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What’s on February Half Term in Oxfordshire

What’s on February Half Term in Oxfordshire

With Christmas all but a distant tinsel-clad memory we’ve got thinking to the February Half Term break and all the fun things happening for families in Oxfordshire (and just beyond) over the week, so you won’t miss out on any of the best bits. So, grab a cuppa, put your feet up for 5 minutes and have a read of our handy guide below.

 

**Please always check details before travelling in case of changes or cancellations**

The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio, Kenton Theatre

15 – 16 February

Adventures of Pinocchio at Kenton theatre

The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio is showing at The Kenton Theatre in Henley, Oxfordshire on 15 & 16 February 2019

Immersion Theatre is thrilled to present a brand new, larger-than-life musical adaptation of the much-loved classic, Pinocchio! 

This talented company performed Robin Hood, last year’s panto at the Kenton to widespread acclaim, and this year’s production of Dick Whittington promises to be just as enjoyable.

Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures.

Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish, this high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family, no strings attached! 

Show Details.

Tickets: Adult £12, Child £10

(includes £1 theatre restoration levy)

Running time: 110 minutes (includes a 20 minute interval)

To book tickets please click here

The Giant Jam Sandwich at Cornerstone, Didcot

17 February

The Giant Jam Sandwich

The Giant Jam Sandwich is showing at the Cornerstone in Didcot on Sunday 17 February 2019 at 11:30am and 2:30pm

What a to-do!

One hot summer’s day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking. The wasps are noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea…

Following successful tours of Farm Boy and The Butterfly Lion (Michael Morpurgo), Not Now, Bernard (David McKee) and The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories (Ted Hughes), we bring one of the most loved picture books to life on stage to enthral a new generation.

Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the wasps and help save the day, in a fun-packed feast for 3–7 year-olds and their families.

THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH TICKET INFORMATION

Prices: £8, conc £6, family £24, Members 20% discount

The Giant Jam Sandwich is showing on Sunday 17 February 2019 at 11.30am & 2.30pm

Age Guidance: 3–7yrs

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

To book tickets or more information please click here or call the box office on 01235 515144

The Cat in the Hat at Oxford Playhouse

19 – 23 February

Cat in the Hat Oxford Playhouse

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss is at The Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 Feb 2019

Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It’s fun to have fun but you have to know how!

When the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way?

Based on the much-loved book by Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat features feline frivolity aplenty, with his
acrobatic accomplices Thing 1 and Thing 2. With riotous rhymes which have delighted children for over fifty years, infectious humour and spectacular circus for the grown-ups, this wonderfully anarchic show is the purrfect treat for all the family.

Duration: 1 hour 20mins with interval

For more details click here

Children’s Chocolate Bar Workshop at Rumsey’s

19 & 20 February

Rumsey's

If you’re looking for something fun and tasty to do this February Half Term, we can recommend the Children’s Chocolate Bar Workshop at Rumsey’s

Children will get to invent their own chocolate bars, creating them with help from our chocolatiers.

Whilst the bars are setting children will design and draw their own bar wrappers.

These sessions are taking place at Rumsey’s Thame and Wendover locations on:

  • Thame: Tuesday 19th February at 10am and 11am
  • Wendover: Wednesday 20th February at 10am and 11am

Sessions last 1h and includes a hot chocolate
Costs £20 per child Age 5+

Booking in advance is essential. Please ask at the counter or call 01844 260303 (Thame)/ 01296 625060 (Wendover) for further details or to book.

To visit the Rumsey’s website click here

Half Term Trail at Thame Museum

16, 17, 20 – 24 February

Thame museum opens again on February 16th with some new things to see and do:

 To celebrate St Valentine head along to Thame Museum and play Shape Bingo and win a craft heart to take home and decorate. There are 8 wooden hearts hidden round the museum each with a different shape on the front. Can you find all 8 and win your own wooden heart?

NEW ROMAN EXHIBIT! 

Did you know that the Roman once lived in Thame? Visit Thame Museum and see a model of the kind of house they might have lived in and find out how they used heat to dry the corn they had grown.

There is also the popular dressing up basket full of different clothes to try – what will you choose to be? A Tudor Queen? A highwayman? A Victorian?…….

Thame Museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am-4 pm and on Sundays from 1-4pm. Entry is FREE.

To visit the Thame Museum website click here

 

February Half Term at River & Rowing Museum

19 – 22 February

Henley River and Rowing Museum

The River and Rowing Museum have a number of events happening over February Half Term

Nice Mice!

19th February 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where do mice live..?  Find out and make your own little mice from junk materials plus some habitats to hide them in.  You can visit the mice in the Wind in the Willows and learn mice language! 4 – 7 yrs

Children under 7 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Child Workshop £8.50

Booking essential please call 01491 415600 or click here

Brilliant Bird Feeders

20th February 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Brrr, it’s cold out there!  Find out how local wildlife adapts to survive the winter and use your construction skills to make a bird feeder from a recycled plastic bottle and wooden spoons.

7-11 years

Child Workshop £8.50

Booking essential please call 01491 415600 or click here

Fire and Ice

21st February 2019 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Make a mini volcano and investigate all things meteorological as we explore extremes of temperature.  Discover the Icelandic myths that inspired William Morris and design a troll to feature in your own story.  Craft a sundial and a weather vane and help Mr Toad to do a weather forecast – will it be rain or shine?

Free with admission

Lively Letters

22nd February 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Be inspired by William Morris’s beautiful lettering to create a banner celebrating you, with the first letter of your name and a few of your favourite things!

4 – 7 yrs

Workshop ticket £8.50

Booking essential, please call 01491 415600 or click here.  Adults must stay in the workshop with children under 7yrs.

WOW! It’s Night Time at The North Wall

19 February

wow it's night time North Wall

WOW! It’s Night Time is showing at The North Wall over the February Half term on Tuesday 19 February 2019

he curious little owl is back, and this time she’s ready to discover the wonders of night-time, from the big, bright moon to the bats in the sky and the foxes deep in the forest. But where are all the other owls? When the wind blows the leaves from her tree, you’ll soon see…

Little Angel’s production of WOW! Said the Owl enthralled our young audiences in 2017 and we are delighted to present this stunning adaptation of Tim Hopgood’s nocturnal sequel.

For ages 2 – 5

Previous shows by Little Angel at The North Wall include:

WOW! Said the Owl, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, The Magician’s Daughter & The Tear Thief

19 February 2019 – 11:00 am
19 February 2019 – 2:00 pm

For more details of WOW! Said the Owl please click here

ANiMALCOLM at Cornerstone, Didcot

20 February

ANiMALCOLM

ANiMALCOLM is showing at the Cornerstone in Didcot on Wednesday 20 February 2019 this February Half Term.

Malcolm doesn’t like animals, which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets.

After a bizarre school trip unlike any other, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone.

But will he end up the same as before? Because sometimes the hardest thing to be is… you.

A vibrant, energetic and gloriously funny musical from the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre. Animalcolm combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s outstanding storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and wonderfully comic story to the stage.

TICKET INFORMATION

Prices: £12, conc £10, Family £35

Shows at 2.30pm & 6pm

Age guidance: 7yrs+

To book tickets or more information please click here or call the box office on 01235 515144

Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids

20 February

Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids

Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!

To book Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids is at The North Wall Art Centre in Oxford please click here

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Cornerstone, Didcot

24 February

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Teddy Bear’s Picnic is showing at the Cornerstone in Didcot on Sunday 24 February 2019!

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise…!

Let’s All Dance is back with this delightful treat for young audiences. Combining classical ballet, physical theatre, gorgeous visuals and crystal- clear story telling, this fresh, innovative dance company pitches another production perfectly to engage and enthrall all children, including those with special needs.

Our teddies would love you to join them as they eat, dance, play and have fun! Little ones can bring their own teddy, clap along and have their photo taken with the dancers. Show time: 30mins + photo opportunity.

TICKET INFORMATION

Prices: £8, conc £6, family £24, Members 20% discount

Age guidance: 0–8yrs and children with special needs.

To book tickets or more information please click here or call the box office on 01235 515144

Half Term at Millets

18 – 22 February

Easter at Millets Farm

Millets Farm have four fantastic events happening over February Half Term

The Tin Soldier

A Young boy receives a collection of Toy Soldiers for his birthday, one of the soldiers only has one leg but is as steadfast and strong as the rest.  In the playroom, he sees a music box ballerina spinning on one leg and instantly falls in love with her, however, a jealous Goblin jack in the box tells the soldier to stay away from the ballerina and when he won’t listen, the Goblin seeks his revenge and throws the soldier out of the playroom window. The soldier then sets off on an adventure to get back to his ballerina. But will he make it, or will the jealous goblin thwart his every attempt at happiness?

Filled with wonderful puppetry, multimedia and live music, this is a family show not to be missed!

Timings:
Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th February

Show Times: 10.30am & 2pm. (duration approx. 1hour)

Prices: £8.50 per Child / Concession, £10.50 per Adult

Children under 18 months go free.

Magic Peter

Witness a mountain of magic at our marvellous magic shows!

Who doesn’t love magic? Join Magic Peter for his all new show of discovery, mystery and wonderment. With some great giggles, tremendous tricks and amazing antics that will leave you all transfixed.

Magic Peter presents a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound!

Timings:
Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd February

Show times 10.30am, 1pm & 3pm (approx. 45mins).

Price: £8 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult), £2 per additional adult.

The Grow Show

Millets Farm are thrilled to introduce Wild Boor Ideas…Emma Boor has created her puppetry company ‘Wild Boor Ideas’ to spread as much joy as possible! Using a hodge podge of puppetry, theatre, music, costume and story.
Wild Boor Ideas weaves its magic across Oxford to bring ‘The Grow Show’ along to Millets Farm!

This joyful interactive puppet performance follows the year in the life of a garden; featuring shadow puppets, glove puppets, catchy songs and a garden that grows before your very eyes!

Timings:
Thursday 21st February

Show times 10.30am, 1pm & 3pm (approx. 45mins).

Price: £8 per child, £9 adult., Children under 18 months go free.

Children’s Jewellery Making Workshops

Children can design and make their own personalised jewellery from a huge selection of quality beads.

Run by Ruth Ravie, these interactive workshops will teach children how to create their very own keepsake.

Each child can design and make their own personalised jewellery; including the options of a necklace or bracelet; that they can take away to wear with pride and say “I made that”!

Ruth will provide an amazing selection of quality beads, and at the end of the session each child will receive a beautiful organza bag to carry home their creations.

Timings:
Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st February

Session times:

11.00 – 12noon (9yr +)
12.30 – 1.30 pm (6yrs – 8ys)
2pm – 3pm (9yr +)
Session lasts approx. 1 hour

Price: £9.99 per child

To book tickets to any of these events at Millets Farm click here

Alphabet ‘I Spy’ at Waterperry Gardens

16 – 24 February

Waterperry gardens

Alphabet I spy at Waterperry Gardens this February Half Term is great family fun over the week. Spy the whole alphabet and win a prize!

£2.50 per child – children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the winter garden entrance fee applies.

To visit the Waterperry Gardens website click here

February Half Term Trail at Greys Court

16 – 24 February

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys (Nr Henley-on-Thames) - A great day out national trust

February Half Term Trail is taking place at Greys Court between 16 – 24 February.

Pick up a map from Visitor Reception and explore the estate and learn about the work they do to protect it

For more details click here

February Half Term at Earth Trust

18, 19, 20 & 22 February

tree climbing at Earth Trust

There are lots of activities happening at Earth Trust this February Half Term:

Mud Pie Monday:

Mud Pie Monday takes place between 10 – 12 on Monday 18 February

Drop in for bucket of mud and buckets of fun!

Join us in the woods where youngsters will have the opportunity to get creative (and messy!) in our mud kitchen.

Wellies and waterproofs are advisable. Suitable for children 7 and under.

Please note that this event takes place a short walk away from the main centre in the woods. The path down can get muddy and may not be suitable for buggies.

Booking is not required but please arrive at the start time.

£4 suggested donation per child

Tree Climbing

Tree Climbing takes place on Tuesday 19 February between 10am – 5pm.

Use ropes and harnesses to explore Little Wittenham Wood’s treetops in 1hr sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company.

The minimum age is 6yrs but there is no maximum, so parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can all have a go too! Spectators do not need to pay.

1 hour sessions (max. 8 people per session):

  • 10am
  • 11am
  • 12pm
  • 1.45pm
  • 2.45pm
  • 3.45pm

Costs £20 per climber

Wildlife Wednesday

Wildlife Wednesday takes place on 20 February.

Each school holiday, the roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve, and this time we’re heading to Mowbray Fields! Come out and play, and learn about your local wildlife.

£2 donation

Discover and Play

Discover and Play takes place on Friday 22 February 10am – 12

Forest-School fun for the under-11s. Join us for a morning of play and discover in our woodlands. Activities may include Mud-Pie, worm charming, den building and playing on rope swings!

Wellies and waterproofs are advisable.

Booking is not required but please arrive at the start time.

For more details about half term at Earth Trust click here

Family Friendly. Drop-in.

For more details click here

POP ART IN PRINT AT BANBURY MUSEUM

16 – 24 February

Pop Art at Banbury

Featuring work by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst and more

Drawn from the outstanding collection of Pop Art graphics from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this exhibition showcases work by iconic artists of the 60s and 70s alongside contemporary artists influenced by the modern age’s most important art movement.

Pop Art reflected a fascination with celebrities and brands. Pop artists recognised the potential of prints to communicate ideas quickly and cheaply, creating art which both mirrored and critiqued the American Dream.

Inspired by commercial graphics and popular culture, the movement generated an innovative and prolific culture of printmaking. Bringing together over 60 works by more than 30 artists, this exhibition offers a comprehensive and exciting view of artists working in this style from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

For more details click here

Half Term at Waddesdon

16 – 24 February

It looks like it’s going to be fun at Waddesdon Manor this February Half Term with Orienteering and their Family Cookery School:

Orienteering:

Are you a tree pirate in the making?

Don your eye patch and parrot and become a pirate of the high trees!

Waddesdon are teaming up with the Thames Valley Orienteering Club for a week of muddy adventure. There will be three different routes to choose from suitable for different age groups, ranging from under fives to teens.

See if you can complete the challenge and collect a medal for each course as you orienteer around the Waddesdon grounds.

£3 per route. Pay on the day.

Family Cookery School:

Have fun with the kids this half term at our Family Cookery School. Create a delicious lunch, plus a wonderful selection of sweet and savoury treats to take home.

This hands-on cookery class is run by our chefs in the Manor Restaurant and is designed to be fun and informal.

Enjoy a jam-packed, fun-filled day, guaranteed to leave children inspired (and exhausted!)

Includes lunch, all ingredients and a goody box.

Suitable for 7-11 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum of two children per adult.

For more details about Half Term at Waddesdon click here

“Love your Pets” at Green Dragon

16 – 24 February 2019

Feb Half Term at Green Dragon

Celebrating Pets at Green Dragon this February Half Term

Year round, Green Dragon celebrates the animals in its care from the rare breeds farm animals, the animals in the Wildlife Zone to those in Pets’ Corner. This purpose-built centre is home to a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and small mammals. Over February Half-term there will be a special ‘Love Your Pets’ theme where the animals in Pet’s Corner will be stars of the show.

Exciting and Informative Hands-on Encounters

The skilled and experienced livestock staff will be hosting a variety of educational and fun experiences with the pets, including hands-on encounters, Q & A sessions and workshops on welfare, enrichment, small mammals and reptiles. A special holiday programme of encounters will provide fun, engaging, informative interaction with all the animals, including those on the farm and in the Wildlife Zone. There will also be a special ‘Love your Pets’ quiz trail – fun for all the family ending in a prize draw with the fabulous prize of a Family Day Pass (two adults & two children) or a selection of soft toys for annual pass holders!

Feathered and Furry to Cold-blooded

Best practice local suppliers and vets will be taking part in this popular Half-term Event at set times during the week, providing advice and encouragement to budding and existing pet owners! There’ll be something for every age from the feathered and furry to the cold-blooded. Little ones will be fascinated by rabbits and guinea pigs while older children and adult visitors will be excited by the exotics and there are plenty of these – snakes, stick-insects, lizards, tarantulas, scorpions, cockroaches and poison-dart frogs. Chickens are also included as they also make unusual but interesting pets with the addition of providing fresh eggs for breakfast!

Go along and find out more about the Green Dragon pets and their care!

Farm admission applies: Adult £9, Child £8.

For more information click here

 

Half Term Trail at Cliveden National Trust

16 – 24 February 2019

cliveden national trust february half term trail 2019 berkshire

This February Half Term from 16 – 24 February bring the children to Cliveden for their fantastic trail. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air and the gorgeous grounds at this National Trust estate in Berkshire. At the end of the trail children children will make a craft to take home with them. The trail runs from 10.00am – 2.30pm, it’s £2.00 per child and suitable for children aged 3 years +. There’s no need to book, just turn up and join in. Admission to National Trust applies unless you have membership.

To find out more, click here.

 

Lamb Watch at Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common

From February Half Term 2019

lambing odds farm park february half term 2019 buckinghamshire

Over 30 ewes will be ready to lamb at Odds Farm Park from this February half term! Head into the lamb nursery to meet the new arrivals, whilst you learn all about lambing from the farmers. Be sure to keep a close eye on the ewes during your visit for signs of labour, as you may even be lucky enough to see a lamb being born. Why not also help the farmers to bottle feed the goats. The ever-popular goat bottle feeding will be back daily from February half term.

There will also be all the usual fun on the farm. To find out more and book tickets, click here

‘Bugenden Manor’ at Hughenden Manor

18 – 22 February 2019

bugenden hughenden manor buckinghamshire february half term 2019

This half term at Hughenden come and help to build a special home for the bugs that live here. The adventure begins with a bug hunt. Become a nature detective and spot the bugs, gather materials to bring along to the great big bug build, learn about the beneficial bugs and the skills you need to make the perfect bug base to take home to encourage them into your garden. This event is £3.00 per child (standard admission to Hughenden Manor National Trust applies), suitable for children aged up to 8 years. Runs 10.30am – 4.00pm. To find out more, click here.

EATING OUT WITH THE KIDS IN OXFORDSHIRE

Child friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire

If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat while you’re out and about with the we’ve got loads of suggestions for child-friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire. Check out our handy guide, please click here.

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