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What’s on this Weekend in Oxfordshire: 18 & 19 May

What’s on this Weekend in Oxfordshire: 18 & 19 May

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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Duckie at The Mill, Banbury

18 May

Duckie

Duckie is a re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self-acceptance at its core.

Family-friendly, glamour and glitz take centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a classic tale of identity and belonging.

Set in an animal circus, we join him on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions of the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Watch Duckie triumph by realising that these are his strengths.

Recommended for ages 3+

Duckie is showing at the Mill in Banbury on Saturday 18 May 2019
Ticket prices are £10
To book tickets click here

Fredfest 2019

18 May

Fredfest

Hosted by Wantage Town Football Club, Fredfest will be packed full of music from amazing performers surrounded by an exciting variety of stalls and tasty food plus there’ll be lots to keep the kids happy.

Ticket prices: Adults £10 Under 14s £2

They have performances from Bernadine Soul School of Dance, Glee Choir, 50’s 60’s Rock and roll band, Country music, Blues to soft Rock, a barn dance! DJ Carl. The amazing Hope and Glory, plus more!

For more details click here

OXHOLI 2019

18 May

Ox holi

OxHoli is BACK for 2019! It’s the biggest celebration of the Hindu Festival of Colour with Oxford’s BIGGEST colour fight!

Welcome the arrival of spring with a burst of colour on Saturday 18th May from 12.30pm at University Parks! Entry is completely FREE – bring all your friends for the biggest celebration of the summer! All are welcome!

****ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY!!**** HumSoc are supporting SNEHA this year, who work with communities to improve health outcomes of vulnerable women and children in India

Authentic Indian food and coloured powder will be on sale on the day. Don’t forget to wear an old white t-shirt!

Don’t miss this HUGE and colourful celebration!

For more details click here

Against Breast Cancer Family Fun Day at Millets Farm

18 May

A fun family day with something for all ages supporting Against Breast Cancer!

– Crafts
– Garden Games
– Inflatable Obstacle Course
– Research & Recycling Tent
– Bouncy Castle
– Stalls
– Pie Face
– Belly Dancers
– Stormtroopers
– Morris Dancers
– Minnie & Mickey
– Facepainting
…And more!

Times
10am-4pm

For more details click here

 

THE FLYING BATH AT DIDCOT CORNERSTONE

19 May

The flying Bath

Little Angel Theatre presents The Flying Bath

When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath!

From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency – as long as they’re home for the children’s bath time at the end of the day.

Julia Donaldson and David Roberts’ playful and adventurous story splashes into life in this adaptation featuring catchy songs, quirky bath toys and everyday heroes.

This play is based on the original book The Flying Bath © Julia Donaldson and David Roberts 2014, published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

TICKET INFORMATION

Prices: £9, Concs £7, Family £28

Age guidance: 2-5 yrs

To book tickets 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

18 – 19 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

18 – 19 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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