Oxford City Council

PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
Web http://www.oxford.gov.uk/

What's On at Oxford Town Hall

Contact Us

To find out more information about events or to book Oxford Town Hall as a venue please contact us.



Festivals and Fairs

Wedding cake

Sunday 21 September 2014. 11am-3pm
Wedding Fair
With over 30 exhibitors from accommodation and entertainment providers to florists and caterers, this is the perfect opportunity for brides-to-be to source inspiration and ideas for their big day.

There will also be live fashion shows throughout the day showcasing the latest in bridal trends.

Free admission and free bridal information bag for every bride.




Vintage Fair logo

Saturday 11 October 2014. 12pm-5pm.
Vintage Fair
Winner of best Vintage Fair in the UK, Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is back in Oxford this Oct for a huge Autumn special! The big vintage fair is located in both the spectacular Main Hall and Assembly Room with a wonderful vintage tea party. Pop along to visit over 30 exhibitors of vintage fashion and homewares and of course the vintage beauty salon!

The lovely ladies from vintage hair lounge will be styling hair & make up in the style of your favourite vintage icons. Email enquiries@vintagehairlounge.com for appointments

VINTAGE TEA ROOM (with more stalls)
Very Vintage Teas will serving up amazing tea and cake on china

Entry is £2, under 12s go for free. Join the Oxford fan page or Tweet @OxfordVintage


Saturday 6 December, 10.30am-4.30pm
Oxford Green Fair 2014
This annual event is a wonderful celebration of all things green - a great opportunity to find ethical Christmas presents, enjoy delicious food, meet old friends, make new friends, and gather information for your next eco-project!
100 stalls in three large halls, our famous Green Cafe, live music and of course Green Father Christmas!
For more information, please see www.greenoxfordshire.com

Back to Top

Music event at Oxford Town Hall

Concerts and other Performances

Saturday 13 September (10 am to 3.30pm)  and Sunday 14 September 2014 (12pm to 4pm)
Oxford Open Doors
Help us uncover Oxford's untold First World War stories in the magnificent setting of Oxford Town Hall.

On Saturday 13 September 2014, join staff and volunteers from Museum of Oxford and University of Oxford to find out about local people's experiences of the Great War and learn how you can share your own WW1 family stories and memorabilia online.

At 2.30pm on Saturday (1hour, free, first come first served), local author Margaret Bonfiglioli will also be giving a talk about  her new book 'Full of Hope and Fear: The Great War Letters of an Oxford Family', featuring newly discovered private family letters from the First World War forgotten for 90 years.

Discover the Town Hall's little-known history as a military hospital with free tours of the building at 11am and 2pm on Saturday 13 September 2014, and again at 1pm and 2.30pm on Sunday 14 September 2014. Tours are free, and places are issued on a first come first served basis.

There will be special self-guided family trails of the Town Hall and Explore Oxford gallery In the Gallery available all weekend, and in the Gallery the exhibition 'Shuffrey In Pictures' features original work by J Allen Shuffrey and pieces created by local community groups inspired by his work.


Tuesday 30th September 2014. 7pm
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Tickets on sale 9am Friday 18th July 2014 from kililive.com
More information to follow


Seth Lakeman

Sunday 12 October 2014. Doors 7pm.
Seth Lakeman
Folk superstar Seth Lakeman announces this date in Oxford as part of his forthcoming autumn tour.

Mercury Prize and Radio 2 Folk Award winner Seth recently performed alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra at the exclusive D-Day Concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London, joining event hosts Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary, Louise Minchin, and fellow performers Patrick Stewart, Beverley Knight and The Military Wives Choir. Highlights of the event included Seth’s song King and Country, which was inspired by and written in the memory of his grandfather, also originally a musician, who was himself involved in the D-Day landings.

After already completing a sold-out cathedral tour this year and adding two BBC Folk Awards to his collection for his part in The Full English - Best Album and Best Group - these new dates continue to champion the release of Seth’s 2013 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.  Seth recruited a selection of guest musicians for the construction of this album, including producer Ian Grimble (The Manic Street Preachers, 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 music in the majestic setting of Oxford Town Hall. As ever, his live performance is guaranteed to blow you away!

Seth Lakeman will be supported by Australian musical nomad, Kim Churchill, known for his dynamic live performances which focus on his deft guitar work while simultaneously playing bass drum, percussion, tambourine, harmonica and vocals. Visit his website for more information.

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

Saturday, 15 November 2014. 7:30pm
Pictures at an Exhibition

Tchaikovsky's The Tempest paints an evocative picture of the sea and Shakespeare's characters and lovers. Ravel’s Piano Concerto is a memento of his visit to New York - it's imbued with the spirit of jazz and the excitement of Harlem.
Soloist Alasdair Beatson, commended for his 'sensitive playing of rare insight', is highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician. Mussorgsky's piano piece Pictures at an Exhibition is brought even more vividly to life in Ravel’s orchestration.

Alasdair Beatson piano
Robert Max conductor
Tickets £15/£12/£5 concessions available from Tickets Oxford on 01865 305305 or purchase online. University Students concession limited to under-25s only. Accompanied children under 16 admitted free of charge.

Back to Top

Other Events

Monday 22 September 2014. 7:30pm.
Tony Benn: Will and Testament screening
Praslin Pictures is hosting a series of exclusive screenings of Tony Benn: Will and Testament in towns and cities across the UK that have a special significance to Tony Benn’s life and political career.
Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests and an audience Q&A.
Tony Benn: Will and Testament is an intimate and personal reflection on life, work, love and loss from one of the UKs most influential and charismatic political figures - Tony Benn.
Tickets £10 adult / £7 under 16s available from the Event Brite website


Saturday 4th Oct 2014. Registration 9:30am. Class 10:00am - 3:30pm
Singing Saturdays!
Oxford’s fun, friendly, monthly singing sessions, meeting in the city’s most beautiful locations. Steph Pirrie and Philip Read are both experienced choir leaders and musicians, based in Oxford and passionate about community music.
Singing Saturdays! is open to everyone - men and women, experienced singers and complete beginners alike - with no auditions. Kids are welcome as long as they are at an age where they can concentrat and participate.
Places are limited. Tickets £22 adult / £12 child or £26/£16 on the day, book your places here. For more informaiton visit the Singing Saturdays website.


Oriental Carpet Sale
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014. 10am-5pm

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.

Back to Top

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:

  • 17 September 2014
  • 29 October 2014
  • 26 November 2014

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

  • 24 September 2014
  • 1st October 2014
  • 29 October 2014
  • 12 November 2014
  • 26 November 2014

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.


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


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.



Culture logo

Useful information

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Admission: Free

Contact: Email us

more >>

How do you rate this page?

rate this page as GOOD rate this page as AVERAGE rate this page as POOR
What's this?

Museum logos

Copyright © 2012 Oxford City Council, Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX.
Designed and hosted by Oxford Information Labs Limited.