Local Events Oxford April
Spring is here. The weather is getting better. Goodbye to snow, slush, and rain. Now is the season to start to look for activities that take place outside. So, what to do in Oxford over the next few weeks with at least a little bit of fresh air?
An Oxford Pub Crawl – exercise and beer, the perfect mix?
According to http://OxfordCityGuide.com there are almost 30 great pubs to check out. A pub crawl can be a relaxed meander around a few great places or it can be a frenzied hit on as many places as your body can handle!
Because there’s so many students and tourists in the city pub crawls are a part of the social life of the city. There’s even a website that you can visit to put together an itinerary that suits your available time and stamina: http://www.tourinaday.com/oxford/pub-crawl.html
If, like me, you are not a big drinker then enjoy a pub crawl route that you make yourself to guide a walking tour of this lovely city. You can choose pubs near to landmarks you want to see, as places to stop for a coffee, or a meal, or just to rest tired legs.
Artisan Food market – Waddesden Manor
A few miles outside the city is something for the foodies and cooks: the Waddesden Artisan Food Market. If you are into great food and local produce, then the Artisan Food Market held at Waddesden Manor through throughout the year and promises to be a real treat. The outdoor market is being held from 10am to 2pm on the following dates:
The venue is the visitor car park at Waddesden Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. During April there’s produce and street food from almost 50 different vendors ranging from beer, wine, and spirits, through street food to cooked and cured meats and fish.
Parking and entry are free but remember to bring cash as there’s no cash machine on the site.
Coming to the Oxford Town Hall on April 7th, a Roaring Twenties night like you’ve never seen before!
Vintage fancy dress, Big Bands, Circus acts, Cabaret, Lindy Hop dancers, Electro Swing DJs, Fun Casinos, cocktails and so much more!
If you’ve ever wanted to party as if you’re an attendee of the Moulin Rouge or perhaps a socialite from a Gatsby novel then this party is for you!
The Roaring 2.0s are a premium events company “rebooting” the roaring age and getting ready for a whole new Twenties!
Music on the night:
Dutty Moonshine Big Band – a 14 piece big band creating dance music inspired by Jazz/Swing and are currently trailblazing their way to popularity with regular appearances on main stages of various major festivals.
The Big R Big Band – a 16 piece traditional big band playing all the classics.
Count Skylarkin – international legend will be showing off his original vinyl collection for a special one off.
Emma Clair & Nanook – Electro Swing DJs providing the best in keeping you dancing.
Oxford Folk Weekend- 20th to 22nd April
Oxford’s long history makes it a natural venue for folk music events and this year marks the 7th annual Oxford Folk Weekend. If folk music, Morris dancers, traditional dance, and a few beers, are your thing then this is just for you!
For 2018 the line-up is headed by Eliza Carthy supported by False Lights, Jackie Oates, Sam Carter Boldwood and many others.
The event takes place across the city including Wesley Memorial Church, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Jericho, the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre among others. You’ll need tickets to see the action, you can buy them from here. Almost all events are wheelchair accessible and the hard of hearing are supported by numerous booths where signing and other aids engage visitors in the events.
May Morning – celebrating May Day in a 500-year tradition
May Morning in Oxford is a tradition running for five centuries where Oxfordians celebrate the arrival of spring. There’s no fixed programme to the event but every year thousands of people start to assemble on Magdalen Bridge from as early as 5am ready to see the sunrise at about 6am. As the sun rises above the city the Magdalen College choir sings from the Great Tower of Magdalen College. After a brief Christian service, the tower bells ring out for 15-20 minutes signalling a procession from the bridge into the city centre via the High Street.
In the city centre, on Radcliffe Square you will probably find Morris dancing from about 6.20am before the dancers move to other venues across the city over the next three hours. By the Clarendon Building there’s a Whirly Band playing old English dance tunes on period authentic musical instruments.
Oxford City Council coordinate the events of May Morning, they claim that in 2017 a record 27,000 people attended the event with a crowd that stretched all the way from Long Wall Street as far as the Plain Roundabout.
Walking Tours Around Historic Oxford
No matter how long you have spent in Oxford, whether it is a lifetime or a weekend visit, a walking tour from an experienced and engaging guide is a great way to get some exercise and learn more about this fascinating city. Footprints Tours organise regular walks that last around 2 hours and, best of all, they are free (but the guides are very happy to be tipped whatever you think the tour was worth!)
Meeting at 5 Broad Street tours last around 2 hours and involve a moderate amount of walking.
Your guide will be a well-informed, professional, whose job it is to make your walk interesting and engaging as well as educational. You’ll visit such places as the Bodleian Library, Trinity College, and the Radcliffe Camera. The walk includes visits to places that were used as locations in the Harry Potter movies and you will learn about many famous Oxford University graduates.