Top 5 Things to do in Oxfordshire this Spring
Spring is coming around again. Bringing half-term, bank holidays, sunnier days and lots of other reasons to take a quick weekend break or holiday! If you’re looking for a few more reasons to escape to the Oxfordshire countryside this spring, then take a look at our handpicked top 5 things to do in Oxfordshire this spring.
Blenheim Jousting Tournament – 4th – 6th May
The historic Blenheim Palace will be over-run with knights, blacksmiths and jesters this May Day weekend as the annual Spring Jousting Tournament returns to the palace grounds and gardens. Step back in time and experience a variety of medieval pastimes, including period “fire archery” displays, on foot combat displays with mace and quarterstaff and of course, traditional horseback jousting tilts.
With a range of refreshments and activities for children of all ages also available, the Spring Jousting Tournament is one not to miss.
Connect with Comics – 30th March
Oxford University’s famous Bodleian Libraries are inviting you to explore the world of comic books with their Connect with Comics event; a supplement to their upcoming British comics: Frame by Frame exhibition. Join the team on a journey through the history of the British Comic Book industries – from its humble medieval beginnings to modern blockbusters including V for Vendetta and The Watchmen.
Staff from Oxford’s independent comic book store “Inky Fingers” will also be on hand to talk about the modern comic book industry.
The Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway are offering fans of the TV series Midsomer Murders a chance to explore the real locations behind the fictional setting. The day starts with a walking tour of the town of Thame which was used for several locations in the show, including the Town Hall, Market House, and Black Horse pub & brasserie.
After the walking tour, you’ll take to the rails with a round trip by steam train from Chinnor railway station which includes a cream tea. Several dates are available across the Spring period, but availability is limited.
Blenheim Palace Food Festival – 25th – 27th May
Blenheim Palace is once again teaming up with Fantastic Food Festivals to bring the Blenheim Palace Food Festival back to Oxfordshire for its sixth year. The theme of this year’s event is education, environment and food, bringing with it a new “Nature’s Pantry” area plus more tastings than any previous year.
With up to 160 local food and drink producers in attendance, including bakers, brewers, burger makers, international cuisines, old fashioned sweets and more, a visit to this year’s Blenheim Food Festival is a true treat for the taste buds.
Easter in Oxfordshire
Let’s not forget the chocoholic’s favourite annual holiday – Easter! With the bank holiday and Easter half-term on the horizon, there are a plethora of chocolate-themed events scheduled across the county. From outdoor Easter Egg Hunts to special events at museums and art galleries, to themed walking trails in Castle grounds – there are plenty of reasons to hop along to Oxfordshire for the big day on April 21st.
Be on the lookout for our upcoming guide to Easter days out in Oxfordshire for 2019 for more information.
What’s a good holiday if you don’t have somewhere to rest your head after a long day of enjoying yourself? Hardwick Parks offers a wide range of touring pitches and self-catering static caravan holiday home rentals for those looking for somewhere right in the heart of the action. Located in Witney and less than an hour’s travel from any of these fantastic events, there are few places better situated to take advantage of all that Oxfordshire has to offer this spring.
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