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Half Term Activities in Oxfordshire – February 2018

Half Term Activities in Oxfordshire – February 2018

There are so many activities happening this February half term in and around Oxfordshire, here’s our guide to what’s on for families:

Alphabet ‘I Spy’ in the Gardens – Waterperry Gardens

Family fun over half term week. Spy the whole alphabet and win a prize!
£2 per child – children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies.

Date and time: Sat 10th Feb 10:00am – Sun 18th 5:00pm

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

Click here for more information


Little Matchgirl (and happier tales) – Oxford Playhouse

Emma Rice’s production comes to Oxford Playhouse following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe.

As the destitute heroine struggles to survive, she strikes her matches to keep warm. Each match will conjure a new story, a new vision, and we will hold her hand as we tumble down the rabbit hole together.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s beautiful tales, The Little Match GirlThe Princess and the PeaThe Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina reveal a spellbinding world of magic and mystery.

Steeped in the metaphor and meaning that runs through the veins of Andersen’s enduring stories, this will be a night to delight, transport and surprise. For adults and brave children alike, expect music, puppetry, dark magic… and perhaps some modern truths that we would all rather remain hidden.

Dates: Tue 13 – Sat 17 Feb

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

To book click here


Half Term with Science Oxford

Science have a number of events over the February Half Term week.

Owl Detectives at Cogges Manor Farm

Owls are outstanding: they have amazing eyesight, fantastic hearing and can fly without detection in their pursuit of prey which they devour whole, bones and all!

Join Science Oxford’s resident ecology expert, Roger, to learn more about these wonderful animals and dissect an owl pellet to identify the unlucky creatures that formed the owl’s last meal.

The workshop cost is £5.50 per participant, or free for Cogges season ticket holders.

Date and time: Tuesday 13th February 10:30 – 11:30 and 12pm – 1pm

Location: Cogges Manor Farm,Church Road , Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3LA


The Light Fantastic at Chipping Norton Theatre

Can we make everyday objects seem invisible, and what can infrared light tell us about the birth of stars? How do insects use light to see the world and what has that got to do with bank-note forgeries? Join this dazzling journey across the spectrum to answer these questions and more, in this fun family exploration of the amazing properties of light.

Prepare to be amazed as our interactive demos and experiments uncover the secrets of sun-cream, the power of the prism and unweave the rainbow to show the impossible.

Suitable for ages 8 plus

Costs: £9.50 adults (£11 with booking fee) and £7 children (£8.50 with booking fee)

Date and time: Wednesday 14th February 11:30 – 12:30 and 2:30pm – 3:30pm

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


The Science of Magic

If you like magic, you will love this popular family show that explores the science behind our favourite magic tricks. Mini Potters and Grangers will watch in awe as water vanishes from a glass before your very eyes, learn how to make an egg swim and discover how the disappearing rubberband trick is done…maybe!

Suitable for ages 7 -11

Costs: £7 / £5 concessions (children)

Date and time: Thursday 15th February 11.30AM – 12.30PM (Sold Out) and 2PM – 3PM

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

For more details about these events click here


Half Term Chocolate Fun at Rumseys

Rumseys are holding a chocolate heart lollypop making event this Valentine’s Day which my kids would absolutely love!

Date and time: Wednesday 14 February 2:30pm and 3pm

Cost: £6 per child

Location: 8 Upper High Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3ER

Please call  01844 260 303 to book

For more details about Rumseys click here


Half Term Craft Events at Bicester Wyevale Garden Centre

Bicester Wyevale Garden Centre has a number of craft events happening over half term.

Monday – Make a Bird Home – Decorate a cosy bird box for your garden birds.

Tuesday – Terrific Terrarium – Plant your own terrarium and give your plants a place to thrive.

Wednesday – Grow your own Mini Garden- Plant your own mini garden with giant flowers, bee hives and wild friends.

Thursday – Flower Power Pot- Plant your own flower and decorate a pot and plant marker.

Friday – Feed the Birds – Create your own feeder platform to entice more birds into your garden.

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

For more details click here

Half Term at Henley River & Rowing Museum

Henley River & Rowing Museum has lots of fun activities this February half term:


Seahorse Spring – 10:30am  – 12:30pm – Make a clay seahorse plaque and wild cellophane waves.  Find out what seahorses do in Spring and visit the gallery to see Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Curved Form’. 4 – 7 yrs Booking is essential for events, please call 01491 415600

Creative Clocks – 2pm – 4pm  Create a fabulous frame for a clock (provided) with special easy to use modelling material.  Add colour and plenty of imagination and take home your customised design. 7 – 11 yrs Booking is essential for events, please call 01491 415600


Ode to Orpheus – 10:30 – 12:30 – Dive into the mythical world of the Ancient Greek musician, Orpheus, who inspired Barbara Hepworth’s work and create musical instruments to bring his story to life! 4 – 7 yrs Booking is essential for events, please call 01491 415600


Yarn Bombing – 10am – Enjoy these incredible colourful creations as the museum is hit by a wave of yarn bombing! Thames Path Together crafting group have created an astounding variety of crochet and knitted designs, weaving, needlework, and collage. On show you’ll be able to see textile paintings, rowers, boats, ducks and a giant Mr Toad!

Chinese New Year Family Fun Day – 10am – 4:30pm Celebrate the Year of the Dog, making paper pottery, a zodiac calendar, origami animals and lucky bracelets. Free with admission


Yarn Bombing – 10am – Enjoy these incredible colourful creations as the museum is hit by a wave of yarn bombing! Thames Path Together crafting group have created an astounding variety of crochet and knitted designs, weaving, needlework, and collage. On show you’ll be able to see textile paintings, rowers, boats, ducks and a giant Mr Toad!

Pom Pom Pom – 11am – 3pm – Bring back childhood memories or make new ones by creating a pom pom to hang in our yarn tree – or to take home

Location:  River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. RG9 1BF

For more details click here


Superhero Week at Waddesdon Manor

What is your ‘ikigai’? This is a Japanese concept meaning your ‘reason for being’ and we’ll help you discover what your mission is! Have a go at our superhero trail, solving the clues and riddles to claim your reward.

Dates: Sat 10-Sun 18 Feb 2018 – 11am-3pm

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

Click here for more information


Fresh February Fun at Odds Farm

Meet lots of fleecy and furry friends this February Half Term

Bottle Feed Kid Goats

The ever-popular bottle feeding activity returns from February Half Term. Make sure you hold the bottle tight!

Meet Adorable Babies

With plenty of bouncing lambs and lots of cheeky kid goats, there are so many adorable babies to meet!

Entertainers and More!

Throughout Half Term, enjoy the fun and excitement of the Entertainers and why not get creative by making various Arts & Crafts!

Dates: Sat 10 – Sun 18 February 2018

Location: Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common, High Wycombe, Bucks HP10 0LX

For more details click here


February Half Term Trail at Cliveden

Head to Cliveden and take part in the exciting family half term activities taking place.

Costs £3 per child

Date and time: Mon 12  – Friday 16 February 2018, 10am – 3pm

Location: Cliveden Road, Taplow SL6 0JF

For more details click here


Half Term at Millets Farm

Millets Farm have a number of activities for children this February Half Term:

Children’s Jewellery Workshop

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 from 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.

Suitable for 6 + (see specific session timings below). Note, adults are welcome to book a place on the 9+ sessions.

Adults are encouraged to leave their child (Ruth is CRB checked) for the duration of the session.

Cost: £9.99

Date and time: Mon 12  – Friday 16 February 2018

11.00 – 12noon (9yr +)
12.30 – 1.30 pm (6yrs – 8ys)
2pm – 3pm (9yr +)

Session lasts approx. 1 hour

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

Click here for more details


Magic Peter

Millets is pleased to welcome back ‘Magic Peter’
With a brand new show come along for some great giggles, tremendous tricks and amazing antics at our marvellous magic shows!

Suitable for:
Recommended for 4-7 years. Performance lasts approx. 1 hour.

Cost:  £7.99 per child. (Cost includes admission for 1 accompanying adult. Additional adults £2. (under 18 months free of charge))

Date and time: Wednesday 14th-Thursday 15th February at 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Located in the Lakeview Suite above the Farmhouse Kitchen Restaurant; access via the stairs in the restaurant foyer. Lift also available.

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

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Operation Earth at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History

Prepare to be amazed by this spectacular family science show all about planet Earth. Help the doctor to find out why “Earthy” is poorly and see if together we can help.

Date and time: Tuesday 13 February, 2pm & 3pm

Suitable for ages 6+

Location:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

For more details click here


Oxford Story Museum Half Term Activities

Join The Story Museum this Februaryr Half Term for a packed programme of events and workshops, they have a number of activities happening across the week including interactive story workshops, science workshops, dog tales with The Dog Trust, comedy performances and author events

Location: Rochester House, 42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP

For more information click here


Going Underground at Banbury Museum

Ttravel underground to make your very own jumpy bunny, mole in a hole, brilliant badger, bouncy bat, playful fox and mischievous meerket.

Available Saturdays and every day during the Oxfordshire school holidays.

Times: 10:30am – 12:30pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: £2 per child

Suitable for: Children age 3+

Booking Information: Tickets available from the Museum Shop 10 minutes before the event starts. Please note that drop-in activities can be very popular. If very busy on the day, we will restrict tickets to timed entry slots. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by, and remain with, an adult at all times.

Location: Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury OX16 2PQ

Click here for more details


Earth Trust Half Term Activities

Earth Trust has a packed week over February Half Term including Mud Pie Monday, A Winter Activity Trail, Build a Bird Feeder and a Discover & Play Session.

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

For more details click here



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.

Vue Cinema in Oxford run Mini Mornings every weekend on a Saturday and Sunday morning, plus every day during the school holidays.

This is what they’ve got coming up:

Paddington 2 – PG

When something special of Paddington’s is stolen, the adventure-loving bear and his adoptive family must solve a mystery and find the thief.

Showing dates and times: Saturday 10 February – Sunday 18 February at 10am

For more information or to book tickets click here


For Half Term Activities in Berkshire click here

If you’re looking for more ideas for things to do with your little ones in Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas please click here

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