What’s on where around Banbury: listings, October 22 edition

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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 October 23

St Michael’s church, Warmington, 7.30pm

Warmington’s picturesque 12th-century church will swing to the sound of jazz . The Dene River Jazzmen will perform a selection from their circa 400-tune repertoire at St Michael’s Church. Drinks will be on sale throughout the event. Ticket cost £10.Call 01295 690673, 01295 690467 or 01295 690331. All proceeds in aid of the church wall repair fund.

Also Known As, Parsons Street,


The Ordinary Boys, fronted by former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Preston. Support from The Spitfires. Free admission.

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

Dave Surman. Members free, nonmembers £1.

Saturday October 24

St Leonard’s Church, Middleton Road, Grimsbury

Grimsbury Fringe concert showcasing four acts - Matt Edwards, Beard of Destiny, Sam Martin and All Is Worth - playing a range of genres, including blues, jazz, rock, swamp blues, and more. Entry will be £6 on the night, but cheaper e-tickets at £5 are available online. See www.wegottickets.com/event/332942

Brackley Town FC

Dolly Parton tribute act, as seen on ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes.

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

Mega Star Boys. Members free, nonmembers £1.

Sunday October 25

Middleton Cheney Social Club, 7pm

Dave Surman. Admission £2 members, £4 non-members.

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

Grand Canyon. Admission £5.


ODEON (Friday October 23 to

Thursday October 29)

Hotel Transylvania 2 2D(U)

The Martian 2D (12A)

The Martian 3D (12A)

Pan 2D (PG)

Pan 3D (PG)

Sicario (15)

Spectre (12A)

Odeon Kids

Minions (U)

1h45m – £2.50 per Ticket – Prompt Start Time

Sat - Thu 10:00


Saturday October 24

Dupuis Centre, Dashwood Road,

Banbury, 7.30pm

North Oxfordshire Green Party holds its annual Fun Quiz. Licensed bar. All welcome. £3. Call 07785 235715 for details.

Saturday October 24 and Sunday

October 25


Battle of Edgehill Weekend with Sealed Knot re-enactments and demonstrations from 1.30pm to 4pm. Admission £1 per person. Live music from 8.30pm, with several real ales, plus a range of ciders, perries, meads and wines.

Food and other refreshments also available. Call 01926 640121 for more information.

Until October 24

The Mill, Banbury

Banbury Cross Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. Tickets cost £11. Call 279002.

Saturday October 24 to Saturday October 31

RSC, Stratford

The RSC in Stratford is holding a range of activities. Highlights include a chance to make and decorate your own Halloween inspired biscuit, joining Peter Pan’s friends, the Lost Boys and Tink, to help them find their toys as part of a free trail around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and learning a range of East Asian paper making-skills and techniques as part of a new workshop. Call 01789 403493 to book.

Saturday October 24 to Sunday November 1

Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

The centre hosts a week of family fun workshops to tell your own car stories. The programme includes Popbang Colour workshops, a chance for visitors to create their own car story comic and the return of the Large Model Aircraft Show. All activities are free of charge but normal museum entry fees apply. For more information, visit www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk or call 01926 641188.

Sunday October 25

Rock the Atic, Butchers Road, Banbury

Winner of Chortle Awards’ Best Breakthrough Act and Best Show, James Acaster, appears at the venue. Northamptonshire born James has deployed his brand of comedy on TV shows such as Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Now, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the comedian visits Banbury as part of his national tour, which started earlier this month.

The show starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 in advance and are available from the bar or by visiting: www.wegottickets.com/event/334797

Ramblers walk - non-ramblers welcome

Meet at 10am in Enstone. Park in the road (The Drive) by The Harrow pub for an 11- mile walk to Lidstone, Dean and Charlbury with an optional pub stop for refreshments en route.

For more information, call (01295) 710143 or 279656

Monday October 26 to Saturday October 31

Sulgrave Manor

The manor is preparing itself to host a really spooky Halloween this October half term. The activities on offer include a chance for children to make their own pumpkin mask, bat mobiles, lanterns and have a go at pumpkin carving plus Sulgrave Manor’s very own version of ‘Trick or Treat’.

There will also be a chance to explore and discover the gardens by following the Pumpkin Trail. It runs from 10am until 4pm. Adults free, children £5. For more details visit www.sulgravemanor.org.uk or call 01295 760205.

Monday October 26 to Sunday November 1

Canons Ashby

Spend an autumnal afternoon with the family, hunting pumpkins round the stunning terraced gardens for historic clues, and discover who’s haunting Miss Alice in the house.

The family fun tent will be full of creepy crafts and colouring for you to try your hand at. Pick up the pumpkin trail and haunted house trail in reception from 10.30am and show your spooky craft skills from 12 noon to 3pm. House open from 1pm. For more info please call 01327 861900 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canonsashby

Wednesday October 28

Ramblers walk - non-ramblers welcome

Meet at 1.30 pm in Evenley for a five-mile circular walk to the lost village of Astwick. Registered assistance dogs only. For more information, call (01295) 710143 or 279656.

Thursday October 29 to Saturday October 31

Bishop Loveday School, White Post Road, Banbury

Bodicote Church Youth Drama Group performs Seussical the Musical at Bishop Loveday School - performances on October 29 at 7.30pm, October 30 at 7.30pm and October 31 at 2.30pm, and 7.30pm. Tickets are all £7 apart from Saturday matinee, which costs £6.

Until October 31

Old Town Cafe, Parsons Street, Banbury

Banbury & District Art Society Autumn Members’ Art Exhibition, 9am to 4pm. daily, 5pm on Saturdays.

Until December 20

Blenheim Palace

A new exhibition by American artist and founding figure of Conceptual Art, Lawrence Weiner. The exhibition will showcase works conceived by the artist over the past few decades, in addition to significant, site-specific works, created especially for the palace.

A palace, park and gardens ticket or annual pass will be required to visit the exhibition. Visit www.blenheimpalace.com for details.

Until January 9

Banbury Museum

The museum’s new exhibition sees a return of artwork by Sir Terry Frost RA, one of Britain’s most successful and acclaimed abstract artists of the 20th century. As a leading abstract painter he exhibited regularly in London and throughout the world, including major retrospectives at the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate St Ives. During the 1960s and early 1970s he lived in Banbury and this exhibition, marking what would have been his 100th birthday, celebrates the personal side of his life. It includes original paintings and artefacts on loan from Terry Frost’s family and some of those who knew him well. Visit www.banburymuseum.org for more.