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What’s on for Families in Oxfordshire this weekend: 17 & 18 March 2018

What’s on for Families in Oxfordshire this weekend: 17 & 18 March 2018

It looks like we need to prepare for another chilly weekend! If you manage to get out and about here’s this week’s guide to what’s on for families in Oxfordshire this weekend.

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Thame Tidy: 17 March 2018

Get your old clothes on and help tidy the streets, trails and alleys of Thame.

Location: Thame Town Hall, Thame, Oxfordshire. OX9 3DP

Date and time: 17 March 10am – 4pm

For more details click here

Spring Fayre, Haddenham: 17 March 2018

A fun day for all the family is taking place at St Mary’s School in Haddenham this Saturday.

Activities include Face Painting, Pony Rides, A Treasure Hunt, Splat the Rat and much more.

Location: St Mary’s CE School, Aston Road, Haddenham, Bucks. HP17 8AF

Date and time: 17 March at 1 – 4pm

Cost: Adults £2, Children Free


Super Saturday Skate, Oxford Ice Rink: 17 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 17 March at 11:30am – 4pm

To find out more click here

Maker Club – Crack the Code: 17 March 2018

Science Oxford are training up mini-Secret Agents at this month’s Maker Club! These next-gen hackers will learn how to make and break codes, find out how to understand crypto systems and attempt to decrypt messages sent over the internet. They’ll be signing up to MI5 in no time!

Makers who have been before are welcome to bring along a project of their own to work on.

Suitable for ages 9 -12

Date and time: Saturday, 17 March 2018 10am – 12pm (age 12+) and 1pm – 3pm (ages 9 – 12)

Costs £10 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

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Day out with Thomas at Didcot Railway: 17 & 18 March 2018

Meet Thomas and his friends and The Fat Controller, who will be keeping an eye on everything today. Enjoy rides all day and as often as you wish. Thomas the Tank Engine is running on his Branch Line and his friends are running on the Main Line.

During the day, colourful ‘Professor Crump’ will be clowning around the Centre and ‘Twistina and Twistopher’ will be balloon modelling. Thomas story readings will be held hourly from 11am in the Imagination Station.

Don’t forget to collect your souvenir ‘Day Out With Thomas’ Certificate signed by The Fat Controller.

A wide range of souvenirs is available in the ‘Thomas’ shop. There is a Refreshment Room serving lunches, snacks and drinks and also a picnic area where you can sit and watch the trains go by. Whilst at Didcot, remember to take a walk round the Engine Shed to see more of Thomas’ friends.

Location: Didcot Railway Centre, DIDCOT, Oxfordshire. OX11 7NJ

Date and time: 17 & 18 March at 10:30am – 3:30pm

For more details click here


Earth Trust Lambing Weekend – 17 & 18 March 2018

Each year Earth Trust invites you behind the scenes of their working farm. The Lambing Weekends are your opportunity to explore the farmyard and meet some of our Farm Step tenants and their animals – including newborn lambs, piglets and goats! All the farmers will be on hand to introduce you to their animals and tell you more about the life of a shepherd, pig farmer and goat cheesemaker.

But that’s not all! There’ll also be…

  • Bale climbing (bigger and better than ever!)
  • Tractor and trailer rides
  • Children’s activities

Refreshments available from Poem Tree Café and the Emma’s Ewesful Acres BBQ

Location: Earth Trust Centre, OX14 4QZ

Date and time: 17 & 18 March 10am – 4pm

Cost: £8 adult, £5 child, £22 family

For more details click here


Odds Farm Park “25th Year” – 17 & 18 March 2018

Celebrate Odds Farm’s 25th Birthday, stepping back in time with historical facts and stories along with some special surprises too!

For more details click here


Tractor Trailer Rides at Millets Farm – 17 & 18 March 2018

Take a ride around the farm on Tony, the Tractor’s Trailer.

Location: Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire. OX13 5HB

Date & Time: 17 & 18 March at 10am-4pm.

Cost: £1 per person.

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Oxford Literary Festival at The Oxford Story Museum: 17 & 18 March 2018

Oxford Literary Festival starts this weekend and The Oxford Story Museum has a schedule jam packed full of author events including book signings with Charlie and Lola author, Lauren Child, Illustration Workshops with illustrator Claire Alexander and much more.

For full details click here

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


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: 17 & 18  March 2018, 11am – 4pm

To find out more click here


Highway Rat Activity Trail at Wendover Woods: 17 & 18 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, 17 & 18 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:

Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas – U

Tad Jones is back, and this time he must rescue Sarah from a greedy kidnapper and find an ancient necklace before it can be used for evil.

Showing dates and times: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March at 10am

For more information or to book tickets click here


Yarn Bombing at Henley River & Rowing Museum: 17 & 18 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


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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