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Festival Information

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Finding Your Way Around

View a map of Bloxham School. Stewards will be on hand throughout the weekend and printed maps will be available at the welcome desk (at the entrance to the library).


Sessions will begin promptly, so please be seated 5 minutes before due start time. Please switch off all mobile/electronic devices. Tickets will be available at the festival welcome desk over the weekend (depending on availability). Payment by cash only.

Some session venues have changed and may differ from those printed on advance tickets. Please check the programmes posted around the school and available at the welcome desk, take a look at the programme page on this website, or speak to one of the stewards on site.


Please bring all your printed tickets for entry to festival sessions. In the case of lost or forgotten tickets please visit the welcome desk.

Taxis from Banbury Station

Castle Cars are offering a special festival rate of £8 per journey from Banbury station to Bloxham school. Find their office at the back of the station (go straight on at the foot of the stairs, past the ticket office) and mention the Bloxham Festival when you book.

Telephone number: 01295 270011.

Car parking

There is some parking (including dedicated disabled parking spaces) and a drop-off point at the main school entrance. Additional parking is on Second Field in Courtington Lane, a short walk from the main entrance. Please follow the directions of the stewards.


Sessions will take place in the Great Hall, the Recital Room, the VLR (in the library) and the Liddon Chapel. All venues have disabled access except the Liddon Chapel, which is up a short flight of steps. The Recital Room and the VLR are on the 1st floor and have lift access. If you have any concerns about your mobility in the unlikely event of an emergency please speak to one of the stewards before the session starts.

Accessible toilets are located in the library building.

We are sorry that the school does not have a hearing loop.


Hot and cold drinks, light snacks, meals and a bar will be available throughout the weekend in the Refectory (in the Main Building - no.12 on Bloxham School map).

PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to accept card payments in the Refectory and there are no facilities to withdraw cash on site. The nearest ATM is at the Co-op in Bloxham.

Refectory Opening Times

9:00am - 7:00pm Hot and cold drinks, light snacks
12:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch service (choice of hot meals and salads)
2:30pm - 5:00pm Afternoon tea


10:30am - 2:30pm Hot and cold drinks, light snacks
12:00pm - 2:30pm Lunch service (choice of hot meals and salads)


Pubs and Restaurants in Bloxham

The Joiners Arms - food served 6pm - 9pm
Old Bridge Road, Bloxham OX15 4LY  01295 720223

Bloxham Fish Bar - open 4:30pm - 9:30pm
High Street, Bloxham - 01295 722343  

Elephant & Castle 
Humber Street, Bloxham   01295 720383


Church House Bookshop will run a bookstall throughout the weekend in the main building, with a great selection of speaker books and other titles. Author signing sessions will also be here - full details of these will be at the welcome desk. To order speaker books or find out more visit or call us on 0845 017 6965 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am - 5pm).

Payment by cash or card. Unfortunately we are not able to accept book tokens.

Time to Spare

If you have an hour or two to spare between sessions, we recommend:

  • School library - open all weekend and offers comfortable seating to read the paper or relax in quiet. (No food or drink please.)
  • Artist Stephen Raw's exhibition, inspired by the poetry of Wilfred Owen - on display in the school library on Saturday and Sunday.
  • St Mary's Church - the 198ft spire of this beautiful medieval church dominates the landscape for miles around. The church will be open to view throughout the weekend. Everyone is welcome to the 9:30am Communion service, 3pm festival tea and 5pm Songs of Praise on Sunday. Find out more here.
  • Bloxham Museum - next door to St Mary's, the museum will be open all weekend. The current exhibition showcases war memorabilia from the local area.
  • Bloxham village - offers a pleasant stroll along the high street with several attractive local pubs. You can find more information about the local area at and