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What’s On in Oxfordshire this weekend – 7 & 8 October 2017

What’s On in Oxfordshire this weekend – 7 & 8 October 2017

We have put together our top picks of things going on this weekend in and around Oxfordshire – if you would like it sent directly to your inbox why not sign up to our newsletter?



Marble Mazes – Saturday Science Club, Saturday 7 October

Bring your budding engineers along to try one of Science Oxford’s most popular and addictive challenges of all time! Design and test is the nature of the game as you harness the forces of friction and gravity to make a marble roll as slowly as possible through your own maze created using a wide range of materials.

Suitable for children aged 5-9

9.45am – 11.00am
11.30am – 12.45pm

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

Visit their website to book



Predators, Prey and Poo – Saturday Science Club Extra, Saturday 7 October

Which nocturnal creature is the best hunter? Owl, mouse, badger, fox? Which animal uses an unusual sense to find their prey? Young ecologists will explore the habits of woodland predators, learn about the owl’s amazing anatomy and dissect owl pellets to find out what they eat. There’s also the chance to learn about some of the predators and prey that live in British woodlands. A hands-on workshop for budding Steve Backshall’s everywhere!

Suitable for children aged 9 – 13

10am – 11.30am
12.30pm – 2pm
Location: The Discovery Zone, The Basement, Oxford Centre For Innovation, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BY
For more information see click here



Apple Day at Waterperry Gardens, 6-8 October

A great family day out where you will be able to sample and buy many of the different types of apples and juices. Advice and information will be available on the day. Buy goodies at the craft and food fair, take a free tour of the orchards & fruit sheds and take the children around the apple anagram game in the gardens (garden entrance fee applies).

For more information click here



Henley Literary Festival , 6- 8 October

Henley Literary Festival has been going all week with the Children’s Festival starting on Friday. There will be a number of workshops across the weekend including Pat- a -Cake storytelling, Knife & Packer Cartooning Workshop, Charlie & Lola Storytelling, The Butterfly Dance Craft Workshop, The Tiger who Came to Tea and lots more.

Most events and workshops will need to be booked in advance.

For more information for this fantastic event and to book tickets visit the Henley Literary Festival website.



Day out with Thomas at Didcot Railway, 7-8 October

Thomas is a regular visitor to Didcot Railway Centre where he is welcomed by his friends the Great Western engines.

Meet Thomas and his friends and The Fat Controller, who will be keeping an eye on everything today. Enjoy rides all day and as often as you wish. Thomas the Tank Engine is running on his Branch Line and his friends are running on the Main Line.

During the day, colourful ‘Professor Crump’ will be clowning around the Centre and ‘Twistina and Twistopher’ will be balloon modelling. Thomas story readings will be held hourly from 11am in the Imagination Station.

Don’t forget to collect your souvenir ‘Day Out With Thomas’ Certificate signed by The Fat Controller.

A wide range of souvenirs is available in the ‘Thomas’ shop. There is a Refreshment Room serving lunches, snacks and drinks and also a picnic area where you can sit and watch the trains go by. Whilst at Didcot, remember to take a walk round the Engine Shed to see more of Thomas’ friends.

The event runs continuously from 10am – 5pm

Ticket prices

Adult – £14.00 , Child aged 2-15 – £11.00, 60+ – £12.00, Family (Two adults and up to two children) – £42.00

Click here for more details



Pick your own pumpkins – Milletts Farm Centre, 7 – 8 October

You can pick your own pumpkins from the PYO fields of Millets Farm Centre near Abingdon.

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

For more information click here


Brick Wonders Lego Exhibition at  Banbury Museum, 7 – 8 October

Calling lego builders and mini-brick architects big and small… A world of imagination and creativity is waiting for you! Discover the endless possibilities, as you journey through history and around the globe discovering brick wonders, carefully crafted using over a quarter of a million of these much-loved little bricks.

A treat for all ages, bring your curiosity, build your imagination and explore the world brick by brick. Marvel at the shapes and structures that can be snapped together to create the most iconic wonders of the world, including the Great Wall of China, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Great Pyramid of Giza and Niagara Falls.


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

Date: 16 September – 18 November

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: Tickets available on the day from the museum shop: £4.00 adult, £3.00 concessions, £2.00 children (Under 5s free)

Suitable for: All ages

For more information about the exhibition click here



Oxford Story Museum, 7 – 8 October

The Oxford Story Museum has a number of activities on this weekend to entertain the kids.

ABC … Story! 

This session includes a welcome, a story (The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson) , a stay-and-play time and an activity – messy play, movement or creative play. Ages 0-3.

7 October at 10:30am

Comics Club with Neil Cameron

Develop your comic-making skills and share ideas with like-minded enthusiasts. Awesome comic artist Neill Cameron will be on hand to offer helpful advice and tips. Ages 8-12 only.

7 October at 11am – 12:30pm

The Story Museum exhibitions spaces are also open on both days.

If you would like to find out more or book tickets 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 from 10am, plus every day during the school holidays.
This is what they’ve got coming up this weekend


 Multi-expressional emoji, Gene, goes on an epic quest to define his one true characteristic through the lands of Textopolis and beyond.
Showing dates and times:
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October at 10am

CARS 3 – U

Lightning McQueen must up his game and his engine to keep pace with the speedy new breed of modern racers currently ruling the track.
Showing dates and times:
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October at 10:15am
Location: Ozone Leisure Park, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP
For more information click here



Oxford Half Marathon, Sunday 8 October

Oxford’s half marathon is taking place this Sunday through the beautiful city of Oxford which will feature live music, local bands and DJs at every mile. If you’re not running it why not go along to cheer from the sidelines? I will be running so give me a wave if you see me.

For more details on the route click here


Have a great weekend x


For more days out in Oxfordshire visit our what’s on page


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