I hope you have enjoyed the snow this week! 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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Out of the Hat at The North Wall
Out of the Hat is showing at The North Wall Theatre on 26 January 2019 at 11am and 2pm.
When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show! But HOW do you make real magic happen? What ingredients do you need and who can help them?
Along the way they encounter some fabulous characters, from a transformative moth, a giant singing frog, an artistic spider and a rather grumpy stick insect to some beautiful fireflies who all help to create their dream.
From the creators of Penguin and Pat-A-Cake Baby comes a spectacular new show about friendship and true magic, full to the brim with lively songs by the talented Tom Gray of Gomez that will have everyone joining in!
For ages 2 – 8
To book Out of the Hat or for more information please click here
Doctor Dolittle the Musical at The New Theatre Oxford
You’ve never seen anything like it! Doctor Dolittle returns to the stage in Leslie Bricusse’s acclaimed family musical.
Join the eccentric Doctor, his human companions and his exotic menagerie of animal friends on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail, that holds the secret of life and making the world a happier place. With help from the Pushmi-Pullyu and his trusty sidekick Polynesia the Parrot, the larger-than-life Doctor Dolittle teaches us not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them as well!
Based on the popular 1967 film with Rex Harrison, this spectacular new stage show stars Mark Williams (Father Brown, The Fast Show, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, Shakespeare in Love and the Harry Potter film series) as Doctor Dolittle. Joining his exciting journey are the hilarious Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street, Ackley Bridge, Les Misérables) as his trusty side-kick Polynesia, with Brian Capron (Coronation Street, Grange Hill, Where The Heart Is) playing both the vivacious Albert Blossom and the mighty Straight Arrow.
This exciting musical adventure is brought to you from the producers of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Addams Family and promises stunning visual puppetry, all your favourite songs and fun for all the family.
To book tickets to see Doctor Dolittle at the New Theatre Oxford please click here
We went to see this last week and had a fantastic time, read our review here
Stargazing at Oxford University
Each year over 1,000 people of all ages gather at Stargazing Oxford as they seek to explore the wonders of the Universe. Join Stargazing Oxford again for a space-themed open day in the Department of Physics. Activities include talks, hands-on stalls and observing (night-sky, solar and radio).
Astronomers will be on hand to answer all your questions including: “What constellations can you see in the night sky this month?”, “Why do stars explode?”, “Is there life on other planets?” and “What happened at the very beginning of the universe?”.
Rain or shine, there will be plenty of astronomy to immerse yourself in.
Daytime activties: 2-8pm
Science cafe: Talk to the researchers and explore space science through hands-on stalls and activities.
AstroCrafts: Get creative with astronomy-themed craft activities*
Virtual reality: Be guided through the amazing multi-coloured Universe in the immersive VR experience (NEW).
Radio observing: Find neutral hydrogen in the Milky Way through remote observation with the Roswitha Wetton telescope, which is located on the roof of the DWB (NEW).
Constellation installation: Take a journey through a constellation with this three dimensional installation of Orion (NEW).
Flash talks: Listen to bite-sized flash talks on a wide range of fascinating topics covering the latest research in astronomy and astrophysics. Talk titles and times below.
Observing advice: You can also get some hints and tips about star-gazing at home, with workshops run by local experts from Oxfordshire amateur astronomy groups and the University physics department.
Star shows: Tours of the night sky in the inflatable planetarium.
For more details click here
Pop Art in Print at Banbury Museum
26 & 27 January
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
Artways Club at Henley River and Rowing Museum
Artways Art Club For 7 – 11 year olds 10.30am – 12.30pm
Saturdays during term time Taking inspiration from the Museum, its collections and temporary exhibitions, children learn a wide range of practical skills in painting, drawing, 3D and printmaking. They are also introduced to different artists and encouraged to discuss their ideas and opinions about their work. Sessions must be booked as a block. For more information and costs call 01491 415605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artways Art Club For 11 – 15 year olds 2pm – 4pm
Saturdays during term time Taking inspiration from the Museum, its collections and temporary exhibitions, young people work over several months to achieve their Arts Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. They have opportunities to work in a range of different media including screen printing, clay modelling and 3D construction, painting, drawing and textiles, and are encouraged to plan their own work around their chosen theme. As part of the Award, young people carry out research and also write reviews of arts events or exhibitions. They also build their self-confidence through demonstrating a practical skill to the rest of the group. If you are interested in booking a place on either of the courses please contact the education department on either 01491 415605 or email email@example.com
Children go FREE at the Green Dragon Eco Farm
7 – 31 January
We have been to The Green Dragon Farm a number of times to various children’s parties and both my children absolutely love it!! There is so much to do at the farm and if you visit between the 7th to 31st January, there is FREE admission for a child with one paying adult.
Open all year round, the farm attraction has many undercover and indoor facilities across the site. The daily Animal Encounter Programme includes a variety of exciting encounters with animals, most of which are undercover, enabling visitors to get up close to the animals and learn about them from the expert Livestock and Wildlife Teams.
In the Animal Barn, there are rare breed lambs to see that were born over Christmas and the New Year to Dorset and Portland ewes and an opportunity to get up close to the sheep and goats that are over-wintering in the barn or groom the Shetland ponies. Nearby in Pets’ Corner are a huge variety of exotic pets some of which visitors can encounter during the ‘Cold-blooded Creatures’ session. There’s also a chance to stroke the Continental Giant rabbits and guinea pigs during ‘Furry Friends’.
Up in the Wildlife Zone, the new Hub – a huge undercover area that can accommodate large groups of visitors and school children – has been ideal for training the young birds of prey, whatever the weather. There are four encounters a day in the Wildlife Zone – the flight-displays and red squirrel encounter are undercover.
There are two play barns for messy and soft play. The Soft Play Barn is the place for the children to let off steam while grown-ups enjoy a great cup of coffee in the warm. The Messy Play Barn houses giant sandpits and ride-ons for little ones – ideal on a wet day.
10am – 4pm Farm and Wildlife Zone
10am – 5.30pm Play Barns
Farm admission: Adult £9, Child £8.
Location: Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre, Claydon Road, Hogshaw. MK18 3LA
For more details 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** – THE CAT IN THE HAT AT AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
31 January – 3 February 2019
From the producers of The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine, comes this fantastic production of Dr. Seuss’ classic The Cat in the Hat. 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? With original songs and spectacular circus elements, this Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production of The Cat in the Hat will be the purrfect treat for all the family.
The show runs from 31 January – 3 February and is suitable for ages 4 years +. To book tickets click here.
Indoor Places to go with the kids in Oxfordshire
You can never rely on the weather in this county so we started thinking about all the indoor things you can do with the kids in Oxfordshire on those cold, wet and miserable days. Click here for our top picks if you’re feeling trapped in the house and looking for inspiration.
EATING OUT WITH THE KIDS IN OXFORDSHIRE
If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat while you’re out and about with the 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