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
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
William Morris & The Thames at The River & Rowing Museum
16 & 17 March
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
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
Vue in Oxford – £2.49 each
BSL Signed Stories Day at The Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden
Saturday 16 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
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
WILD SHOTS YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION AT WADDESDON
12 January – 5 April 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm
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.
WINTER WEEKENDS AT WADDESDON MANOR
Weekends, 5 January – 24 March 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm
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.
EATING OUT WITH THE KIDS IN OXFORDSHIRE THIS WEEKEND?
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