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Picnic on the Village Green sponsored by O2


At the heart of the showground and close to the entrance is the Village Green. Here you can spread out your picnic blanket, catch up with friends and enjoy some traditional country entertainment.

BRASS BANDS

Sit back and enjoy a daily programme of Brass and Silver Bands bringing you some well-known tunes with lots of oom-pah-pah! See the Wantage Silver Band, Amersham Brass Band, Witney Town Band, Yarnton Brass Band and Oxford Cherwell Brass Band.

MAYPOLE DANCING

Grab a ribbon and let The mAy Team show you the ropes!  There will be have-a-go sessions and maypole dancing displays throughout the day.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING

Reels and jigs galore and toe-tapping music that will make you want to join in!

MORRIS DANCING

Whether it’s sticks, hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris. See the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers, Traditional Illmington Morris Men, Chipping Campden Morris Dancers and the Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers here.

BBC CHILDREN IN NEED

Here you can also pose with Pudsey and join in with story telling time!

CROQUET ASSOCIATION

The Croquet Association will provide a croquet area and will be on hand to share their tips.


MEET O2

Join O2 who will be providing a picnic seating area and lots of other exciting activities, all whilst discussing connectivity issues in the Countryside, including workshops with ‘Keep your kids safe online’ for parents and ‘POP app design’ for kids. A ‘Wear The Rose’ virtual reality experience where you can practice your tackles with the England Rugby team. You'll also have the opportunity to pick the brain of an O2 Guru for free advice and handy tech tips.

Plug your phone into the O2 campervan to charge up for free and get the kids hunting for gosling eggs to win chocolate goodies! Plus, don't forget to chill out in a deckchair and enjoy a complimentary ice lolly.

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Don’t forget to download our dedicated BBC Countryfile Live app provided by our Connectivity Sponsor O2. Download the app for Apple and Android.

It's the perfect place to see the map, get the latest show information, timetables and more!

O2 are also providing connectivity for all our visitors through wifi hot spots dotted across BBC Countryfile Live and an improved mobile 4G connection plus a dedicated event App, available to download in advance of the show and at the event.


THE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE

Don't miss the WI - the UK's largest voluntary women's organisation - who will be holding live craft demonstrations in their marquee on the Village Green! There will also be opportunities for visitors to learn more about the WI and how to become a member - there's over 220,000!

SPONSORED BY

Fear not! We may be heading for a rural idyll, but you’ll still have phone coverage, thanks to our sponsors, O2. As the official connectivity sponsor, they'll be providing free wifi and enhanced 4G coverage around the event, so that you can stay connected, out in the countryside.

Picnic on the Village Green sponsored by O2 Timetable

  • Thursday 2nd August
  • Friday 3rd August
  • Saturday 4th August
  • Sunday 5th August
10:00-10:45 A welcoming session from the mAy Team
11:00-12:15 Morris Dancing Display, Adderbury Morris Men Whether it’s sticks, hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris.
11:35-12:15 Maypole Dancing Have-a-Go Session with the mAy Team Grab a ribbon and let The mAy Team show you the ropes!
12:20-12:40 Music from the Bandstand, ODBBA band There’s nothing like a brass band to create an atmosphere - take a break and enjoy the music.
12:45-13:15 Morris Dancing Display, Adderbury Morris Men It's a staple of almost every English Country fair - come and watch this infectious display - it won’t fail to bring a smile to your face.
13:15-13:45 Traditional Dance Showcase with the mAy Team It’s an age old past time - let us show you how this dance is done - watch the experts dance and celebrate the summer!
13:50-14:10 Music from the Bandstand There’s nothing like a brass band to create an atmosphere - take a break and enjoy the music.
14:15-15:00 Morris Dancing Display, Adderbury Morris Men Whether it’s sticks,hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris. Come watch then have a go!
15:05-15:25 Music from the Bandstand Come and take a seat …“Where the brass band plays tiddly om pom pom” !
15:30-16:15 Maypole Dancing Have-a-Go Session with the mAy Team Banned by the Puritans, revived by the Victorians, come along dance with us! We promise you’ll have fun!
16:20-16:55 Morris Dancing Display, Adderbury Morris Men Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes
17:00-17:30 Country Dancing with the mAy Team Everyone loves a barn dance - come along and have a go!
9:40-10:25 Music from the Bandstand, Kennington Brass Band Come take a seat on the Village Green and let the band entertain you with some family favourites.
10:30-11:00 Morris Dancing Display, Hereburgh Morris Whether it’s sticks, hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris.
11:00-11:45 Maypole Dancing Have-a-Go Session with the mAy Team Grab a ribbon and let The mAy Team show you the ropes!
11:50-12:10 Music from the Bandstand, Kennington Brass Band There’s nothing like a brass band to create an atmosphere - take a break and enjoy the music.
12:15-12:45 Morris Dancing Display, Hereburgh Morris It's a staple of almost every English Country fair - come and watch this infectious display - it won’t fail to bring a smile to your face.
12:45-13:15 Traditional Dance Showcase with the mAy Team It’s an age old past time - let us show you how this dance is done - watch the experts dance and celebrate the summer!
13:20-13:40 Music from the Bandstand, Kennington Brass Band There’s nothing like a brass band to create an atmosphere - take a break and enjoy the music.
13:45-14:30 Morris Dancing Display, Hereburgh Morris Whether it’s sticks,hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris. Come watch then have a go!
14:35-14:55 Music from the Bandstand, Amersham Brass Band Come and take a seat …“Where the brass band plays tiddly om pom pom” !
15:00-15:45 Maypole Dancing Have-a-Go Session with the mAy Team Banned by the Puritans, revived by the Victorians, come along dance with us! We promise you’ll have fun!
15:50-16:10 Music from the Bandstand, Amersham Brass Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes
16:15-16:45 Country Dancing with the mAy Team Everyone loves a barn dance - come along and have a go!
17:00-17:45 Music from the Bandstand, Amersham Brass Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes
9:40-10:25 Music from the Bandstand, Yarnton Silver Band Come take a seat on the Village Green and let the band entertain you with some family favourites.
10:30-11:00 Morris Dancing Display, Charlbury + Finstock Morris Men Whether it’s sticks, hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris.
11:00-11:45 Maypole Dancing Have-a-Go Session with the mAy Team Grab a ribbon and let The mAy Team show you the ropes!
11:45-12:15 Music from the Bandstand, Yarnton Silver Band There’s nothing like a brass band to create an atmosphere - take a break and enjoy the music.
12:15-12:45 Oxford University Scottish Dance Society Reels and jigs galore and toe-tapping music that will make you want to join in !
12:45-13:15 Traditional Dance Showcase with the mAy Team It’s an age old past time - let us show you how this dance is done - watch the experts dance and celebrate the summer!
13:20-13:40 Music from the Bandstand, Yarnton Silver Band There’s nothing like a brass band to create an atmosphere - take a break and enjoy the music.
13:45-14:30 Morris Dancing Display, Charlbury + Finstock Morris Men Whether it’s sticks, hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris.
14:45-15:30 Maypole Dancing Have-a-Go Session with the mAy Team Banned by the Puritans, revived by the Victorians, come along dance with us! We promise you’ll have fun!
15:35-15:55 Music from the Bandstand, Witney Town Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes.
16:00-16:30 Oxford University Scottish Dance Society Jigs, reels and hornpipes are the staple dances here for you to enjoy. Watch as the team from Oxford University are put through their paces.
16:35-17:00 Music from the Bandstand, Witney Town Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes.
17:05-17:35 Oxford University Scottish Dance Society Jigs, reels and hornpipes are the staple dances here for you to enjoy. Watch as the team from Oxford University are put through their paces.
17:40-18:20 Music from the Bandstand, Witney Town Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes.
9:40-10:25 Music from the Bandstand Wantage Silver Band Come take a seat on the Village Green and let the band entertain you with some family favourites.
10:30-11:05 Morris Dancing Display, Traditional Illmington Morris Men Whether it’s sticks, hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris.
11:10-11:45 Maypole Dancing Have-a-Go Session with the mAy Team Grab a ribbon and let The mAy Team show you the ropes!
11:50-12:10 Music from the Bandstand Wantage Silver Band There’s nothing like a brass band to create an atmosphere - take a break and enjoy the music.
12:15-12:45 Oxford University Scottish Dance Society Reels and jigs galore and toe-tapping music that will make you want to join in !
12:45-13:15 Traditional Dance Showcase with the mAy Team It’s an age old past time - let us show you how this dance is done - watch the experts dance and celebrate the summer!
13:20-13:40 Music from the Bandstand Wantage Silver Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes.
13:45-14:30 Morris Dancing Display, Traditional Illmington Morris Men Whether it’s sticks, hankies, bells or clogs - it’s all Morris.
14:35-14:55 Music from the Bandstand, Cherwell Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes.
15:00-15:45 Maypole Dancing Have-a-Go Session with the mAy Team Grab a ribbon and let The mAy Team show you the ropes!
15:45-16:30 Music from the Bandstand, Cherwell Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes.
16:30-17:00 Oxford University Scottish Dance Society Reels and jigs galore and toe-tapping music that will make you want to join in !
17:00-17:30 Music from the Bandstand, Cherwell Band Nothing sounds more like summer than a brass or silver band on a Village Green, come and take your place to hear some well-known tunes.

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