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What’s on this weekend in Oxfordshire for Families: 10 & 11 March 2018

What’s on this weekend in Oxfordshire for Families: 10 & 11 March 2018

Things seem to have thawed a little and we can now start looking forward to spring and warmer weather. Here’s this week’s guide to what’s on for families in Oxfordshire this weekend.

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Tidy Up at North Wall Art Centre: 10 March 2018

When it starts out ship-shape, there’s only one way for it to go… this dance-theatre show gets all messed up!

As we wriggle our way through the muddle of life we often discover things anew. So why can’t tidiness be exciting for children or chaos joyful for adults? Who said there’s a ‘right way’ anyway?

Inspired by children’s logic when creating order, patterns and systems, this show is a
witty, uplifting journey discovering whether chaos and order can ever live side-by-side…
with plenty of surprises, Tidy Up! is an unforgettable party!

The production was developed in partnership with GOSH Arts, patients and families and the Psychological Services Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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

Date and time: Saturday 10 March at 11am and 2pm

Cosr: Full Price: £8 + fee*/ Concessions: £6 + fee*

For more information click here


Mother’s Day Workshops at Blackwell’s: 10 March 2018

On Saturday 10 March Blackwell’s will be running a fun Mother’s Day making workshop between 11am – 4:30pm

Location:  Blackwell’s Children’s Department, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3BQ

Date and time: Saturday 10 March 11am – 4:30pm


Spoonful of Murder reading by Robin Steven’s at Blackwell’s Westgate: 10 March 2018

Blackwell’s Westgate is delighted to welcome back Robin Stevens to our bookshop at Westgate for a reading and signing of the highly anticipated brand new adventure in the Murder Most Unladylike Seires, A Spoonful of Murder. Robin Stevens is a favourite author for readers aged 8 – 12.

Date and time: on Saturday 10th March at 2.00pm.

Location: Blackwell’s Bookshop, Westgate, 258 Queen Street, Oxford. OX1 1PE

For more details click here


Super Science Saturday at Oxford Natural History Museum: 10 March 2018

Join University researchers and wildlife conservationists at this science bonanza. Meet scientists who are working hard to find out what makes our planet work and how we can help to look after it. Have a go at worm handling, hold rocks from the Earth’s crust, and see lice from all around world!

There are family science shows about planet Earth: 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm.

Contact if you would like to book in advance for shows.

Location: Oxford University Museum of Natural History,, Parks Road,, Oxford, OX1 3PW

Date and time: 10 March 12pm  – 4pm drop-in

For more information click here


Super Saturday Skate, Oxford Ice Rink: 10 March 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 10 March at 11:30am – 4pm

To find out more click here

Cough Syrup – Saturday Science Club: 10 March 2018

We’ve all had that annoying cough that keeps you awake at night and tickles all day, but what is the best medicine to soothe a troublesome throat? This month, your young scientists will become pharmacists and carry out some of the processes that go into making cough syrup medicines. They’ll learn about viscosity and see just how fast germs can grow, by nurturing their very own (100% safe) micro-organism.

Suitable for ages 9 -12

Date and time: Saturday, 10 March 2018 10am – 11.30am and 12.30pm – 2pm

Costs £8 per child
Location: The Discovery Zone, The Basement, Oxford Centre For Innovation, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BY
Click here for more details


Ttravel underground to make your very own jumpy bunny, mole in a hole, brilliant badger, bouncy bat, playful fox and mischievous meerket.

Available Saturdays and every day during the Oxfordshire school holidays.

Times: 10:30am – 12:30pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: £2 per child

Suitable for: Children age 3+

Booking Information: Tickets available from the Museum Shop 10 minutes before the event starts. Please note that drop-in activities can be very popular. If very busy on the day, we will restrict tickets to timed entry slots. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by, and remain with, an adult at all times.

Location: Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury OX16 2PQ

Click here for more details


Activities at The Oxford Story Museum: 10 & 11 March 2018

Slime Stories with Jules Pottle

Make your own slime and experience a story in whole new way – fingers first! A fun, fascinating and SLIMY workshop run by Jules Pottle, Science Teacher of the Year (2016) and author of Science Through Stories.

Suitable for ages 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees must have a ticket.

Date and time: 10 March at 1pm and 3pm

Costs: £8/£6

ABC… Story

Explore a different story each week. Each session includes a welcome, a story, a stay-and-play time and an activity – messy play, movement or creative play.

Ages 0-3.

Today’s story: Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson and Nick East

Date and time: 10 March 10:30am – 11:30am

Costs: £5

The Cloud Factory with Sarah Bearchell

Have you ever touched a cloud? Now is your chance! Listen to a story and then reach for the clouds – in a super-sensory hands on scientific adventure to remember.

Suitable for ages 4-10. 

Date and time: 11 March 1:30am and 2pm

Costs: £7/£5

To find out more click here



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: 10 – 11  March 2018, 11am – 4pm

To find out more click here


Highway Rat Activity Trail at Wendover Woods: 10 & 11 March 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, 10 & 11 March 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:

Ferdinand – U

Ferdinand – a peace-loving and big-hearted bull – is torn away from his family and thrust into a life of farming and fighting, which he plots to escape from.

Showing dates and times: Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 March at 10am

For more information or to book tickets click here


Yarn Bombing at Henley River & Rowing Museum: 10 & 11 March 2018

Enjoy these incredible colourful creations as the museum is hit by a wave of yarn bombing! Thames Path Together crafting group have created an astounding variety of crochet and knitted designs, weaving, needlework, and collage. On show you’ll be able to see textile paintings, rowers, boats, ducks and a giant Mr Toad!

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

For more details click here

Penguin at Cornerstone Theatre in Didcot: 11 March 2018

Long Nose Puppets show Penguin is based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar.

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.

Penguin is exciting, surreal and full of surprises.

It’s a spectacular theatre experience for all ages, especially 2–8yrs.

Running time: 40 mins + a 15 minutes meet the puppets session after the show.

Costs: Prices: £7, Concs £5, Family £20

Location: Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE

Date and times: 11 March 2018 at 11am and 2pm

To book tickets click here



If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat while you’re out and about with the kids this weekend,  we’ve got loads of suggestions for child-friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire. Check out our handy guide, click here


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Have a great weekend x


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