“A Celebration of our Rural Heritage”


The Shelswell History Festival is a three day event offering talks, workshops, demonstrations, films, plays and activities for all the family, celebrating local history from Saxon battles  through the country of Flora Thompson's Lark Rise to Candleford, recent world wars and to today.   The Festival takes place between 7th and 9th July 2017 in Shelswell Park Estate in the Oxfordshire Benefice of Shelswell

Included in the Festival are


  • talks on local and world history from a variety of different experts throughout the Festival
  • a play from Candleford,
  • Workshops - Come along and try your hand at archery or country dancing
  • displays of historic vehicles and machinery,
  • local crafts including spinning and embroidery, thatching, walling
  • Barn dance and pig roast
  • films on RAF fighters
  • military vehicles  from two world wars

is the sign for a battle on Ordnance Survey maps but some are so old or minor that they are missed.  The one battle actually taking place on the Shelswell area was the Battle of Stoke Lyne in 584 AD when a Saxon army led by King Ceawlin of Wessex and his son Cutha fought an army of Britons .