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What’s on for families in Oxfordshire this weekend: 2 – 3 December 2017

What’s on for families in Oxfordshire this weekend: 2 – 3 December 2017

We are well and truly counting down to Christmas now but don’t panic, we have put together a list of activities going on in Oxfordshire this weekend to save you the time searching.

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Thame Christmas Light Switch on event, 1 December

Thame Christmas lights switch on event takes place on Friday 1 December 2017,

Thame in Oxfordshire will host its annual community Christmas event which typically attracts thousands of local residents and families all looking to spoil themselves or their loved ones with good food and great gifts, not to mention the lantern parade and fantastic selection of entertainment and attractions on offer, including the return of our popular Santa’s Grotto and Go-Karts!

There will also be  a human-sized snow globe, for you and your family to take photos in and play in the snow! The event is a celebration of music, food, craft and dance, organised by the Town Council, to commence the festive season.

Stalls will line the High Street selling everything from German sausages and mulled wine, to Christmas wreaths and handmade gifts. It’s the perfect time to begin your Christmas shopping. There will also be plenty of hot food and drink to keep you warm, including mulled wine and hot chocolate!

Entertainment starts at 4:45pm with the light switch on at 7pm.

Click here  for more information

 

 

Wreath Making for Families at Earth Trust, 1 December

Make a beautiful festive wreath for your home or to give as a gift. All materials are provided but feel free to bring along any additional foliage or decorations you would like include.

There are places for 10 families available. Price includes a hot drink and a mince pie!

Date and time: Friday 1st December, 3.45pm-5pm

Location: Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ

Price: £20 per wreath

Click here for more details

 

 

Wantage Christmas Lights, 1 December

This year the evening starts at 6 PM and lasts until 9 PM

 

 

Living Advent Calendar in Henley, 1 – 3 December

The Henley Living Advent Calendar is based on an original idea from Stockholm and began in Henley in 2011. One of the first events of it’s kind in the UK, and certainly the first locally, it runs every evening from December 1st – 24th.

Like a children’s Advent Calendar, a different window or door throughout Henley is opened at 6:15pm promptly every evening and a 30 minute performance is given to the audience. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them.

Each Venue in Henley is matched with a local performer or group of performers and a collection is made, and Raffle tickets sold, every evening for selected local Charities.

Each participating business will have their own event to run and in true advent calendar style the details of the actual performance will be kept secret and revealed on the day.

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Christmas involving all the community and providing a great opportunity for local groups to engage with businesses in a different way.

For more details click here

 

 

Christmas Messy Play, Thame: 2 December

This popular Christmas Messy Play session is on Saturday 2nd December from 10am – 12pm at Barley Hill Primary School in Thame.

Pop along for some fabulous Christmas crafts, messy play and lots of other Christmas themed activities!

No need to book, just drop in, older siblings welcome

 

CHRISTMAS POTTERY WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN: 2 December

This pottery workshops are a two hour session making and painting your very own, creative objects out of clay. Creations are then fired at the Barro Studio for collection.

The pottery courses are taking place on 2 December 9:30 – 11:30 at Lisa Jayne Art Studio, Station Road, Bletchingdon. OX5 3BQ.

The Christmas pottery workshop are £22 per person which includes clay, glazing and firing.

For more information or to book your place, please contact Yvette Garcia-Mier at yvettegarciamier@gmail.com.

 

 

ABINGDON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, 2 December

Abingdon’s Christmas Extravaganza is an all day event and looks like a day not to be missed. Events include a Christmas Market,  a Parade, Morris Dancers, Music, Punch & Judy and the light switch on followed by fireworks! WOW!

DETAILS

Abingdon Christmas lights event takes place on  Saturday 2 December 2017 9am – 6pm at Abingdon Market Place and Bath Street

For the full agenda for the day click here

 

 

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS AND FATHER CHRISTMAS AT DIDCOT RAILWAY: 2 December

Join Didcot Railway Centre as they welcome Thomas for a day of family fun. A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends™ themed entertainment. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet The Fat Controller from the Island of Sodor.

Available on selected dates throughout December. Click here for more details

 

 

Reindeer Fest, Faringdon Fire Station: 2 December

Faringdon Fire Station’s annual Christmas event; Reindeer Fest!! Santa’s elves have been busy all year making our ever popular woodland reindeer all in need of a home so please arrive early to make sure you get yours!! Santa has confirmed he will be there in his very unique fire engine grotto and there are some fabulous stalls too.

Location: Faringdon Fire Station, Station Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire. SN7 7BN

Date and time: 9am – 12pm on 2 December

 

 

The Crown Christmas Market: 2 December

The Crown in partnership with CW Active Sports are raising money for Chinnor Autistic Unit with this great event.

There will be Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Shopping stalls, Mulled Wine, Face Painting, Raffle, Kids Zone, Refreshments and much more.

Location: The Crown Pub in Chinnor

Date and time: 2 December 2pm – 6pm

For more details click here

 

 

Air Power – Saturday Science Club, 2 December

Step aboard our fantastic flight workshop to explore the science of flying. Discover how airplanes stay in the sky and learn about the super-clever 18th century scientist who first described the theory of flight and how his principle is used to make a ball float magically in mid-air. With their new aviation expertise, our young pilots can then give flight to small rocket mice and try to build the best paper airplane ever to navigate our small obstacle course.

Details

Location: The Yang Science Centre – Abingdon School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BQ, OXON

Saturday, 2nd December 2017
9.45AM – 11AM
11.30AM – 12.45PM
Suitable for ages 5-9
£8 per child / adults free
For more details click here

CHRISTMAS GROTTO WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS AT BANBURY MUSEUM: 2 – 3 December

Guess who is coming to Banbury Museum this December? It’s only Father Christmas.

Come and enter a very special winter wonderland grotto and meet Father Christmas. Such special memory making moments!

As well as meeting Father Christmas each child will receive a lovely gift, a personalised Christmas activity pack and a very special Santa museum trail.

Available on 2 – 3 December between 10:30 – 4:30pm

Booking in advance is essential, please click here to book.

 

 

Christmas Markey at Cogges Farm: 2-3 December

Over 6 stalls selling unique gifts, food and drink, all locally produced. Mulled wine, Minced Pies and Carols.

Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for children or free for Cogges season ticket holders. A small extra charge applies to see Father Christmas

Location: Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA

Date and time: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 10am — 4pm

 

Santa’s Grotto at Yarnton Nurseries, 2-3 December

You can visit Santa in his Grotto every weekend between now and Christmas for FREE!

Location: Yarnton Nurseries, Sandy Lane, Yarnton, Oxfordshire OX5 1PA

For more details click here

 

 

FIND SANTA’S REINDEER AT WATERPERRY GARDENS: 2 –  3 DECEMBER

Help Rudolph find his friends who are lost all around the gardens and then collect your Christmas prize!

£2 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies).

Location: Waterperry GardensWaterperry, Nr Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1LA

For more details click here

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK PANTOMIME, OXFORD PLAYHOUSE

FEE-FI-FO-FUM, I smell lots of panto fun! Book now for Oxford’s most GIGANTIC panto yet!

Scale new heights with Jack and the Beanstalk, Oxford Playhouse’s spectacular family pantomime for 2017.  After getting into humungous trouble with his mother for selling their hapless cow for a handful of beans, Jack’s dreams come true when they start to grow… and grow… and GROW.

Join him on the adventure of a lifetime as he outwits the giant and is reunited with his childhood sweetheart Jill…all with a little help from his friends…and you, of course!

Add into the mix hilarious jokes, lots of sparkle and bucket loads of music and dancing – fabulous festive fun is to be had by all. So go on, get practising your boos and hisses and cheer for our Jack as he climbs to the top of the beanstalk. Who knows what surprises he will face but there is only one thing that’s for sure – it’ll be the best panto in the land.

DETAILS:

Location: Oxford Playhouse Beaumont Street, Oxford, UK, OX1 2LW

Dates: Fri 24 Nov 2017 to Sun 7 Jan 2018

For more information click here

SANTA’S GROTTO AT HADDENHAM GARDEN CENTRE: 2 – 3 DECEMBER

Santa has arrived and his grotto is open until 11am – 4pm every weekend until Christmas.

Details:

Location: Haddenham Garden Centre, Stanbridge road, Haddenham

For more details click here

 

 

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT ODDS FARM: 2 – 3 DECEMBER

Daily from 25 November – 24 December, Christmas is back at Odds Farm, bigger, better and more magical than ever before! Present your Christmas Festival Pass and come and meet Father Christmas, before heading onto the Cuddly Creative Christmas Corner and finally onto the Elves’ Workshop to collect something extra special.

Plus, enjoy Festive Entertainment, take part in fun Christmas-themed Arts & Crafts and train to become an Elf at the Elf Academy. Combined with plenty of Christmas Lambs to meet, there’s stacks of festive fun for the whole family.

To book your tickets now and find out more, click here.

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT BLENHEIM PALACE: 2 – 3 DECEMBER

Blenheim Palace’s Formal Gardens will light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights.

Follow the trail along winding paths, tranquil waters, and explore the scented Fire Garden; a circular carpet of dancing flames, adorned with lanterns, all set against the backdrop of glittering ancient woodland in Christmas colour that stretches high into the night sky. Discover Christmas trees that sing, a swaying lawn of fibre optic colour and sparkling hedgerows.

Date: 24th November – 1st January 2018

Time: 17.00 – 22.00

Location: Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

For more details click here

 

 

SLEEPING BEAUTY PANTOMIME – THE THEATRE, CHIPPING NORTON

Once Upon A Time there lived a Princess, her long-suffering Nanny, her doting Fairy Godmother, and grumpy old King Lenny.

On her 18th birthday, the Princess pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls deeply asleep. When she wakes up, exactly four hundred years have passed and things have got a whole lot groovier… But who just kissed her? What strange clothes everyone is wearing! And what’s that music?!

Heaps of jokes, oodles of fantastic original tunes and a good dash of British History combine to make this a Sleeping Beauty like no other. From the glorious pageantry of the Tudors to the flower-powered freedom of the sixties, Chipping Norton’s panto is the most spectacular, the most splendid and the most stupefyingly funny show of the year.

DETAILS:

Location: The Theatre, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton. OX7 5NL

Dates: Tuesday 14 November 2017 – Sunday 14 January 2018

Click here for more information

 

 

ILLUMINATED WEEKENDS AT FAIRYTALE FARM: 2 – 3 DECEMBER

Between now and Christmas Fairytale Farm will have their Illuminated Evenings every Saturday and Sunday.

The park will be open all day as normal, but when daylight fades the entire Enchanted Walk will become a magical wonderland of fairy lights!

The Beanstalk Cafe will be open throughout with a choice of hot and cold snacks.

Location: Fairytale Farm, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. OX7 5QH

Click here for more details

 

 

BREAKFAST OR TEA WITH SANTA AT BICESTER AVENUE WYEVALE GARDEN CENTRE: 2 – 3 DECEMBER

Daily from 18 November – 24 December. Take your Little Diggers along and enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea! The whole family meets Santa, children decorate a festive biscuit and then choose their very own present to take home! While you’re there why not visit Santa’s grotto too?

Bicester Garden Centre on Saturday 2 December also has Christmas Card Craft at 10am and 2pm and on Sunday 3 December Christmas Story Time  from 10am at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

There is also a really great soft play and restaurant too.

Location:  Bicester Avenue, Oxford Road, Bicester OX25 2NY

To book tickets for breakfast and tea with Santa click here

 

 

NOTCUTTS GARDEN CENTRE GROTTO, TEA AND BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 2 – 3 DECEMBER

Enjoy a truly special Christmas experience this year at Santa’s Grotto with some of his favourite reindeer! As well as meeting these gorgeous winter creatures and Santa himself, children will receive a Christmas gift, personally given by Santa.

The Grotto is open daily from 19 November – 24 December

From 2 – 24 December you can treat your children to a very special and scrummy breakfast or tea in the company of Santa himself! Expect a fun-filled mealtime including a special present, and perhaps even a story or activity with Santa.

Location: Notcutts Garden Cenre,  Nuneham Courtenay, Oxford, Oxfordshire. OX44 9PY

For more information click here

 

 

SANTA’S GROTTO AT FROSTS GARDEN CENTRE: 2 – 3 DECEMBER

Santa’s Grotto is back…and its bigger and better than ever before!

Join Frosts Garden Centre for a unique grotto experience like no other…Enter Santa’s magical wonderland, sing with his bashful elves and then make some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve.

The Adventure continues into Santa’s living room where you will listen to an enchanted story read by Santa himself.

With lots of surprises along the way this is the ultimate Santa experience for the whole family to enjoy!

Don’t forget to purchase your photo when you book…the perfect reminder of your visit!

Your experience will last around 45 minutes.

Prices:

Child Ticket – 6 months and over – £14.99

Adult Ticket – £4.99

6×8 Photo – £7.50

Photo Package – Either a Snow Globe, Fridge Magnet & a Keyring or Glitter Frame, Fridge Magnet & a Keyring – £14.99

Location: Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire. OX13 5HB

For more information about Christmas at Millets click here

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT WADDESDON: 2 – 3 DECEMBER

The theme for this year’s decorations, Enchanted Menagerie, celebrates the weird and wonderful animals that can be seen throughout Waddesdon’s collections, from an elephant parade inspired by the 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with colourful birds and mythical beasts!

From dusk, an extraordinary new light and sound show Waddesdon Imaginarium, will be projected onto the Manor’s ornate façade.  Visitors will be dazzled by roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks, fluttering clouds of butterflies and moths and
18th-century portraits creating a fantastical visual story of Waddesdon.

Wrap up warm, head outside and discover light art by American artist Lauren Booth. Electric Menagerie winds from the Aviary to the Stables,  with neon goats, parrots and even a flea circus.

Location: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 0JH

For more details abut Christmas at Waddesdon click here

 

 

MINI VUE CINEMA IN OXFORD, 2 – 3 DECEMBER

Little Ankle Biters are always on the look out for ways to entertain the kids without spending a fortune, and going to the cinema for just £2.49 per person is one way of doing it, especially on a rainy day.
There are the films they have showing this weekend:

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Two brothers – one a wise Sensei, the other an evil warlord – fight against one another, as Sensei Wu’s homeland, Ninjago, comes under threat.
Showing dates and times:
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December at 10am

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

See Olaf’s Frozen Adventures featurette followed by Frozen, back on the big screen.
Showing dates and times:
Sunday 3 December at 10am
Location: Ozone Leisure Park, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP
Click here  for more information

 

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