10 Things To Do In Oxford: May 2023
May is full of celebrations and the Indie scene is bustling across Oxfordshire with some fantastic events.
Here’s the Independent Oxford top tips for things to do in Oxford this May.>>
An exhibition of beautiful and functional pieces that bring joy and a sense of tranquillity to their users. Head over to Makespace Oxford to see Etta Rain ceramics, along with other talented makers during Artweeks.
Oxfordshire Artweeks is the UK’s oldest and biggest artist open studios & pop-up exhibition event. This year’s festival takes place from 6th-29th May, during which you will be able to feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity by hundreds of artists, makers and designers in artists’ studios, pop-up galleries, glorious gardens, ancient churches, medieval tithe barns and hundreds of other interesting venues.
Find full info here
Enjoy a ‘Pay-As-You-Feel’ lunch every Monday, at one of the community spaces in OX4, Oxford:
First Monday of the Month: Ark-T Centre / Waste2Taste Cafe (Part of Community Hub Days initiative – Crowell Road, OX4 3LN
All other Mondays: Flo’s the Place in the Park Cafe, Rymers Lane, OX4 3JZ
Pay only what you feel and what you can afford anonymously. All funds raised will be used to help the OX4 Food Crew continue to tackle food inequality in OX4.
12:00 – 14:00
No need to book, just turn up. All welcome!
Sarah Wiseman Gallery is ecstatic to welcome back Veronica Wells for her solo show ‘Faces Amongst Spaces’, exploring the ever-evolving fashion world in her figurative brush strokes.
Veronica Wells draws her influences from popular culture, examining images that portray an idealised way of life. Fashion, material possessions, image, style and relationships are all explored enticing the viewer into her world. Mixing rough and broad brushstrokes with finer, more intricate details, Veronica Wells paintings questions ideas of perfection.
4th – 27th May 10:00 – 17:30
Why is it so hard to give ourselves the same compassion we so easily give to our friends?
Most of us would be kind to a loved one who was struggling, yet we can be merciless with ourselves.
If you’re ready to learn how to stop beating yourself up, tame your inner critic, and develop a more supportive, encouraging relationship with yourself then self-compassion could be for you.
4th May 19:00 – 20:00
Do you often feel stressed out by work, relationships or the general pressures of life?
If you feel like your mind is always racing and you can’t seem to catch your breath, then this course could be for you.
Learn evidence-based mindfulness tools for coping better with daily stresses, over eight weekly online sessions.
9th May 19:00 – 21:00
The Oxford Wine Company will take you on a mission of discovery, tasting your way through six wines from five different countries.
Checking out some Champagne and English Sparkling as well as examples from Spain, South Africa and Australia.
This is going to be a fascinating dive into international sparkling wine.
11th May 19:30 – 21:30
Celebrate Tap Social Movement opening fifth venue
A weekend of events and specials to celebrate Tap Social Movement opening its fifth venue in The Covered Market.
To celebrate its launch, The Market Tap will pour 50 free beers on a first come, first served basis (one per customer) on Thursday, 4 May, and Friday, 5 May
Don’t miss out on great entertainment and Tap Social’s usual mix of criminally good craft beers.
Check out their socials for full details
Oh, Community! birthday special
This will be Divine Schism’s 5th instalment of all day musical fundraisers for friends YWMP – the Oxford based charity working with young women and non-binary people and creating safe spaces for them to make music and more!
Head down to Common Ground to celebrate the scene and enjoy a true line-up of ace musicians.
7th May 13:30
Find full information and tickets here
Experimental musical duo, GARY (Octavia Freud – sardonic personal and political electronica and Phil Jarvis – Consignia comedy collective) present their debut stage show. An evening of absurdist musical theatre and award-winning stand up comedy
An evening not to be missed with support from two award-winning stand up comedians on the London scene and opening proceedings will be two exciting Oxford based stand ups.
20th May 19:30
Check out the full line-up and get tickets now
Charlie says…lets have a right royal squeeze up!
International House Groove are throwing a fundraising event for King Charles coronation on behalf of Oxfordshire Mind.
8 DJs supplying various music genres throughout the day, with the delicious Tap Social Proof Pizza on site and also other food stalls.
An evening of fun on the Warehouse dance floor for a wonderful cause.
7th May 16:00 – 00:00
Head to our events page to see what else is happening in the indie network.
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