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Unmissable events happening in Oxford this summer

Summer is here (well almost), and our boutique hotel in Oxford is super excited! Don’t get us wrong, we love the dreaming city of spires all year round, but there is just something about sunshine that makes Oxford even more stunning. From punting and walking tours to fun fairs and pop-up theatres, there is so much going on this season.

In this blog, we explore some of the best events which are not to be missed this summer…

Shakespeare Rose Theatre

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Following a successful inaugural season in York last year, Shakespeare Rose Theatre is popping up in the grounds of Blenheim Palace this summer! Showing four of William Shakespeare’s infamous plays; Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, a Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III. Watch as actors and actresses take to the stage, and act out some of the playwright’s most iconic and tragic scenes. 8th July – 7th September.

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Cornbury Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without Cornbury Music Festival. A quintessentially British party, with top-notch entertainment for the whole family, Cornbury is an unmissable event. The 3-day festival has something for everyone, with good music, hilarious comedy and delicious food, as well as kid shows, you won’t be stuck for things to do. The event also offers camping, glamping and even has posh loos! 5th – 7th July.

[photo credit: Cornbury Festival]

St Giles Fair

Another event which happens every year is St Giles Fair! Oxford’s oldest traditional festival, the fair has evolved from the St Giles parish wake, which was first recorded in 1624, which later became known as St Giles’ Feast, and today St Giles Fair! It’s not your typical funfair, as it’s in the middle of the city on a normal street rather than in a fairground. It offers something for members of the family with parades, rides and street food vendors.

Check out our boutique Oxford hotel’s guide to see what else is happening this summer, and WIN an overnight stay with us click here!

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