Packed with entertainment opportunities our free to download Entertainment Recommendations guide provides you with an extensive list of places to see music performances, theatre productions, movies, sporting events, plus a few alternative idea’s that can all be seen in Oxford. A map showing the locations of venue can be found by clicking on a link given in the guide and if you download Google maps, finding the venues is made easy.
There is something for everyone to enjoy, so be entertained!
About these entertainment recommendations
Although Oxford is a small City, it is packed with entertainment opportunities that we would like to share with you. This document provides you with an extensive list of places to see music performances, theatre productions, movies, sporting events, plus a few alternative idea’s that can all be seen in Oxford. There is something for everyone to enjoy, so be entertained!
Where possible, book online in advance of travelling to Oxford to avoid disappointment. Throughout the document you will see links (in blue font) to the places mentioned providing you with more details should you need them.
See a music performance:
- Sheldonian Theatre. You will see a fabulous classical music performance, many times from World renowned artists. The building is also well worth visiting if you haven’t already, however be aware that the seating must have been designed for fairly small people, so be prepared for some discomfort if you are of average height!
- Hollywell Music Room, the oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe opening its doors to the public for the first time in 1748. You will see some super classical music performances and we particularly enjoy the Sunday morning coffee concerts.
- Hear some beautiful music in a Choral Evensong at many of the colleges during term-time, between 5.15 and 6.45pm.
- Many of the colleges also host classical music concerts and you will see posters around the city advertising them.
- O2 Academy Oxford one of the city’s best venues for live music and club nights. Some of the best gigs to date have come from Ed Sheeran, Foals, Stereophonics, Ozzy Osbourne, Babyshambles, Hozier and Royal Blood.
- Sandy’s Piano Bar opened in 2017 and is already a city favourite. They have music from 6:30pm – 3am every Friday and Saturday. They claim to be different to any other bar in Oxford as they are the only late-night bar open late which isn’t a club or student bar!
- Truck Store, Oxford’s Independent Music Hub! Essentially a record shop, but they also host intimate live music events.
See a show:
- The Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.
- The New Theatre Oxford where audiences can see leading opera and ballet companies, from Welsh National Opera to the English National Ballet, contemporary dance, hit musicals and sell-out pop concerts.
- Watch an outdoor performance in the summer months. See a Shakespearean play in the gardens of one of the lovely colleges or in the grounds of the Oxford Castle.
See a movie
With twenty-five screens in Oxford you help plenty of choice:
- Phoenix Picturehouse first opened as the North Oxford Cinema in 1913, has recently undergone a large refurbishment and still has the feel of a small independent cinema. Visit the upstairs bar before the film and take a glass of wine or beer into the cinema. There are five other cinemas’ in Oxford, but this is our favorite.
- CURZON (Westgate). Oxford’s newest cinema with five screens.
- ODEON (George Street). Six screens.
- ODEON (Magdalen Street). Two screens
- Vue (Ozone Leisure Park). Nine screens
- The Ultimate Picture Palace. Oxford’s oldest and only independent cinema.
- Take a trip to see Oxford United football team, currently playing some exciting football in Division one.
- See the Oxford City Stars ice hockey team playing in the National Ice Hockey League Division 2 (South)
- If your around at the weekend, watch the dingy sailing at Oxford Sailing Club. There’s a nice walk around the reservoir and a café for coffee and cake.
- Play golf at Studley Wood Golf club, a superb golf course set in 177 acres of tranquil Oxfordshire countryside only 6 miles from the centre of Oxford.
- The Oxford University Rugby team are always competitive, with the varsity match against Cambridge being the highlight of the season at Twickenham.
Something a bit different!
- Albion Beatnik Bookstore is a small and enthusiastic bookshop in Jericho, Oxford, with an eclectic collection of titles ranging from American pulp to Beatnik poetry: definitely a bookshop with a difference, described by the Sunday Times as the “best bookshop in Oxford,” The relaxed cafe offers fine tea, coffee and cake. Abfab music is always on the CD. The shop hosts many events’ particularly poetry and music, themed literary evenings and general talks and debates.
- Thirsty Meeples is a board game café, offering menus for food & drink and for its collection of over 2000 board games! Each player pays a cover charge and is then free to play as many games as they like. Game Gurus are on hand to help with setting up the game and most can help to explain the rules. [Price: £5 per person for 3 hours].
- City Mazes is a great place to go and escape with family and friends! You and your team (2 – 10 people) work together against the clock to crack codes and solve problems. Camaraderie and a clear head will be vital to escape. Whether you’re looking for a fun game for you and your friends, a hen or stag party, or a corporate team building exercise, the escape rooms will not disappoint. [Price: From £25 per person for 60 minutes].
For up to date listing we use Daily info an excellent guide to local events.
We hope you found this entertainment guide useful. If we missed anything, or you have any comments, suggestions or questions we would be delighted to hear from you.