What’s on where around Banbury: listings, July 2 edition

Sulgrave Manor is hosting celebrations for American Independence Day
Sulgrave Manor is hosting celebrations for American Independence Day

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.


Friday (July 3)

Rousham Park Gardens, 7pm to 9.30pm

“The Midlands’ best kept secret and world class musician” – this was the accolade afforded to George Huxley by the late Humphrey Lyttelton. This year the George Huxley Jazzmen will be entertaining picnic goers with their lively brand of traditional jazz at Age UK Oxfordshire’s Jazz Picnic at Rousham Park & Gardens.

George will be joined by Brian Mellor on banjo and guitar, Gordon Whitworth on trumpet, Ron Hills on trombone and John Fellowes on bass. Tickets cost £15 and are on sale now from AgeUK Oxfordshire, White Lion Walk, Banbury. Call 01295 278040 or 0345 450 1276.

Sulgrave Manor, 4pm

Oboist Gail Hennessy talks to Fiori Musicali’s Director Penelope Rapson and together they perform music from the American Civil War era.

Tickets £15 (including cream tea afterwards).

Visit www.fiori-musicali.com or 0333 666 3366.

Saturday (July 4)

Shotteswell, 2pm to 5pm

Village fete with live music, beer tent, water zorbing, falconry display, ferret racing, bouncy castle, pony rides, stalls, games and more. Free entry.

St Mary’s church, Bloxham, 7.30pm

Celebrating the music of the New World, the Warriner Choral Society will run the gamut of musical styles with something for everyone. Tickets, £12, are available from The Joiners Arms, Bloxham, or by calling 01295 367441, by going online to www.warrinerchoralsociety.co.uk or in person on the door.

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Ray Moore. Admission: £2 members, £4 non-members.

Sunday (July 5)

Cherwell Country Music Club, Cornhill Centre, Banbury, doors open 7pm

Hombre. Admission now £5.

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Steve Perry. Admission: £2 members, £4 non-members.


ODEON (Friday June 26 to Thursday July 2)

Minions 2D (PG)

Jurassic World 2D (12a)

Jurassic World 3D (12a)

Magic Mike XXL (15)

Ted 2 (15)

Odeon Kids

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast (U)

1h25m – £2.50 per Ticket – Prompt Start Time

Sat –Sun 10:00

Odeon silver screen

Still Alice (12A)

1h51m – £3.50 per Ticket– Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access Available

Wed 11:00

Odeon silver screen

American Sniper

2h13m – £3.50 per Ticket– Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access Available

Thu 11:00


Today (Thursday)

The Theatre, Chipping Norton

Jamie Wood presents Beating McEnroe at 7.45pm. In 1980, a six-year-old boy watched Björn Borg and John McEnroe face each other across the net: the self-controlled champion and the impassioned upstart.

Thirty years later, Jamie is ready to face his greatest opponent and with the help of his audience, Jamie recreates and relives the last point of this fateful match. Celebrate Wimbledon season with this piece of comedy theatre, from a much-loved comedy theatre performer. Tickets: £14, £12 conc., £8.30 under 26. To book call the box office on 01608 642350 www.chippingnortontheatre.com

Ramblers walk – non-ramblers welcome.

Meet at 7pm near the Black Boy pub in Milton for an easy four and a half mile walk to Bloxham and back. Dogs on short leads please. For more information call (01295) 710143 & 279656

The Mill, 8pm

Open auditions for the Banbury Cross Players’ 2015/16 season opening production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. The roles available are Sidney & Jane – late 20s/30s, Geoffrey & Eva – 40s and Ronald and Marion – 50s. The “uproarious and agonisingly funny” comedy is to be performed at The Mill from October 21 to 24. Further information is available from director Brenda Williams on brenda@hazelgold.co.uk or 01295 271345.

Middleton Cheney Library, 7.30pm

Into The Breach, a one-man show written, directed and acted by Mark Carey

The show promises to make audiences “ laugh, cry and enjoy a debate on Shakespeare”.

Adult £8/Child £4, with drinks.

Saturday (July 4)

St Mary’s Priory church, Canons Ashby, 7pm

Canons Ashby is hosting a summer evening of Shakespeare. Concert trio In Voice And Verse celebrate the Bard’s contribution to our culture by presenting his ‘Greatest Hits’. The best speeches, sonnets and songs will all be brought to life and in addition Canons Ashby is putting its first folio of Shakespeare’s plays on display.

Tickets: adults £12.50, children £8, group £35 (family ticket).

Call 01327 861 900, email canonsashby@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby-house for details.

Sulgrave Manor, 11am until 4pm

Step back in time to the American Civil War and join re-enactors and a living history camp.

There will be demonstrations and battle re-enactments throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy. Sulgrave Manor is the ancestral home of George Washington.

There’s a chance to try baseball, plus live music, an American barbeque and treats, Native American artefacts, Harley Davidson bikes arriving at midday UK & US Scouting activities (come in uniform for free entry), Washington Family history tours, battle re-enactments with live musket fire and a flag ceremony.

Adults £4, Children £2, Family £10 (2 adults and up to 3 children).

House tours cost £5 per person.

Sunday (July 5)

The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 8pm

Alex Horne brings his show Monsieur Butterfly to the stage. Audiences can watch the award-winning comedian (and three time Countdown champion) Alex Horne attempt something similar to the classic boardgame Mousetrap.

Nominated for Best Show in the 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Tickets: £16. Suitable for ages 14+. To book call the Box Office on 01608 642350 or visit www.chippingnortontheatre.com

Ramblers walk - non-ramblers welcome.

Meet at 10am in Charlbury, Spendlove car park, for a seven and a half mile circular walk in area with a pub stop en-route.Dogs on short leads.

For more information please call (01295) 279656 or 710143.

Wednesday July 8 and Thursday July 9

The Mill, Banbury, 7.30pm

Oddsocks Productions return this summer with a comic double-bill of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing, both combined with classic Britpop music.

Tickets cost £14.50 or £12.50 for concessions.

Call 01295 279002.

Ramblers walk - non-ramblers welcome.

Meet at 2pm in Chipping Norton New Street car park for a five mile circular walk in area. Registered assistance dogs only. For more information please call (01295) 710143 or 279656.