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What’s on for families this weekend in Oxfordshire: 27 & 28 January 2018

What’s on for families this weekend in Oxfordshire: 27 & 28 January 2018

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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Penguin at The North Wall Art Centre: 27 January 2018

Ben is delighted when he rips open his present: inside is a penguin. “Hello Penguin!” says Ben. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin; he pulls his funniest face; he puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. Penguin says nothing…so Ben fires Penguin into OUTER SPACE.

Exciting, surreal and full of surprises, Penguin is based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar, with songs by Tom Gray of Gomez that will have everyone joining in.

For ages 2-8

Date and time: 27 January 2018 at 11am and 2pm

Location: The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

To find out more click here


Super Saturday Skate, Oxford Ice Rink: 27 January 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 27 January at 11:30am – 4pm

To find out more click here



Pantomime from Chinnor Players.


Dates: Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 January 2018 7.30pm and Saturday 27 January 11am, 3pm and 8pm

Tickets available to prebook by clicking here or from Chinnor Community Pavilion.

Adults £8.50 concessions £6.00


Kennington Amateur Dramatic Society presents Beauty and the Beast – the pantomime by Lorraine Mason. Our version of the well-loved fairy tale sees a handsome but selfish Prince cursed by the evil fairy Demonica, certain to spend the rest of his life as a hideous and lonely Beast. Only true love can break the spell, so join Beauty, her two lazy sisters, and a whole host of other hilarious characters in this traditional family pantomime. Fantasy, make-believe, music and good times guaranteed!

As in previous years, we will be supporting a local charity with a collection at each performance. This year we are raising funds for Ronald MacDonald House Oxford, an incredibly worthy cause.

Location: Kennington Village Centre, Kennington, Oxford. OX1 5PG

Dates: 27 January 2018 at 2pm & 7pm

For more details click here

Maker Club: Let’s Get Gaming: 27 January 2018

For this month’s Maker Club Science Oxford are going retro and creating their own versions of arcade games using Micro:bits. Some of the games can be made into two-player challenges, so will wire the micro:bits to each other and get competitive. They will also be giving the dice a makeover – create a digital dice, and everyone will get a 3D printed dice to take home.

A great introduction to coding and video game design. Makers who have been before are welcome to bring along a project of their own to work on

Date and time: Saturday, 27th January 2018 at 10AM – 12PM (ages 12+) and 1PM – 3PM (ages 9-12)
Suitable for ages 9-15
Cost: £10 per child
Location: The Discovery Zone, The Basement, Oxford Centre For Innovation, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BY
Click here for more details

Cinderella Green: The Recycling Queen at The Oxford Story Museum: 27 & 28 January 2018

Cinderella Green works really hard for her two, not-so-environmentally-minded stepsisters, when all she really wants to do is spend more time with her beloved wildlife.

Full of gentle clowning, magical puppets made from household objects and sing-a-long songs, this is a puppet play about rubbish, recycling and romance!

Suitable for ages 4+

Date and time: 27 January at 2pm – 3pm and 28 January at 11:30am – 12:30am

Costs: £8/£6

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

For more details click here


The Adventures of Bookworm at The Oxford Story Museum: 27 January 2018

A fantastic Early Years activity with puppeteer and author Emma Boor! Go 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.

Date and time: 27 January at 10:30am – 11:30am

Costs: £5

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

For more detail click here


Cinderella at Wallingford Corn Exchange: 27 January 2018

The Sinodun Players’ 70th Annual Pantomime – Cinderella, a rock ‘n’ roll panto is showing at the Corn Exchange in Wallingford this January.

Date and time: 27 January 2018 at 2:pm and 6:30pm

Location: Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford OX10 0EG

To book click here


Henley College Students Art Exhibition – Henley River & Rowing Museum: 27 & 28 January 2018

‘Breakout’ marks the exciting debut exhibition for a collection of young artists currently studying at Henley College.  The works exhibited in this show intends to invoke a response from the viewer by offering an insight into their artistic journey.  From Fine Art to Fashion, installation to design, Breakout exhibits the sheer diversity of skill within artistic practice and offers a rare glimpse at the creative energy currently shaping our contemporary world.


Location: Henley River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF, UK

Dates: 23rd January 2018 – 4th February 2018 

Click here for more details


Winter Weekends at Waddesdon Manor: 27 & 28 January 2018

This January to March explore the gardens that are full of stark beauty at this time of year, with early spring flowers such as snowdrops and winter aconities. It’s a perfect time to be inspired and reconnect with nature, spend time with friends and family or cosy up with a delicious hot chocolate.

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

Date and time: 20 – 21 January 2018, 11am – 4pm

To find out more click here


Highway Rat Activity Trail at Wendover Woods: 27 & 28 January 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, 27 & 28 January 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:

My Little Pony: The Movie – U

Princess Twilight Sparkle must up her game if she’s to save Ponyville from being destroyed by a dark and evil force.

Showing dates and times: Saturday 27  January & Sunday 28 January at 9:45am

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature- U

Surly the squirrel is back, and this time he’s up against an army of bulldozers in this animated comedy.

Showing dates and times: Saturday 27  January & Sunday 28 January at 10am

Location:  Ozone Leisure Park, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP

For more information or to book tickets click here


Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common – Exciting Entertainers: 27 & 28 January

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.


Where’s My Igloo Gone at Didcot Cornerstone Theatre: 28 January 2018

Oolik is an ordinary girl who goes on an extraordinary adventure to save her igloo home. On her way she meets some exciting friends to help her – including YOU!

Journey into a dazzling, icy world of soaring snow geese, pet husky dogs and starry nights. And the kind of cold that makes your skin tingle.

With enchanting live music, it’s a fun, magical experience for all the family, showing that when we work together – anything can happen!

Age guidance: 5yrs+

Prices: £8, Concs £6, Family £24

To book tickets click here


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Have a great weekend x


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