What's on in Wolvercote


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Our eighth Festival looks back at life during the Edwardian era - often portrayed as a romantic period of long hot summers, garden parties and big hats. But this was also a period of great change. This was a time when Britain's rigid class system was about to be shaken by the emergence of socialism, women's suffrage and the first world war. The period brought us music from Elgar as well as the Music Hall, the Art Nouveau movement and books from H.G Wells and Beatrix Potter. New technologies emerged to record music on wax cylinders and moving pictures on acetate film. Einstein and Freud were producing their famous work whilst Eglantine Jebb founded the Save the Children Fund. Marconi sent the first wireless signals across the Atlantic and the Wright brothers made their first flights. The Titanic set sail on it's fateful maiden voyage. Children played with hoops, teddy bears and hobby horses whilst the better off constructed with Meccano and took pictures with the Box Brownie camera.

If you are interested in more local history, some reflections of Edwardian life in Wolvercote have been made into a leaflet for the festival by Ann Spokes Symonds and is available for sale at the Post Box.

This year we are pleased to welcome Wytham village into the festival and we look forward to their events. Friends of All Saints are delighted to be invited to host the craft exhibition and there is great excitement about the ‘Ashes’ cricket challenge between Wolvercote and Wytham

The Festival spans two weekends with events in the midweek evenings. On the second Saturday, the Children’s Parade and Morris dancing lead from the Baptist Church Hall to the St Peter’s Church Fete, linking both parts of the village.

The events are free unless stated. It is not a fundraising event in itself, aiming only to cover costs, but if money is raised beyond what is needed to stage the events, then donations are made to local organisations.

We look forward to seeing you there and hope you enjoy it.

Friday 18th June

St Hughes and Lady Margaret Hall Gardens

Edwardian Garden Visit

Visits to the Edwardian gardens of Lady Margaret Hall and St Hugh’s colleges will be in the afternoon.

For more information please contact Ann Munro

( 01865 558090


7.30 – 11.00 pm Village Hall

Barn Dance with Larkrise Ranters

Licensed Bar   -  All ages welcome

Tickets:  Adult £6  Concessions £4  Under 5s free
From the Post Box or Robin Lipsey É 01865 552811

 This event is popular so please be sure to get your tickets in advance

Saturday 19th June

10.30 – 12.30 am Village Hall

Children’s Playbus

Oxfordshire Playbus outside the Village Hall - Children's activities + Edwardian games and toys.  Light refreshments available.


11.00  – 6.00 pm Baptist Church

Art Exhibition

Open for viewing.  All work by local artists. Vote for your favourite exhibit.


11.00  – 6.00 pm Young People's Club

OXPOTS Exhibition

Open for viewing.  Oxpots is a pottery group for the blind and visually impaired which means that others senses are used to create their work.  Fascinating and brilliant results!


2.00  – 5.00 pm Wytham Church

Craft Exhibition

Open for viewing. Work includes images of Wytham Woods, quilting, mosaics and sculpture Friends of All Saints' invite you to vote for your favourite exhibit.


1.30 – 4.30 pm Goose Green and Wolvercote Village Hall


1.30                             Drumming group

1.30 onwards              Archery

1.30 onwards              Stalls etc

1.45                             Children's Races

2.00                             Horns of Plenty to play around the green and finish in the dog      arena.

2.30                             Dog Show

3.30                             Maypole dance

4.30                             Finish time 

Also: Music, Drumming, Fire Eating, Face Painting, Sideshows and stalls

At the Village Hall:

3.30                             St Peter's Players present a selection of songs from the Music Hall and a choice bit of melodramatic theatre from the same era snappily entitled AH CRUEL FATE! 

FOLLOWED BY THE RAFFLE DRAW - Some great prizes!

4.30-5.00                      Storytelling for children

Refreshments will be served at the Village Hall from 10.00am to 4.30 pm


7.30 for 8.00 pm  Wolvercote Village Hall

Music night

An evening of folk, jazz, blues and country music featuring Wolvercote musicians and friends

Licensed Bar

Tickets: Adults £6 Children £4 from the Post Box

or ( Robin Lipsey  01865 552811

This event is popular so please be sure to get your tickets in advance


Sunday 20th June


10.00 am  St Peter’s Church

Festival Service

1910-2010 Worship then and now.  Why not come in your "Sunday Best"? Wear a hat as the Edwardians would have!


11.00  – 5.00 pm Wytham Church

Craft Exhibition

Open for viewing. Work includes images of Wytham Woods, quilting, mosaics and sculpture Friends of All Saints' invite you to vote for your favourite exhibit.


12.00 – 1.00 pm  Baptist Church

Classical Concert

With Wolvercote musicians and friends

Donations to the Baptist Church fabric fund


12.00 – 5.00 pm  Baptist Church

Art Exhibition

Open for viewing – vote for your favourite exhibit


2.00 – 4.00 pm  Wolvercote Village Hall

Wolvercote Horticultural Society

Summer Rose and Sweet Pea Show

The society invites entries from members, non-members and children for the following:

Roses - Sweet Peas – Fruit - Cookery – Handicraft – Edwardian Photography – Floral art – annuals and perennials – herbs and eggs.

Children’s classes for:  Miniature Garden on a Plate  - Poetry or Prose

Light snacks and refreshments from 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

Trophy presentations at 4.00 pm

All entries to be brought to hall between 9.00-10.00 am

Download the full schedule here  and entry form or É Kay Richardson 01865  516981


2.15 – 3.00 pm  St Peter’s Church

Family Concert

Followed by teas at the Village Hall


6.00 – 6.30  pm  Village Hall

Sol Ray's Magical Mystery Tour show

Popular local children's entertainer - not to be missed by the kids!

6.45 – 8.00  pm  Village Hall

Classic Silent Movies

Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin etc. to live piano music.  Old fashioned lemonade, ginger beer and popcorn are on the house!

Monday 21st June

6.00 – 8.00 pm  St Edward’s Boathouse - Godstow

Visit and Boating on the River

An open evening with Hinksey Sculling School and St Edward’s Boat Club at their boathouse, next to The Trout Inn.  Have a look around – have a go!

Restrictions may apply.  Children must be accompanied and supervised

Tuesday 22nd June

6.00 – 9.00 pm Wytham Village Hall

Wytham v Wolvercote Cricket Match

Cricket like you have never seen it before! Wolvercote v Wytham – the Ashes! Bring a picnic and support your team. Wytham Village Green has a children’s play area.

Wednesday 23rd June

7.00 pm Wytham Church

A History of the Celtic Harp

Moonrakers will perform a mixed media show of slides, spoken narrative and live musical examples that take you through the turbulent history of the Celtic harp from about the 8th century to the present. Hear how the harp developed from the 'bardic' tradition, was cruelly suppressed for almost 200 years from Elizabeth 1st to Cromwell and beyond, then found its voice again in the 19th century. But above all come and listen to the beauty of the harp, fiddle and strings instruments played by consummate performers! Suitable for all ages.

Thursday 24th June

7.30 pm Baptist Church Hall

Edwardian Village Life

Talk on Wolvercote and Wytham in Edwardian times with Mike Stockford and local residents, led by Tim Healy.

Friday 25th June

7.15  for 7.30 pm Village Hall

North Oxford Youth Theatre present

Ernie's Incredible Hallucinations.  No charge.  Please arrive early to ensure a seat.


8.00  pm  Red Lion

Local Beermaking and tasting

Head Brewer of Wychwood breweries talks about the history of beer making with some tasting.


Saturday 26th June

10.00 am - Meet in the bathing place car park

In the footsteps of King Charles

A circular walk and talk with Dr. Alison McDonald across Picksey Mead leading us through Edwardian agriculture.

10.00am -12.00 Baptist Church Hall

Children's workshop

Making hobby horses, bonnets and hats for the parade

Please be sure to arrive at 10.00 am to give your child time to complete his/her projects

Picnic Lunches available from the Red Lion

12.30 pm Red Lion

Morris Dancers

The Charlbury and Wolvercote Morris dance outside the Red Lion while the children's parade gathers.


1.00 pm  Red Lion to St Peter's Church

Children’s Parade

The parade starts from the Red Lion travelling up the Godstow Road and ends at Wolvercote School.  There, the Wolvercote, and Charlbury Morris sides will dance before leading the children into the church fete at 2.00pm.


2.00 - 4.00 pm St Peter's Church Fete

St Peters Patronal Church Fete

Teas, Games, Stalls, Raffle, Brass Band, Story Telling and Bouncy Castle.

Hobby horse races, Children's fancy dress competition, Teddy Bears Picnic at 3.30pm

All welcome.  Proceeds going half to St Peter's Church children's work and half to Oxfordshire Playbus and the Children's Society.


2.00 - 4.00 pm The St Peter's Church

Photography Exhibition

Images of villagers from Edwardian to the present.  Vote for your favourite exhibit. To enter, call Anne Shaw 01865 514508

Continues on Sunday from 2.00-3.30pm


2.30 pm The Plough Inn

Morris Dancers

The Charlbury  Morris dance outside the Plough.


6.30 pm  The Red Lion

End of Festival BBQ

All are welcome. Vegetarian options  Bar


8.00  – 10.00 pm  The Red Lion

Open Mike Session

If you would like to perform please contact Robin Lipsey ( 552811

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