Oxford Town Hall is a Grade II-listed Victorian building on St Aldate's, in the heart of Oxford's West End. The historic site has been the seat of local government since a Guildhall was built there in 1292, however the current building - elaborately designed by Sir Henry T. Hare - was opened in 1897. The Town Hall continues to play a key role in the civic life of Oxford, with regular meetings taking place in wood-panelled chambers, along with concerts, banquets and private functions. The building also houses the Gallery Suite and the popular Museum of Oxford, where the story of Oxford is brought to life through original artefacts, treasures and room settings. Visit the What's On webpage for a full list of events and activities.


Founded in 1965, Modern Art Oxford is Oxford's foremost modern and contemporary art space. From landmark solo presentations to pioneering group exhibitions, Modern Art Oxford presents the best in international art alongside a vibrant events programme. The gallery underwent a major refurbishment in early 2010 which saw the creation of a new entrance on St Ebbe's Street and the interior yard transformed into a flexible social and creative space. Modern Art Oxford reopened in April with its biggest ever programme of events, including talks, film screenings and contemporary music.


Founded in 1938, Oxford Playhouse and its sister theatre, the Burton Taylor Studio (listed below), present and produce the best of British and international drama, contemporary dance, music, comedy, lectures and poetry, alongside student and amateur productions. Visit the Playhouse website to find out what's on this season.


There has been a theatre at the corner of George Street and Cornmarket for almost 175 years. The first theatre, built in 1836, was known commonly as the ‘Vic’, and later as the ‘Theatre Royale’ after the company that played there. In its latest incarnation, the New Theatre seats 1,800 and features prestigious opera and ballet companies, contemporary dance, leading pop acts and hit musicals. Visit the New Theatre website to find out what's on this season.

Community Markets in the West End

Oxford Castle Market: Friday & Saturday 11am-5pm
Gloucester Green General Market: Wednesday 9am-3pm
Gloucester Green Farmer's Market: 1st & 3rd Thursday 9am-3pm
Gloucester Green Antiques Market: 2nd & 4th Thursday 9am-3pm

West End Venues

Burton Taylor Studio
Jam Factory
Meller Merceux Gallery
Modern Art Oxford

Museum of Oxford
New Theatre
O3 Gallery
Odeon George Street
Odeon Magdalen Street
Old Fire Station
OVADA Gallery
Oxford Castle
Oxford Castle Unlocked
Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Town Hall
Science Oxford
Story Museum
Tourist Information Centre (Visit Oxfordshire) 

Christmas in Oxford

The annual Christmas Light Night parade has become a fixture on the Oxford calendar, attracting around 30,000 revellers to the streets for the Christmas light switch-on. The much-loved event features processions, lights, dance, art, live music and performance, all thrown together with a generous helping of festive cheer! Oxford’s museums, Castle, Town Hall, theatres and galleries typically get involved, throwing open their doors to the public for one-off late night viewings of their exhibitions and displays. Festive food and drink stalls and children’s rides added that extra bit of seasonal sparkle to the proceedings. Keep an eye on the Oxford Inspires website for information about this year's festive calendar.

Bonn Square civic opening ceremony

The Bonn Square civic opening ceremony took place on the 22nd May 2009 as part of Bonn Week, a celebration of the twin town partnership between Oxford and the German city of Bonn. The relationship between the two cities began in 1947 when the British government encouraged contact between English and German towns, to advance the peace process after the Second World War.

Bonn Square opening event

A revamped and revitalised Bonn Square was opened to the public on the 28th November 2008 as part of the Oxford WinterLight festival. The opening ceremony marked the beginning of a new chapter for Bonn Square. The space has been redesigned to encourage activity and a sense of vibrancy, offering exciting opportunities for public art, performance and events; WinterLight showcased how the new area will be used in the future.  

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WinterLight was organised by Oxford Inspires in partnership with Oxford City Council and the West End Partnership. The unveiling of the transformed Bonn Square marked the beginning of the celebrations, and was followed by an exciting programme of events, including a lively brass band performance by 'Les Grooms' (pictured above), a theatrical stilt performance by stilt troupe 'Wrong Size', and a procession of lanterns made by local schoolchildren. Why not download the brochure and leaflet?

West End Community Event

West End residents and people who work in the area were invited to attend a West End regeneration exhibition, held in October 2008. The event provided detailed information about the progress of the regeneration, outlining the core aspirations for the area and plans for the future. Members of the West End Partnership were on hand to answer any questions and talk through any concerns or suggestions. Why not view the exhibition boards for the event...