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What’s on this Weekend for Families in Oxfordshire: 17 & 18 February 2018

What’s on this Weekend for Families in Oxfordshire: 17 & 18 February 2018

We hope you’re having a great half term – if you’re looking for things to do with the kids this weekend, there are lots of events and activities going on in Oxfordshire for families.

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Chinese New Year at Blenheim Palace: 17 February 2018

Enjoy a traditional Double Guan Yin Chinese Lion dance accompanied by a drummer and tuck in to some delicious Chinese street food from a variety of stalls in the Great Court.

Don’t miss out on special photos and meet-and-greet opportunities with the lion, then venture into the Palace to warm up and discover the magnificent Great Hall festooned with strings of Chinese lanterns.

Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire. OX20 1PP

Date and time: 17 February 11:30am – 3pm

For more information click here


Disco Dadz, Headington: 17 February 2018

This Saturday at Barton Neighbourhood Centre, Headington It’s DISCO DADZ, a cool thing to do with kids under 11. A great vent for the whole family.

Location: Barton Neighbourhood Centre, Headington.

Date and time: 17 February 10.45am – 12.45pm

Cost: £1 per family.



These pottery clay workshops looks like a really fun filled activity for any creative children out there.  They are two hour session making and painting your very own, creative objects out of clay. Creations are then fired at the Barro Studio for collection.

The pottery courses are taking place on 17th February 2pm  – 4pm at Lisa Jayne Art Studio, Station Road, Bletchingdon. OX5 3BQ.  Just remember to book early as these popular courses fill up fast!

The pottery workshop are £22 per person which includes clay, glazing and firing.

For more information or to book your place, please contact Yvette Garcia-Mier at

Super Saturday Skate, Oxford Ice Rink: 17 February 2018

A fun drop in session for skaters of all abilities at The Oxford Ice Rink

Location: Oxford Ice Rink, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1RX

Date and time: Saturday 17 Febuary at 11:30am – 4pm

To find out more click here

Maker Club – Chinese New Year: 17 February 2018

Welcome to the Year of the Dog! As the moon rises on a new Chinese lunar year, we welcome makers to a session of traditional Chinese crafts. Kids can have a go at fortune-telling by programming a Micro:bit and making a paper fortune cookie, and try papercraft to make and launch confetti canons and light-up paper lanterns to take home. Makers who have been before are welcome to bring along a project of their own to work on.

Date and time: Saturday, 17 February 2018 at 10am – 12pm (ages 12+) and 1pm – 3pm (ages 9 – 12)

Costs £10 per child
Location: The Discovery Zone, The Basement, Oxford Centre For Innovation, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BY
Click here for more details


Ttravel underground to make your very own jumpy bunny, mole in a hole, brilliant badger, bouncy bat, playful fox and mischievous meerket.

Available Saturdays and every day during the Oxfordshire school holidays.

Times: 10:30am – 12:30pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: £2 per child

Suitable for: Children age 3+

Booking Information: Tickets available from the Museum Shop 10 minutes before the event starts. Please note that drop-in activities can be very popular. If very busy on the day, we will restrict tickets to timed entry slots. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by, and remain with, an adult at all times.

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

Click here for more details

China Festival at The Ashmolean Museum: 17 & 18 February 2018

Celebrate Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog, at the Ashmolean with a free and fabulous weekend festival for all ages. Experience a Chinese lion dance, listen to live music, enjoy performances of magical Chinese tales presented by The Story Museum, join a tour, try a trail and much more!

Location: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, England

Date and time 17 & 18 February 12pm – 4pm

To find out more click here


Activities at The Oxford Story Museum: 17 & 18 February 2018

The Adventures of a Bookworm

A fantastic Early Years activity with puppeteer and author Emma Boor! Come along and meet book worm and join in his amazing adventures through the world of story books. An interactive puppets and play session with music, gentle clowning and lots of joining in. Suitable for children aged 0-5 years.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. All children and adults must have a ticket to attend.

Date and time: 17 February at 10:30am – 11:30am

Costs: £5

Meet Kipper

Meet everyone’s favourite dog and hear one of his stories, as Kipper pays us a visit!

Date and time: 17 February at 11am and 2pm and 18 February 12pm and 2pm

Free with museum entry.

Location: Oxford Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

To find out more click here



Family fun over half term week. Spy the whole alphabet and win a prize!
£2 per child – children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies.

Date and time: Sat 10th Feb 10:00am – Sun 18th 5:00pm

Location: Waterperry GardensWaterperry, Nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1LA

Click here for more information



What is your ‘ikigai’? This is a Japanese concept meaning your ‘reason for being’ and we’ll help you discover what your mission is! Have a go at our superhero trail, solving the clues and riddles to claim your reward.

Dates: Sat 10-Sun 18 Feb 2018 – 11am-3pm

Location: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 0JH

Click here for more information



Highway Rat Activity Trail at Wendover Woods: 17 – 18 February 2018

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Wendover Woods.

Follow the panels, complete activities and interact with the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story!

Packs are available from the visitor centre for just £3

Location: Wendover Woods, Bucks. HP22 5NQ

For more details click here



MINI VUE CINEMA IN OXFORD, 17 & 18 February 2018

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, plus every day during the school holidays.

This is what they’ve got coming up:

Paddington 2 – PG

When something special of Paddington’s is stolen, the adventure-loving bear and his adoptive family must solve a mystery and find the thief.

Showing dates and times: Saturday 17 February & Sunday 18 February at 10am


For more information or to book tickets click here


Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common – Exciting Entertainers: 17 & 18 February 2018

As well as all of the fun of the farm and it’s numerous activities and play areas, this weekend you can also enjoy the excitement and exhilaration of Odds Farm Park’s Entertainers! With several shows daily, all the extra fun is included with your entry.

For more information, click here.



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Have a great weekend x


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