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What’s on over May Half Term in Oxfordshire

What’s on over May Half Term in Oxfordshire

We’ve only just gone back to school but with only 4 weeks between the Easter break and May Half Term we thought we would start looking at what’s on in Oxfordshire.

We’ll also be adding to this as more is announced so make sure you keep checking back.

Lechlade Festival

24 – 26 May

Lechlade Festival

We are always on the look out for family friendly festivals and Lechlade Festival not only has great music but some fantastic family fun too.

The music line up includes The Feeling, The 80’s Rock Show, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra and The Marley Experience.

Lechlade Festival takes place 24 – 26 May with day, weekend and camping tickets available to buy.

To buy tickets or for more information click here

A WORLD OF WONDER THIS HALF TERM AT THE RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM

27 – 31 May

Henley River and rowing museum

This May Half Term, the River & Rowing Museum is offering a range of exciting activities for family visitors, from creating imaginary journeys down the Thames exploring the stories that inspired William Morris, to actual boat trips on the river!

Here’s what’s on over Half Term:

BOAT TRIPS

27 – 31 May

The Museum has partnered with local firm Hobbs of Henley, to offer a special discounted rate for boat trips on the Thames to Museum visitors. Tickets can be bought at the Museum.

Click here for more information.

FAMILY DAY

Thurs 30 May

10.30am – 4pm

Take a creative imaginary journey down the River Thames and explore the natural world and stories that inspired William Morris.  Make your own fishing game and add wildlife designs to our collaborative giant wallpaper. Discover the legends of King Arthur and make a mini character to tell your own tale.  Guess the mystery objects from Victorian times and draw a bookmark with illuminated letters.  Where will the river take you..?

Free with admission

CHILDREN’S CREATIVE WORKSHOPS

Ribbons and Rainbows

Tues 28 May

10.30am – 12.30pm

Make simple kaleidoscopes with mirror card and create a colourful rainbow fish mobile, with inspiration from the summer rainbow in our Siberechts painting.

4-7 years

£8.50

Bags of Pattern

Weds 29 May

10.30am – 12.30pm

Use your imagination and fabric ink to block print a cotton bag with your won unique design inspired by the work of William Morris.

12 – 16 years

£8.50

Prehistoric Pots

Fri 31 May

10.30am – 12.30pm

Make a clay pot decorated with your own story, inspired by ancient animals and patterns.

7 – 11 years

£8.50

For more details click here

Bluebells and Wisteria at Greys Court

25 – 31 May

bluebell walks in Oxfordshire

Discover a beautiful carpet of bluebells and the stunning 128 year old wisteria in the garden.

For more details click here

Gnometastic at Waterperry Gardens

25 May – 2 June

gnometastic at waterperry gardens

25 May till 2 June, 10am till 5.30pm daily

Half term fun at Waterperry Gardens. Help the gnomes in the gardens who have forgotten their names. Find all eight gnomes (and their names) to claim your prize. £2.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies.

For more details click here

Pick Your Own Opens at Millets

25 May

Pick your own Oxfordshire

A choice of over 30 different fruits and vegetables can be picked including strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, redcurrants, gooseberries, courgettes, apples, broad beans, sweetcorn and much much more.

With Pick Your Own you cannot get fresher! And because of this freshness we can choose varieties for flavour not for shelf life, that’s why our fruit and veg taste so good.

A large proportion of our soft fruits are in poly-tunnels so great to pick whatever the weather.

Entrance to the PYO fields is £2 per person redeemable against any fruit purchased.

For further information and crop availability please click here

Blenheim Palace Food Festival

25 – 27 May

Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Blenheim Palace are very excited to welcome back Fantastic British Food Festivals to host the sixth annual Blenheim Palace Food Festival.

Each year the Fantastic Food Festivals team strive to evolve and to offer something unique. This year the focus is on education, environment and food for everyone with a new free-from ‘Nature’s Pantry’ area plus more tastings than ever before!

There will be up to 160 regional food and drink exhibitors including artisan bakers, craft brewers, gourmet burgers, international cuisine, traditional ice creams and handmade sweets.

For more details for the food festival at Blenheim Palace please click here

Chores at Cornerstone in Didcot

26 May

Chores

Hoopla Clique and Cluster Arts present Chores

Do you want to see the funniest family show around? Look no further!

All the way from Australia, Chores tells the story of two brothers who don’t want to do their chores and tidy their room. In this award-winning comedy circus show, Julian Roberts and Derek Llewellin perform death-defying stunts the whole family will love!

A storyline we can all relate to, kids go crazy for the acrobatics, juggling, major flips, acrobalance and cheeky humour.

Suitable for the whole family, the performance is jam-packed with silly jokes and plenty to amuse the teens and adults in the audience too.

Find it hard to get your kids to do their chores? After seeing this show, they’ll be super excited to get stuck in!

Ticket Information

Prices: £9, Concs £7, Family £28

To book tickets please click here

John Lawson’s Circus at Millets

26 May – 1 June

circus John Lawson's circus at Millets Farm

The award winning John Lawson’s Circus voted ‘Best Small Circus’, will make its return to Millets Farm Centre during the May Half-Term!

With an entirely human cast this enthralling show lasts an hour – a great family experience not to be missed!

Timings:
Shows at 10am, 1pm and 3.30pm

Price:
Tickets are £8.50 per person
(under 2’s free of charge)

For more details click here

The Bird Show at Didcot Cornerstone

30 May

The Bird SHow

The Bird Show, a flap-tastic fact-filled family comedy by The Last Baguette

With frolics and foraging, flitting, flying and two unusual feathery friends, this is a story of friendship, courage and adventure. The Bird Show uses live music, object puppetry and lots of silly bird jokes in this heart-fluttering physical comedy about conservation, migration and imagination.

Written by award-winning playwright Tiffany Woodsmith, directed by international physical comedy director Susana Alcantud, with acclaimed theatre and opera designer Bronia Housman.

The Last Baguette makes fast-paced, irreverent physical comedy. The company was formed through a shared love of theatre, bakery and humour in Paris by graduates of the Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq schools.

The theatre they make is entertaining, accessible and eccentric.

The Bird Show is showing at the Cornerstone in Didcot on Thursday 30 May 2019 2:30pm

Prices: £8.50, Concs £6.50, Family £26

Age guidance: Suitable for the whole brood including fledglings from 4+

For more details click here

My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty New Theatre Oxford

31 May – 2 June

My First Ballet Sleeping Beauty May Half Term

Give children a first taste of the magical world of ballet and enjoy the classic fairy tale together, in this new version specially created for children aged three upwards.

As a baby, Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil Carabosse: on her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. Her godmother, the Lilac Fairy, alters the spell so Aurora will not die but will sleep for 100 years, only to be awoken by true love’s kiss.

From Aurora’s christening in the grand hall of the palace, to her jubilant wedding celebrations, the popular story comes alive on stage.

With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music, this is the perfect introduction to the beauty of ballet, and a fantastic family day out.

Performed by second-year students of English National Ballet School, English National Ballet’s My First Ballet series has been enjoyed by over 290,000 people since its creation in 2012.

A gorgeous treat for kids and parents

The Daily Express

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes

To find out more or to book tickets click here

Zog at Oxford Playhouse

31 May – 2 June

Zog May Half Term

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three.

Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet – a duel with Gadabout the Great!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in this magical adaptation with a sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians.

From the team behind Tiddler & Other Terrific TalesZog promises to be roaring fun for all ages.

Duration: 1 hour with no interval

Zog is showing at the Oxford Playhouse between 31 May – 2 June 2019.

Ticket prices are between £10 – £14.50

To book tickets please click here

The Town Band of Bremen at Didcot Cornerstone

1 June

The Town Band of Bremen May Half Term

The Fabularium presents The Town Band of Bremen

The Town Band of Bremen follows the classic German tale of four farmyard friends; the donkey, dog, the cat and the cockerel.

Our story finds the animals at a loss when their beloved farmer must let them go, after the farm has been robbed and there isn’t enough money to feed them! They decide to put their musical talents to the test to win a music competition and bring the prize money home. What will they encounter on their journey to the famous city of Bremen?

Join outdoor theatre company, The Fabularium, as they present to you a tale for all the family; featuring live music, mask work, puppetry and a medieval cart.

The show is FREE and will take place in the town square outside of Cornerstone on Saturday 1 June 2019 at 12pm and 2.30pm 

For more details click here

Sam and Mark’s on the Road Show at Cornerstone, Didcot

2 June

Sam and Mark's on the Road Show

Children’s TV royalty Sam and Mark, as seen on CBBC’s Big Friday Wind-Up and Copycats, are taking to the road with a brand new live show this half term.

Join the BAFTA award winning duo for an unmissable hour of entertainment jam packed with sketches, jokes and games in a show full of fun and laughs for all the family.

Sam and Mark are showing on Sunday 2 Jun 2019 2:30pm

Ticket Information

Prices: £10, Concs £8, Family £30

To book tickets click here

May Half Term EVENTS A BIT FURTHER AFIELD

 

Working with Wool at Green Dragon

27 May

A family day of demonstrations and exhibitions at sheep-shearing time….

As the weather gets warmer during May, the Green Dragon’s rare breed sheep no longer need their fleecy coats and it’s time for shearing.  This includes shearing the six rare breed rams – among them, Jupiter the Jacob and Boris the Badger-faced! The different breeds mean the fleeces vary considerably and have different uses. Farm visitors will be able to see the shearing taking place in the Animal Barn.

Local artists working with wool

Green Dragon  are also delighted to be joined by the International Feltmakers Association, the Chiltern Spinners, Dyers & Weavers, and local Knitters Anonymous who will be demonstrating the magical process of turning wool fibre into woollen cloth, yarn and garments using some of the wool from the breeds of sheep that you see at Green Dragon. Herdwick fleece can add such character to a heat resistant table mat! Visitors will have the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at some of the craft techniques on show with the help of the experts.

Demonstrations will take place on the farm and in the Eco Centre Events Room, where there will also be an exhibition of work for sale showcasing the amazing diversity of wool in art, from fine art pictures to knitted garments and functional 3D items that can be both decorative and sculptural.

This event takes place at Green Dragon Farm on Spring Bank Holiday – 27th May 2019

For more details click here

Colourscape at Waddesdon

25 May – 2 June 2019

Waddesdon Manor

Colourscape returns to Waddesdon for the fifth year, we visited last May and had the Colourscape experience and it was incredible, read our review here

During May half-term an extraordinary experience of colour and light lands again on the Waddesdon lawns. A brand new Colourscape with long sensational views will be installed on the Aviary lawn.

Enter a new world and explore colour, light and space in 56 interlinked chambers and encounter musical experiences during your journey.

Music plays from 11am to 3.30pm

Sat 25 May – Oxford Improvisers

Sun 26 May – Sounds Postive Ensemble

Mon 27 May – Young composer Aurora Nischevci

Weekdays 28-31 May – Michael Ormiston

Sat 1 June – JUICE

Sun 2 June – Beibei Wang

For more details click here

May Half Term Hughenden

25 – 31 May

May Half Term at HUghenden

Hughenden in High Wycombe have a number of activities happening over the May Half Term

May Half Term Bee Trail

25 – 29 May

Take on Beatrice Bee’s trail to find out about the bees that live here and the work they get up to in the hives at Hughenden.

Meet the Bee Keepers

27 May

Find out about honey production with our friendly volunteer bee keeping team.

Junior Ranger: Trail Trackers

29 May

Children can be a ‘trail tracker’ with our ranger team.

Meet the Mini Beasts

29 May

Meet the furry creatures in this unique family bee experience at Hughenden’s hives. Very limited space, booking essential.

The Great Big Tree Climb

30 May

Have an adventure and get closer to nature in our beautiful grounds with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. They offer a safe and fun way to enjoy our trees from a new perspective. All ages from 6 years old can take part and it is a great…

Bee Crafts

31 May

Have fun with bee-themed crafting activities. Make a bee and flower to add to the giant tree and try your hand at beeswax candle rolling.

For more details click here

May Half Term at Wycombe Museum

Discover & Make: Terrific Tiles

Tuesday 28 May | 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm

Thursday 30 May | 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm

Be inspired by the beautiful locally-made medieval tiles from Penn and learn how they were made. Decorate your own tile coaster to take home. These 45-minute sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays, and have a different theme each week. They’re best for primary school aged children, but all are welcome – smaller visitors may need an extra helping hand from a grown-up! Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets £3.50 per child

Fox & Cubs Family Fun

Wednesday 29 May 10am – 11.15am; 12.30pm – 1.45pm

May Half Term

Family outdoor sessions suitable for 2 to 6 years, following the format of our popular toddler forest school. Join us for seasonal themed activities, natural arts and crafts, campfire cooking and much more. Including drink and a snack. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately for the weather! For all Fox & Cubs sessions see here.

You need not buy tickets for babes in arms or children too young to participate.

Tickets £6.50 per child

Bug Bonanza

Sunday 2 June 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm

May Half Term

Meet mini-beasts from giant spiders and snails to the pretty praying  mantis – hold some ugly bugs if you’re brave enough!

Tickets required for adults and children.

Recommended age 3+

Tickets £3 per person or £2.70 for Friends

Group tickets (4 people) £10 or £9

For more details click here

May Half Term Trail at Cliveden National Trust

25 May – 2 June 2019

Get the kids outdoors this May half-term by taking them to Cliveden for this fun-filled sports themed trail, with a craft at the end.

For more details click here

Young Farmers Week at Odds Farm

25 May – 2 June

May Half Term at Odds Farm

Daily from 25th May to 2nd June, don’t miss the extra fun at Odds Farm Park and the chance to become an Odds Farm Park accredited ‘Young Farmer’!

Find Farmer Oddsocks and join in with plentiful farm-themed activities*: Seasonal Animal Demonstrations, Sheep Shearing Demonstrations, Kid Goat Bottle Feeding, Egg Collecting, Piggies Tea-Time, Mini Land Rover Drives+ and even have a go at Welly Wanging – the adults can have a go too! Plus, enjoy Interactive Farming Quests, Challenges and Arts & Crafts!

*Weather permitting and subject to availability.

+Small Extra Charge Applies

For more details click here

EATING OUT WITH THE KIDS IN OXFORDSHIRE THIS May Half Term?

Child friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire

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

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