Arts & Entertainment

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Online Performance Arts

(section last updated November 2022)

Andrew Lloyd Musicals are available on the The Shows Must Go On - YouTube channel. A musical is released on Friday at 7pm and available for 48 hours.

BBC / The Arts Council
Try BBC Arts for a wide range of exhibitions and performances.

The Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall offered sessions from artists' homes whilst the Hall was shut. This feature stopped in 2021 as the Royal Albert Hall celebrated its 150th anniversary. However, many of these sessions may still be viewed online at

The National Theatre uploads more plays each month to view for a monthly, or annual, fee. More information at Or,
click here to go to their YouTube channel.

Sadler's Wells has a range of family dance workshops on their YouTube channel

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is providing free access to a series of productions.
You can watch the production when aired at 7pm on Mondays, or you can watch the recording anytime until the following Sunday. This is provided at no charge but the Globe Theatre hopes that some will click a link to make a donation to support the service. For more information please click here to visit their website.
To go straight to The Globe's YouTube channel please click here.

For more suggestions, try the listings on
Headings include: Art, Classical, Dance, Design, Film, For Families, History, Literature, Music, Musicals, Opera, Talks, Theatre.

Online Museums, Galleries, Zoos, Webcams and Travel Guides.

If you are missing out on trips to Museums and Galleries then take a look at their websites (e.g. use Google search) as many of them offer online access to their collections which can be fascinating. See also section below for websites of local galleries

English Heritage, together with Google, has released articles to illustrate more about the properties that they maintain. Click here to see more. (Some pages/pictures require you to 'scroll down' to see the text or find more pictures, etc.)

From an article on the BBC News website ( April 2022:

The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) is a private museum founded by art collector Abhishek Poddar. They have launched the Encyclopaedia of Indian Art, an open-source repository that allows anyone to view and read about an enormous collection of Indian paintings, photographs, living traditions, architecture and textiles.

The following two entries have been kindly provided by Corrine Casal of the Bay Area in California USA, March 2022:

Note: Both of the above websites may contain commercial material on other pages or by weblinks at end of a page.

The following entry has been suggested by an overseas user of our "What to do" listings, 2021:

Note that other pages on the above website may include advertisements.

Webcams of London - See the sights of London (live or timed) - please click here

Cities, towns and heritage sites around the world: try - Note that this website incudes adverts. Viewing full-screen may require a subscription, but you can always just zoom the browser window.

Edinburgh Zoo has several webcams streaming live footage:

Thanks to the BBC for the following. These may include adverts. See original BBC News page for more information:

Online Entertainment

Amazon Prime have made many programmes for young children available at NO CHARGE. You will need to register with your name and email address to watch complete programmes. Click here for details of free programmes

For more suggestions, try the listings on
Headings include: Art, Classical, Dance, Design, Film, For Families, History, Literature, Music, Musicals, Opera, Talks, Theatre.

We hope to regularly add to the above "Online Arts & Entertainment" sections. If you have links to online arts, education or crafts, appropriate for a range of audience ages, please feel free to email the link to - many thanks.

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Local Cinemas

For more information, please click on titles (blue text) to go to Cinema operator's own website:

Banbury - Odeon Cinema
Horse Fair, Banbury OX16 0AH
0871 471 4714

Bicester - Vue Cinema
Pioneer Centre, Bure Place, Bicester OX26 6FA
0345 308 4620

Northampton - Cineworld
Sixfields Leisure, Weedon Road, Northampton NN5 5QJ
0871 200 2000

Northampton Filmhouse (a two-screen cinema, previously known as Errol Flynn Filmhouse)
"Elegant, modern cedar-wood venue housing a stylish 90-seat cinema for arthouse and mainstream films".
Derngate, Northampton NN1 1TU
01604 624811

Helmdon Film Screenings
Please see Helmdon Presents below

Phoenix Community Cinema (SNC) - Community cinema or film club in following areas:
Blakesley, Blisworth, Brackley, Cogenhoe, Croughton, Culworth, Evenley, King's Sutton, Marston St. Lawrence, Middleton Cheney, Milton Malsor, Nether Heyford, Paulerspury, Whittlebury.

Local Theatres

Please click on names (in blue) below to visit the theatre's own website:

  • Royal & Derngate is a theatre complex in the Cultural Quarter of Northampton consisting of the Royal Theatre and the Derngate Theatre.
  • Ambassador Theatre Group ( - This group includes Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Milton Keynes Theatre, Oxford New Theatre.
  • The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury offers a live events programme including theatre, dance, music, comedy, film, workshops and classes. Alongside this, we run a number of community projects and initiatives with partner organisations.

Following are links to external websites containing lists of local theatres. Note that these may contain advertisements and might not cover all theatres:

Local Galleries, Exhibitions and Workshops

Please click on names/titles (in blue) below to visit the operator's website:

If you would like other galleries to be included here, please email information to:

For more sugggestions, try the listings on
Headings include: Art, Classical, Dance, Design, Film, For Families, History, Literature, Music, Musicals, Opera, Talks, Theatre.

Other Entertainment Listings

  • For more suggestions try the listings on Headings include: Art, Classical, Dance, Design, Film, For Families, History, Literature, Music, Musicals, Opera, Talks, Theatre.

Helmdon Presents

Helmdon Presents: Live performances

We promote touring theatre companies, music ensembles, solo performers (poetry, music, comedy, etc.). These events are well attended so please book early to be sure of a seat.

We also arrange occasional trips to local theatres where a particular show or performance appeals to group members. For more information about Helmdon Presents: Live Performances please click here.

Helmdon Presents: Children's Films

We show a variety of children's films in the Reading Room, usually on a Sunday afternoon during the winter months. The event starts with an optional activity related to the film (games, craft, etc.) then the children can relax on a beanbag with a drink and a snack and enjoy the film!

Children's film events are currently £2 per child and free for adults. This includes a drink & snack for children and a hot drink for grown ups. For the latest information please click here.

Helmdon Presents: Films

We show a good selection of films... action, drama, biopic etc. in English and foreign languages. There are films which appeal to all age groups.

Our state-of-the-art equipment fills the Reading Room with sound, providing a great cinema experience. You are welcome to attend as a guest for one Friday evening session. For more information please click here.

The Bridge Players (Helmdon's Amateur Theatre Group)

In 2018, Helmdon's Amateur Theatre Group celebrated 30 years of local productions.
For more information about Helmdon's Bridge Players please click here.

Music, Dance and other Community Groups

Following are links to websites of music and/or dance groups based in Brackley:

For other activities, please select from 'Helmdon Groups' in the website menu, or click on one of the following: