearsal at St John’s Church

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

BURFORD Singers will perform JS Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion on Good Friday at the town’s St John’s Church.

Campaigning drama tells suffragette's story

Witney Gazette: Lizzie Crarer plays Emily Wilding Davidson

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE fight to secure votes for women is brought back to life at The Theatre in Chipping Norton tonight.

Folk star makes joyful music

Witney Gazette: Giles Lewin, Maddy Prior and Hannah James

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

FOLK music legend Maddy Prior will be performing at Witney’s Langdale Hall on Friday.

Time to strut your stuff at Disco Inferno

Witney Gazette: Time to strut your stuff at Disco Inferno

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

IT’S TIME to dig out the flares and stacked heels and strut your stuff at Cokethorpe School this weelend.

Literary festival lines up top children's writers

Witney Gazette: Children’s programme co-ordinator Caroline Watson, left, and Clare Mackintosh at Jaffe & Neal books in Chipping Norton

12:30pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

CHIPPING Norton Literary Festival organisers Clare Mackintosh and Caroline Watson have revealed the last authors for the children’s programme.

Looking under the surface

Witney Gazette: Caroline Friend

10:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

A PERFORMANCE of Alan Bennett’s monologue Bed Among the Lentils in Stonesfield on Friday will raise money for Charlbury charity SpecialEffect.

Trio’s concerts full of brio

Witney Gazette: Soo-Kyung Hong and Jens Elvekjaer

10:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

WITNEY Music Society holds the final concert of the 2013-14 season on Friday.

Comedy explores our hi-tech lives

Witney Gazette: From left, Kali Peacocke, Charlie Buckland, Kate Copeland and Eliot Giuralarocca in Alarms and Excursions

10:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

A HOME-GROWN production takes centre stage at The Theatre in Chipping Norton this week.

Fatboy beefs up Alex and Jamie's Feastival + Video

Witney Gazette: Alex James, right, and Jamie Oliver at the 2012 festival

8:30am Wednesday 26th February 2014

POP star-turned cheese-maker Alex James and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver have revealed the line-up for their third annual Big Feastival – describing it as “one hell of a party”.

Festival’s magic moment with Burt

Witney Gazette: Burt Bacharach gets ready to perform in the county

9:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

SIX-TIME Grammy award-winner Burt Bacharach will be leading the line-up at this year’s Wilderness Festival.

Concert showcases country singer's debut album

Witney Gazette: Ags Connolly

10:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

COUNTRY singer Ags Connolly is launching his debut album with a special concert at Fat Lil’s in Witney tomorrow.

Burt Bacharach in Wilderness line-up

Witney Gazette: Burt Bacharach brings 50 years of hits to the Bournemouth Pavilion

6:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Organisers of the Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park yesterday announced six-time Grammy Award winner Burt Bacharach will be among the line-up of this year’s event.

Harpist is rising young musical talent

Witney Gazette: Harpist Elen Hydref is performing in Witney. Picture: Magdalena Hoffmann

10:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

HARPIST Elen Hydref will perform at the penultimate concert in Witney Music Society’s winter programme on Friday.

Unearthing Oxfordshire’s history

Witney Gazette: Anna Griffiths with a seventh-century Anglo-Saxon sword

10:00am Wednesday 5th February 2014

SOME of Oxfordshire’s most dazzling archaeological treasures will go on show in Woodstock on Saturday.

Ruthie Henshall hits upon highs and lows

Witney Gazette: Ruthie Henshall hits upon highs and lows

9:42am Thursday 30th January 2014

Ruthie Henshall is raising the curtain on her life, as she tells Tim Hughes

Veteran guitarist remains tireless innovator

Witney Gazette: Gordon Giltrap

10:00am Wednesday 29th January 2014

GUITAR great Gordon Giltrap takes the stage at The Theatre in Chipping Norton on Sunday for a performance showcasing skills developed over almost five decades in the music industry.

Cat with gift of gab plots pantomime romance

Witney Gazette: The cast of Puss in Boots

10:00am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

WITNEY Dramatic Society’s annual pantomime, Puss in Boots, takes to the stage tomorrow.

One-man band hits comedy high notes

Witney Gazette: Rob Deering

10:00am Wednesday 15th January 2014

THAT Rob Deering is a musical comedian comes as no surprise to anyone but himself, it would seem.

Music of love and madness

Witney Gazette: Soprano Lucy Roberts

10:00am Wednesday 8th January 2014

AWARD-WINNING soprano Lucy Roberts and pianist James Sherlock take L’Amour et La Folie – love and madness – as the theme of a recital for Witney Music Society on Friday.

Classic winter’s tale takes to stage

Witney Gazette: Tyler Coombs as Kai, Pippa Meekings as the Snow Queen and Claire Tucker as Gerda

10:00am Wednesday 1st January 2014

HANS Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale The Snow Queen is brought to life on stage at Ramsden Memorial Hall on Friday.

Mummers maintain play’s traditions

Witney Gazette: The Turkish Knight (Peter Allum) is pictured in combat with King George (Peter Smith) at The Bell on Boxing Day in 2011

10:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

CHARLBURY Morris will be joined by Wychwayz Border Morris and King Stone Mummers to provide some seasonal lunchtime entertainment on Boxing Day.

Hugo unlocks a mystery on the silver screen

Witney Gazette: Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield in Hugo

10:00am Wednesday 4th December 2013

SPELSBURY resident Sir Ben Kingsley is among the all-star cast of Hugo, this weekend’s presentation by Charlbury’s Own Cinema.

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