Festival Fever

May 15 2017

The summer is coming and we are seeing the first signs of it in the way of festivals! Posters are popping up across the county, heart shaped sunglasses are creeping into the shops, and the weather is even getting a bit warmer (a bit!) We’ve got tonnes of wonderful music, food and culture festivals in Oxfordshire for you to explore this summer that will keep those festival blues at bay; read on to find all the important details and choose which one you’ll be going to!

Starting with Common People, coming up at the end of this month over the May Bank Holiday (27th – 28th); Common People is back in South Park after popular demand! A total triumph in 2016, this hipster yet family-friendly music festival comes from the makers of Bestival, and is sure to fulfil all of your festival dreams with an unmissable line up over the Saturday and Sunday. Artists include Sean Paul, Pete Tong, My Nu Leng, Foals (DJ set) and many, many more that will keep you dancing all night long! As well as all the music on the main stages, Common People have vintage funfair rides, surprise pop-up performances, hoards of scrumptious street food, a fantastic kid’s area with a circus and face painting, and last but by no means least, the legendary Disco Shed! Sounds good doesn’t it?!…

For those who don’t have a whole weekend to while away, but still want to catch those festival vibes, head down to the Cowley Road Carnival on July the 2nd for a totally unique celebration of Oxford and its large multicultural community. Follow the procession of brightly dressed people joining together from all over the world for a wonderfully diverse celebration of food, music and culture.

This year Great Tew Park will be home to the last ever Cornbury Festival; a one-of-a-kind, quintessentially British, family friendly festival. Held over the 8th, 9th and 10th of July, Cornbury Festival are preparing to bring festival goers from far and wide a finale like no other, with headline acts from Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, The Pretenders, Jools Holland and hundreds of others from across the music spectrum. With so much more than just music, Cornbury brings you comedy shows, a vintage mobile cinema, pop-up restaurants, a kids zone, and perhaps the best of all – posh loos (hurrah!!)

Looking to get lost in a magical festival wonderland this summer? Look no further; Wilderness Festival in Cornbury Park invites you on an escapade like no other from the 3rd-6th of August. So much more than your average festival, Wilderness combines music, food, spirituality, and the great outdoors to bring you a totally unique experience. Move your dancing feet to Two Door Cinema Club, banquet with Israeli-British chef Yotam Ottolenghi, or feed your mind and soul at a yoga or meditation class; whatever you choose, there is something for everyone at this incredibly special festival.

Celebrating a love of good quality food, great music and fun-festival-shenanigans for all the family, the Big Feastival is brought to you in the heart of the Cotswolds from the 25th-27th of August. Brain child of Alex James and Jamie Oliver, the Big Feastival promises a whole host of exciting artists including Olly Murrs, Ella Eyre and Madness to name a few, as well as food demonstrations, banquets and stalls, and a whole host of kids activities – there’s even a farm! Spend your last bank holiday of the summer at this great festival that will keep the whole family entertained.

We could go on and on listing all the great big and small festivals (see also Truck, Wood festival, Offbeat Festival and Folly Fest) across Oxfordshire this summer, but we hope the above have given you some inspiration for where you can get your festival fix this year! For more information on what’s on this summer, and other festivals and events, check out the What’s On page of our website.