Below is a list of repair cafés in Oxfordshire. All repair events organised by these groups can be found on the Repair Café Oxfordshire Facebook page.
There are also Repair Hubs in Bicester and Oxford. Find out more here!
Abingdon Repair Café
These cafés are run by community action group (CAG) Abingdon Carbon Cutters. They run a programme of waste-reducing repair cafés throughout the year where you can get free repairs to a wide range of items such as electronic gadgets, mechanical items including bicycles, computers (hardware/software), toys and furniture, clothing and textiles. They also do tool sharpening. You’re also welcome to come along with repairs you want to do yourself or craft projects you’re working on and you’ll find a friendly helpful bunch ready to welcome you.
The events are run entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in! As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake. Everything is free, but we encourage donations to ensure we can keep running repair cafe in future. Find out more by visiting their website, joining their Facebook group or emailing them.
Cholsey Repair Café
Cholsey Repair Café is a space for people to come along with things that are broken, and either get them mended, or get advice on where and how to mend them. It is run by a group of volunteers who have a skills to repair a variety of things, and are keen to help people to mend rather than throw away.
The café runs on the third Saturday of every other month alongside the Community cafe at Cholsey Pavilion. It is therefore not only a space to get things mended but also a place to socialise and meet new people. Find out more by visiting their website or joining their Facebook group.
Eynsham Repair Café
Eynsham Repair Café offer sewing fixes, electrical repairs, wood and ceramic fixes, and sharpening. Find out more by emailing them. These cafés are organised by Green TEA (Transition Eynsham Area), a community action group (CAG) helping people to make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. The emphasis is on grassroots action and building a more resilient community, enabling people to live within the planet’s resources. Join their Facebook group here.
Didcot Repair Café
These monthly cafés are organised by community action group Sustainable Didcot. As well as repair cafés, the group also runs two community growing initiatives and a thermal imaging project. Find out more by visiting their website, liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter.
Chinnor Repair Café
These events are organised by Greening Chinnor, a community action group (CAG) working with the community, the Parish Council and other organisations to improve the environment of Chinnor and to create enjoyable social community volunteering opportunities. Find out more by visiting their Facebook page or emailing them. If you are someone who likes to fix things or help make things run smoothly, why not get in touch and find out how you can be involved.
Rose Hill Repair Café
Save your broken electrical or electronic goods from landfill and bring them along to Rose Hill Repair Café where their trained volunteers will try to fix them for you. They also mend bikes, clothing and jewellery and can sharpen garden tools. There is tea, coffee and cake available for purchase. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a volunteer then please contact Cathy: email@example.com. Their cafés are on the first Saturday of alternate months. Details of all events can be found here.
These events are organised by Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon, a community action group (CAG) in South East Oxford who aim to make their area cleaner and greener by promoting renewable energy, energy conservation, waste reduction and tree planting. Find out more by visiting their website or their Facebook page.
Wantage Repair Café
These cafés are organised by Sustainable Wantage, a community action group (CAG) run by volunteers interested in lifestyles that have a lower impact on the environment and increase the community’s resourcefulness and resilience. They run repair cafés happen on the first Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm, as well as a range of other activities. As well as welcoming anyone popping in with things for fixing, they collect broken electrical items to repair and sell on second-hand to reduce the amount ending up in landfill. If you are bringing an item, make sure it is small enough for one person to carry and please bring it by 12 noon. If you have items to donate please contact Jo: 07768 767787 / firstname.lastname@example.org. See all of their events here.
Stanford in the Vale Repair Café
Eight volunteers run a regular Repair Café in Stanford in the Vale near Faringdon. They work closely with Wantage Repair Café. For more information contact Derek (email@example.com / 01367 710283) or Bill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Share Oxford’s Repair Café
Share Oxford is a community action group (CAG) that organises free Repair Cafés on the first Sunday of every other month between 14:00 – 17:00 at Makespace Oxford. They have a mix of experts and complete beginners all willing to get stuck in so that they can keep their repair skills and knowledge alive, share it with others, save money and reduce resource consumption. Even if your item can’t be fixed or you come along without anything to fix, you will still have a great time, meet new people and learn new skills. We also have coffee, tea and cake. Donations welcome!
Share Oxford also run a ‘library of things’, where people can borrow instead of buying items which are only occasionally needed, such as DIY tools, outdoors and sports equipment. More info here.
Wolvercote Repair Cafe
Wolvercote’s repair cafe is a monthly event which takes place inside the Wolvercote Community Market. The repair stands are usually there on every first Sunday of the month and will most likely have two stations, one for small electrical repairs and one for bike repairs.
There is a wonderful friendly atmosphere and while you’re waiting for your item to be repaired, you can have a look around the market (which has a bakery, fruit and veg, and other local products on sale) or get a cooked breakfast and a hot drink from the community-run White Hart pub, where the market is based.
For updates, sign up to the Wolvercote Community Market’s newsletter, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.