Whats On Weekend 16th-17th Dec South East

So last weekend started off brilliantly with a fab trip to see The Nutcracker and The Mouse King at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.   Then sadly with the weather turning we were unable to reach Alton Towers for our Santa Sleepover weekend and had to cancel.  Gutted.  Absolutely gutted.  We’ve waited so long for this trip and were all so excited.  On the plus side the snow was fun and the kids enjoyed themselves which is good.

So as for this weekend, here’s whats on in the South East……..


  • Santa and his reindeer at the Orchard Centre, Didcot 11am-3pm.  Free event!
  • Real life nativity in Didcot Orchard Centre outside Cornerstone Arts Centre 4:30pm.  The story of Christmas told with carols and actors.  Free event!
  • Yummys Christmas Bazaar in the Market Place, Abingdon 10am – 5pm.  Live music, mulled cider and lots of tasty treats!
  • Xplorer family orienteering event at Wantage Memorial Park 10-12pm.  Free event and this time its a Christmas theme!  Free event!
  • Ashventures at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. 2-2:45pm and 3:15-4pm.  This weeks theme: Nativity story paintings. Free event!
  • Visit Santa at the Clarendon Shopping Centre in Oxford for free and receive a gift!  12-4pm.  Lots of competitions for all ages and free face painting too.  Free event!


  • Visit Santa at the Clarendon Shopping Centre in Oxford for free and receive a gift!  12-4pm.  Lots of competitions for all ages and free face painting too.  Free event!
  • Make a magical concoction at the Roald Dahl Museum just like George did with his Marvellous Medicine!  12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm.  £3pp plus museum entry.

Check out some of the ongoing events below!


  • Illuminated woodland walk at Basildon Park 10am-5pm daily until 7th January. Normal admission fees apply.
  • Billy and The Minpins exhibition at the Roald Dahl Museum. 7th September 2017- 15th April 2018
  • Illuminated weekends at Fairytale Farm every Saturday and Sunday 5-9pm until 17th December and 2oth-24th December.
  • Enchanted Menagerie at Waddesdon Manor with animal themed rooms and children’s trail, Christmas Imaginarium and Willow lantern walk.  Usual admission fees apply. 11th Nov-2nd Jan
  • The BFG in Pictures.  An exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley 19th October 2017-21st January 2018. Normal admission fees apply.
  • Real ice rink at Millets Farm 18th November – 4th January.  Sessions are 45 minutes long and include skate hire.  Prices start from £6.50.
  • 24th November – 23rd December Find Santa’s reindeer around the grounds at Waterperry Gardens, then collect a Christmas treat.  £2 child plus adult admission.
  • Christmas at Blenheim Palace 24th November – 1st January.  Singing Christmas trees, vintage carousel, tasty treats and more.  Adults £16.50. Children £10.50, Under 5s free.
  • Christmas day out with Thomas The Tank at Didcot Railway Centre.  Pre-book tickets online here Days Out With Thomas
  • Christmas scarecrow trail in East Hendred village.  Pick up your map for £1 from the village shop.  16th December – 6th January 2018.

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