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IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival Events

6th - 9th


Collateral Effects

Thu 6 – Sat 29 October (excluding Sundays)

North Wall Arts Centre, OX2 7JN

Mon – Fri: 10am – 4pm, Sat: 12 – 4pm

Teenage / Adult

How can art give insight into our complex world? The North Wall Arts Centre presents a solo exhibition of new BioArt works by internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu, exploring synthetic biology, genomics, carbon capture, and infectious disease. Collateral Effects reveals unexpected twists in the story of human co-evolution with the microbial world through installations and sculptures created in the lab and the studio. - EXHIBITION


Alice In The Universe – A Play In The Making

Fri 7 October 7 – 8pm / Sat 8 October 3 – 4pm and 7 – 8pm

Oxford Playhouse, OX1 2LW

Teenage / Adult

Alice is 14 and she’s recently moved to Oxford. She misses her old life and decides to run away. On her journey she encounters several female scientists and a five-year-old child who need her help. Will she stay or go? Join Alice on her time bending adventure. A great opportunity for young people, who like science facts in their fiction to observe a rehearsed play reading and discover how curiosity can take you far. A draft play by JC Niala. - PERFORMANCE


Creating Theatre To Explore The Natural World

Sat 8, Sun 9 October 4 – 5.30pm


Teenage / Adult

Theatre maker Tom Bailey invites you to explore the natural world through engaging theatre games and playful rehearsal techniques. Accompanying his show, Megalith, the workshop explores themes of mining and geology through practical play with rocks. Open to anyone, no prior performing experience required. - WORKSHOP



Fri 7, Sat 8, Sun 9 October 8 - 9pm


Teenage / Adult

Tickets £12 / £8

Rocks. Beats. Geology. Stone circles. Copper mining. Megalith is a stunning theatre show, with projection from award-winning Limbic Cinema. With copper having jet-fuelled technology for the last 10,000 years, a performer and sound artist playfully duet to deep-time techno, metamorphic soundscapes and the Internet of Things. Neolithic flint tools smash stones and laptops in this wildly physical journey to the origins – and 21st century challenges – of mining. - PERFORMANCE


Code Club

Sat 8 and 15 October

9.30 – 10.30am

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Age 8-13

Take part in the worldwide programme to create the next generation of coding engineers. Learn game-making, animation, and robotics through coding in these enjoyable interactive sessions. Scratch coding is ideal for children aged 8-13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. - WORKSHOP


The Shea Chant: Botanical Folklore

Sat 8 October 11am – 1pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Teenage / Adult

Take a journey across the plant kingdom using African and Caribbean traditions of spoken word, chant and echo as your mode of transport. Oxford’s own story-telling griot, Natty Mark Samuels, uses examples of millennia-old baobab trees, pumpkins and shea nuts as inspiration for tales and legend. How does ancient knowledge relate to the modern world, including new ways to enjoy and understand its mystery? - WORKSHOP


Storytime: Animal Behaviour

Sat 8 October 2.30 – 3.30pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Under 7s / Age 7 - 12

Join storyteller Sarah Law to hear stories about animal behaviour. From clever crows and mischievous meerkats to busy bees and house-hunting hermit crabs, find out if animals really behave in the way you think. Best suited to children aged 5-9 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. - STORYTELLING


Poetry Of Science

Sat 8 October 12 – 1pm

Wesley Memorial Church, OX1 2DH

Age 7-12 / Teenage, Adult

From acrostic and shape poems to sonnets and free verse, there are endless forms of poetry to suit the myriad topics in science. Join Niall Munro from Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and several young finalists from the IF Oxford Poetry of Science competition to hear and discuss some winning poems. - PERFORMANCE


STEM Sisters: Explore Fossils With Mary Anning

Sat 8 October 2 – 3pm

Wesley Memorial Church, OX1 2DH

Age 7-12 / Teenage, Adult

Uncover a hidden figure from science history with practical activities, object handling and demonstrations. Hear about Mary Anning’s fossil hunting in Lyme Regis alongside her challenges as a 19th century woman. As you learn how fossils form, Mary will guide you through the excitement of finding ‘curiosities’, the puzzle of piecing the parts together and the joy of understanding what she had found. Children must be accompanied by an adult. - TALK / INTERACTIVE

See Jina and the STEM Sisters performance, Sat 29 October


Oxford’s Medical History – An Uncomfortable Tour

Sun 9 and 23 October 4 – 5.45pm

Meet at Hertford College Bridge, OX1 3BW

Teenage / Adult

Join Uncomfortable Oxford to learn about the meeting points between medical sciences and historic imperialism. Discuss how resistance to public health policies was expressed in the past, as in the present. Analyse tensions sparked by medical progress and how medical knowledge has been challenged in a world-leading University in a city like Oxford. - WALKING TOUR

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Mon 15 Apr 2024

The seventeenth annual English Music Festival (EMF) returns to Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire from Friday 24 May until Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2024.

Moreton Show 2024
Fri 12 Apr 2024

Moreton Show 2024 celebrates its 75th anniversary on Saturday, September 7th, promising an exhilarating agricultural extravaganza. Situated in the idyllic North Cotswolds, the event highlights rare livestock breeds, boasts over 30 Horse of the Year qualifiers and features the beloved Shetland Pony Grand National and Livestock Grand Parade.

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Thu 11 Apr 2024

Dragonfly Framing Ltd. and Bicester Art Network are bringing together an amazing collection of local artists to exhibit their work during Oxfordshire Artweeks 2024. There are several art exhibitions popping up in Bicester and the surrounding area that promise to surprise and delight visitors.

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Tue 9 Apr 2024

This May sees the return of the Farm & Food Literature Festival (co-curated with Chelsea Green Publishing). A celebration of agroecology, regenerative farming and sustainable food, the event will include a keynote speech from Sunday Times best-selling author, Helen Rebanks.