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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William Morris & The Thames at The River & Rowing Museum
2 & 3 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
Pop Art in Print at Banbury Museum **Last Weekend**
2 & 3 March
Featuring work by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst and more
Drawn from the outstanding collection of Pop Art graphics from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this exhibition showcases work by iconic artists of the 60s and 70s alongside contemporary artists influenced by the modern age’s most important art movement.
Pop Art reflected a fascination with celebrities and brands. Pop artists recognised the potential of prints to communicate ideas quickly and cheaply, creating art which both mirrored and critiqued the American Dream.
Inspired by commercial graphics and popular culture, the movement generated an innovative and prolific culture of printmaking. Bringing together over 60 works by more than 30 artists, this exhibition offers a comprehensive and exciting view of artists working in this style from the 1960s to the early 2000s.
Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
For more details click here
KIDS CLUB AT YOUR LOCAL CINEMA
2 & 3 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
WANNABE – THE SPICE GIRLS SHOW, WYCOMBE SWAN
Sunday 3 March 2019, 7.30pm
Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show is a musical stage show celebrating the career of the World’s biggest girl band, the Spice Girls. Featuring the greatest Spice Girls hits, this musical celebration recreates the era of Girl Power! From the chart stomping Spice Up Your Life through to the hip shaking Who Do You Think You Are?, Wannabe takes you on a Spice World journey through the Spice Girls group and solo careers that will make you zig a zig ahhh. Swing it, shake it, move it, make it down however you can. Costumes, groups and families all welcome for the biggest 90s party in town.
Find out more and book your tickets to see Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show at Wycombe Swan, click here.
WONKA WRAPPERS, THE ROALD DAHL MUSEUM, GREAT MISSENDEN
Saturday 2 March 2019
11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm
Become a chocolate bar inventor; dream up the best chocolate bar ever, then design a word-class wrapper for it. Along the way you’ll learn about Roald Dahl’s love of chocolate – including what his favourite chocolate bars were.
Times: Midday, 1.30pm and 3.00pm
Cost: £3 per participant. Adults are welcome to pay to make their own. Price does not include Museum entry which you will also need to book to take part in the workshop.
Age: suitable for 5+ years. Under 16s will need to be accompanied by an adult.
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.
**COMING SOON** – Annie at New Theatre Oxford
4 – 9 March
Direct from the West End, Annie returns in 2019! This ‘glorious revival’ (The TImes) is touring the UK.
Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…
With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it!
Annie is showing between 4 – 9 March
For more details or to book tickets click here
***COMING SOON*** ANIMALCOM AT AYLESBURY WATERSIDE
Malcolm doesn’t like animals, which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.
The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm.
After a bizarre school trip unlike any other, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. But will he end up the same as before? Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.
A vibrant, energetic and gloriously funny musical from the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre.
ANIMALCOLM combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s outstanding storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and wonderfully comic story to the stage.
For more details 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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