Activities & Events In Oxfordshire May Half Term

May half term is very nearly upon us and it’s looking jam-packed with lots of fun spring activities.  Lets hope this gorgeous weather continues!  Don’t forget to check out the ongoing events at the bottom of the post as well as the daily events.  There are scarecrow trails, historical re-enactments,fetes, animal roadshows and more!

Saturday 26th May

  • Rails on the Western Front day at Didcot Railway Centre 10:30-5pm to commemorate the First World War.  The Great War Society will be there helping to bring history to life with a military camp and demonstrations.  Take part in the WWI trail.  Booking in advance not necessary, tickets can be purchased on the gate.
  • African drumming workshop at the Great Coxwell Barn 2:30-3:30pm.  Participants must be aged 4+ .  Tickets can be booked here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-drumming-workshop-great-coxwell-barn-saturday-26th-may-tickets-44332983146
  • Blenheim Palace food festival.  Over 150 food and drink exhibitors, live demonstrations with celebrity chefs and plenty of interactive family-friendly activities.  Tickets can be purchased at www.blenheimpalace.com
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party at the Great Coxwell Barn 11am-1pm.  Solve puzzles, unravel mysteries and enjoy a tea party with the Mad Hatter himself.  This is a 2 hour character led experience.  Suitable for children up to 12 years.  £15 per child (including fully catered tea party).  Book tickets at www.boxedupevents.co.uk
  • Operation Earth live science show at the Oxford Museum of Natural History 2pm and 3pm.  Book in advance or pick up your token from the welcome desk.  Places are limited.

Sunday 27th May

  • Blenheim Palace food festival.  Over 150 food and drink exhibitors, live demonstrations with celebrity chefs and plenty of interactive family-friendly activities.  Tickets can be purchased at www.blenheimpalace.com

Monday 28th May

  • Harwell Feast 11am-5pm starting with a parade through the village to the recreation ground where there will be stalls and activities including English Civil War re-enactment group, dog show, veteran cars, falconry display and more.
  • Blenheim Palace food festival.  Over 150 food and drink exhibitors, live demonstrations with celebrity chefs and plenty of interactive family-friendly activities.  Tickets can be purchased at www.blenheimpalace.com
  • Cogges Family Festival including morris dancers, music, teddy bears picnic, lawn games, scarecrow competition and more.  Normal entry fees apply.

Tuesday 29th May

  • Science drop-in event at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage where you can meet real scientists, take part in hands on activities and see demonstrations.  10am-3pm.  FREE (donations welcome).
  • Family Xplorer orienteering event in  Wantage Memorial Park 10-12pm.  FREE
  • Tree climbing (with high ropes) at Earth Trust, Little Wittenham 10am-5pm.  Children must be aged 6+ to take part.  Book tickets here:  https://www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk/tree-climbing-events/
  • Creature creations with Science Oxford at Cogges Farm.  Workshops suitable for age 5-9 years at 10:30am, 1pm or 3pm.  Included in normal admission fee.  Book your child’s place in advance here: http://www.cogges.org.uk/node/386
  • Dinosaur World Live show at Oxford Playhouse 11-12pm and 2-3pm.  Tickets cost £15 each.  Book here:  www.oxfordplayhouse.com
  • Operation Earth live science show at the Oxford Museum of Natural History 2pm and 3pm.  Book in advance or pick up your token from the welcome desk.  Places are limited.

Wednesday 30th May

  • Slime workshops at The Mix in Wantage 1:30-4:30pm.  £3 per slime.  Drop in session.  Children can choose to make sticky slime, stretchy sill putty or fluffy marshmallow slime.
  • Make your own rock pet in the Manor House kitchen at Cogges.  Free with normal admission.
  • Meet the bugs at Beale Park 1:30-3:30pm including snakes, giant insects, Giant African snails and a tarantula! Included in normal admission fee.
  • Build your own butterfly feeder and take part in a nationwide survey at Beale Park.  £5 per butterfly feeder which you get to take home with you.  10:30-12:30pm.
  • Dinosaur World Live show at Oxford Playhouse 11-12pm and 2-3pm.  Tickets cost £15 each.  Book here:  www.oxfordplayhouse.com
  • Rosie’s Grow Show at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre 10-12pm and 1-3pm.  A fun interactive puppet show experience with songs and a puppet garden that grows before your eyes!  Tickets cost £4 per child, adults free.  Book here: http://www.bbowt.org.uk/whats-on?page=1
  • Help create a huge cityscape at the Ashmolean Museum 1-4pm and make a mini cityscape of your own.  FREE (suggested donation £1 for materials).
  • Operation Earth live science show at the Oxford Museum of Natural History 2pm and 3pm.  Book in advance or pick up your token from the welcome desk.  Places are limited.
  • Samba band ‘Jamma de Samba’ will be performing in the Orchard Centre, Didcot 11-2pm. FREE

Thursday 31st May

  • Kite making in the manor house at Cogges.  Included in normal admission fee.
  • Children’s wildlife photography course at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre.  Suitable for age 8 years+ (no younger siblings please).  Bring your digital camera and learn from our expert wildlife photographer.  Starting off in the classroom learning techniques and how to use your camera, we will then head off in to the nature reserve to put your new skills into practise.  Certificates will be awarded at the end.   10-12:30pm £25 per child.  Book here: http://www.bbowt.org.uk/events/2018/05/31/childrens-workshop-wildlife-photography?instance=0
  • Help create a huge cityscape at the Ashmolean Museum 1-4pm and make a mini cityscape of your own.  FREE (suggested donation £1 for materials).
  • Circus school at Cornerstone Arts Centre for 5-11 year olds. 2-3:30pm. Tickets cost just £3 per child!
  • Waxy handz will be in the Orchard Centre, Didcot 11-3pm making wax casts of your kids hands.  FREE

Friday 1st June

  • Woodland club bugs and birds at Cogges.  Included in normal admission fee.

Saturday 2nd June

  • Music in the Park at Abbey Meadows in Abingdon 5-10pm.  A host of live music, plenty of space for picnics and fireworks to finish off the evening.  Tickets can be purchased here:  https://ticketsales.flameconcepts.systems/8VTZCZuPEQuNG36edawhwu9aeaatRnvh
  • Meet researchers and conservation groups and some of the creatures they study at the launch of Oxfordshire’s Festival of Nature.  10am-4pm.  FREE drop in at Oxford Museum of Natural History.

Sunday 3rd June

  • Faringdon Festival of Transport at Faringdon Town Football Club from 9am onwards.  Come and see classic retro cars, vans, bikes and trucks.  FREE (donations welcome to GOSH).

Ongoing Events

  • Children’s Tudor animal trail at The Vyne in Basingstoke.  21st November 2017- 3rd June 2018.  Normal admission fees apply.
  • Barbara Hepworth:Finding Form.  An exhibition of this very talented artist’s sculptures and how they were made as well as a history of her life.  River & Rowing Museum, Henley.  9th February – 3rd June 2018
  • Marvellous machines exhibition at Banbury Museum including quirky gadgets and contraptions.   24th March – 9th June 2018
  • It’s Always Tea Time exhibition at The Story Museum, Oxford walking into the world of Alice In Wonderland.  Follow a picture trail, enjoy a tea party, listen to tales from a giant tea cup and take part in a variety of themed events.  Friday 30th March – Saturday 7th July 2018.
  • Open air sculpture exhibition at Shaw House in Newbury.  The Orangery will be transformed into a sculpture trail and some of the sculptors will be opening their studios for visitors to browse round.  Open every day 11am-4pm on Saturday 12th May – Sunday 3rd June 2018.  The house will also be open at weekends and during half term.  FREE
  • Myths and legends scarecrow trail in East Hagbourne village.  Maps can be purchased for £1 from the Community Shop or Fleur De Lyes pub and all proceeds go to charity.  Saturday 26th May – Sunday 10th June 2018.
  • Didcot and Wallingford train trails hunt.  Buy a map for £1 from Cornerstone in Didcot, Blewbury post office, Wallingford Town Information Centre or Poppycraft in Wallingford.  Solve the clues to find all 44 trains!  Saturday 26th May – Sunday 10th June 2018.
  • Colourscape  at Waddesdon Manor.  Immerse yourself into unusual musical experiences inside 56 inter-linked light chambers.  Adults £5, children £3 plus normal grounds entry fee.  Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June 2018.
  • Animation work shops, Land Rover themed activities, adventure tours and more at the British Motor Museum near Banbury.  Every day 10-4pm.  All activities are included in normal admission fees.  Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June 2018.
  • Enjoy a fun week of rainforest tours, animal talks and crafts every day at The Living Rainforest Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June 2018.  Normal admission fees apply.
  • Love your zoo trail at Beale Park.  Find the 10 answers hidden around the park then hand in your answer sheet to be in with a chance of winning some wild prizes.  Trail sheets cost 50p each.  Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June 2018.
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