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What’s on this weekend for families in Oxfordshire – 23 – 24 December 2017

What’s on this weekend for families in Oxfordshire – 23 – 24 December 2017

We only have a few more days to go until Christmas and there is still a lot going on in Oxfordshire for families this weekend.  Here’s our guide to what’s going on.

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Christmas Family Disco at Oxford Ice Rink: 23 December

Get your skates on at Oxford’s Ice Rink for their Christmas family disco.

Details:

Location: Oxford Ice Rink, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1RX

Date and time: 23 December 1:30pm – 4pm

For more details click here

 

SANTA’S GROTTO AT HADDENHAM GARDEN CENTRE: 23 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 GROTTO WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS AT BANBURY MUSEUM: 23 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 23nDecember between 10:30 – 4:30pm

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

 

SANTA’S GROTTO AT YARNTON NURSERIES, 23 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

 

CHRISTMAS AT WADDESDON: 23 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

 

 

FIND SANTA’S REINDEER AT WATERPERRY GARDENS: 23 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

THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING – DIDCOT CORNERSTONE THEATRE: 23 – 24 DECEMBER

This classical festive show at Cornerstone Arts Centre is suitable for the entire family — from 3 to 103.

When Maria and her family turn up at a dusty old toyshop on Christmas Eve, full of raggedy old toys and a mysterious toymaker, they’d rather be anywhere else. But all is not as it seems- when everyone goes to bed the toys in the shop burst into life with music, singing and dancing. Maria meets the Nutcracker, a toy who has been cursed by the evil Mouse King. Together they must find a way to lift the curse and save Christmas for everyone.

The world of the Nutcracker and the Mouse king is vividly brought to life with new songs and music, performed live by actor musicians supported by a talented young company ensemble from the local community.

We went to see this last week and can highly recommend it – read our review here

Location: Cornerstone Arts Centre,, 25 Station Road,, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE

Dates: Friday 8 Dec 2017 to Saturday 30 Dec 2017

Prices: £15, Conc £13.50, Members £12 and Family Ticket £50 (4 people which must include 1 child)

For more information and to book your tickets click here or call the box office on 01235 515144.

 

 

A NEW COAT FOR CHRISTMAS – OXFORD PLAYHOUSE

A New Coat for Christmas is inspired by a true tale of finding friendship in unexpected places. This enchanting story is full of music, fun and a flock of very fluffy sheep. It is the perfect festive treat, all wrapped up and ready to charm little ones and their grown-ups.

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

To book click here but be quick as there is limited avilability

 

 

ROBIN HOOD PANTOMIME – THE KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY: 23 – 24 DECEMBER

Follow the exciting escapades of our dashing hero and his loyal band of merry men in this madcap, medieval romp.

Watch as Robin fights to restore justice for the people of Sherwood, win the heart of the beautiful Maid Marion and rid the land from the avaricious Sheriff of Nottingham once and for all.

With heaps of audience participation, thrilling sword fights, archery contests, spirited heroes and dastardly villains, experience a Christmas treat like no other as this much loved tale is given an exhilarating twist in the Kenton Theatre’s most spectacular pantomime to date.

DETAILS

Location: Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. RG9 2BP

Dates: 15 – 28 December

For more information click here

 

 

MORGAN AND WEST! A (SORT OF ) CHRISTMAS CAROL MAGIC SHOW! 23 – 24 DECEMBER

The world’s most distinguished duo of time-travelling magicians Morgan & West present Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol.   There is only one problem -they haven’t read it. Well not just one problem, there are also only two of them to play all the parts. Oh, and Mr West is rather insistent on doing a magic show at the same time. How hard can it be?

Morgan & West have appeared on your television screens as part of The Next Great Magician (ITV), Penn & Teller: Fool Us(ITV), and The Slammer (CBBC).

Fun for all the family in this utterly splendid (and totally silly) Christmas magic extravaganza!

Suitable for ages 5+

Details:

Location: Pegasus, Magdalen Road, Oxford. OX4 1RE

Dates: 5 December – 24 December 2017

Price: £14, £10 Concessions, £7 Under 18s

To book tickets click here  or call call 01865 812150

 

 

LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR IN HENLEY: 23 – 24 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

 

 

JINGLES MAGIC SLEIGH PERFORMANCE AT OXFORD STORY MUSEUM: 23 – 24 DECEMBER

Belle Rochester – Jingle to her friends – has very special job to do. She’s keeper of tales at The Story Museum, collector of wishes and now has a new task.

When Jingle first meets Santa Claus, it’s Christmas Eve and he’s refusing to get out of bed. Feeling unloved and unappreciated, he has just one wish.

Go and hear what stories and songs Jingle gives Santa to cheer him and get him back to his Christmas post. Join her for an unforgettable trip through festive stories – from The Wishing Well to the tale of The King of the Goblins who spent Christmas with a poor shoemaker and his family – and see what special gift Santa gives her for her help.

With original music and lots of joining in, Jingle’s Magic Sleigh is written and produced by a great team! It stars the wonderful singer/storyteller Amantha Edmead making sure this is another Story Museum Christmas show for all the family to enjoy and remember

Details:

Location: Oxford Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

Date and times: Saturday 23 December 12pm & 3pm and Sunday 24 December 10:30am & 1pm

Running time: 60 minutes plus 15 minute interval

Costs:

Show only: Adults – £9,  Concessions – £7 and Family – £27

Show and museum entry tickets:Adults – £14.50, Concessions – £10.50 Family – £43

For more details click here

 

 

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS PANTOMIME, AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE: 23 – 24 DECEMBER

This year’s festive family pantomime at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring Su Pollard as Wicked Queen.

Not to be dwarfed by last year’s panto, this year’s extravaganza is set to be the fairest of them all with dynamic dance, sparkling costumes, sensational songs and barrels of audience participation. Together with the most Wicked Queen, most handsome Prince and most charming of dwarfs, this year’s magical production will leave you feeling more than Happy!
Mirror mirror on the wall, this is the must-see panto of them all!

Details:

Location: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG

Dates: 8 – 31 December 2017

For more information and tickets 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.

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

Dates: Fri 24 Nov 2017 to Sun 7 Jan 2018

For more information click here

 

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT ODDS FARM: 23 – 24 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: 23 – 24 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: 23 – 24 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: 23 – 24 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 23 December has story time with the elves at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and on  Sunday 24 December they have a mini panto at 12pm,

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: 23 – 24 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: 23 – 24 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

 

 

Ice Skating at Frosts Garden Centre, 23 – 24 December

Open 7 days a week you can experience the thrill of skating outdoors, on our REAL ice rink!

Skating sessions last 45 minutes and the ticket price includes your skate hire.

Each skating session starts on the hour although they recommend arriving 15 minutes before to get your skates fitted.

With a viewing area and free parking this is the ultimate family activity this Christmas!

 

Prices:

Weekends Off Peak: Adult – £9.49 & Child – £8.49

Midweek Off Peak – £6.50 per person

Weekends and Midweek Peak: Adult – £11.49 & Child – £8.49

Push-along seals are available to hire for those unsteady on their feet! Only a limited number are available and can only be hired on a first come, first served basis at the start of your skate! £4 each.

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

For more information about Christmas at Millets click here

 

 

 

MINI VUE CINEMA IN OXFORD, 23 – 24 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.
The Star
A donkey and his furry friends accidentally become part of the greatest story ever told…
Showing dates and times:
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 December at 10am
Location: Ozone Leisure Park, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP
Click here  for more information

 

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Have a great weekend and a fantastic Christmas x

 

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