February Half Term Oxford

February Half Term

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February Half Term

Monday 18th-Friday 22nd February 2019

I’m continually working on this page and filling it up with things to do in Oxford over the February half term. If you would like to make sure something is included – please email oxford@mumbler.co.uk

Also check out the Days Out area for all the things to do in and near Oxford – including farms, zoos, museums and soft plays.

Thank you!

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The Cat in the Hat – Oxford Playhouse

Tuesday 19th-Saturday 23rd Feb 2019

Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It’s fun to have fun but you have to know how!

When the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way?

Based on the much-loved book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat features feline frivolity aplenty, with his
acrobatic accomplices Thing 1 and Thing 2. With riotous rhymes which have delighted children for over fifty years, infectious humour and spectacular circus for the grown-ups, this wonderfully anarchic show is the purrfect treat for all the family.

Age guideline: 3+

Tickets:  £22.00/£18.00/£14.00/£10.00

Mumbler competition to win 4 tickets here! (Closes Sunday 28th Jan 2019)

For more information and to book tickets, go to the Oxford Playhouse website.

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The North Wall Arts Centre February Half Term

WOW! It’s Night Time 

Tuesday 19th February 2019 – 11am and 2pm

The curious little owl is back, and this time she’s ready to discover the wonders of night-time, from the big, bright moon to the bats in the sky and the foxes deep in the forest. But where are all the other owls? When the wind blows the leaves from her tree, you’ll soon see…

Little Angel’s production of WOW! Said the Owl enthralled our young audiences in 2017 and we are delighted to present this stunning adaptation of Tim Hopgood’s nocturnal sequel. For ages 2–5.

Full Price: £8
Concessions: £6

Book tickets here.

Sholomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids

Wednesday 20th Feb 2019 – 2pm

Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic. Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!

Full Price: £8
Concessions: £6

Book tickets here.

The North Wall Arts Centre website

Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz

Ashmolean February Half Term

Chinese Year of the Pig

Wed 20 & Thurs 21st Feb 2019, 1.00-4.00pm

Join us to celebrate the Chinese ‘Year of the Pig’ with piggy stories and crafts. Just drop in. All family events are free, with a suggested donation of £1 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Blackwell’s February Half Term

Saturday 16th Feb 2019 11-1 – Unicorn Day

Sunday 17th 12-12.30 – Sunday Storytime with Fiona Lunn

Monday 18th 2.30-3.30 – Teresa Heapy, Loved to Bits

Tuesday 19th 11-1 – Egg Box Crafts

Wednesday 20th 11-1 – Mermaid Day

Thursday 21st 11-1 – Dog Man Comic Making

Friday 22nd 11-1 – Children’s 140th Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Sunday 24th 12-1 – Lara Hawthorn, Alba The Hundred Year Old Fish

All events are FREE but phone to register 01865 333 694

Blackwell’s on Broad Street

Bunkers Hill Plant Nursery February Half Term

Our children’s treasure hunts are extremely popular and an ideal way to keep the little ones busy while you browse plants (or eat cake). There are two hunts on over half term: a bear hunt and an arctic animals hunt. Each child receives a certificate and prize. £1 per child (all proceeds to Restore).

On every day except CLOSED TUESDAY.

Bunkers Hill, Near Kidlington, OX5 3BA – 01869 331492

Cotswold Farm Park February Half Term


Saturday 16th February to Sunday 28th April 2019

Our flock of over 660 ewes are due to give birth this lambing season. Join us for:

– Access to our lambing shed, fingers crossed you will see a birth for yourself!
– Bottle feeding our lambs and goat kids
– Farm Safari rides
– Hold our chicks and rabbits
– Adventure Barn and Dolly’s Den soft play

Cotswold Farm Park

Didcot Railway Centre February Half Term

Sunday 17th, Wednesday 20th, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th Feb 2019

View our collections of steam engines, coaches, wagons and buildings and enjoy our facilities and exhibits, including our new exhibition, The Signalling Centre.

In addition, you will be able to:

  • Ride in coaches from the 1930s in our Steam Railmotor or behind one of our diesels.
  • Watch the trains go past.

Didcot Railway Centre

Earth Trust February Half Term

Mud Pie Monday
Monday 18th February 2019, 10-12
Youngsters will have the opportunity to get creative (and messy!) in our mud kitchen.
Suitable for children 7 and under. Drop-in. £4 per child.
Earth Trust Centre, Wittenham Clumps

Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday 20th February 2019, 10-12
Come out and play, and learn about your local wildlife. £2 per child. Mowbray Fields near Didcot.

Discover and Play
Friday 22nd February 2019, 10-12
Forest-School fun for the under-11s. Drop-in. £4 per child.
Earth Trust Centre, Wittenham Clumps

Fairytale Farm February Half Term

Once Upon a Unicorn

Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th Feb 2019

See the unicorn in a brand new interactive display, and watch this extraordinary creature make our flowers dance. Have your photograph taken with a unicorn standing in front of a beautiful fairytale castle backdrop and listen to the Rainbow Fairy telling a unicorn tale. Make your own unicorn crown and decorate a delicious ‘rain-icorn’ cookie.

Fairytale farm

Green Dragon Eco Farm February Half Term

‘Love Your Pets’ February Half Term Event

Saturday 16th-Sunday 24th Feb 2019

We will be hosting a variety of educational and fun experiences with the pets, including hands-on encounters, Q & A sessions and workshops on welfare, enrichment, small mammals and reptiles. There will also be a special ‘Love your Pets’ quiz trail – fun for all the family ending in a prize draw.

Green Dragon Eco Farm

Harcourt Arboretum February Half Term

Waking Up After Winter

Tuesday 19th February 2019, 1-3pm

Get outdoors and enjoy some nature-inspired craft in a beautiful woodland setting. Search for signs of spring and enjoy seasonal craft activities. Suitable for all ages. Donation of £2 per child.

Harcourt Arboretum

Hedgehog Club

Tuesday 19th Feb 2019
Join me and Wild Ways for a day in Colliers Copse near Appleton.

  • 5-8 year olds will make hides, log piles and bug hotels.
  • 9 + will learn how to survive in the woods in winter.

£35 for 1 child and £32 sibling discount.

Wednesday 20th Feb 2019
Blenheim Palace Family Forest School 10.30am-3pm.

Thursday 21st Feb 2019
Activity Day at Hailey Community Wood 9.30am -3.30pm.
Spend a day outdoors playing, building and exploring.
£30 for 1 child and £25 sibling discount.

07767 078876

History of Science Museum February Half Term

Chinese Dragon Fire-Clocks

Friday 22nd Feb 2019, 2-4pm

Make a working Chinese dragon fire-clock to celebrate Chinese New Year. Try it out at home! Drop-in, ages 7+, materials donation £3

History of Science Museum

Millets Farm February Half Term

The Tin Soldier
Mon 18th & Tues 19th February 2019, 10.30am & 2pm
A family show filled with wonderful puppetry, multimedia and live music. £10 adults / £10.50 concessions / under 18 months FREE.

Magic Peter
Weds 20th & Fri 22nd Feb 2019, 10.30am, 1pm & 3pm
A show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! £8 per child (includes 1 accompanying Adult) / £2 per additional adult.

The Grow Show – Wild Boor Ideas
Thurs 21st February 2019, 10.30am, 1pm & 3pm
The show follows the year in the life of a garden; featuring shadow puppets, glove puppets, catchy songs and a garden that grows before your very eyes! £8 per child / £9 per adult / under 18 months FREE

Children’s Jewellery
Tues 19th – Thurs 21st February 2019
Session times:
11.00–12noon (9yr+)
12.30–1.30pm (6yrs-8ys)
2pm–3pm (9yr+)
Children can design and make their own personalised jewellery from a huge selection of quality beads.

Sprouts Play Barn
During February half term Sprouts run 3 play sessions per day and pre-booking is essential.

Millets Farm

Museum of Natural History February Half Term

Life’s Secret Agents

Monday 18th-Wednesday 20th Feb 2019 – 1.00-4.00pm

Bacteria are living everywhere, including in and on you! Find out how these tiny superheroes battle each other to survive and what they are doing to help us. Join us for bacteria themed crafts and games. Family Friendly. Drop-in.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Notcutts Garden Centre February Half Term

Free Wildlife Trail

Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th Feb 2019

FREE wildlife trail around the garden centre where children can hunt for woodland characters.

FREE sessions for children to meet the garden centre’s resident pets from Monday to Friday, 11am and 3pm.

Notcutts Garden Centre, Nuneham Courtenay – 01865 343 454

Oxford Castle & Prison February Half Term

Dig! Kids Archaeological Event
Monday 18th, Wednesday 20th, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February 2019 – 12.00-1.00

Activities will include a treasure hunt exploring the 1,000 year-old site and learning more about its fascinating history, fossil making, and practicing the art of excavating itself! Recommended for ages 5-11 years. Book in advance. £9.50 for 1 child / £16 for 2 / adults go FREE.

Oxford Castle and Prison

Oxford Children’s Inflatable Play Park February Half Term

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd Feb 2019, 9.30-4.30

An indoor inflatable play park at Cheney Academy School, Oxford. Entertainment will include large Obstacle Courses, Slides, Bouncy Castles, Games and more… Suitable for children 2-12yrs, tickets £6.95 per session. Accompanying adults and under 2s are FREE. Booking is recommended however on the door entry will be accepted subject to capacity.

Event by Inflataplay – 0871 871 0304


Pets at Home February Half Term

My Pet Pals Super Small Furries Workshop

Saturday 16th-Sunday 24th Feb 2019 – 11.30am each day

Kids will receive an activity sheet, cool stickers, and they can meet our amazing animals… all for FREE! Our workshops help to teach children how rewarding pets can be and how to care for them.

Pets at Home – Botley Road and Templars Retail Park, Cowley

Pitt Rivers February Half Term

This is Me

Monday 18th-Wednesday 20th Feb 2019 – 1.00-4.00pm

Who are you? What makes you special? Take part in object handling and craft making designed by youth group My Normal. Craft, object handling, family friendly event, ages 6+

Pitt Rivers Museum

Playgroups & Classes

The following playgroups and classes carry on as normal over holidays (except bank holidays). Please email oxford@mumbler.co.uk if you know of any others – thanks!

Twiglets – Mondays 10.30-12.30, East Oxford

Donnington Doorstep – Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00-2.00, near Donnington Bridge

Little Sharks – Mondays 9.30-11.30, Headington

Rose Hill Children’s Centre Stay & Play – Tuesdays 9.30-11.30

Family Forest School at Blenheim Palace – Wednesdays drop-in 10.30-3.00

Allsorts Playgroup – Thursdays 12.30-2.30, Rose Hill

Energisers – Fridays 10.00-11.00, Brookes

OXSRAD Tots – Fridays 10-12, Marston

Balance Bikers – Saturdays 9.00am, Meadow Lane

Botley Bridges – all sessions continuing as normal

The Maple Tree – all sessions continuing as normal

South Oxford Family Room – all sessions continuing as normal

Oxfordshire County Library – all sessions continuing as normal

Story Museum – all sessions continuing as normal

River & Rowing Museum February Half Term

Nice Mice!
Tuesday 19th Feb 2019 – 10.30-12.30
Make your own little mice from junk materials plus some habitats to hide them in.  For 4–7 years.
Booking essential

Brilliant Bird Feeders
Wednesday 20th Feb 2019 – 10.30-12.30
Find out how local wildlife adapts to survive the winter and make a bird feeder. For 7-11 years.
Booking essential

Fire and Ice
Thursday 21st Feb 2019 – 10.30-12.30
Make a mini volcano and craft a sundial.
FREE with admission

Lively Letters
Friday 22nd Feb 2019 – 10.30-12.30
Be inspired by William Morris’s beautiful lettering to create a banner. For 4–7 years.
Booking essential

River & Rowing Museum

Roves Farm February Half Term


Saturday 16th-Sunday 24th February 2019

Jump on one of our trailer tractor rides and spot the scarecrows as you drive around. Can you help our very unique Roves Farm Scarecrow scare away the birds?

Roves Farm

Science Oxford February Half Term

Ready to Roll Coding Workshop
Tuesday 19th Feb 2019 – 10 & 12.30
Our spy kids will create an anti-cheat game-playing network. Suitable for ages 9-12. £8 per child.

Marble Mazes at the Roald Dahl Museum
Thursday 21st Feb 2019 – 11 & 12.30
Our budding engineers will harness the forces of friction and gravity to design their own marble maze. Suitable for age 6+. Booking is through the Roald Dahl Museum. £3 per participant plus admission.

Maths Madness with Kyle Evans
Thursday 21st Feb 2019 – 2.00pm
Get ready for an hour of mind-bending maths and lots of audience participation with award-winning musical maths comedian Kyle D Evans.

Wacky Races at the Roald Dahl Museum
Thursday 21st Feb 2019 – 2.30-4.00
Budding engineers can design and build a model car to test out on our course. Suitable for ages 7+. £4 + museum entry.

Science Oxford

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum February Half Term

Wednesday 20th February 2019 2-4pm

Come and enjoy our family-friendly museum. Make something special and take it home! Just drop in. For kids age 3-9. £2 per child.

SOFO Museum


The Oxfordshire Museum February Half Term

TOM Tots
Tuesday 19th Feb 2019 10.30-11
Under 5s fun. £1 per child/ £2.50 family

Family Fun drop-in crafty activities
Tuesday 19th Feb 2019 2.00-4.00 – ‘Fantastic teapots’
Thursday 21st Feb 2019 2.00-4.00 – ‘Time for Tea’
£2 per child / £5 family

The Oxfordshire Museum

The Story Museum February Half Term

Crafty Story-time: The Sheep Pig
Wednesday 20th February 2019 – 12 and 2.30
Listen to the story of Dick King-Smith’s The Sheep-Pig and then decorate a stone with a pig and sheep on.

Crafty Story-time: Charlotte’s Web
Thursday 21st Feb 2019 – 12 and 2.30
Hear about the unlikely friendship of pig and spider, and make your own glistening spiderweb message.

Suitable for ages 5+. FREE but booking recommended.

The Story Museum

Waddesdon Manor February Half Term

Sat 16th-Sun 22nd Feb 2019 10-3
Join Captain Mimi in an adventure across the high trees, as you take on a pirate-themed orienteering course around the Waddesdon grounds. £3 per route. Pay on the day. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged!

Family Cookery School
Sat 16th-Sun 22nd Feb 2019 11.30-3.30
Hands-on cookery class suitable for 7-11 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. £25 pp. Booking essential.

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor – February Half Term

Join us at Waddesdon Manor for a fun filled February half term. There’s plenty to keep you busy, from orienteering to a hands-on cookery class.

Don your jetpack with Thames valley orienteering club, for a space-themed week of muddy adventures. Find different challenges for all age groups, and collect medals for each route you complete around the grounds.

Or try something new and learn new cookery skills, with Waddesdon’s family cookery school. Run by Waddesdon’s professional chefs, create a delicious lunch, plus a wonderful selection of sweet and savoury treats to take home. This jam-packed day is guaranteed to leave children inspired.

Waterperry Gardens February Half Term

Alphabet ‘I Spy’ 
Saturday 16th-Sunday 24th Feb 2019 10-5
Spy the whole alphabet and win a prize! £2.50 per child (plus entrance fee for adults)

Snowdrop Weekends
Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th Feb 2019 10-5 & Saturday 23rd-Sunday 24th Feb 20-15
More than 60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens. Free guided tours at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Entrance fees apply.

Waterperry Gardens

Yarnton Home & Garden February Half Term

Join us for 5 fun packed days of FREE activities this February half term.

Monday 10.30-4.00 – Cress Heads
Tuesday 11.00-3.00 – Dizzy’s Deans Magic Show
Wednesday – All day colouring activities
Thursday 11.00-3.00 – Dizzy’s Deans Magic Show
Friday 10.30-4.00 – Arty Crafty Recycling

Yarnton Home and Garden, Sandy Lane, Yarnton, OX5 1PA