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What’s on this Weekend in Oxfordshire: 16 & 17 March

What’s on this Weekend in Oxfordshire: 16 & 17 March

I hope you have had a good week and Storm Gareth hasn’t caused too many problems! If you’re looking for things to do this weekend with the family in Oxfordshire, there’s loads happening and we’ve got all the best, not-to-be-missed bits right here for you.

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Circles in the Sand at Oxford Playhouse

16 march

Circles in the Sand

Join Oxford Playhouse in a world of buckets, castle building, spinning and tumbling in this delightful show for under 3s which explores sand in new and exciting ways.

With no words, and accompanied by an evocative soundtrack of world music, Circles in the Sand is an intimate, imaginative and captivating show, providing the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.

Running time is 25 minutes plus a 15 minute post show play session.

Age guidance 0 – 3

Ticket prices £8

There are 3 showings at 10:30, 1:30 and 3:30

To book tickets click here

Tweedy’s Illusion Confusion at The Mill, Banbury

16 March at 11am & 2pm


A show of magic & mayhem!

Over the years Tweedy has assisted some of the world’s top magicians, resulting in him being sawn in half, disappeared and even turned into a tiger.

Tweedy has had enough of being the magicians’ assistant and has decided it’s time to be the magician instead.

Unfortunately, all does not go to plan and his blundering attempts lead to more mayhem than magic in this fantastically funny, family-friendly show.

To book tickets or for more information click here

Opening Weekend at Cogges

16 & 17 Marcg

Opening weekend offers you a taste of the very best of Cogges, from feeding the animals to cooking demonstrations in the manor house. Wrap-up warm, grab your wellies, and head to Cogges to celebrate spring.

New for 2019, they have mini ride-on tractors for budding young farmers, improved sandpit and picnic area, hatching chicks and spring lambs (arriving soon!), plus a small pop-up exhibition in the manor house from the film Colette, and all the usual favourites.

For more details click here


Drawing Mania at the Vale & Downland Museum

16 March

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

The Giant Jam Sandwich at The Theatre Chipping Norton 

17 March

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…

Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the wasps and help save the day!

For more information click here

William Morris & The Thames at The River & Rowing Museum

16 & 17  March

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


16 & 17 March


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

BSL Signed Stories Day at The Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden

Saturday 16 March 2019

what's on this weekend at the roald dahl museum 9 & 10 march 2019

On Saturday 16 March, enjoy BSL (British Sign Language) signed storytelling throughout the day, and have fun using Signly the sign language app to explore the galleries and meet the furry friends from the Hearing Dogs. This event is suitable for BSL and non-BSL users.

Suitable for ages 5 years +. This event runs throughout the day and is free with your museum entry. You must book your museum entry which is available up until the day before your visit.

To find out more and book, click here.

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


12 January – 5 April 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Wild shots youth photography competiton waddesdon manor 2019

Calling all 10 – 15 year olds! Put your photography skills to the test and enter this great photo competition. Are you a budding photographer? Between January and April take inspiration from the grounds of Waddesdon Manor to capture wild flowers, wildlife and woodlands. The winner will be able to choose from either a place on a three day photography summer school worth £180 or a digital camera.

For full details on this fantastic competition, click here.



Weekends, 5 January – 24 March 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Waddesdon Manor Bucks

Forget the winter blues by getting out and enjoying nature. This January to March explore the Waddesdon Manor gardens that are wonderful at this time of year, with early spring-flowering snowdrops and winter aconities, winter shrubs and unusual views before the trees come into leaf. It’s a perfect time to be inspired and connect with nature, spend time with friends and family, or cosy up with a delicious hot chocolate.

To find out more, click here.


Child friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire

If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat while you’re out and about this weekend 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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Have a great weekend x

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