Happy New Year!! This is our first weekend post of 2019 and we are super excited about the year ahead!
If you’re looking for things to do with the family in Oxfordshire, there’s loads happening this weekend and we’ve got all the best, not-to-be-missed bits right here for you.
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PETER PAN AT NORTH WALL ART CENTRE
5 January 2019
A shadow at the window, a sprinkling of fairy dust and then straight on till morning: the Darling children are off on an adventure. Can Peter Pan lead the Lost Boys to victory, or will Hook win Neverland?
This winter, pull up a chair for Creation Theatre’s eighth family Christmas show at The North Wall. From the creative team behind last year’s sell-out A Christmas Carol and 2016’s anarchic Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, this brand-new adaptation of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan is packed full of songs, sword fights and awfully big adventures.
Recommended for ages 7+
To book Peter Pan click here
ALBY THE PENGUIN SAVES CHRISTMAS AT THE OXFORD PLAYHOUSE
Alby isn’t just any penguin. Alby is a very special penguin. Alby is a snow-white penguin…
Cast off by his fellow penguins, Alby finds himself all alone at the South Pole. When he stumbles across Santa’s list of presents left behind in the snow, Alby realises that Christmas isn’t going to happen unless the list is reunited with its owner. But it’s going to take one very brave penguin to save the day…
Alby the Pengiun Saves Christmas is an enchanting story full of music, puppetry and one very special penguin. The perfect festive treat for children aged 3 to 6 and their families.
Duration: 50mins with no interval
An Oxford Playhouse and Reading Rep production written and directed by Helen Eastman
From an original idea by Hannah Groombridge
Age guideline: 3 to 6
Location: Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford, UK, OX1 2LW
Box Office: 01865 305 305
For more details click here
The first ever WITNEY WONDERLAND will be lighting up St Mary’s Church in Witney, Oxfordshire this Christmas. Visitors will be treated to see a host of illuminated Christmas trees and magical decorations, arranged around the chapels of St Mary’s Church for the month-long Christmas Festival of music, arts and Christmas fun!
This brand new annual event is run by Joss Searchlight, a local children’s cancer charity who provide support to ill children and their families across the region working together with St Mary’s Parish events team.
St Mary’s and the Church Green is a hugely popular destination in Witney,celebrating its 775th anniversary, it’s only befitting that a fun
filled, month of festivities should come to the town for such a joyous time of year! The glittering trees are being decorated in a variety of imaginative ways by businesses, charities and community groups. Head to Witney and see the amazing 12ft Gold sponsor trees from Oxford Products, Unipart, Noble Foods, Cottsway, Whites of Oxford and Burford Laundry.
During the festival, there will also be an ‘I LOVE Witney’ photography exhibition and a public vote to name visitor’s favourite photo. This
free-to-enter festival is open to visitors from 9am to 5pm every day until Saturday January 5th. There are also a host of special events and
performances planned throughout the festival including; Pam Ayres, Big Bands, Swing Patrol, Military Wives Choir, Burford Orchestra and local music talent.
More announcements to follow Check the website for updates: www.witneywonderland.co.uk
DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT AT OXFORD PLAYHOUSE
5 – 6 January
Following the huge success of Jack and the Beanstalk, join Oxford Playhouse for a pirate, pussycat and rat-packed panto party!
Dick Whittington’s heading to town to seek his fortune – he’s heard the streets are paved with gold. But when he gets there, it’s hard to see the gold beneath the grime and King Rat is out to get him!
And that’s just the start of his adventures. With his trusty cat in tow and pirate ships on the horizon, Dick’s going to need a little help from you if he’s going to win the day.
Book now for this fabulous festive treat – it’ll be a Whitting-tonne of fun!
Duration: 2 hours with interval
Age guideline: 5 to 105!
For more details click here
CINDERELLA – A FESTIVE FAIRY TALE EXPERIENCE AT BLENHEIM
23 November – 6 January
EXPLORE THE STATE ROOMS AT BLENHEIM PALACE, SEASONALLY DECORATED AND LAVISHLY THEMED INTO THE MAGICAL FAIRY TALE FANTASY WORLD OF CINDERELLA…
Wander along colonnades and through historic rooms filled with hidden surprises, the sights and sounds conjure up much-loved fairy tale characters.
The Stepmother’s drawing room set for Afternoon Tea, the Ugly Sister’s room is bright and bold, scattered with clothes, books and shoes. Whilst Cinderella’s room is home to her delicate hand-made gown. Walk further into the crystal world of The Fairy Godmother, then along to the Prince’s charmingly grand room.
Midnight strikes, the clocks all chime, and as the story ends, hang your own wish upon the Wishing Tree in the romantically candlelit chapel.
For more details about Cinderella – A festive fairy tale experience click here
ALADDIN PANTO AT CHIPPING NORTON THEATRE
14 November – 13 January 2019
This Christmas, prepare for sunnier climes and a little adventure… Far, far away in a mysterious land, Aladdin is about to embark on the greatest adventure of all time…
Calling all intrepid explorers! Grab your compass and hop aboard the bi-plane as the nation’s favourite traditional panto heads for Egypt.
With dancing mummies, disappearing pyramids and a deeply daft genie, expect a laughter-filled spectacular. This is Aladdin as you’ve never seen it before! When Aladdin meets Jasmine, both are sure their luck will change, but the wicked Abanazar has other plans.
Family friendly from start to finish, and packed with magical marvels and toe-tapping tunes, this is the Chippy Panto you’ve been wishing for.
We went to see this a few weeks ago, read our review here
For more details click here
ICE SKATING AT MILLETS FARM
17 November – 6 January
Indulge in some festive fun for all the family with Ice Skating on our REAL Ice Rink at Millets Farm. The Ice skating rink is fully undercover so can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Follow your skate with a trip to the fully enclosed, undercover Moose Lodge Ice Cafe where you will find an array of delicious festive treats!
The Ice Rink is back from Saturday 17th November 2018 and will be open until Thursday 6th January 2019.
Located in Frosts Garden Centre – the Ice Rink is located in our outside sales area-Please follow the directional signs through the centre
For more details about the ice rink click here
BING LIVE 2019 AT WYCOMBE SWAN
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 January 2019
Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are touring the UK in the first ever Bing stage show! And they’re coming to Wycombe Swan Theatre on Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 January.
Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan… Don’t miss the chance to see your little one’s face as their favourite characters are brought to life in this brand-new show. Full of fun, laughter and music, Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.
Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing! Tickets from £15.50. To find out more and book your seats now, 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.
EATING OUT WITH THE KIDS IN OXFORDSHIRE THIS WEEKEND
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, please click here.
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