We have a real treat for you all with our upcoming events in the ballroom this autumn/winter at Asthall, including pop-up Christmas events, yoga, art workshops and some sparkling Shakespeare to take you into the New Year.
We are thrilled to announce that our 2020 sculptors have now been selected and they are hard at work in their studios making the masterpieces that will bring our garden to life next summer. Please take a look at our website to see who will be exhibiting next year.
Upcoming events in the Ballroom
Starting this weekend!
ISHKAR, Goldfinger Factor and
La-Eva Christmas pop-up

Saturday, November 23rd 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

A unique visual and sensory sustainable shopping experience to meet all your Christmas gifting needs.

ISHKAR is a social enterprise which designs and sources craftsmanship from countries at war. Products on sale will range from precious jewellery, hand-blown glass and ceramics from Afghanistan, through to soft handwoven throws, unique silk jackets and pietra dura marble centerpieces.

GOLDFINGER FACTORY is a design-led social enterprise that creates sustainable furniture and homewares, with a teaching academy for the local community, sharing skills in traditional craftsmanship and reclaiming materials. 

LA-EVA is an ethical luxury beauty brand based in a sawmill in West Oxfordshire that creates skin and hair-care products inspired by holistic philosophy sensory pathways and a love of art. Their simple, carefully curated range encompasses multi-purpose, organic and vegan skincare and cruelty-free hair care products. 

We also welcome Pandorable, a small double-act up-cycling enterprise based in Jericho, Oxford. Pandorable design and make products by repurposing textiles, using cashmere to create luxurious snoods that they call k'noodles or vintage liberty print fabric that they use to make bunting.


Kieran Stiles Art Workshop
Painting Light on Trees
Friday 29th November 1-4 pm

This workshop is about painting light on trees. Learn about ‘colour isolation’, the idea that bright colour can be exaggerated and made to burst into life by restricting its use to only a few small areas. For example above the vivid area of green is used just on the highlights.

We will be working mainly in the ballroom studio from photographs, with the possibility of painting outside if it’s a nice day. All materials included, but please remember to bring paper for preparatory studies and notes, and photographs of summer trees with strong directional sunlight to work from.

Workshop cost £55. To book email


Terry Macey Clothes & Accessories

Exclusive one-day Christmas event on Thursday 5th December 10.30 am until 7 pm.

Terry Macey garments are made using only carefully sourced natural fabrics – predominantly Irish linens, English wools, Donegal and Scottish tweeds.

They will be showing a stunning collection of velvet and silk dresses and tunics in jewel colours for the party season, alongside tweed coats, jackets, heavy winter linen dresses, separates, and a range of velvet and cashmere scarves.

Terry Macey has a long history in Burford and Oxford, selling clothes to shops such as Maggie White and Port Meadow Design and partaking in internationally acclaimed events, Art in Action and Handmade in Oxford.

Also on Thursday 5th December they will be celebrating this history and hope that you can join them for a glass of fizz to kickstart the festivities.

Parking limited, so please bring friends and car share where possible.

For more information visit

Terry, Angelika, & Jethro 01458 898691 or 07946344399 on the day.

Kieran Stiles Art Workshop
Ink Still Life
Friday 13th December 1-4 pm

Learn about constructing a painting from the basis of random splashes of colour. In the same way we anthropomorphize cloud formations, explore how to let the colour ‘lead’ the image, adapting swathes of vivid ink and watercolour into plant like shapes while the medium is still wet. 

Working from direct observation, the linear definition is created using a fine brush up on the point. In the example above we can see how some of the shapes are tonally modelled to appear three dimensional and other areas are left open to the imagination with ink flowing more irregularly through the form. This type of representation allows for great freedom of expression, depth and atmosphere. 

All materials included, but please bring A3 heavy weight hot pressed (non textured) watercolour paper, and also flowers of your choice to contribute to or personalize your own still life.

Workshop cost £55. To book email

 Yoga with Ruth White
Mondays 7.30 pm until 9 pm
Weekly until 16th December

For more information on the retreat, term dates, prices and their practice, visit their website or telephone 01608 651189/01608 652272

Twelfth Night Theatre Performance
11th January 2020 at 7 pm

0n Saturday, 11 January, we welcome our friends from Cuddington Youth Drama (CYD) who will perform their sparkling 45-minute Twelfth Night, directed by Elaine English, in the Ballroom. 

CYD is a touring repertory theatre group, which started as a Saturday morning theatre club in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, 15 years ago. 

Review of CYD’s Twelfth Night at Edinburgh Fringe, 2019: 

“These are young actors who know how to work together to create a feeling of ease and joy….They were applauded at each scene break as much for the camaraderie and care they had for each other, as for their honest performances.”

Tickets: £14, or £22 to include a simple supper after the performance

Further donations to the work of CYD will be accepted

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