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Friday 18 to Saturday 19 April 2014. 10am-6pm.
The Chocolate Festival
In 2014 indulge yourself in all things chocolatey at the all new Chocolate Festival designed to create a world of multisensory thrills – all located in the comfort of the historic Town Hall.

The festival aims to offer an utterly unique visitor experience. It's a chance for chocoholics to not only discover the best and newest artisan chocolates, but also to indulge their senses in Britain's first celebration of its kind. This year, for the first time, the festivals will include the following new elements:

  • Tasting Lounge with Seventy%: Thrill your taste buds on a journey of discovery guided by world-renowned chocolate expert Martin Christy.
  • The Cocoa Spa with Hotel Chocolat: Soothe your senses with luxurious cocoa butter beauty treatments.
  • The Chocolate Café: Kick back and relax with your friends while you sip the creamiest hot chocolate in town.
  • Brownie Trail: Join the fun quest to hunt down the best ever chocolate brownie.
  • Easter Zone: Feast your eyes on this year’s pick of the best Easter eggs.
  • Health Zone: Try delicious free-from and raw chocolate and discover its many surprising health benefits.
  • The Chocolate Market: Discover Britain's top artisan chocolate companies all conveniently showcased under one roof.

General Admission - £5.00. Tasting Ticket - includes general admission, the Best Brownie Ever trail and one session at The Tasting Lounge - £15.00. Tickets are available here.

Follow the event on Twitter @TheChocFestival and Facebook The Chocolate Festival.

 

Step Out for Stroke logo

Tuesday 27 May 2014. 10am-1pm.
Stroke Association Community Fair.
Almost 1,500 strokes are diagnosed in Oxfordshire every year, and more than 11,000 of the counties residents are stroke survivors. One in six of us will have a stroke at some point in our lives, but in many cases this can be prevented.

Stroke Association is hosting a Community Fair at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 27th May to celebrate Action on Stroke Month. A Step Out for Stroke Sponsored Walk in partnership with Health Walks will be setting off from outside the Town Hall on the day at 10am for a social walk of about 1 hour. Be sure to come to the fair to explore the wide range of interactive stalls. Find out more about stroke and TIA, understand what blood pressure is and what your blood pressure reading actually means, get involved in research, learn about the hidden heritage of Oxford and relax with a drink and a bite to eat.

The Step Out for Stroke walk aims to raise awareness of stroke and raise vital funds for the work of the Stroke Association. Both the Step Out for Stroke walk and the Community Fair will be perfect opportunities to meet others from the Oxford community, including stroke survivors, carers, service providers and VIPs.

Come and join in on the walk, at the fair, or even better, both! Come with friends, family, a group from the office or on your own. You can register for the walk on Stroke Association's website here or register your interest by phoning 01865 771624 or emailing oxfordshire@stroke.org.uk. you will recieve a t-shirt and help with other ideas of how you can take action on stroke. Your support will help to change the world for people affected by stroke.

 

Vintage Fair logo

Sunday 18 May 2014. 12pm-5pm.
The Vintage Fair
Started in 2008 in Sheffield, Lou Lou's is now the largest vintage fair in the UK serving 42 cities across the nation.

Featuring over 40 of the UKs finest vintage traders spanning the 1940s-1990s including a vintage tea party, vintage hair salon & live acts.

Expect stall upon stall of affordable vintage clothing, accessories and homewares mixed with vintage inspired handmade jewellery and clothing.

Entry £2 under 12s free. For more information visit the Facebook page or website for details.

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Music event at Oxford Town Hall

Concerts and other Performances

Saturday 3rd May 2014. 3pm-6pm.
Alps and Spires 25 anniversary Grand finale concert
An extravaganza of music, singing and dancing presented by children and adults from Oxford and Grenoble. Bands from Grenoble include Drole de Swing, Yebarov and Torivaki, and from Oxford, Horns of Plenty and Music Mayhem; vocal performers include the East Oxford Community Choir, the East Oxford Youth Choir and Ensemble Vocal Interlude, Grenoble; instrumentalists include Scherzo (brass) from Leiden. Free Entry, a cash bar will be available.

Oxford & Grenoble 25th Anniversary Twinning Celebrations will take place across the city from 26th April - 3rd May. For further information and full programme listings visit the website or call 01865 249062.


Sunday, 4 May 2014. Pre-concert activities from 2pm.
Music on the Menu - Oxford FUNomusica concert
Feeling peckish? Swap your Sunday lunch for an afternoon of family fun as Alasdair Malloy and his top team of Philomusica chefs cook up a fantastic feast of musical treats at our next FUNomusica concert. Don’t forget to come dressed in your finest culinary gear!*
Pre-concert craft activities at 2pm. Concert most suitable for ages 4-8 and will finish at 4pm.
Tickets £10 adult, £4 children available from Tickets Oxford or by calling Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305.
 *Please note there won’t actually be any food at this concert, just music!

Spiers and Boden concert

Friday 16 May 2014. Doors 7pm.

Spiers & Boden concert

John Spiers & Jon Boden are well known for their involvement as founding members of the big band folk phenomenon that is Bellowhead. They have played together as a duo for over 10 years now and have established themselves as a very well respected act on the English traditional music scene.

Together they play fiddle, guitar, assorted squeezebox instruments, a stomp box and they both sing – a combination which sounds like a two-man-one-man-band! Their music is equally at home playing to 50 people in the intimate setting of the back room of a pub, or 10,000 on the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival.

“They’ve recorded five rapturously received albums, expanded the basic duo in to all conquering big-band Bellowhead, and generally given the British folk movement it’s biggest shot of energy and inspiration for years.” Mojo magazine

“Taking traditional folk music by the scruff of the neck and giving it a thrilling new perspective.” The Sun

“Joyousness reigns.” The Observer

This is their farewell tour as a duo, and Oxford is the hometown date!

Tickets are £15 (+booking fee), available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/248386 or Tickets Oxford http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford/#venue=28

 

Man with clarinet

Saturday 14 June 2014. 7:30pm.
Oxford Symphony Orchestra presents: Dvorák, Weber and Elgar

Dvorák Noon Witch
Weber Clarinet Concerto no.1
Elgar Symphony no.2
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Robert Max conductor

Dvorák's masterly use of orchestral colour gives us a vivid depiction of the eerie Noon Witch folk tale. Mark van de Wiel is a much respected soloist and his performance of Weber's tuneful and effervescent concerto will surely sparkle. Elgar's second symphony reflects the composer’s life affirming energy as well as including one of the finest and most elegiac of all orchestral funeral marches. It is a work of great distinction.

Tickets £15 adult, £12 over 60s, £5 under 18. Children under 16 free with a paying adult. Available from Tickets Oxford or by calling the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305. Doors and bar open 7pm.

 

Saturday 28 June 2014.7:30pm.
Mozart Requiem and Solemn Vespers
Oxford Harmonic Society presents Mozart's haunting and dramatic Requiem, one of the great favourites of the repertoire. Completed posthumously by his associate Süssmayr it is irrevocably linked to Mozart's tragic early death.

The Solemn Vespers (K339) were written in 1780 for Salzburg Cathedral and include the much loved Laudate Dominum for solo soprano.

Rounding off the concert is the sparkling virtuosic Exsultate, jubilate also for solo soprano. Tickets £16 adult, £14 over 60s, £8 Under 18s and students. Available from Tickets Oxford or by called Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305.

 

Seth Lakeman

Sunday 12 October 2014. Doors 7pm.
Seth Lakeman
Mercury Prize and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Seth Lakeman announces his return by popular demand to Oxford Town Hall as part of his forthcoming Autumn Tour!

After completing a sold-out cathedral tour already this year, these new dates continue to champion the release of Seth's brand new album Word of Mouth. Recorded at North Tamerton Church in East Cornwall, this record straddles the folk tradition his music is full of and the contemporary folk movement that he has become such a seminal figure of.

Throughout the production process, Seth recruited a selection of guest musicians as well as producer Ian Grimble, whose CV includes The Manic Street Preachers, Beth Orton and Cat Stevens.

The added guests give drama and wings to songs where working lives, majestic landscapes, the tragedy of war, the price of revolution and more are brought to life. Make sure you catch Seth showcasing his sensational new material in the majestic setting of of Oxford Town Hall. As ever, this live performance is guaranteed to blow you away

Tickets £15-£24 adv.stbf unreserved seating available from Gigantic Tickets.

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Other Events

 

 

Red shoes

Sunday 27 April 2014. Mid-morning.
Red Shoe Walk
See Oxford from a different angle. Wind your way around the historic city and surrounding countryside on our family walk.

This fun family walk will take you off the beaten tourist track and on a winding adventure through the cobbled lanes of Oxford. The route goes past the main sites and shows off the beauty of the surrounding countryside and parks.

Dress in red and be part of Red Cross Week, helping to raise money to help people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. Join Team Red Cross on either an eight-mile or four-mile route and bring along friends and family for what promises to be a great day out.

Registration fee £10 (under 12s free). For more information and to register for the event visit the Red Cross Website or call 0844 412 2877 or email challenges@redcross.org.uk.

 

Thursday 1st May 2014. 3:30pm - 7pm.
Thames Valley University Investment Plans 2014
Three of the Thames Valley’s top Universities present their development plans for the next couple of years.
Speakers will be Sue Holmes, Director of Estates & Facilities at Oxford Brookes University; Derek Godfrey, Deputy Vic Chancellor for Buckinghamshire New University and Paul Goffin, Director of Estates from University of Oxford.
Networking and refreshments from 3:30pm and speaker presentations from 4:45pm. Networking with hot food and refreshments from 6:15pm-7pm.
Tickets £60 + VAT per person. To book email keith.griffiths@built-environment-networking.com or visit the website for further information.

 

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Ballroom dancing

Regular Events

Organ Recitals
Oxford Town Hall welcomes you to listen and enjoy our world famous Father Willis organ played by the city's finest organists. Tickets are £4 and come with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. Performances take place from 12pm-12.50pm on the following dates:

  • 30 April 2014
  • 28 May 2014
  • 25 June 2014
  • 23 July 2014
  • 27 August 2014
  • 17 September 2014
  • 29 October 2014
  • 27 November 2014

Tea Dances
Tea & cake & Dancing £2.50 on the following Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm:

  • 16 April 2014
  • 30 April 2014
  • 14 May 2014
  • 28 May 2014
  • 11 June 2014

Ceroc
Ceroc Oxford hold dance classes at Oxford Town Hall. Beginner and intermediate followed by freestyle. Open to all.

Every Wednesday 7.30 - 10.30pm.

  • Beginner class: 7.30-8.30pm
  • Beginner practice session: 8.30-9.15pm
  • Intermediate class: 8.30-9.15pm
  • Freestyle: 9.15-10.30pm

Charges: £8, concessions £6, £35 for 5 weeks or £70 for 10 weeks. Please see the Ceroc Oxford website for further details.

Zumba

Mondays from 12.10 - 12.55pm, Oxford Town Hall.
Every Monday except Bank Holidays, £3 per person. Prepare yourself to party. You will shake your hips, shimmy and smile the hour away. Up to 1000 calories will be burnt in just one class. The moves are simple and you will love the music. No stress, no worry, just fun. There are no wrong moves so just come and join the party. For more information contact Vicki Galvin, GO Active Coordinator on 01865 252720 or vgalvin@oxford.gov.uk

Buddha

Meditation Class - Diamond Way Buddhism UK
Every Wednesday, 8pm, Judge's Room. Oxford Buddhist Group meets once a week for a guided meditation on the 16th Karmapa. These meditation classes are suitable for all who wish to learn to meditate.

For newcomers there is always a short introduction to Buddhism and brief explanations on how to meditate.

They regularly hold courses on Buddhism and Buddhist meditation classes, guided by experienced practitioners and travelling teachers appointed by Lama Ole Nydahl. All weekly guided meditation classes are free of charge.

Further information on Diamond Way Buddhism UK website, email oxford@dwbuk.org or call 01865 958008.

Oriental Carpet Sale
Long Room, Oxford Town Hall 10am-5pm

  • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October 2014

Oriental handmade rugs, mainly Persian by Heaven On Earth Imports. From brand new to antique in a variety of different shapes. Guarantee of the Authenticity, free trial with no obligation to buy. After sale maintenance support including cleaning, repair and restoration. Free UK delivery. You can also sell old rugs as part exchange.


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