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Oundle on Show 2019


Building on the success of previous Oundle On Show weekends, this year visitors to our beautiful market town have the chance to enjoy musical performances, the recreation of an historic event, an exhibition of regional artists, culminating, once again, in a highly entertaining concert by the Rusty Players of Oundle, followed by Oundle’s Big Afternoon Tea! The full schedule will be published on our website and in a leaflet in early June.

Hargrav Fine ArtSaturday 6 - Saturday 13 July

Hargrave Fine Art Exhibition

 Saturday 6 July
 11.00am - 7.00pm 
 Sunday 7 July
 11.00am - 5.00pm
 Mon 8 - Fri 12 July
 11.30am - 7.00pm
 Saturday 13 July
 11.00am - 5.00pm

Hargrave Fine Art is showing a selection of exceptional watercolours, oils and etchings by early regional artists such as Sir Alfred East, T.C. Gotch and Wilfrid R. Wood. They will also be offering fine watercolours of architectural subjects from the 19th and early-20th century. Come and experience our region’s rich artistic heritage, in the historic environment of the Yarrow Gallery.


Music in the Park WEBSaturday 6 July 

Music in the Park

10.30am-5.30pm Barnwell Country Park, Barnwell Road, PE8 5PB

Hosted by the Friends of Barnwell Country Park, Music in the park reaches its sixth birthday! Six outstanding regional brass bands are featured demonstrating between them the tradition, breadth and diversity of great brass band music. An especially commissioned work, Impressions of Barwell,  by local composer, Paula Boulton, will be played by each band. There will be entertainments, BBQ, local beers and ciders during the day.

Sunday 7 July

Peace celebrationsPeace Celebrations


In July 1919, to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which marked the formal ending of World War One, the good people of Oundle organised a sports day on the Cricket Ground. Games were many and varied and, as well as including a sack race, a tug of war, and an egg and spoon race, there was also the rather more mysterious Driving Competition in which a “lady [was to] drive a blindfolded gentleman 100 yards, avoiding obstacles”!

To mark this historic centenary, we are going to re-create these celebrations which will also include music from Yarwell & Nassington Brass Band and Oundle Fringe. Food and drink stalls will help fortify you for the events!

Neil Fraser will be our Master of Ceremonies for the day.

Please note that teams for the tug o’ war and the cycle musical chairs must register in advance by email to:
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or telephone 01832 274919

11.15 Flat races - 50m
Girls: up to 7; 8-11 & 12-16;
Boys: up to 7; 8-11 & 12-16; Ladies: over 16
Men: over 16

12.00 Leap frog: Teams of 2, mixed ability

12.10 Egg & spoon: mixed ability

12.20 Three-legged race: Teams of 2, mixed ability

12.30 Couples driving race: Teams of 2, mixed ability

12.40 Sack race: mixed ability

12.50 Skipping rope race: mixed ability

1.15 The Hat Trick - decorated hat competition judging
Bring or, ideally, wear, a fancy hat you have decorated. Entries will be judged by the Presidents of Local WIs.

1.30 Tug of war Teams (register in advance)
Cycle musical chairs - Teams of 2 (register in advance)

Victory Fun Run - 4 laps of the Cricket Ground (approx 1 mile)
2.00 Young ‘uns - children up to age 10
2.15 Juniors - 11-16 year old
2.30 Seniors - 17-39 year old
2.45 Veterans - 40-100 year old

Throughout the day: Bobbing for oranges!

We are very grateful for the help and support of Oundle Town Council, Oundle Museum and Oundle Town Cricket Club.
We are sorry but dogs are not allowed.



rusties 2018Rusty Players of Oundle


Oundle’s own legendary orchestra plays favourite classics including Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Lara’s Theme from Dr Zhivago as well as selections from Phantom of the Opera.





tea 1Oundle’s Big Afternoon Tea!


Following a day of activity and music, what better way to wind down than a good cup of tea! Hosted by The Rusty Players and Oundle International Festival.




Oundle on Show is supported by Oundle Town Council