I know many of you, like me, are faintly dreading the coming week and wonder “what can I do with the kids?” Well, Oxfordshire is a veritable smorgasbord of free, cheap and low cost entertainments, both indoors and outdoors. What with The C word (yes, I went there – Christmas) on the horizon, Halloween at the end of the week and fireworks night shortly thereafter there are all sorts of themed activities to do across the county. I’ve outlined a small selection for you below, a gateway if you would, with something to do each day, but most of the venues listed are holding more than one event and it would be worth looking through their sites. Google is also your friend if you’re looking for something in a specific town.
24th October – 1st November – Halloween at Blenheim Palace
A (in their words) “delightfully spooky itinerary of events and activities to entertain your little ghouls during October Half Term”. From ghost trains to pumpkin trails there’s a mix of activities for all ages.
24th October 2015 – Nick Cope’s Songbook
The Story Museum is hosting the lovely Nick Cope again as he regales his audience with songs about Pirates, Poo and Another cup of tea. Do not miss it. (If I wasn’t at a wedding I’d take my own advice)
26th October 2015 – 28th October – Egyptastic at the Pitt Rivers Museum
Come and meet the Pitt Rivers’ Ancient Egyptian mummy and discover more about Ancient Egypt. Make a spectacular amulet.
27th October 2015 – Lino cut relief printing in the woods
Work with professional printmaker & Oxford University Artist in Residence at Wytham Woods. Sketch from the Museum’s collection to create your print composition. Learn about and try preparing the block, image transfer and carving technique and printing the block. For older children/teens.
27th October 2015 – Owls for October at the Harcourt Arboretum
For younger children – find out about the resident barn owl and get creative with some owl related and Autumnal crafts to make and take home.
28th October 2015 – Woodland Adventure
An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover our secret destination where we will explore, build and play!
28th October 2015 – Advent at the Arboretum
Forget Halloween – it’s all about Christmas here. Get ready for advent with some seasonal crafts. Collect natural materials to make a wreath and tree decorations.
30th October – 1st November 2015 – Trick or Treat at the Oxford Castle
A ghoulish line-up of inmates will be locked up in the old cells of Oxford’s former prison this Halloween to put the fun and frights into trick or treating at Oxford Castle Unlocked.