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What’s on this Weekend in Oxfordshire: 23 & 24 Feb

What’s on this Weekend in Oxfordshire: 23 & 24 Feb

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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The Cat in the Hat at Oxford Playhouse

23 February

Cat in the hat review

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss is at The Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 Feb 2019

Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It’s fun to have fun but you have to know how!

When the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way?

Based on the much-loved book by Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat features feline frivolity aplenty, with his
acrobatic accomplices Thing 1 and Thing 2. With riotous rhymes which have delighted children for over fifty years, infectious humour and spectacular circus for the grown-ups, this wonderfully anarchic show is the purrfect treat for all the family.

Duration: 1 hour 20mins with interval

For more details click here

Brookes Science Bazaar 2019, Oxford Brookes

23 February

Brookes Science Bazaar 2019

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table and we invite you to join us in exploring the elements that make up our world -in the widest sense. Expect to be surprised, amazed and excited all at once at our 2019 Science Bazaar!

In this fun-filled day meet our staff and students and learn new things-from biology and brains to human health and technology. Be prepared to build, draw, experiment, talk, jump, laugh and think. Listen to short pop-up talks and discover the four essential Brookes Science Bazaar elements: slime, sand, gloop and glitter.

The day is free to attend and the activities are aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old.

No need to book – just turn up!

For more details click here

Half Term Trail at Thame Museum

23 & 24 February

 To celebrate St Valentine head along to Thame Museum and play Shape Bingo and win a craft heart to take home and decorate. There are 8 wooden hearts hidden round the museum each with a different shape on the front. Can you find all 8 and win your own wooden heart?


Did you know that the Roman once lived in Thame? Visit Thame Museum and see a model of the kind of house they might have lived in and find out how they used heat to dry the corn they had grown.

There is also the popular dressing up basket full of different clothes to try – what will you choose to be? A Tudor Queen? A highwayman? A Victorian?…….

Thame Museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am-4 pm and on Sundays from 1-4pm. Entry is FREE.

To visit the Thame Museum website click here


Alphabet ‘I Spy’ at Waterperry Gardens

23 & 24 February 

Waterperry gardens

Alphabet I spy at Waterperry Gardens this February Half Term is great family fun over the week. Spy the whole alphabet and win a prize!

£2.50 per child – children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the winter garden entrance fee applies.

To visit the Waterperry Gardens website click here

Snowdrop Weekend at Waterperry Gardens

16 & 17 February

Snowdrops at Waterperry

It’s Snowdrop weekend at Waterperry Gardens on  Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February, 10am till 5pm daily

With more than 60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens over the season, enjoy these little heralds of spring in a magical setting. Free guided tours at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm (Winter Garden entrance fee applies).

For more details click here

February Half Term Trail at Greys Court (National Trust)

23 & 24 February 

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys (Nr Henley-on-Thames) - A great day out national trust

February Half Term Trail is taking place at Greys Court between 16 – 24 February.

Pick up a map from Visitor Reception and explore the estate and learn about the work they do to protect it

For more details click here


William Morris & The Thames at The River & Rowing Museum

23 & 24 February

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

Pop Art in Print at Banbury Museum

23 & 24 February

Pop Art at Banbury

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



23 & 24 February


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

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Cornerstone, Didcot

24 February

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Teddy Bear’s Picnic is showing at the Cornerstone in Didcot on Sunday 24 February 2019!

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise…!

Let’s All Dance is back with this delightful treat for young audiences. Combining classical ballet, physical theatre, gorgeous visuals and crystal- clear story telling, this fresh, innovative dance company pitches another production perfectly to engage and enthrall all children, including those with special needs.

Our teddies would love you to join them as they eat, dance, play and have fun! Little ones can bring their own teddy, clap along and have their photo taken with the dancers. Show time: 30mins + photo opportunity.


Prices: £8, conc £6, family £24, Members 20% discount

Age guidance: 0–8yrs and children with special needs.

To book tickets or more information please click here or call the box office on 01235 515144

“Love your Pets” at Green Dragon Farm

23 & 24 February

Feb Half Term at Green Dragon

Year round, Green Dragon Farm celebrates the animals in its care from the rare breeds farm animals, the animals in the Wildlife Zone to those in Pets’ Corner. This purpose-built centre is home to a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and small mammals. Over February Half-term there will be a special ‘Love Your Pets’ theme where the animals in Pet’s Corner will be stars of the show.

Exciting and Informative Hands-on Encounters

The skilled and experienced livestock staff will be hosting a variety of educational and fun experiences with the pets, including hands-on encounters, Q & A sessions and workshops on welfare, enrichment, small mammals and reptiles. A special holiday programme of encounters will provide fun, engaging, informative interaction with all the animals, including those on the farm and in the Wildlife Zone. There will also be a special ‘Love your Pets’ quiz trail – fun for all the family ending in a prize draw with the fabulous prize of a Family Day Pass (two adults & two children) or a selection of soft toys for annual pass holders!

Feathered and Furry to Cold-blooded

Best practice local suppliers and vets will be taking part in this popular Half-term Event at set times during the week, providing advice and encouragement to budding and existing pet owners! There’ll be something for every age from the feathered and furry to the cold-blooded. Little ones will be fascinated by rabbits and guinea pigs while older children and adult visitors will be excited by the exotics and there are plenty of these – snakes, stick-insects, lizards, tarantulas, scorpions, cockroaches and poison-dart frogs. Chickens are also included as they also make unusual but interesting pets with the addition of providing fresh eggs for breakfast!

Go along and find out more about the Green Dragon pets and their care!

Farm admission applies: Adult £9, Child £8.

For more information click here

Half Term Trail at Cliveden National Trust

23 & 24 February 

Clivedon in Taplow, a fantastic day out with the kids - Little Ankle Biters

This February Half Term from 16 – 24 February bring the children to Cliveden for their fantastic trail. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air and the gorgeous grounds at this National Trust estate in Berkshire. At the end of the trail children children will make a craft to take home with them. The trail runs from 10.00am – 2.30pm, it’s £2.00 per child and suitable for children aged 3 years +. There’s no need to book, just turn up and join in. Admission to National Trust applies unless you have membership.

To find out more about half term at Cliveden please  click here.

Lamb Watch at Odds Farm Park

23 & 24 February

Moreton Barn Lambing

Over 30 ewes will be ready to lamb at Odds Farm Park from this February half term! Head into the lamb nursery to meet the new arrivals, whilst you learn all about lambing from the farmers. Be sure to keep a close eye on the ewes during your visit for signs of labour, as you may even be lucky enough to see a lamb being born. Why not also help the farmers to bottle feed the goats. The ever-popular goat bottle feeding will be back daily from February half term.

There will also be all the usual fun on the farm. To find out more and book tickets, 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.


**COMING SOON** – Annie at New Theatre Oxford

4 – 9 March

Annie at New Theatre Oxford

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 LifeEasy 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


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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