We have put together our top picks of things going on this weekend in and around Oxfordshire – if you would like it sent directly to your inbox why not sign up to our newsletter?
Marble Mazes – Saturday Science Club, Saturday 7 October
Bring your budding engineers along to try one of Science Oxford’s most popular and addictive challenges of all time! Design and test is the nature of the game as you harness the forces of friction and gravity to make a marble roll as slowly as possible through your own maze created using a wide range of materials.
Suitable for children aged 5-9
Location: The Yang Science Centre – Abingdon School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BQ, OXON
Predators, Prey and Poo – Saturday Science Club Extra, Saturday 7 October
Which nocturnal creature is the best hunter? Owl, mouse, badger, fox? Which animal uses an unusual sense to find their prey? Young ecologists will explore the habits of woodland predators, learn about the owl’s amazing anatomy and dissect owl pellets to find out what they eat. There’s also the chance to learn about some of the predators and prey that live in British woodlands. A hands-on workshop for budding Steve Backshall’s everywhere!
Suitable for children aged 9 – 13
Apple Day at Waterperry Gardens, 6-8 October
A great family day out where you will be able to sample and buy many of the different types of apples and juices. Advice and information will be available on the day. Buy goodies at the craft and food fair, take a free tour of the orchards & fruit sheds and take the children around the apple anagram game in the gardens (garden entrance fee applies).
For more information click here
Henley Literary Festival , 6- 8 October
Henley Literary Festival has been going all week with the Children’s Festival starting on Friday. There will be a number of workshops across the weekend including Pat- a -Cake storytelling, Knife & Packer Cartooning Workshop, Charlie & Lola Storytelling, The Butterfly Dance Craft Workshop, The Tiger who Came to Tea and lots more.
Most events and workshops will need to be booked in advance.
For more information for this fantastic event and to book tickets visit the Henley Literary Festival website.
Day out with Thomas at Didcot Railway, 7-8 October
Thomas is a regular visitor to Didcot Railway Centre where he is welcomed by his friends the Great Western engines.
Meet Thomas and his friends and The Fat Controller, who will be keeping an eye on everything today. Enjoy rides all day and as often as you wish. Thomas the Tank Engine is running on his Branch Line and his friends are running on the Main Line.
During the day, colourful ‘Professor Crump’ will be clowning around the Centre and ‘Twistina and Twistopher’ will be balloon modelling. Thomas story readings will be held hourly from 11am in the Imagination Station.
Don’t forget to collect your souvenir ‘Day Out With Thomas’ Certificate signed by The Fat Controller.
A wide range of souvenirs is available in the ‘Thomas’ shop. There is a Refreshment Room serving lunches, snacks and drinks and also a picnic area where you can sit and watch the trains go by. Whilst at Didcot, remember to take a walk round the Engine Shed to see more of Thomas’ friends.
The event runs continuously from 10am – 5pm
Adult – £14.00 , Child aged 2-15 – £11.00, 60+ – £12.00, Family (Two adults and up to two children) – £42.00
Click here for more details
Pick your own pumpkins – Milletts Farm Centre, 7 – 8 October
You can pick your own pumpkins from the PYO fields of Millets Farm Centre near Abingdon.
Location: Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire. OX13 5HB
For more information click here
Brick Wonders Lego Exhibition at Banbury Museum, 7 – 8 October
Calling lego builders and mini-brick architects big and small… A world of imagination and creativity is waiting for you! Discover the endless possibilities, as you journey through history and around the globe discovering brick wonders, carefully crafted using over a quarter of a million of these much-loved little bricks.
A treat for all ages, bring your curiosity, build your imagination and explore the world brick by brick. Marvel at the shapes and structures that can be snapped together to create the most iconic wonders of the world, including the Great Wall of China, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Great Pyramid of Giza and Niagara Falls.
Location: Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury OX16 2PQ
Date: 16 September – 18 November
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Tickets available on the day from the museum shop: £4.00 adult, £3.00 concessions, £2.00 children (Under 5s free)
Suitable for: All ages
For more information about the exhibition click here
Oxford Story Museum, 7 – 8 October
The Oxford Story Museum has a number of activities on this weekend to entertain the kids.
ABC … Story!
This session includes a welcome, a story (The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson) , a stay-and-play time and an activity – messy play, movement or creative play. Ages 0-3.
7 October at 10:30am
Comics Club with Neil Cameron
Develop your comic-making skills and share ideas with like-minded enthusiasts. Awesome comic artist Neill Cameron will be on hand to offer helpful advice and tips. Ages 8-12 only.
7 October at 11am – 12:30pm
The Story Museum exhibitions spaces are also open on both days.
If you would like to find out more or book tickets click here
MINI MORNINGS AT VUE CINEMA IN OXFORD, 7- 8 OCTOBER
THE EMOJI MOVIE
CARS 3 – U
Oxford Half Marathon, Sunday 8 October
Oxford’s half marathon is taking place this Sunday through the beautiful city of Oxford which will feature live music, local bands and DJs at every mile. If you’re not running it why not go along to cheer from the sidelines? I will be running so give me a wave if you see me.
For more details on the route click here
Have a great weekend x
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