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Baby & Toddler Swimming – What Are the Benefits?

Oxford Mumbler at Water babies

I’ve been going to Water Babies swimming lessons with my little boy (who has just turned one) for a few months now and thought it was time to share a review of what we’ve been up to – together with top ten benefits of baby swimming below… (more…)


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Top 10 Things To Do at Cogges Farm this Easter!


With the Easter holidays just around the corner, trees in bloom and the promise of sunny spring days, it’s hard not to start planning some much needed fresh air to blow the cobwebs away and get some outdoorsy fun in with the family. (more…)


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Nippers and Slippers in Pictures

We had our first session of ‘Nippers & Slippers’ intergenerational playgroup on Friday 15th February 2019 and it was a huge success – with the room jam packed full of families and care home residents mingling and happily spending time together! (more…)


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Oxford Mumbler Reviews babyballet


We had a great time when we were invited along to a babyballet class in Summertown recently. My son has never really tried dancing before, bar a few living room discos, but loves music and I was excited to see how he’d get on. (more…)


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Mumbler Explores the Zog Trail at Wendover Woods


Zog is one of Julia Donaldson’s best creations… for anyone not familiar with the story, it really is a goody. Zog the slightly hapless dragon is at dragon school learning all the things that dragons need to know – like breathing out fire (not snow!), roaring and capturing princesses. (more…)


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Toddler Sense Review

FREE TASTER if you get in touch with Toddler Sense here and quote ‘Oxford Mumbler’

Toddler Sense classes started here in Oxford this April. They are run by Natasha, who took it on after moving to Oxfordshire… (more…)


Bach to Baby

Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed concert series for babies, toddlers, and their carers. It was started in London by a Miaomiao Yu, herself a concert pianist, and has just arrived in Oxford – at St Michael at the North Gate, Cornmarket. (more…)


Bubbles, Glitter & Yoga at Prana Yoga’s Flow & Glow!


Prana Yoga are hosting Flow & Glow – a fabulous mini day retreat with lots of yoga, a bit of glitter, and a few glasses of bubbly! (more…)


Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Farm, near Chipping Norton, is the first attraction in the UK that aims to cater equally to children with and without disabilities. It’s the creation of couple Nick and Nicola Laister who were inspired by outings with their children (the oldest of whom has cerebral palsy), after noticing that at many places children with disabilities are left at the sidelines. (more…)


Introducing Oxford Mumbler Nippers and Slippers


I was really keen to start a Mumbler playgroup of some kind as it’s such a lovely and important thing to have places to go to meet other parents, be part of a community and to get out of the house! I then saw the Channel 4 programme about the nursery in an old people’s home and thought how incredible this would be in Oxford. (more…)


Mumbler Explores the Fairy Doors of Kidlington


The Fairy Doors of Kidlington trail has been on my to-do list for a while. For anyone new to the magical world of fairy doors, as I was until this weekend, they are tiny little doors that people have made or bought, decorated, and placed on a tree. They are extremely cute and kids LOVE THEM. (more…)


Mumbler Reviews Cotswold Farm Park

Last week I went with my boys – ages 3 and 9 months – to Cotswold Farm Park in Cheltenham (just under an hour’s drive) together with my older son’s best friend and his mum. We had an absolute whale of a time!

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Mumbler Reviews Madagascar the Musical


Madagascar the Musical has arrived at the New Theatre on George Street and will be there until this Saturday – 4th May. We were delighted to be invited along to the opening night to review it for Mumbler, especially as my three year old son is a massive fan of the movie. It’s replaced Frozen as the most watched in our house. (more…)


Mumbler Reviews the Children’s Play Village


The Children’s Play Village in Warwick is without doubt in my top three best days out places ever. My three year old loved it. My baby loved it. I loved it. They’ve absolutely 100% nailed it and you couldn’t not have a great time there… (more…)


Mumbler Reviews The North Wall Arts Centre

The North Wall Arts Centre on South Parade in Summertown is a quirky little theatre with lots on for kids (and adults too). (more…)


National Trust Adventures Near Oxford

We were given National Trust passes for Christmas last year and then, before we knew it, it was June and we had barely used them… oops! We were feeling quite guilty about it and dreading being asked by the giver-of-the-passes what we’d been to see… (more…)


Oxford Maths Festival 11th-12th May 2019

Oxford’s only festival dedicated to family maths fun is back for a second year! The Oxford Maths Festival was started in 2018 as a free event for all ages to explore and enjoy maths. As part of the festival there are a host of activities for ages 3 and up. (more…)


The Best Nature Reserves In & Around Oxford

The Oxford Festival of Nature is nearly upon us! Running for two weeks from 1st June, it will amaze, astound and fascinate families across the city. (more…)


Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga with Prana Yoga and the Benefits


Sponsored guest blog by Prana Yoga – a yoga community in Oxford holding multiple classes each day in addition to workshops and special events.

What are the benefits of pregnancy yoga?

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Tarzanna – Acrobatic Brilliance & Family Fun!

Saturday 25 May at The North Wall

This May half term, families are invited to swing through the jungle and save the rainforest with TARZANNA, a bold and brilliant aerial theatre show for children aged 3 – 8.

Anna likes to keep things neat and tidy: she likes things to be in order. But her whole world is turned upside down when she is magically transported to the rainforest, where she discovers wonders she’s never dreamed of. When danger approaches, can she become the wild Tarzanna she needs to be in order to save her new home?

This playful, energy-filled show for all the family features buckets of spectacular storytelling, acrobatic brilliance and interactive fun. Tarzanna will be performed at The North Wall in Summertown at 11am & 2pm on Saturday 25 May. Tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions) and can be booked online here or by calling 01865 319450.

Ever wanted to learn how growl like a lion? Dance like a monkey? Come and learn how to move like the animals in Tarzanna and in the jungle in our Animal Movement Workshop at 3.15pm. Spaces cost £2.50 per child.


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May 2019


The Pottery Place


I’ve got a newborn son and so as well as taking hundreds of photos of him, my thoughts are turning to keepsakes. I was really keen to get a little tile of his painted footprints and so, as one of our first outings, we headed to The Pottery Place in Witney. (more…)


The Story behind Little Storybeans

Does Oxfordshire really need a new children’s group? Well, yes, I think so. But I would say that, wouldn’t I?

Let me explain how Little Storybeans came into being. (more…)


Vibrant New Family Musical In the Willows is at the Oxford Playhouse this Easter!

In the Willows is an explosive new British musical and it’s coming to the Oxford Playhouse this Easter holiday! The classic story The Wind in the Willows is brought leaping into the 21st century with ballads, beats and backflips in this fresh new musical for all the family. (more…)


Where to Go Lambing Near Oxford


Spring has sprung and baby lambs are on their way! Here are the top picks for lambing in Oxfordshire:

Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham
Saturday 8 February 2020 – Sunday 19 April 2020
Our flock of over 660 ewes are due to give birth this lambing season and we’d love to share the magic with you.
Join us for:

  • Daily talks from our team about lambing and our flock
  • Access to our lambing shed, fingers crossed you will see a birth for yourself!
  • Have a go at bottle feeding our lambs and goat kids
  • Farm Safari rides
  • Hold our chicks and rabbits
  • See eggs hatching in the incubators
  • Adventure Barn and Dolly’s Den soft play
  • Feed the animals on the outdoor walkway

Normal admission applies  under 2s FREE

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Earth Trust, Wittenham Clumps
21st-22nd & 28th-29th March 2020

Our Lambing Weekends give you an opportunity to explore the farmyard and meet some of our Farm Step tenants and their animals – including newborn lambs, piglets and goats! There’ll also be… bale climbing, children’s farmyard area, tractor and trailer rides (weather permitting) and BBQ.

Book for online discount or buy tickets on the gate.

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Green Dragon Eco Farm, Hogshaw
Lambing from mid-March 2020

Here at Green Dragon we have rare breed lambs twice a year. We have our large flocks lambing at spring time, which will usually involve about 30 ewes producing 50 plus lambs. We’re expecting lambing to start from mid-March 2019.

Normal admission applies

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Hadsham Farm, Banbury

28th March-19th April 2020

Every spring we lamb 250 ewes in our barns, before turning some 400 lambs and their mothers out onto the new grass in our rolling meadows. For the third year in a row, we are opening the farm gates to the public to allow them to see what happens – from birth right through to the lambs’ first steps out on the fresh spring grass.

We will have a play area, craft corner and an area to ‘hold a chick’ to keep the children occupied and a tea/coffee/refreshments station, in aid of charity, for the adults.

​Tickets can be bought from the farm on the day.

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Roves Farm, Swindon
19th March – 5th April 2020

Come and see all our expectant ewes and the new born lambs keeping cosy in the lambing shed. With our special viewing platform that looks out across the lambing shed, there will be plenty of opportunities to see lambing in action. Although we cannot guarantee it, there is a good chance you might even be able to see one being born!

Normal admission applies

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Sandy Lane Farm, between Wheatley and Thame
Sunday 29th March 2020  10am – 3pm

Celebrate spring and the arrival of the new lambs on our traditional working farm. See the newborn lambs with their mums in their pens and meet farmers Charles and Sue who will tell you how they look after everyone.

The farm shop will be open & the BBQ will be fired up, serving Sandy Lane Farm burgers & hot dogs. We will also have vegetarian/vegan food available, hot drinks and cakes.

​DIY craft activities for children will be available to do/take away for a small fee.

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HAPPY LAMBING!


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