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What’s on this weekend in Oxfordshire: 11 & 12 May

What’s on this weekend in Oxfordshire: 11 & 12 May

I hope you had a lovely long weekend. If you’re looking for things to do this weekend in Oxfordshire here’s our guide of what’s on for families.

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Millets Farm Fun Family Dog Show

11 May

Dog Hearing Dogs Latte Summer Show - Sunday 10th September

Join Millets Farm Centre for their 7th Family Dog Show!

The Dog Show is a free charity event in support of the Guide Dog Association and being sponsored by Abivale Vets.

There will be 12 dog classes throughout the day, with great prizes on offer along with a selection of stalls and a BBQ surrounding the arena!

It really will be a day for all the family especially your four legged friend-so whether it be entering one of our more formal classes in the morning or taking part in our fun afternoon classes or even mooching around the stalls…there will be something for everyone!

Returning this year we have Lisa Moore and her Pop Up Photo Studio to capture your family and beloved dog!

For more details please click here

Honk at Chipping Norton Theatre 

10 – 11 May

Reimagining the classic tale ‘The Ugly Duckling’, Honk tells  the  story  of  Ugly,  a  plucky  little  bird who  gets  picked  on  by  the  other  farmyard  animals  because  he’s  different.  Pushed  out  of  the  flock,  he  embarks  on  an  adventure  across  the  marsh,  meeting  an  array  of  characters  who  teach  him  that  it  takes  all  sorts  to  make  a  world,  and  that  he  is  much  more  than  just  his  fowl  looks.

Honk is an musical egg-stravaganza, bursting with puppetry, magic and illusions…  and water guns!

For more details click here

Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum

11 May

Wantage Lego Club

A fun and friendly club where we encourage children and their grown ups to spend time together building and playing with LEGO®. We supply the bricks and you bring the imaginations. Each month we give you a theme and the resulting creations are put on display.

Children of all ages are welcome. We have a large selection of standard LEGO® bricks and some DUPLO® available for younger children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more details click here

 Drawing Mania at Vale & Downland Museum

11 May

A free drop-in drawing session using the museum collection as inspiration.
Free guidance given and all materials provided.
Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more details click here

Oxford Maths Festival

11- 12 May

weekend

 

Oxford Maths Festival has a wide range of activities to choose from – talks, workshops, craft sessions, board games and hands-on maths. All are free of charge!

For more details click here

Spring Farm and Forestry Walk with Earth Trust

12 May

Oxfordshire weekend

How do we care for our farmland and woodland during the spring?

Earth Trust is the proud guardian of 500 hectares of farmland, woodland and wetland on the bank of the River Thames, in South Oxfordshire.

Join the Head of Land Management, Chris Parker, on a guided walk of an area of the site including the Wittenham Clumps and Little Wittenham Wood, to discover how Earth Trust manage the farmland and woodland during the spring months.

For more details click here

Bluebells and Wisteria at Greys Court

25 April- 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

WILLIAM MORRIS & THE THAMES AT THE RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM

11 – 12 May 2019

WIlliam Morris

This new exhibition at the River and Rowing Museum illustrates the rich and little-known story of William Morris’ deep connections to the Thames.

It brings together a unique selection of works, with loans from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery, British Library, and many more. Highlights include Morris’ Thames series of textiles alongside his original hand-drawn designs, a signed copy of News from Nowhere, and his personal fishing tackle and spectacles. Materials from the Morris & Co. workshop illustrate the production process, while socialist pamphlets that Morris penned and published demonstrate his deep commitment to socialism in later life.

The influence of the Thames and its tributaries flowed through William Morris’ life and work. The river provided the setting for his leisure time spent angling and boating, inspiration for his designs and writing, and the ideal water conditions for the manufacture of his textiles. One notable Thames boat trip from his London home via Henley to his rural retreat in Oxfordshire was so moving that it inspired his socialist utopia novel, News from Nowhere.

Explore the Thames through Morris’ eyes: a beautiful retreat from urban excess and the capitalism he despised, a valuable resource continuing the river’s working heritage, and a rich source of creative inspiration. Step from the exhibition straight out onto the riverbank and find your own earthly paradise.

 “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”  William Morris

For more information click here

 

KIDS CLUB AT YOUR LOCAL CINEMA

11-12 May

cinema weekend

Little Ankle Biters are always on the look out for ways to entertain the kids without spending a fortune. Lots of cinemas run kids clubs on weekend mornings where you can go to the cinema at a discounted price.

Here’s our guide to cinema kids clubs in Oxfordshire:

ODEON IN BANBURY & OXFORD – £3.25 EACH

Click here for more details

VUE IN OXFORD – £2.49 EACH

Click here for more details

 

LAMBING AT GREEN DRAGON ECO FARM

From mid March

Green Dragon Eco Farm lambing

At Green Dragon they have rare breed lambs twice a year. This spring they’re expecting about 50 lambs which will start around now.

For more details click here

 

***Coming Soon***

 

MY FIRST BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY NEW THEATRE OXFORD

31 May – 2 June

My First Ballet Sleeping Beauty

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

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 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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