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Summer highlights in Oxfordshire 2022

Posted on 24th May 2022 by Lauren May
Summer highlights in Oxfordshire 2022

As England surges into summer, get back into the groove of gatherings, with Oxford’s finest music festivals. After the last few years of crisis and restriction, the atmosphere at these summer gatherings is going to be epic.  Oxford has a range of headline acts and holistic healing within fine surroundings, whether you are glamping or camping. Check out five of the festivals that are worth having on your radar. 

Five Forthcoming music festivals in Oxfordshire 

  • Nocturne 15th – 18th June 2022
  • Elementary festival 30th – 4th July 2022
  • Henly Festival    6th – 10th July 2022
  • Truck Festival  22- 24th July 2022
  • Wilderness Festival 4th – 7th August 2022

Nocturne 15th – 18th June 2022

Blenheim Palace 

Nocturne Live turns The Great Court at Blenheim Palace into a grand arena with world-class acts and 7,000 seats. It can be an all-day affair with VIP dining in the famous State Rooms, a stroll in the palace’s vast grounds, or a waterside picnic. It can also be an evening gig for those who just want to hear their favourite live music. The line up includes Simply Red, The Brand New Heavies, James Morrison, Nerina Pallot, Ali Campbell, Jimmy Cliff, Aswad, Simple Minds, Deacon Blue, Caezar, Macy Gray.  A stunning venue in which to enjoy this top class music in absolute style.  For more information check out

Elementary festival – 30 June to 04 July 2022 

Braziers Park, Ipsen, Oxfordshire.

For something a little out of the mainstream you may be interested in the music and healing on offer at the Elementary Festival.  The UK’s friendliest little festival again offers you the very best in world music, workshops, food and drink, sound journeys, yoga, and dance. With an eclectic range of roots music and experimental sound, this is an immersive experience in new creative culture. Immerse yourself in Elementary… a world of sound! To check out the lineup and ticket prices https://elementaryfesti|

Henly Festival – 6th – 10th July 2022

Henly-on-Thames Town Centre

Get back out there and look sharp! Brush off the memories of lockdowns and slumping about in your pajamas! Henley Festival is an exclusive boutique black-tie festival that takes place over five days, celebrating the best of the UK and International music and arts. The festival is a truly unique event. It embraces a vibrant program from pop to world music, classical to jazz where art and gastronomy share equal billing with music. With a family program including circus and comedy, and a visual arts array of galleries, there is a huge range of activities you can view here

Truck  Festival   22 to 24 July 2022

Hill Farm Steventon

Often described as the Godfather of the small music festivals, the Truck Festival has been featuring some of the biggest and best emerging artists since 1998. The festival takes place at Hill Farm in Steventon, and it is widely regarded as one of the unmissable music festivals in Oxfordshire.  Headlining this year are the Bombay bicycle club, Kasabian and Sam Fender.  Truck festival hosts boutique glamping amidst the stunning countryside.  Previous headliners have been The Manic Street Preachers, Foals, Laura Marling, and Basement Jaxx all on the almighty outdoor Truck Stage.  For more information go to

Wilderness festival  – 04 to 07 August 2022

Cornbury Park, Charlbury

Last but by no means least is the glorious Wilderness festival.  Wilderness festival is a multi-award-winning 4-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts, and an array of theatre, artisanship, late-night parties, outdoor pursuits, and culinary experiences. It’s one festival where genres are redefined, identity is turned on its head, and arts from across the spectrum sit side by side. With Underworld, Jungle, Years and Years, and many great musical artists this is a truly quality festival.  Watch the promotional video here to fully get the flavour. 

Art and Literature in Oxford 

If the festival scene does not float your boat and you want to explore the cultural treasury of Oxford, there is always plenty to do. There is still time to catch the last of the Pisarro exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford.  This collection of the “Father of Impressionism” will be running until the 12th June.  European dining on the roof side terrace will complete the atmosphere if you want the whole experience.  Amongst the rich array of Ashmolean artifacts this exhibition brings together home exhibits with paintings on international loan. Make sure you book in advance.   

This renowned city of inspiration can always be explored through literary tours.  The Harry Potter tour, the Philip Pullman tour, and the C.S Lewis and Tolkien tour all offer a view of the city through the lives of its most famous narrators.  If you are searching for inspiration, or a good story, the city of the dreaming spires will be able to guide you.  For more information on literary tours in Oxford

Punting in Oxford 

It may seem like a cliché but taking to the river and gliding along with some friends is the signature Oxford experience.  There are three main boat houses: one at Magdalen Bridge, one at Folly Bridge and one at the Cherwell Boat House.  Punting takes a bit of getting used to if you haven’t done it before, as it requires using a long pole to propel your boat along by pushing off from the riverbed and steering it at the same time.  Learning this art on a summer’s day with the risk of falling in is a guaranteed laugh.  If you are unsure of your abilities, you can hire a ‘chauffeur’. With a picnic and some Pimms and a group of chums, you will be deep in the authentic Oxford experience. A popular thing to do if you leave from the Cherwell Boat House is to punt up the river and moor your punt at the Victoria Arms pub to enjoy a drink in its back garden, which backs onto the river.

Moving in and around Oxford 

University towns have a lot of influx and exoduses as students come and go. Also with all the festivals, activities, events, and shows, it is great to be able to hire temporary vehicles and places to store equipment and items.  Consider Aussie’s flexible man and van service an option if you are moving to or from the city or organizing something which requires transportation.  We are always happy to help and bring our knowledge to your situation.  Get in touch here to arrange a callback, and we can discuss your options. 

Aussie in Oxford 

The unbeatable Aussie Man and Van team is now in Oxford.  Our fast and efficient service and can-do spirit can help you move whatever you need to move swiftly about town. For decades we have served London with reliable removals and storage.  Now Oxford has the Aussie team in position, willing and keen to share our expertise and experience with you.  With our cutting-edge range of vehicles and removal equipment, we are the best choice for your removal situation, however large or small.   Whether you are planning an event or a move, get in touch to see how we can discuss your requirements.  There is no type of job we don’t take on, as we pride ourselves on our flexibility and ability to move with the times. Our registration with BAR (British Association of Removers) means you’re guaranteed high quality from our service.  Our reviews say it all.  Check them out here