As the spring finally starts to bloom in Southern Oxfordshire, our thoughts start to turn towards the summer months. And in this region that can only mean one thing: festivals. Across Southern Oxfordshire over the coming months there will be series of diverse, exciting and entertaining events. There’s sure to be a little something for everyone – so, just like an episode of Midsomer Murders really.

Here’s a quick look at some of the main festival events coming up this summer.

Dorchester Festival

Taking place between the 1 and 10 of May, this biennial event is one of the region’s leading festivals and centres around the stunning Dorchester Abbey (a location from the show). Since 2005, the festival has attracted about 3,000 people each year, making lots of money for local charities. Expect dance, art, theatre, concerts and plenty more fun.

Thame Carnival

A great day out for all the family in Thame, the event starts with a parade through the town centre and is followed by a fete. This year’s theme is the movie so get creative with your costumes. This is a great example of the smaller, community-based events that really flourish here in Southern Oxfordshire. It takes place on 13 June.

Henley Festival

The big one - this is the region’s main event. With global superstars like Lionel Richie and plenty more attractions, this weekend long event in Henley is always a real treat. This year it is running from 8 to 12 July. Tickets are on sale now so get yours before they are gone.

Wallingford Bunkfest

Named after the former Great Western Railway branch line that ran from Cholsey to Wallingford, and affectionately known as “the Bunk”, this heady celebration of live musical entertainment, dance and beer is a family favourite attracting over 20,000 people annually for a free-access community festival. It takes place 4 – 6 September.

There are loads of other music, literary, beer, craft and other types of festivals running throughout the summer. We’ll do our best to bring you news of any we think you’ll love. And we know that you’ve got great taste – that’s why you’re reading this blog.