10 Things To Do In Oxford: October 2023

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Crisp days and an explosion of colour surrounding us, autumn is a beautiful time of year, and a great season to find a new hobby, interest or celebrate Oktoberfest!

Here’s the Independent Oxford top tips for things to do in Oxfordshire this October. >>

Tap Social Covered Market


Tap Social Movement and The Covered Market Oxford are pleased to welcome London’s Drop Project Brewing Co to The Market Tap for a tap takeover and guided tasting with Drop Project co-founder Joseph Simo.

Fresh off its first appearance at Tap Social’s Change is Brewing Beer Fest in August, London-based Drop Project pushes creative boundaries and creates beers that inspire its team’s passions for the industry.

26th October 19:00

Check out the full details and get tickets now

Mostly Books


Join Mostly Books at New Theatre Oxford, as BAFTA Award-winning actor, writer, and comedian David Mitchell discusses his new book, Unruly, with broadcaster Jeremy Paxman.

Think you know the Kings and Queens of England? Think again.

A serious book by a very funny man, Unruly is for anyone who has ever wondered how we got here – and who is to blame.

16 October 19:30 – 22:00

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Wandering to Wonder writing


Wandering to Wonder will guide you through all the swirling thoughts in your head to get clarity on what are your next best steps.

Less flailing around, feel more grounded and rooted, knowing what you need for yourself.

Guided prompts from Lynne (a qualified coach with bags of experience from her nursing and charitable careers) always with an empowering and friendly approach. A space to reflect on what has come and where you’d like to be next month.

First Monday of each month 19:30 Online

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Wilding Wine Oxford


Sarah and Suzy at Wilding are looking forward to hosting you.

Champagne has a long history going back several centuries so there is no question that the experience and the quality has evolved through those years. Wilding’s selection includes small, family-owned grower Champagnes that they proudly present to you. They are truly unique, stand out from the crowd, has a personal touch and taste amazing! A great drink for special occasions or a real treat at the end of a long day! Either way they are a must to try.

10th October 19:00 – 22:00

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YOU Underwear shop Oxford Covered Market


Join Emma Thomas from Managing the Menopause at Y.O.U Oxford for an informal but informative evening where we deconstruct exactly what is happening as we enter into perimenopause, what to expect from the hormone rollercoaster and what our options are for managing symptoms if we are struggling.

19th October 18:00 – 19:00

Book tickets now – all money going to support the Menopause Research and Education Fund

Every Body Studio


Join Lily and Najia at Every Body Studio  to explore the tools we need to create a deeper connection to our bodies through movement and clay work. Start with a gently energising movement session with Najia, then join our in-house clay super fan Lily to create a beautifully mindful hand-crafted pot to take home with you.

29th October 15:30 – 17:30

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The Oxford Wine Company


The Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery is a fascinating project. A grain to glass whisky, all the ingredients are sourced from the farm where the distillery is housed. 

Join The Oxford Wine Company as the team from The Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery make their way down south to present six expressions from the Filey Bay whisky range. Learn about the history of the distillery and the production methods that go into crafting these truly artisanal products. 

20th October 19:30 – 21:30

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The Woolhound


Crochet is bang on trend at the moment and there’s a lot you can make with just a few of the basic stitches.

Join instructor Jen at The Woolhound for a workshop in crochet: you will learn how to start your projects with chains, work double crochets and treble crochets. With these stitches under your belt, you will have all you need to make granny squares and a good foundation for tackling projects such as toys and garments.

19 October 18:00 – 21:00

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Penny Maltby


Spend a day with Penny Maltby learning about the traditional and endangered craft of straw work and make a harvest trophy using a 5 straw spiral plait.

The workshop will take place behind the scenes in the Conservation Laboratory, where you can take inspiration from straw work in the museum collections for your own work!

7 October 10:00 – 16:30

Book now

The Chester


Hold on to your Lederhosen The Chester’s Oktoberfest is back, bigger and better.

A whole pub takeover which means a full German menu and 5 different delicious German beers on tap, in steins.

Live music, Lederhosen, dirndl.

6th – 8th October

Full details here


Indie Oxford meet up April


A get together for Indie Oxford members to find support, explore opportunities, and connect with other indie business owners.

For this meet up, we’re heading outside (weather permitting!). We’ll start at Horsebox Coffee outside the Natural History Museum to grab a coffee before taking a stroll around University Parks to walk and talk to other Indie Oxford members.

Lynne Davies-Craine, of Wandering to Wonder coaching will be helping to lead this walking meet up. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to do list, and find it hard to carve out time for yourself, this meet up for you!

3rd October 10:00 – 11:30

Free for Indie Oxford members, reserve a spot

Indie Oxford meet up April


Web designer Sarah Halliday will share some of her tips for Shopify, before we open to the group to share your experiences and ask questions.

Sarah Halliday is an Indie Oxford member, website designer, photographer and videographer based in Oxfordshire.

Sarah will kick off this session, but this is a peer learning session so please bring any insights, experiences and hacks to share with the group, as well as questions about how to get the most out of Shopify.

This session will be held online on Google Meet.

10th October 12:00 – 13:00

Free for Indie Oxford members, reserve a spot

Independent Oxford Christmas Market


A date for your diary!

Join Indie Oxford at Tap Social’s Taproom in Botley for an awesome Christmas Market jam packed with awesome indies stalls, plus pizza, seasonal drinks and freshly baked goodies from Proof. House of Fun will also be returning with their Santa’s Grotto and kids craft corner.

See you there for oodles of Christmas cheer!

25th November 11:00 – 17:00

Check out the list of stalls, with more to be announced

Head to the Indie Oxford events page to see what else is happening in the indie network.

Planning on attending one of these events? A great way to support local indies is by sharing their posts online and leaving reviews on Google and Facebook. Also, be sure to use #indieoxford on Instagram and Twitter.

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