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Oundle on Show 2018


Building on the success of 2017’s Oundle On Show weekend, this year visitors to our beautiful market town have the chance to enjoy musical performances, a classic bike rally, hidden spaces opened up, tours of the town and exhibitions by local artists, culminating, once again, in a highly entertaining concert by the Rusty Players of Oundle, followed by Oundle’s Big Afternoon Tea! The Oundle Horticultural Society’s Annual Show runs throughout the weekend in the Laxton Long Rooms of Oundle School.

The weekend concludes with Oundle’s Big Afternoon Tea! Schedule subject to change: please check back for updates on this brilliant event! 

Saturday 7 July 

Music in the Park

10.30am-5.30pm Barnwell Country Park, Barnwell Road, PE8 5PBMusic in the Park WEB

Hosted by the Friends of Barnwell Country Park, Music in the Park reaches its fifth birthday and, to celebrate, becomes part of Oundle International Festival’s family of events! Six of Northamptonshire’s brass bands are featured. An especially commissioned work by Romanian composer, Calin Huma, will be premiered by during the afternoon. There will be amusements and entertainments around the park during the day.

11am Corby Silver Band

12pm Towcester Studio Band

1pm Yarwell & Nassington Britannia Brass Band

2pm - 2.30pm Massed Bands

2.40pm Rushden Town Band

3.45pm Thrapston Town Band

4.50pm Stamford Brass

Plus Bar + BBQ + Attractions

Visit Nemo, Barnwell Road, PE8 5PB

10.30-3pm also Sunday 8 July)

Nemo is an art installation that creates the sounds of the River Nene by pouring and splashing water through a series of wheels, pipes and mechanisms. Built for three performances of Nene, a new work by Northamptonshire composer, Benjamin Till, Nemo is now on tour in the very landscape that inspired its creation. The concerts, presented and performed by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, marked the launch of Nenescape, a five year project to celebrate and look after the Nene Valley.

Oundle Classic Bike RallyClassic Bike Rally WEB

Entry fee: £10 

Saturday 7 Jul 2018 - 12.30pm BOOK NOW (50 MILE ROUTE)

Saturday 7 Jul 2018 - 1.30pm   BOOK NOW (25 MILE ROUTE)

You can also turn up and sign up on the day!
Registration at Oundle Wharf: from 11.30am

Depart Oundle Wharf: from 12.30pm
Arrive at Barnwell Country Park: 4.00pm approx for judging at 4.30pm
Parade back to Oundle Wharf: 5.30pm

Bike enthusiasts are invited to join the rallied throng and show off their prized classic bikes (and perhaps their outfits to match!). Choose between two routes (of 25 or 50 miles) through the delightful Northamptonshire countryside and explore the lanes and beautiful villages with like-minded participants. The rally will set off after a quick lunch at the renowned Tap & Kitchen for those who want it and return to Barnwell Country Park to join the brass band extravaganza (see above) during which well deserved prizes for the best turned out bikes and riders will be presented. A processional ride through the town back to Oundle Wharf will bring this wonderful event to a close. Numbers are limited to 150 so get registration in soon!

For more details and to see the routes, please visit www.oundleclassicbike.co.uk


Sunday 8 July - Hidden Spaces

A day to discover some of Oundle’s hidden spaces and extraordinary activities ending with afternoon tea!

10.00am - 6.00pm The Old Hind Gallery
34 West Street, PE8 4EF
Behind the Old Hind, a 16th century drovers’ inn and set in a beautiful hidden garden, lies english artist Michael aubrey’s studio and gallery.
10.00am - 6.00pm Dolby Gallery - Summer Mixed Show
30 West Street, PE8 4EF
Featuring a diverse selection of artists and makers including paintings of local scenes, original prints, ceramics, and jewellery. 
11.00am - 3.00pm Fletton House
Fletton Way, Glapthorn Road, PE8 4JA
Fletton House’s fascinating history as a hospital and work house. Café open. Pop up performance by Peterborough Opera 12.30pm-12.50pm.
11.00am - 3.00pm Nene Valley Brewery
The Wharf, Station Road, PE8 4DE
Drop in and find out what they’re up to in there - beer available to try and buy!
11.00am-3pm  Oundle Library
Fletton Way, Glapthorn Road, PE8 4JA
Oundle Library will host pop-up performances of readings and music, including Nick Penny with his harp, also a rolling programme of slides from Glapthorn Cow Pasture.
2.00pm - 5.00pm Oundle Museum, Mill Road, PE8 4BW Take time to explore Oundle’s fascinating history and view the current exhibition Farming: Past and Present.
11.00am - 11.45am
12.15pm - 1.00pm
Oundle School Chapel Stained Glass Windows
Milton Road, PE8 4AB
Led by stained glass expert, Rev Ian Browne, explore the amazing windows created by artists Hugh Easton, John Piper and Mark Angus and learn about the art of creating stained glass.
2:30-5pm Oundle’s ‘Secret Garden’ Picnic
Fletton Field, off Glapthorn Road, PE8 4JA
Come and join the ‘Save Fletton Field’ campaign and enjoy this hidden gem in the heart of Oundle. Bring a blanket, a picnic, stay for a while or just a stroll. www.saveflettonfield.org.uk
Oundle Town Trail

Guided Tours of the town led for us by wonderful volunteers from Oundle Museum and Oundle Historical Society. An accompanied tour around the streets of central Oundle to discover the town's rich history and its many architectural gems.

11.00am - 3.00pm The Splined Hub
Unit 8, Oundle Marina, Barnwell Road, PE8 5PB

Tucked away in Oundle Marina is an extraordinary warehouse in which the Splined Hub team re-build classic e-type Jags. Find out how a rusting lump of metal can be lovingly restored and transformed into a gleaming masterpiece.

11.00am - 3.00pm Waterland Associates
81 West Street, PE8 4EJ
Explore the recently converted barn which now houses Waterland Associates architects and see their newly landscaped garden. David Smith RIBA will give a talk on “Simple design tricks to make anybody sound like an architect” at 11am and 2pm.
2.00pm - 3.00pm Parson Latham’s Hospital
24 North Street, PE8 4AL
A tour of this beautiful Grade 1 listed building. FULLY BOOKED.
4.00pm - 5.00pm Oundle School Chapel - Rusty Players of Oundle
Milton Road, PE8 4AB
Oundle’s own legendary orchestra plays favourite classics with a rousing finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
5.15pm - 6.30pm Oundle’s Big Afternoon Tea! Oundle School Common Room
Milton Road, PE8 4AB


Saturday 7 - Friday 13 JulyYARROW show WEB

10.00am - 4.00pm (Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm), Yarrow Gallery

A wonderful display of contemporary art produced by a group of local artists. Previous exhibitors will be joined this year by new exciting artists exhibiting in the Yarrow Gallery for the first time. Through their work the artists reflect their inspirational ideas using colour, shape and form, in a variety of styles ranging from representational to abstract art forms in a range of media. On display will be paintings, textile art, jewellery pottery and glassware.