What's On In Oxford In 2021: Student Guide

Ah Oxford, isn’t it just a fab city? Filled with Insta-worthy sites, quaint cobbled streets, known for its iconic University.

With COVID-19 still very much present, you’re probably wondering what’s on in Oxford in 2021 as a student living and studying here?

There’s some light at the end of the tunnel with lockdown restrictions slowly but surely easing, so everyone is obv very excited!

It’s difficult to work out what’s actually going ahead and what’s not, so we’ve made a handy guide to get you started.

So, get your diaries open, grab your pals, and start making plans, because summer 2021 is coming and it’s gonna be buzzin’!

1. Punting On The River Cherwell

Punting On The River Cherwell

Now, this is your chance to get some cute Insta-pics, because what’s cooler than going punting – right?

Punting is quintessentially Oxford, and is something you deffo need to do whilst living and studying here.

The good news is, it’s actually coming up to punting season in mid-march, so keep your eye out on the Cherwell Boathouse website.

With over 80 traditional hand-crafted punts made on-site, you can also choose from rowing boats & Canadian canoes!

2. Thame Food Festival

Thames Food Festival what's on in oxford

Calling all foodies! The Thame Food Festival is coming back on the 25th & 26th of September, so get ready to tuck in.

Past years have seen demonstrations from the likes of Mary Berry, Briony May, Stephen Carter Bailey, and Jane Devonshire.

When it comes to what’s on in Oxford in 2021, there are a million reasons why you should visit a food festival!

The main one being you get to try loads of food, and you also get to learn cooking tips and tricks from demos.

Who knows, you might even be able to cook your mates a gourmet feast after attending – winner!

3. Alice In Wonderland Oxford

Alice in wonderland what's on in oxford

When living and studying in Oxford, you need to have a mooch and find the top Alice in Wonderland spots!

Did you know? Alice in Wonderland was actually a real person, and an author of a book – author Lewis Carroll met her!

There are so many locations from the book that you can find in Oxford, but here are a few to keep you going:

Folly Bridge

The story of Alice in Wonderland actually began on a boating trip where Lewis Carroll and the Liddell sisters came up with the idea.

Rent a punt or a boat here, and soak up the sites that Lewis Carroll once saw when coming up with the idea of Alice in Wonderland!

Alice’s Window at Christ Church

Whether it’s Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland, Christ Church is the most famous Oxford college location.

You deffo need to take a trip here, as it’s where Lewis Carroll first met Alice Liddell!

In the dining hall, you’ll see tributes to Alice in stained glass, so be sure to keep your eye out.

The Cheshire Cat Tree

Many people say the chestnut tree in the Deanery Garden at Christ Church was the inspiration for the tree for the famous Cheshire cat.

4. The Oxford Botanic Garden

The oxford botanic garden what's on in oxford

Still figuring out what’s on in Oxford? Well, we’re urging you to visit the Oxford Botanic garden!

It’s actually the first botanic garden in the UK, and of course, the UK’s oldest university, with 130 acres of Insta-worthy landscape.

The best part though? Tickets are free to Oxford University Students and Staff, and Oxford Brookes students too.

So, you don’t need to worry about paying the usual £5.95 cost for adults, you can just book your time slot here.

5. Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Blenheim Flower Show

Are you a lover of all things floral? Maybe you’re looking for some inspo to add some pizzazz to your student digs?

Taking place on the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, the three-day event focuses on home, lifestyle, and gardening.

There’s a fabulous food and drink pavilion, as well as a shopping village, and a home and country living pavilion.

Why not take a summery stroll around the palace & gardens, or admire the show gardens whilst you’re there?

For the park and gardens only, tickets cost £15.00, but if you want access to the palace itself, it’ll cost £25.

6. The Oxford Wine Festival

The Oxford Wine Festival what's on in oxford

Yassss now you’re talking! Attention all vino lovers, because The Oxford Wine festival has made it to our what’s on in Oxford list.

Granted, this is quite a boujee event and only really suits wine lovers, but why not treat yourself? Last year was rubbish after all!

The festival brings together 40 of the UK’s leading wine merchants with live music, food, and tutored tasting!

Each ticket includes your first 11 wine samples, and you can book your tickets now on their website.

FYI – remember to drink responsibly folks, this is a classy event – not a night out on the tiles!

7. Harry Potter Tour

Harry Potter Tour what's on in oxford

You didn’t think we weren’t going to mention good old Haz Poz in this what’s on in Oxford list, did you!?

Have a stroll through the historic University City of Oxford and find the film locations within the colleges!

Key locations like the Bodleian Library, New College Cloisters, and Christ Church all played key roles in the film franchise.

Christ Church provided the location for many Harry Potter scenes – particularly the staircase and the hallways!

So, if you want to learn more about the locations, do a walking tour, where you can find out about Alice in Wonderland too.

8. Picnic At Port Meadow

Picnic At Port Meadow what's on in oxford

There’s nothing like a picnic, and if you’re still wondering what’s on in Oxford for 2021, a picnic is always possible.

Port Meadow is one of the largest open spaces just north of the city, with the River Thames flowing through!

With unrestricted access, anyone can enjoy it here, so make sure you get you and your pals a picnic sorted this summer.

It’ll not only give you a breath of fresh Oxford air but a break from studying too, it’s the perfect way to wind down!

And that’s it, folks! Our what’s on in Oxford in 2021 list, which will hopefully give you a clear insight into all the deets. We’ll try to keep this blog updated as much as possible as more events/activities come through – so keep your eye out!

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