What’s on

Wed 18 May: Charlbury WI - May meeting

Wednesday, 18th May at 7.30pm

Memorial Hall, Charlbury

Our May meeting begins with James Haddow - The Taxi Driver Poet, and afterwards, we'll get down to Resolutions voting and monthly business.

James Haddow is the Taxi Driver Poet and for more than 16 years he was writing and reciting poetry to his passengers, entertaining them with his rhymes on life and love as he drove them around rural Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. A seizure forced him to retire from driving in 2013 and he then resettled near Bournemouth on the South coast when love came knocking at his door.

James now spends his time writing and performing his poetry whenever and wherever he can, reliving his journeys and encounters along the way. His style is light-hearted, casual and comical, his delivery is crisp and accomplished.

Refreshments will be served following James' presentation, and then we'll discuss and vote on this year's resolution.

Visitors, £4, are welcome to attend.

Jackie Hague · Link

Wed 18 May: CBY Music Club - Ultimate '50s Rock & Roll

in the back bar of the Rose & Crown from 8pm.

An evening dedicated to the very best of the decade that changed everything, including Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Ritchie Valens and more!

Anyone & Everyone welcome!

Free Entry / No Membership Fee

For requests or to suggest theme ideas please contact Jos at cbymusicclub@gmail.com

Jos Foulston · Link

Fri 20 May: Capsule Wardrobe Workshop


Friday 20th May 7-9pm at 32 The Slade, Charlbury

  • Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear?
  • Are you concerned about the impact of fashion on the environment? 
  • In this workshop I will show you how to have fewer clothes that work better for you.
  • Cost £17.50 for one person, or £15 each, if two people book together. Price includes coffee and biscuits and a workbook to take away.
  • Contact  your local Colour Me Beautiful stylist, Liz Partington 07800 744787 or liz@cotswolds.style

Elisabeth Partington · Link


A special show to mark the Speakeasy's (cautious) return to its spiritual home.

An evening of poetic original jazz and cool chat with 
Alan Fraser's MINGUS TREE and compere Ali Ross.  
The Speakeasy you know and love...

Places will be limited (Covid!) and tickets sold in advance only.  
£10 minimum donation.  All proceeds to the
DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

See the webpage for details

Doors open at 8pm.  Bring your own drinks.

Simon Fenn · Link

Sat 21 May: Marmalade and Cake sale

Marmalade and cake sale.


10.00 – 11.30


Come and buy jars of marmalade or a home-made cake.

Have tea or coffee with a bacon butty (Vegan and GF option available)

Alison Collins · Link

Sat 21 May: Capsule Wardrobe Workshop

CAPSULE WARDROBE WORKSHOP  Saturday 21st May 10-12

At 32 The Slade, Charlbury

  • Do you have lots of clothes but never anything to wear?
  • Are you concerned about the effects of  fashion on the environment?
  • I will show you how to have fewer clothes that work harder for you and your lifestyle
  • Price £17.50 for one person or £15, if two people book together, includes refreshments and workbook to take away.
  • Contact Liz Partington for more details. 07800 744787. liz@cotswolds.style

Elisabeth Partington · Link

Sat 21 May: Garden Society Plant Sale

We are pleased to be able to bring you the Garden Society Plant Sale in its original format.  Come and browse our extensive selection of high quality bedding plants, perennials, annuals , herbs, vegetables etc. at very competitive prices.

Please note the date is 21st May, doors opening at 9.30. (And not 14th May, as mentioned on the Garden Society membership card and the latest Chronicle.)

Be sure to get there early as plants sell out very quickly!

Geneviève Hug · Link

Sat 21 May-Sun 22 May: Sat 21 May - Sun 22 May A SUMMER QUIZ from CHARLBURY MUSEUM

Would you like something for the whole family to do this summer? Or for you to do in a peaceful moment on your own? Then why not try our new Summer Quiz. As you while away the time walking round our town, test your powers of observation and see if you can find the features photographed. They all come from buildings in Charlbury and can be seen easily from the streets. They are not all difficult – though a few are.

Here is sneak preview of the first page. Can you identify any of the three?  There’s more inside -20 in all.

Copies of the Quiz cost £1 and are available from the Museum. We are open Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.30, and Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons from 2.30 pm to 4.30pm. We will also be open all day on Saturday 17th September for the Street Fair, and hope to be open at other times during the Charlbury Festival weeks. 

The Quiz is not a competition as such –though you could try and see who does the best in your group –but a bit of fun for individuals and families. You can hand your entry in to us at the museum, or keep it. We will announce the answers at the end of September, publishing these on the Charlbury website and our noticeboard. We can also send you a copy by email if you leave your address with us.

So pop into the museum and get your quiz. We hope you enjoy doing it

Barbara Allison for Charlbury Museum

Our grateful thanks go to Tony and Judith Graeme who devised the quiz, and Judy Dod who has updated it and provided new photographs.  

Barbara Allison · Link


Will Killeen, originally from County Mayo, Ireland, is a highly acclaimed acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has a unique style - Celtic roots mixed with American blues. You can expect songs from early blues standards through to Dylan classics delivered with inimitable percussive guitar and whirling vocals. He's also considered one of the finest slide guitar players in Europe today.

Will first played in Charlbury over 25 years ago. He is a wonderful guitarist, and his repertoire includes a lot of old blues classics, as well as his own material.

Support Live Music in Charlbury! It starts at 9pm.

Charlie M · Link

Sat 21 May-Sun 29 May: Artweeks in Charlbury

A big year for Artweeks.  It is celebrating it’s 40th!  Artists will be exhibiting around Charlbury in open studios and shared spaces, all within walking distance of each other.
Download a copy of our Trail Map


Maureen Sparling · Link



RAILWAY STUDIOS, CHARLBURY OX73HH (next to train station)

MAY 21st-29th 11am-5pm (closed Monday and Thursday)- also open by appointment.


Come and celebrate 40 years of ARTWEEKS with us!

If you would like to see a selection of work in the exhibition the online catalogue is now on my website ; www.catherinebinnieartist.com 

If you would like an Artweeks catalogue or a Charlbury trail map, please pick one up from the black tin box under the pergola, outside the studio..thank you!

For more information, please email me: binniecatherine@gmail.com 

Catherine Binnie · Link

Sat 21 May-Sun 29 May: Maureen Sparling Artweeks Exhibition

Call in at Forest Cottage, Church Lane.

Watercolours in the Garden Room.  Also stone sculptures in the garden, and greetings cards for sale in aid of DEC Ukraine Appeal.  Open daily 11-6pm. 

Download Trail Map 


Maureen Sparling · Link

Sun 22 May: CRAG Café with Indian inspired veggie lunch

Come and have something to eat and drink whilst you’re enjoying Artweeks in Charlbury. Everything will be homemade by CRAG’s famous team of cooks and bakers!

Coffee and cake all day, and Indian inspired veggie lunch from 12.30 onwards.


Vicky Buser · Link

Sun 22 May: Charlbury Parish Boundary Walk

After having to cancel for a few years due to Covid restrictions Charlbury Town Council is pleased to announce the Parish Boundary Walk will be taking place again this year 

The start is at the lay-by at top of Forest Road (1) at 10.00 am and all are welcome.  There is no need to book just turn up on the day.   This is a chance to join in a centuries old tradition and to walk on paths not normally open to the public by kind permission of landowners.  Known as 'beating the bounds' this was formerly very important to ensure people knew where the boundary between one parish and the next was. 

Note The ground is uneven in places and goes through nettles and brambles so suitable boots and clothing are required. There is also a risk of Blandford fly so long trousers /insect repellent advised. There will be a stop for a lunch break at Ditchley Model Farm kind courtesy of Rob and Maxine Hobill so please bring a packed lunch.

This is a guided walk which follows the parish boundary through part of the Cornbury Estate, past Ditchley Farm  Return to Charlbury via Spelsbury

The complete walk is about 12 miles (taking around 6 hours including lunch) but you can leave and join the walk at various points

Cornbury Bridge (4) , Layby by Solar Farm (7), Saltway/ Woodstock Road crossing (10), Ditchley Farm (11) and Enstone Road crossing (12) – see map of route

If you would like more information or to offer help please leave a message.

Tony H Merry · Link

Wed 25 May: CBY Music Club - 3 Classic Albums

in the back bar of the Rose & Crown from 8pm.

From 1972, Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book, from 1982 Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello & The Attractions and from 1992 Arrested Development’s 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of…

Anyone & Everyone welcome!

Free Entry / No Membership Fee

For requests or to suggest theme ideas please contact Jos at cbymusicclub@gmail.com

Jos Foulston · Link


The Museum will hold a Plant Sale in aid of Museum funds on Saturday 28 May from 10 am to 12 noon in the Corner House Garden.   If you have plants to contribute, please bring them to the Garden either on Friday 27th May from 6 - 6.30 pm, or on the morning of the sale from 9 am onwards.  

You will be able to take coffee and biscuits with CRAG who are catering all day in the War Memorial Hall.

Janet Jeffs · Link

Sat 28 May: CRAG Café with Indian inspired veggie lunch

Come and have something to eat and drink whilst you’re enjoying Artweeks in Charlbury. Everything will be homemade by CRAG’s famous team of cooks and bakers!

Coffee and cake all day, and Indian-inspired veggie lunch from 12.30 onwards.

10.30 to 4.30 at The Memorial Hall. 


Vicky Buser · Link

Sat 28 May-Sun 29 May: CHARLBURY MUSEUM

The Museum will open on Saturday 10.30 am - 12.30 pm, and on Sunday from 2.30 - 4.30 pm, and the new exhibition is on the theme of Jubilee. Children free, adults £1.  Do come in and explore our five rooms.    

And don't forget the Museum Plant Sale in the Corner House Garden.  The photograph shows the garden in 1977.

Janet Jeffs · Link

Wed 1 Jun: Probus lunch and talk

The next lunch and presentation at Probus will be at Witney Lakes at 12.00 pm on Wednesday 1st June

This month's presentation will be given by Stephen Barker on  Soldiers, Saints and Sinners. Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil Wars 1642-51’

Oxfordshire played a significant part in the First Civil War – Oxford became the Royalist capital in late 1642. This participation has left a legacy of wonderful stories and fascinating characters as we will hear in this talk.

Probus lunches are now open to all and women are particularly welcome.  They are an excellent opportunity to meet people over an enjoyable lunch and listen to an interesting talk.  The atmosphere is very informal and dress is smart casual.

So whether you are new to Charlbury or would just like to find out more about us please consider coming along

Lunch cost £24 for visitors but is free for anyone who is thinking of joining Probus who wants to see what we do.

For more information contact Simon Handley Charlbury Probus Secretary, contact at simon.handley8@icloud.com

Tony H Merry · Link

Sat 4 Jun: Danceology - All Request Jubilee Party - from 8:30pm

in the Back Bar of the Rose & Crown.

All your party favourites, club classics, dance anthems and floor fillers.

All song requests - minimum £1!

The more you donate, the faster your song gets played!

All requests' proceeds donated to Katharine House Hospice.

Jos Foulston · Link

Sat 4 Jun: 9am - 1pm Tool Sharpening & Horse Manure

Mr Wilson of Sharpening Services of Eynsham is coming to the vendor space by the Community Centre from 9am  until 1pm. He will sharpen secateurs, shears, loppers, knives, scissors, saws, screwdrivers, hoes, spades, & planes and can also arrange to sharpen and service lawn mowers but this might involve a collection/delivery charge if he has to take it to his workshop. There will also be bags of horse manure bags available - please phone (don't text) 07786 405214 to order. Mr Wilson will also be coming the first Saturday mornings in April, May, June, and possibly July. Price list

Organised by Charlbury Green Hub

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 4 Jun: Jubilee Barn Dance for Children and Families

Wychwood Paddocks...........Charlbury School Playing Field


Children £5.......Adults FREE!

Refreshments/Food/BBQ/Bar/Ice Cream/Games

Dress Red /White and Blue ??!!

Book  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jubilee-barn-dances-tickets-301405962347 ;      

OR in person at Community Centre or Cotswolds Frames

Organised by Charlbury School Association and Corner House Renovation Fund

Paul D Jackson · Link

Sat 4 Jun: Jubilee Barn Dance for Adults

Wychwood Paddocks

Charlbury School Playing Field

6.30 open for 7pm to 10 pm   £10 

  Dress Red /White and Blue ??!!

Refreshments/BBQ/Bar/Food/Ice Cream/Games

Book online  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jubilee-barn-dances-tickets-301405962347

Or in Person at Community Centre or Cotswolds Frames

Organised by Corner House Renovation Fund

Paul D Jackson · Link

Sun 5 Jun: Big Lunch for the Jubilee

Come along to the Big Lunch on Sunday 5th June to celebrate the Jubilee

Lisa Wilkinson · Link

Sun 5 Jun: Civic Service at St Marys Church

A service to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II will be held on Sunday 5th June at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome and we are hoping that representatives from all clubs and organisations will attend (in uniform if there is one). This is an opportunity for the community to come together to give thanks for our very special monarch. This service will be followed by the Jubilee picnic at Nine Acres.

Jo Paton · Link

Mon 6 Jun: Memory Cafe

Meeting on first Monday of the month at the Bowls Club. 2pm - 3.30pm

Jo Paton · Link

Fri 10 Jun-Sun 19 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Charlbury Festival 2022 

Art, Theatre, Literature, Music, Workshops and Talks.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Fri 10 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Music from JARISEL

St Mary's Church 7.30

Tickets £10 from Charlbury Deli (cash only) from 23rd May

JAcqueline Johnson, ARne Richards, ISabel Knowland, ELena Piras

Four musicians playing music from six countries on ten instruments bringing us a feast of folk music from around the world.

Jarisel is a newly formed group of four local musicians each with an international reputation making their debut at the Charlbury Festival. Playing a variety of instruments including the bandoneon, cello, Hardanger fiddle, bohdran, guitar, and accordion they present an exhilarating feast of folk music from around the world, including songs and tunes from the Celtic, French, Finnish, Latin American and Bulgarian traditions. An evening not to be missed!

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 11 Jun: Charlbury Festival

The Four Wordsmen of the Apostrophe

The Corner House Garden 7.45 for 8.00

Free entry, but there will be a collection for Refugee Week

Authors of the innovatively designed books Words Go Out To Play and A Funny Way With Words present A Poem and Other Poems. Ed Fenton, Adrian Lancini, John Lanyon and Rob Stepney dive deep into a collaboration which has produced material ranging from the seriously silly to the perilously profound.

Please bring your own drinks and refreshments.

If wet, in an indoor venue - please check charlbury.info for update.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 11 Jun: Charlbury Green Hub at Farmers Market - Hedgerow & tree surveys (& SESI detergent refills)

Come and visit our stall at Charlbury Farmers Market (9am-1pm) to find out about the local hedgerow and tree surveys that need updating.

SESI household cleaning products - empty bottles for refilling can be dropped off at the our stall at the Farmers Market for collection the following Saturday MORNING at the weekly Styan produce collection. NEW FULL BOTTLES FOR REFILLING ANOTHER TIME CAN BE ORDERED IN ADVANCE BY EMAILING sesi@charlburygreenhub.org.uk. Every Saturday you can drop off your clean empty bottles between 9.30-10.30am outside the Community Centre at the Styan produce collection. These will then be refilled during the week and be ready for collection the following Saturday MORNING.

Refill price per litre (price for new refillable bottle including product)
£2.30/litre Washing-up liquid (unfragranced) (500ml bottle £1.65)
£2.50/litre Washing-up liquid (spiced ginger) (500ml bottle £1.75)
£2.75/litre Non-bio laundry liquid (unfragranced) (1 litre bottle £3.25)
£3.70/litre Biological laundry liquid (fragranced) (1 litre bottle £4.20)
£2.20/litre Fabric conditioner (cologne) (1 litre bottle £2.70)
£6.00/litre Delicate and hand laundry liquid (unfragranced) (500ml bottle £3.50)
£3.00/litre All purpose cleaner (lavender & rosemary) (500ml bottle £2.00)
£3.60/litre Cream cleanser (fragranced) (500ml bottle £2.30)
£1.20/litre White vinegar for cleaning (1 litre bottle £1.70)
£1.50/litre Window and glass cleaner (sea grass) (500ml spray bottle £1.50)
£2.60/litre Toilet cleaner (lotus & sea salt) (1 litre bottle £3.10)
£3.70/litre Hard water rinse aid for dishwashers (1 litre bottle £2.35)
£5.00/litre Hand soap (Fig) (500ml pump dispenser £3.00)
£5.00/litre Hand soap (English Rose) (500ml pump dispenser £3.00)

Also dairy kefir grains available free of charge - please contact me in advance and bring a very small jar of milk to take some grains away in.

Summary of Farmers Markets in this area and other local food opportunities

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 11 Jun: Young Writers' Workshop

Young Writers' Workshop

Friends' Meeting House 12.00-1.00

Free but booking essential, contact Kati Eidenbenz: ke@katiandgraham.com

Paul Dowswell, one of Britain’s most prolific children’s writers and now Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, will lead a workshop on writing tales of the supernatural.

The workshop is ideal for teenagers but everybody is welcome.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 11 Jun: Creativity at the Farmers' Market

Come to the market and bring your children and join in the free Festival activities.

Creativity Corner 10.00 - 12.00

Get crafty with Little Wild Things and create some very lovely leaf bunting.

Little Wild Things, together with the Riverside Festival team, will provide all the necessary materials, help and encouragement.

Tony Lloyd · Link


SATURDAYS June 11,18,25, July 2,9,16 



COST-£160  FOR SIX MORNINGS (plus an additional charge for stone of choice, at cost, approx £10-£40)


In these workshops you will be given the guidance needed to create a small sculpture, from help with the initial ideas for your carving to sanding and polishing your work of art. No experience necessary and no pressure to create a masterpiece!

Coffee, tea and biscuits included.

RAILWAY STUDIOS are on the trading estate near Charlbury station .They are large, bright and airy and there is plenty of parking. There is also space to work outside, weather permitting.  

To book or for more information please email Cathy -  binniecatherine@gmail.com



Catherine Binnie · Link

Sat 11 Jun-Sun 19 Jun: Photography Competition

Photography Competition

Charlbury Deli & Cafe and Cornerstone in the Corner House

An open photography competition for adults and children. The four adult themes are: Holidays, Black and White, Buildings and Nature. The children's theme is Animals.

There will be prizes for each theme and an opportunity for visitors to vote for their personal favourite.

Entries to be mounted on A4, 50p per entry. Children under 16 free. Hand-in is on Thursday 9th June between 2.00 and 4.00 and Friday 10th June between 9.30 and 11.00 in Charlbury Deli & Cafe

Further information contact Julia Reid 01993 868457 or <julia_d_reid@yahoo.com>

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 11 Jun: Printmaking and Music

Printmaking and Music

Outside the Community Centre 2.00 - 4.00

Free admission

Steamroller Printmaking

Colin and Claire Bellamy will drive their steamroller from Witney to enable us to make giant linocut and monotype prints outside the Community Centre. Their Wallis and Steevens Road Roller was made in Basingstoke in 1929.

It worked in Catford, London for Wadhams, a local company.

Prints will include a giant linocut made by local artists and monotype prints made by Charlbury Primary School.

Music from D’Accord

Hot from their regular weekly spot at the popular local FarmED Cafe/Restaurant, 'D'Accord' is a three-piece instrumental acoustic band. They specialise in playing a mix of French musette waltzes, gypsy jazz standards and bossa nova tunes to create an exciting, yet relaxing, cafe ambience.

Led by Charlbury accordionist Jenny, the other band members are double bass player Geoff and guitarist Bob. They will be performing in front of the Community Centre. The band members say “We look forward to evoking a leisurely continental summer atmosphere - whatever the weather!"

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 11 Jun: Women's Tour Bike Race: Stage 6

Stage 6 starts in Chipping Norton and heads towards Bloxham before looping back to Charlbury via the B4022 and the Enstone Road, with a right turn into 9 Acres Lane, and then continuing past the station and on to Burford and Carterton, with the eventual stage finish in St Giles, Oxford. 

More details here: https://www.womenstour.co.uk/stages/stage-6/

Estimated times in Charlbury 12.03 - 12.08; rolling road closures for c. 30 minutes while the race passes through, closing roads in the direction of the cyclists' travel for about 15 minutes in advance of the race. 

Christine Battersby · Link

Sun 12 Jun-Sun 19 Jun: Sculpture Trail

Sculpture Trail

Sculpture in The Corner House and the Memorial Hall gardens

Open daily, free access

Sunday 12th June - Sunday 19th June

Sculptors have responded to the spaces around The Corner House and the Memorial Hall. Pick up a guide and follow the trail to discover all sorts of surprises. See how artists have used light, sound, stone, wood, glass, paper, steel, plaster and found objects in imaginative and challenging ways.

The sculptors include: Jane Crane, Patricia Freeman, Catherine Binnie, Liz Judge, Isabel Knowland, Briony Lawson, George Lewis, Ben Williams, Anthony Lloyd, Bridget Tennent, George Taylor and Janice Thwaites.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sun 12 Jun: Live on The Playing Close - Alan Fraser's Mingus Tree.

Live on The Playing Close - Alan Fraser's Mingus Tree.

Music from 3.30


Bring a blanket. Bring a chair. Bring something to drink.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sun 12 Jun: Wildflower Walk

Meet at St Mary's Churchyard 2.00

Free, no need to book

This walk led by Christine Elliott will be around the streets of our town to find the patches of wild flowers blooming here. The walk will end at The Playing Close.

Note there will be a Wild Flower Exhibition in St Mary's Church throughout the festival

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sun 12 Jun: Messy Church

Messy Church at St Marys. 3pm 

Booking Required 

Jo Paton · Link

Sun 12 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Soul Food, an Evening of Poetry and Music

The Old Farmhouse, The Playing Close 7.00

Tickets £10 from Charlbury Deli (cash only) from 23rd May

An evening of nourishment for the soul in the form of poetry and music in beautiful surroundings.

Our readers will be Angela Phillips and Steve Hay and there will be musicians of the highest quality.

Poetry has been chosen by Nick Johnson

The ticket price includes a glass of wine in the interval

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sun 12 Jun: Heritage Town Walk

Meet at the Museum 11.15

Free, no need to book

The walk will be led by local historian Barbara Allison

A chance to walk around and through the town centre and investigate how we can tell it is a medieval town. On the way, we can also look at a few indications that it is older, possibly Anglo-Saxon.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sun 12 Jun: The Business of Publishing

The Business of Publishing

Thomas Gifford Room, Community Centre 5.00

Free. Donations welcome.

Felicity Brooks and Maddi Allan

Felicity Brooks, long time editor and author for Usborne Books, will talk on the business side of getting books into print and the particular challenge of the children’s market. With her will be Maddi Allan, marketing executive with Simon & Schuster

Tony Lloyd · Link

Mon 13 Jun: Publishing New Writing

Publishing New Writing

Friends' Meeting House 1.00-2.00

£3 (cash only) on the door

Charles Boyle – CB Editions

“I can’t think of a wittier, more engaging, stylistically audacious, attentive and generous writer working in the English language right now” (Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian). Poet and novelist Charles Boyle describes how he came to set up his own imprint, the prize-winning CB Editions, and his hunt for literary talent that bigger publishing houses had missed.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Mon 13 Jun: Chocolate Making Workshop

Chocolate Making Workshop

Memorial Hall 10.00-12.00

£15 per person, maximum ten people

To book contact Márcia at marcia.harvey22@gmail.com

An Introduction to Chocolate Making with Márcia Harvey. Márcia recently trained as a professional chef in culinary arts and patisserie at the Ashburton Cookery School. She has a passion for patisserie, and in particular chocolate-making, and sells chocolates locally and online. Márcia also has exciting plans to open a café / bistro in Market Street, Charlbury later this year.

You will start by making a spicy hot chocolate and enjoy tasting different strengths of chocolate. You will learn how to temper chocolate, make chocolate bars, roll and decorate truffles and pack your beautiful creations to take home.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Mon 13 Jun-Fri 17 Jun: Meet the Artists in their Studios

Meet the Artists in their Studios

Monday-Friday 2.00-5.00

Several Charlbury artists will open their studios during the weekday afternoons. Come along and meet the artists and see their work, both finished and in progress. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, stained glass, ceramics and jewellery.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Mon 13 Jun-Fri 17 Jun: Artists’ Sketchbooks

Artists’ Sketchbooks

Morris Room, Corner House

Monday – Friday 2.00-5.00

Two years ago, forty local artists were each given a pristine A4 ring bound sketchbook. They were invited to choose a theme for the book, fill a couple of pages with sketches and then pass it on to another artist to respond to the theme. The books, which are exchanged at the end of each month, now contain around two thousand pages of sketches in a multitude of themes and styles in a range of media.

Come along and look through the sketchbooks, meet some of the artists involved and be inspired by their creativity.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Mon 13 Jun-Fri 17 Jun: Threshold Printmaking Exhibition

Threshold Printmaking Exhibition

International Print Exchange Programme

Morris Room, Corner House

Monday – Friday 2.00-5.00

Free admission

Charlbury Festival is very pleased to host the first UK exhibition of the latest International Print Exchange Programme. Local printmaker Asma Hashmi is one of the international artists selected to take part and the only UK printmaker represented. The theme selected is Threshold - a portal through which new ideas and feelings can be shared and explored. Come and see how Threshold has been interpreted by the many printmakers in the exhibition.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Mon 13 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Writing Crime Fiction

Friends' Meeting House 8.00

Tickets £3 (cash only) on the door

Veronica Stallwood and Philip Gooden, Chair Tony Allan

Local resident Veronica Stallwood, author of the Kate Ivory Oxford detective novels, and Philip Gooden, whose books include the Nick Revill Shakespearean whodunnits and the Tom Ansell cathedral mysteries, will talk about their work and the secrets of writing successful crime fiction.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Mon 13 Jun: Pathetic Pictures: How Words Paint

Pathetic Pictures: How Words Paint

Friends' Meeting House 5.00-6.00

Free, donations welcome

Reading and talk by Robert Fraser

Robert Fraser, poet, lecturer, biographer, novelist and Charlbury resident, will talk on the evocative power of language, illustrating his points with readings from his own work.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Tue 14 Jun: The Graphic Novel

The Graphic Novel

Thomas Gifford Room, Community Centre 5.00

Free. Donations welcome

Frances Castle

Author, illustrator and designer Frances Castle describes the creative process involved in producing graphic novels. Drawing on her own experience, she’ll explain how she got the inspiration for her books and the practical problems involved in getting them into print.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Tue 14 Jun: Walkers are Welcome Walk to Shorthampton

Walkers are Welcome Walk to Shorthampton

Free, 9.30-12.00 meet at Charlbury station

Guide – Paul Jackson

Dogs on leads welcome

We will walk to Shorthampton and visit the 12c All Saints Church where the main interest, lies in its wall paintings. The nave is quite extraordinarily rich in medieval paintings; some are fragmentary, but many others are very clear and well preserved. Local artist Amanda Cooper will meet us there to give an introduction to these extraordinary images.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Tue 14 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Come and Sing

Morris Room, Memorial Hall 7.30

Find your voice, celebrate summer, enjoy the exhilaration of singing with others

Arne Richards will lead us through songs from around the world and across the centuries

It will be great fun and you don’t need to be able to read music.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Tue 14 Jun: Winston, Churchill, and Me

Winston, Churchill, and Me: Childhood Memories of Summers with the Churchills

Memorial Hall 1.00-2.00

£3 (cash only) on the door

Extracts will be read by Sam Dastor, whose fifty years career has spanned theatre, film, television and radio.

This touching memoir tells the story of a young boy who is invited to stay with a school friend during the summer holidays and finds himself at Chartwell, the family home of Winston Churchill. Jonathan Dudley was eight years old at the time and was accepted into the Churchill family alongside his school companion, the young Winston, grandson of the former Prime Minister.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Wed 15 Jun: Lunchtime Organ Recital

Lunchtime Organ Recital

St Mary's Church 1.00

Free, donations to the church welcome

Richard Fairhurst, organist at St Mary's Church will play music from Bach to Bednall, from the 18th to the 21st centuries - lively and reflective music demonstrating the versatility of the instrument.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Wed 15 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Saxon bones, Roman coins, and life on the land

Memorial Hall 7.30

Tickets £5 on the door (cash only)

In a new film by Alan Snelling, Rob Stepney interviews Rob Jackson about unexpected archaeological discoveries and his working life spent in the fields around Walcot – a period of dramatic change in agricultural practice. This will be followed by an open discussion with Rob Jackson.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh and Rob will also bring along metal detecting finds to show the diverse stories the soil can reveal – from lost medieval silver pennies to antibiotics used to treat mastitis, and from oil painters to the Primrose League.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Wed 15 Jun: Meet the Poet

Meet the Poet

Thomas Gifford Room, Community Centre 5.00

Patricia Huth Ellis

Author of Poems from Grace Cottage and The Ragbag of a Human Heart, Cotswold poet and Charlbury resident Patricia Huth Ellis will read from her own works.

Free, donations welcome

Tony Lloyd · Link

Thu 16 Jun: Afternoon Lecture

Afternoon Lecture

Memorial Hall 2.00

£3 (cash only) on the door

David Grylls

Love and Sex in the Victorian Novel

Oxford University lecturer and Sunday Times reviewer David Grylls has published books on Charles Dickens, Victorian family life and the novelist George Gissing. He has lectured widely in the USA as well as across Britain and Europe.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Thu 16 Jun: "He taught me how to be someone I was not”

"He taught me how to be someone I was not”

Thomas Gifford Room, Community Centre 5.00

Free, donations welcome

Geoffrey Strachan

A sneak preview of Andrei Makine’s latest novel, My Armenian Friend (due out later this year) Geoffrey Strachan will read from his translation.

Raised in a Soviet orphanage, the author found his life transformed forever by a brief friendship (at the age of 13) with an extraordinary boy from the Caucasus

Tony Lloyd · Link

Thu 16 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Merry Moments

St Mary's Church 7.30 (doors open 6.30)

Tickets on the door £7.00 adults, £5 concessions 

Charlbury Amateur Dramatic Group (CADS) will take us on a lighthearted journey through a thousand years of the monarchy. 

 This collection of cameo performances by our local thespians will be directed by Sue Haffenden. 

 An evening of dramatic readings, poetry and song to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, entitled Merry Moments of Monarchy

Tony Lloyd · Link

Thu 16 Jun: Piano at the Font Café

Piano at the Font Café

St Mary's Church 10.00 - 12.00

Come and enjoy catching up with friends and colleagues. Have a cappuccino with a delicious home-made cake. Read the newspapers and use the free WiFi. There is an area for children, with toys where your pre-schoolers can enjoy themselves.

Our pianist will be John Tucker. John will play a wide range of music to include Cole Porter, Rachmaninoff and favourites such as the Londonderry Air, together with a few hymns and any special requests.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Fri 17 Jun: Lunchtime Piano Recital

Lunchtime Piano Recital

Memorial Hall 1.00

£3 (cash only) on the door

Daphne Clark will play a series of mazurkas by Chopin, Borodin, Dvořák and Scriabin. These Polish folk dances in triple meter originated in the plains of Mazovia around Warsaw. These will be followed by some sunny summer outdoor music by Edvard Grieg.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Fri 17 Jun-Sun 19 Jun: Open-Air Cinema 17th - 19th June 2022!

The Old Shed Events are hosting an open-air cinema 17th - 19th June 2022!

🎥Tickets Are Live!🎥

Book Your Tickets Now: https://the-old-shed-events.eventbrite.co.uk

We are screening 5 blockbuster films on a huge 7.5M x 4M screen with cutting-edge technology and sound!

Bohemian Rhapsody | Encanto | Mamma Mia Here We Go Again | Sing2 | No Time To Die - James Bond

Banbury Hill Farm, Enstone Road, Charlbury, OX7 3JH

Becky Leath · Link

Fri 17 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Friday Night is Music Night

Memorial Hall 7.30

Tickets £10 (including first drink) from Charlbury Deli & Cafe from 23rd May

A cabaret-style event, showcasing some of our local musical talent. There will be a real variety of short acts with a wide range of songs from musicals to music hall classics, rock and pop, jazz and folk all performed in a light-hearted and humorous mood. 

Our host will be Charlbury favourite Ali Ross and performers include: Vivi Walkden, Jenny Larsen, Geoffrey Strachan, Anne and Mike Bardsley, Rosie Cherry, Alan Snelling, Kieron Keeble, Elena Piras and more...

There will be a licensed bar (your first drink is included in the ticket price), with table service to help with the cabaret atmosphere. Definitely a night not to be missed!

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 18 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Iolanthe - Shoestring Opera

St Mary's Church 3.30

Tickets £15 (Under 18’s £5) from Charlbury Deli and cafe (cash only) from 23rd May.

“Once a fairy / light and airy / married with a mortal…”. From this intriguing seed, sown by W.S.Gilbert in one of his humorous Bab Ballads, grew the plot of the operetta Iolanthe, Gilbert’s seventh collaboration with composer Arthur Sullivan. Iolanthe (the name of the transgressing fairy) became the vehicle for superb music and much witty and satirical comment on British government, law and society – cloaked in a delightful fantasy which features a charming love story, plus the clash of the Lord Chancellor and attendant Peers with the Fairy Queen and her entourage.

Shoestring Opera follows its successful productions of La Cenerentola and Cosi fan tutte with this highly enjoyable piece of classic Victoriana, in a sparkling new arrangement for wind quintet and keyboard.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 18 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Good, Occasionally Rhyming

St Mary's Church 8.00

Tickets £10 from Charlbury Deli and Cafe - cash only from 23rd May

Join Kathy Clugston, Rob Stepney and others for Good, occasionally rhyming, a celebration of The Shipping Forecast in poems, prose and music.

Exact yet evocative, arcane but everyday, the same but always different -- the Shipping Forecast holds a treasured place in our hearts. It is delivered with the expressive qualities of a metronome. But the nation loves it.

Kathy is a familiar BBC Radio voice, read the Shipping Forecast for many years, and is now chair of Gardeners’ Question Time.

The show includes poems by Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, Sean Street, Don Paterson, and Alice Oswald.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sun 19 Jun: Charlbury Festival

Heritage Field Walk

Meet at the Playing Close 11.15

Free, no need to book

This three-mile walk will be led by Christine Elliott who will share her interest in local and natural history. 

The walk will take the old Woodstock Way to the Saltway and return along Ditchley road taking in the changes to farming over the past 300 years right up to the present day

Sorry no dogs

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sun 19 Jun: Choral Evensong at St Mary's Church

As the last event of the Charlbury Festival, St Mary’s Choir will be singing a Choral Evensong for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer of many of Britain’s best loved classical works and editor of The English Hymnal.

Music by RVW will include:

  • Introit: ‘O Taste and See’
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C major
  • Anthem: ‘O How Amiable’
  • Hymns including Down Ampney (Come down, O love divine) and Sine Nomine (For all the saints)
  • Organ prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’

6pm at St Mary’s Church; the service will last just under an hour. All welcome.

Richard Fairhurst · Link

Sun 19 Jun: Charlbury Open Gardens 2022

After our colourful Virtual Open Gardens in 2020, and sadly the cancellation of the event in 2021, we are planning a bumper event on the 19th June 2022, in conjunction with the Arts Society, on the 2nd Sunday of the Charlbury Festival (10th to 19th June 2022).

More information nearer the date!

To know more about the Charlbury Garden Society and how to become a member, see our website: http://www.charlburygardensociety.org.uk/

Geneviève Hug · Link

Sun 19 Jun: Charlbury Open Gardens

Charlbury Open Gardens

Start at The Corner House Garden

Entry by programme £5.00 Children under 12 free 2.00 - 6.00

After the colourful Virtual Open Gardens in 2020, and sadly the cancellation of the event in 2021, a bumper event is planned this year. The Garden Society has arranged a tour of Charlbury gardens, some open for the first time. The gardens will also show work by local sculptors who will place their sculpture in these lovely settings.

Teas, cakes and plants at the Memorial Hall. All proceeds will go to the Street Fair which supports The Corner House and Memorial Hall

Charlbury Primary School Choir

During tea entertainment will be provided by Charlbury Primary School Choir. The choir has built up a large repertoire of carefully selected songs. The choir focuses on acquiring good vocal technique and extending the children's basic musical skills under the guidance of Jennie Grierson.

Morris Dancers

Charlbury Morris and Wychwayz Border Morris will perform outside the Memorial Hall with their two alternative styles and traditions.

“When he is dancing, the true Morris-man is serious of countenance, yet gay of heart: vigorous yet restrained; a strong man rejoicing in his strength, yet graceful, controlled, and perfectly dignified withal.” Cecil Sharp

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 25 Jun: Charlbury Beer Festival

The 2022 Charlbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 25 June at Charlbury Cricket Club, from noon till late. There will be around 50 real ales, a variety of craft beers, a range of ciders and perries, wine, gin, and Pimm’s; a great selection of food (including vegan options); tea, cake and soft drinks; live music throughout; the Culture Club tent with its varied programme of performances and talks; children’s entertainment; and high-octane sport with the World Aunt Sally Singles Championships.

All money raised by the Beer Festival is given out to community projects, both in the Charlbury area and overseas. We have now taken our total of funds raised for good causes to well over £250,000. There have been donations to over fifty local organisations, ranging from Charlbury Primary School and the town’s Pre-School, to local sports clubs, Charlbury’s Day Centre and Community Centre, and overseas projects in Africa, India, South America and elsewhere.

We must thank those generous sponsors who finance the beers and the entertainment tents, and of course, the beers themselves, plus the many hours that committee members and other volunteers put in. Cheers all round!

Charlbury Cricket Club provides a glorious setting, just across the road from Charlbury Station. There are excellent all-day (including late night) bus and train services to and from Charlbury to Oxford, Chipping Norton, Reading, Witney, Worcester and London, so you don’t even need to drive if you want to have a drink.

To keep up to date with the festival, please visit our website and follow our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Edward Fenton · Link

Sun 26 Jun: National Garden Scheme: Charlbury Gardens open

Three very individual gardens are opening this year. The Priory Garden; Clover Patch (Ditchley Road) and 3 Kearsey Court (Ditchley Road) on Sunday 26th June.Combined admission £6, children free. Home-made teas at No. 27 Ditchley Road from 1-5pm.

Car-parking has been arranged in Ditchley Road - which will be signposted on the day.

Priscilla Frost · Link

Sun 26 Jun: CRAG Sunday tea concert, The Memorial Hall, 3pm

We will be welcoming back our regular artist, harpsichordist Alastair Ross, who will be performing Geminiani cello sonatas with his son George Ross, a very talented and prominent baroque cellist. 

Save the date for a lovely afternoon of baroque music by this very special father/son duo.

We'll be adding booking details soon. 

All proceeds to refugee relief. 

Vicky Buser · Link

Fri 1 Jul-Sat 2 Jul: CRAG Art Fair

Beautiful original art works, prints and more, on sale from a couple of pounds to thousands, at Friends Meeting House, over Friday and Saturday 1 and 2 July.  

Frances Webber · Link

Mon 4 Jul: Memory Cafe

Meeting on first Monday of the month at the Bowls Club. 2pm - 3.30pm

Jo Paton · Link

Sun 17 Jul: Sunday at Six

Come and join us for our every-other-month Sunday evening service at St Mary's. There's a simple liturgy, music mostly from the second half of last century, Bible-based discussion & reflection, and plenty of space to recentre ourselves in God's presence.

John Partington · Link

Tue 2 Aug-Fri 5 Aug: Charlbury Churches Holiday Club

Charlbury Churches will be running Holiday Club Tuesday to Friday at St. Marys Church for primary school aged children. Optional sports afternoons will also be available to be booked each afternoon. 

The theme will be On The Farm. 

Booking forms will be available from the start of June from parishoffice@charlburychurch.uk 

Jo Paton · Link

Sun 2 Oct: Messy Church

Messy Church at St Marys 


Booking Required 

Jo Paton · Link

Sat 5 Nov: Firework Night at Charlbury CC

After a long wait due to covid disruptions, we are really excited to announce that we will be having the annual firework night this year on the 5th November!! Save the date and share the news with friends and family - looking forward to getting back to a bit more of normality this year! - more details will be shared nearer to the date 

A Westbury · Link

Sun 4 Dec: Messy Nativity

Messy Church at St Marys. 3pm 

Booking required. 

Jo Paton · Link

Weekly calendar

Please note that many of these events are suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • 9.30am: Mass, St Teresa’s
  • 9.30am (termtime): Toddler group, Memorial Hall
  • 1.30pm-3pm: Tennis club
  • 1.15pm and 2.30pm: Strength & Balance, Community Centre
  • 6pm-7pm: Hatha Yoga, Community Centre
  • 7pm-8.30pm: Scouts, Scout Hut
  • 8pm-10pm: Badminton, Community Centre


  • 9.30am: Mass, St Teresa’s
  • 9.30am-10.30am: Pilates, Bowls Club
  • 10am-11am: Bump to Two, Community Centre
  • 11am-12pm: Well Baby Clinic, Community Centre
  • 2.30pm-4pm: Fish van, Market Street
  • 5pm-9pm: Copper Pot Catering, Spendlove
  • 6pm: Bowls club
  • 8pm: Wychwayz Morris, Scout Hut


  • 9am-10am: Lean Gym, Community Centre
  • 10am-11am: Stay & Play, Community Centre
  • 10am-11.30am: Tai Chi, Methodist Hall
  • 11.15am-12pm: Toddler Gym, Community Centre
  • 11.45am-12.45pm: Qigong and Tai Chi, Methodist Hall
  • 2.15pm-2.45pm: Rhyme Time, Charlbury Library
  • 2.30pm-4pm: Walking Football, Community Centre
  • 6pm-7pm: Hatha Yoga, Community Centre
  • 6pm-7pm: Adoration, St Teresa’s
  • 7.45pm: Bell-ringing, St Mary's
  • 8pm: CBY Music Club, Rose & Crown
  • 8pm-10pm: Volleyball, Community Centre


  • 9.15am: Hatha Yoga, Memorial Hall
  • 9.30am: Mass, St Teresa’s
  • 9.30am-10.30am: Pilates, Memorial Hall
  • 10am-12pm: Font Cafe, St Mary's
  • 10.45am-11.45am: Pilates, Memorial Hall
  • 11am: Therapeutic Yoga, Memorial Hall
  • 4pm-5pm: Junior Sports Club (8-11), Community Centre
  • 5pm-6pm: Basketball (11+), Community Centre
  • 5pm-6.15pm: Beavers, Scout Hut
  • 6.30pm-8pm: Cubs, Scout Hut
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm: Circuit Training, Community Centre
  • 7pm-9pm: Tennis club
  • 8pm-9pm: Walking Football, Community Centre


  • 9.30am-12pm: Donate and Take, Corner House
  • 9.30am: Mass, St Teresa’s with Adoration/Benediction to follow
  • 9.30am: Exercise for 50+, Memorial Hall
  • 9.30am-11am (term time): Stay and Play, Bowls Club
  • 10am-12pm: Coffee Club, Community Centre
  • 2pm-5pm: Tennis Club
  • 5pm-8pm: Fish & chip van, Spendlove
  • 7pm: Choir practice, St Mary's
  • 7pm-9pm: Youth Club, Community Centre
  • August 10am-12pm: Museum open


  • 9.30am-12.30pm: Donate and Take, Corner House
  • Morning: Coffee Morning, Corner Ho
  • Summer 10.30am-12.30pm: Museum open
  • 4.30pm-8.30pm: Fish & chip van, Spendlove


  • 8am: Holy Communion, St Mary's
  • 9.15am: Parish Mass, St Teresa's
  • 9.45am: Parish Communion, St Mary's
  • 10am-11am: Circuit Training, Community Centre
  • 10.30am: Quaker Meeting
  • 10.30am: Baptist Church Service
  • 10.30am: Methodist Church Service
  • 2pm-5pm: Tennis club
  • 2.30pm: Canoe club
  • 4.30pm-8.30pm: Fish & chip van, Spendlove
  • Summer 2.30pm-4.30pm: Museum open

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