8 Best Performing Arts Venues in The Thames Valley, England

Oxford Literary Festival

Fodor's choice

The festival takes place during the last week of March at Christ Church College, the Sheldonian, and other university venues. Leading authors come to give lectures and interviews, and there's plenty to entertain children.

Henley Festival

A floating stage and spectacular musical events, from classical to folk, draw a well-heeled crowd who dress to impress. The Henley Festival takes place during the week after the regatta in July.

Music at Oxford

This acclaimed series of weekend classical concerts takes place October through June in such esteemed venues as Christ Church Cathedral and the Sheldonian Theatre.

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Oxford Playhouse

This theater presents classic and modern dramas as well as dance and music performances.

The Old Court

Windsor's former fire station has a whole new lease on life as a contemporary arts venue, presenting films, theater, music, dance, and comedy, with plenty of events for kids.

Theatre Royal

Windsor's Theatre Royal, where productions have been staged since 1910, is one of Britain's leading provincial theaters. It puts on plays and musicals year-round, including a pantomime for five weeks around Christmas.

Windsor Festival

Concerts, poetry readings, and children's events highlight the Windsor Festival, held over the last two weeks in September, with events occasionally taking place in the castle. The festival also runs a smaller program in March, with a focus on classical music events.