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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Chit Chat Chalk Show at North Wall
The North Wall is celebrating Dancin’ Oxford festival with a very special show for families.
The Chit Chat Chalk Show is an interactive adventure for children aged 3 – 8. Join Kiko and her quirky new friends as she embarks on a quest to discover the mixture of colours and emotions that make her unique! Draw, giggle and dance along with a cast of skilled performers – the show is sure to put a smile on faces, young and old.
Watch the trailer here
To book tickets click here
Box Office: 01865 319450
The North Wall, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN
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 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
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly is showing at The Theatre in Chipping Norton on Saturday 9 March 2019 at 2pm
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…
But The People’s Theatre Company do!
And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ best-selling book!
From the creators of Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, this magical show has been written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun.
It’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102!
The songs in the show, including If You’re Happy and You know It, Incy Wincy Spider and many more, are available to sing along to on The People’s Theatre Company’s website so why not have a listen and join in when you visit the theatre!
Relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun.
Suitable for ages 2+
To book tickets click here
Wantage Lego Club at the Vale & Downland Museum
William Morris & The Thames at The River & Rowing Museum
9 & 10 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
KIDS CLUB AT YOUR LOCAL CINEMA
9 & 10 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
What’s on at THE ROALD DAHL MUSEUM, GREAT MISSENDEN
Saturday 9 March 2019
The Boy Who Hit Play with Chloe Daykin – come to the Roald Dahl Museum on Saturday 9 March at midday and 1.30pm. Did you know Roald Dahl’s family came from Norway? Join author Chloe Daykin for a fun-filled Norwegian mystery solving workshop. Inspired by her new novel The Boy Who Hit Play, they’ll be games and action aplenty including waffle chuck, penguin waddle and fancy dress guess the murderer. The session costs £3.00 per person and is suitable for ages 5+. To book and find out more, click here now.
Discover Dahl’s Archives – On Saturday 9 March at midday, 1.00 and 3.00pm it’s your chance to peek inside the archives at the Roald Dahl Museum. Take a close up look at Roald Dahl’s letters and manuscripts, find out some secrets about your favourite Roald Dahl books, and get your chance to ask all your burning Roald Dahl questions to the experts! Costs £1.50 per person and is suitable for 8 + years. To find out more and book, 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*** Kite at Chipping Norton
The Wrong Crowd in association with Soho Theatre presents KITE created and co-directed by Rachael Canning and Hannah Mulder touring from 18 February – 12 May
Stuck in her Grandma’s obsessively tidy flat, a recently orphaned girl discovers a kite which comes to life and takes her on a wild adventure. Little does she know that Grandma has her own brand of magic and the wind will bring them together in ways they never would have imagined.
‘Who needs words, when theatre is this expressive?’ The Times (on 2016 production of Kite)
‘Enchanting’ 5 stars, The Stage (on 2016 production of Kite)
A play without words, Kite is inspired by the world of indoor-kite flying and stories such as The Snowman and The Red Balloon. For everyone aged seven and over, it features The Wrong Crowd’s imaginative storytelling, exquisite puppetry and design, dance, originally composed music and – of course- kites.
The Wrong Crowd first produced Kite to acclaim at Soho Theatre as part of London International Mime Festival and on tour in 2016. The 2019 production features a brand new cast and development to the play’s central story, capturing the magic and poignancy of the original whilst creating a strong new narrative about how to find strength and love in the face of loss.
The production is created and co-directed by designer/director Rachael Canning (Artistic Director of The Wrong Crowd) and playwright/director Hannah Mulder (Creative Associate of The Wrong Crowd) and. The creative team also features composer Isobel Waller-Bridge and lighting designer Joe Price.
Kite is showing at The Theatre Chipping Norton on 13 March at 7:45.
For more details or to book tickets please click here or call 01608 642 350
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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