What’s on where around Banbury: listings, August 20 edition

Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Banbury over the coming week. Please email editorial@banburyguardian.co.uk with details of your events at least a week before the edition in which you’d like them to appear.


Thursday August 20 to Saturday August 22

St Leonard’ s Church, Middleton Road, Banbury

The Grimsbury Music Festival including modern jazz, rap, acoustic pop, rock and indie.

All three days are free to attend with donations appreciated. It’s open to all ages. Visit www.grimsburymusic.weebly.com and see page 51 for more details.

Friday August 21

Brackley Town FC, 8pm ‘til late

1960s evening with disco. Pay on door, £5

The Dolphin Inn, Middleton Cheney, 9pm

The Useless Eaters. Free entry.

GF Club, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, 8pm-11pm

Sam Richards. Members free, non-members £1.

Saturday August 22

The Blues at Broom Hill festival

The festival has an American theme for 2015, and features a varied line-up of music artists who reflect the influence American music has around the world.

Headline act The Zen Hussies are due to showcase an inimitable sound by delivering their unique blend of traditional jazz, blues, ska, rock n’ roll and swing music.

Also taking to the stage are The New Essex Bluegrass Band and acoustic duo The Peas, who were a recent highlight of the Shipston Proms festival.

The music will be accompanied by craft stalls, high quality food and ale, as well as a series of musical workshops for children.

The festival takes place on a site between Compton Wynyates and Epwell, starting at 2pm.

For tickets, call 0777 564 4073 or visit www.bluesatbroomhill.co.uk

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Steve O’Conner. Admission £2 for members and £4 for non-members.

GF Club, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, 9pm-midnight

Phil King & The Royals. Members free, non-members £1.

Broom Hill Americana & Roots Festival, 1pm to midnight

Near Winderton. Camping available. See www.bluesatbroomhill.co.uk for more.

Sunday August 23

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Steve O’Conner. Admission £2 for members and £4 for non-members.


ODEON (Friday August 21 to

Thursday August 26)

Fantastic Four (12A)

Inside Out 2D (U)

Minions 2D (U)

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (12A)

Royal Shakespeare Company: Othello (TBC)

Sinister 2 (15)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (12A)

Odeon Kids

Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water (U)

1h32m – £2.50 per Ticket – Prompt Start Time

Fri - Thu 10:00

Odeon silver screen

San Andreas (12A)

2h04m – £3.50 per Ticket– Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access Available

Wed 11:00


Sunday August 23

Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

The nostalgic Buses Festival is set to return to the Heritage Motor Centre for the enjoyment of bus and coach enthusiasts. Organised by Key Publishing, publisher of Buses Magazine and sponsored by TTC Diecast, the festival will feature a display of over 100 classic and modern buses and coaches. Visitors can also enjoy heritage bus rides around local routes and the HMC’s internal road network. There will also be trade stands selling models, collectibles, photographs and lots of other bus related material, a perfect place for visitors to shop for a unique gift or for a new addition to an existing collection. Advance tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for children (aged 5 – 15 years) or £12 for adults and £8 for children on the day. For more information and links please visit the website at www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk.

Monday August 24 to Wednesday August 26

The Studio, Crown Walk, Bicester, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Create your own version of a Horrid History with OYAP Trust and explore drama, stage combat and stage make-up to reveal all the gruesome stories of the past. Work alongside experienced artists to produce your very own horrible history tale. Aimed at ages 7-11. Cost: £45 for three days. Contact amie@oyap.org.uk or call 01869 602560 for more information or to book!

Wednesday August 26

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, 11am to 3pm

Brilliant Beads! Make a friendship bracelet like the beautiful things made in Oxfordshire by Second World War POWs. Ages 5+ Drop in. Up to four children free with one paying adult or concession.

Includes entry to the galleries. Call 01993 810213 or visit www.sofo.org.uk

Friday August 20 to Sunday August 30

Alex James’ farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ

Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, with music from acts including Groove Armada, the Cuban Brothers and Heaven 17. Celebrity chefs making an appearance include Monica Galetti, Gennaro Contaldo, Raymond Blanc and Jamie himself. Adult weekend ticket (18+) – £129.50 (£125.00 face value plus £4.50 booking fee). Visit www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival for more information.

Wednesday August 26

Princess Diana Park, Banbury, 11am to 3pm

The Sunshine Centre hosts a jam-packed fun day at Princess Diana Park. Held in aid of the Build Our Café campaign, and with funding from Sanctuary Housing and Banbury Charities, the free Summer Fest will involve foraging walks, honey tasting and healthy cookery demonstrations from special guests, including the winner of The Visit Banbury “Create a Banbury Dish” Phil Seal, the chef from the Coach and Horses, Banbury. Residents can also enjoy welly-wanging, pedal go-karts, penalty shoot-out, bouncy slide, the famous Oxfordshire game of Aunt Sally and more. Children are invited to attend in fancy dress as they enjoy entertainment from the bubble fairy, Warriner Farm and Banbury United’s community radio station, Puritans Radio.The campaign was set up in response to the Bretch Hill community, requesting a café offering affordable, healthy home cooked food. Planning permission has been obtained and now funding is required to finance the build of the café.

This event was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Cherish Cherwell Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities across North Oxfordshire.

August to September

A range of craft classes are being held in and around Banbury. Visit http://www.craftcourses.com/search?query=banbury for more information.

Until September 13

Compton Verney

The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now. Visit www.comptonverney.org.uk for more. The exhibit traces the origins, legacy and enduring appeal of the historic Arts and Crafts Movement and its fascination with the creation of the home. It looks at the work and ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, among others.

Another, exhibition, titled The Hart Silversmiths: A Living Tradition, tells the story of four generations of the Hart family, who still produce handmade silver in the Cotswolds today.

Thursdays in termtime

Milltown Singers sing a wide variety of songs ranging from songs from popular shows to spirituals, folk and rock. They meet at the Chasewell Centre, Cherwell Heights on Thursdays in term times from 8pm to 9.30pm.

Email Val Webster: valew29@hotmail.co.uk