October Half Term & Halloween Oxford

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Raise Your Spooky Voice

Thursday 25th October, 10am-1pm

Spend a spooky morning with Raise Your Voice choirs this half term! We’ll sing, play games, make Halloween crafts and put together spookily healthy snacks. Suitable for the whole family!

RYV is a carefully developed mix of singing and play for children and their parent/s and carer/s. Open to mums, dads, aunties, uncles, grandmas, grandads, fairy godmothers… No singing experience necessary! RYV believes in access for all, love and biscuits.

Discounts available for advance bookings and Raise Your Voice members. To book in advance visit: www.ryvchoir.co.uk/book-a-taster or email bella@ryvchoir.co.uk.

On the door prices are as follows:
Family of 2 – £6
Family of 3 – £10
Family of 4 – £13
Family of 5 – £16

This includes three hours of singing, craft materials and all snacks free!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2151612868453878/

St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road, Oxford, OX26

Raise Your Voice’s details are here on Mumbler.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Oxford Playhouse

Direct from a smash hit West End season, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the stage, celebrating 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book!

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

Age guideline: 3+

Duration: 1 hour with no interval

Wed 24 Oct 2:00pm & 4:30pm
Thu 25 Oct 11:00am & 2:00pm
Fri 26 Oct & 2:00pm
Sat 27 Oct 11:00am & 2:00pm
Tickets cost £14/£10

To find out more about the show or to book tickets, go here.

Ashmolean Halloween Half Term Fun

Wednesday 24 October 2018, 2pm & 3pm
Thursday 25 October 2018, 2pm & 3pm

Join us for crafts, gallery hunts and stories inspired by spooky objects from around the world. Just drop in. All family events are free, with a suggested donation of £1 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Ashmolean’s details are here.

Bach to Baby Half Term Family Concert

Thursday 25th October 2018, 10-11.30am

Unwind this Autumn with members of the string family while the tots tune-in. Let our dazzling guitarist delight you with heavenly harmonies and magnificent melodies. Doors open 30 mins prior to the concert, giving you time to ditch the buggy, grab a coffee and catch up with friends before the performance.

St Michael at the North Gate, Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY

Read Mumbler’s review of Bach to Baby here.

Blenheim Palace Half Term Halloween Entertainment

Saturday 20th October – Sunday 4th November 2018

Hop on board the ghost train and head through the creepy tunnel. Find the lurking monsters inside the Pleasure Gardens Maze for a Halloween treat and see a wicked wizard stilt-walker in the Great Court. There will also be classic spooky storytelling in the cinema of the Stables Courtyard with ghostly tales.

Blenheim Palace’s details are here.

Botanic Garden – Art in the Autumn

Wednesday 24th October 2018, 11.00am-1.00pm

Take your inspiration from our autumn kaleidoscope of colours and make a beautiful piece of tie-dye from natural dyes. Then create a glowing autumn lantern from leaves gathered whilst exploring the Garden (don’t forget your jam jar!). The event is free with your entrance ticket. Free entry for children with a paying family member.

The Botanic Garden’s details are here.

Cholsey & Wallingford Railway Halloween Trains

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2018

Meet the ‘Wicked Witch of Wallingford’. The Witch will be distributing some treats and maybe the odd trick. Are you brave enough to face the Witch of Wallingford so close to All Hallows Eve? Great event for younger children around Halloween. £10/£8/£7 – children 5 and under FREE.

Cholsey and Wallingford Railway’s details are here.

Clickety Clack Halloween Party

Saturday 27th October 2018, 12:30pm-2pm OR 3:30pm-5pm

Venue: The Carterton Family Centre, The Allandale, 8 Burford Road, Carterton
Price: £6 per child aged 3-8 years with adults and under 2s free

Fun, Games and just a little bit Spooky, for children aged 3-8 years old! Fancy dress is a must! (It doesn’t have to be a spooky costume!) Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Clickety Clack’s details are here.

Cogges Farm October Half Term

Daily drop-in activities 10.00am-2.00pm. Also pumpkin trail available from the welcome desk for £2 20th-31st October 2018.

Sun 21st October – Apple Day
Mon 22nd – Storytelling at 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30
Tues 23rd – School holiday Woodland Club
Weds 24th – Make your own apple crumble for tea!
Thurs 25th – Nature painting drop-in
Fri 26th – Fire Show from Science Oxford 10.30am and 12.15pm for age 7+ (booking essential)
Sun 28th – Pumpkin Day

Cogges’ details are here.

Cotswold Farm Park Halloween Land

Thursday 18th – Wednesday 31st October 2018

There will be cauldrons of spooky fun to be had in our Halloween Land area. Pick your own pumpkin, fearsome face painting (20th-28th October), tiptoe through the woodland hunting for creepy critters and enjoy our ‘Phantomime’. There’s a mini-maze for the little ones too.

All activities are included in the cost of admission. Cotswold Farm Park’s details are here.

Green Dragon Eco Farm Halloween Half Term

Saturday 20th – Wednesday 31st October 2018

Family friendly with a variety of themed, educational and fun experiences and activities for all ages! The daily Green Dragon Animal Encounters Programme will be even more exciting with the new Halloween H’Owl encounter in the new Wildlife Zone and Beastly Bug Challenge in Pet’s Corner.

Green Dragon Eco Farm’s details are here.

Halloween at Westgate: The Curse of the Scarlet Sorcerer

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2018, 10.30am

In this family adventure you will become a pupil at the School for Witches and Wizards. This cooperative theatre game is full of scares and sorcery as you learn to cast spells and surprises. Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked.

Westgate Oxford, Castle Street, Oxford, OX1 1TR

Harcourt Arboretum – Autumn at the Arboretum

Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 1.00-4.00pm

Make and take home your own creations, inspired by our colourful autumn display. Why not come along and have a go at our autumn leaf and pinecone craft activities? The Arboretum is beautiful at this time of year, perfect for a stroll amongst the spectacular Acer leaves.

Free entry for children with a paying adult.

The Harcourt Arboretum’s details are here.

Jolly Postboys Pumpkin Carving

Friday 26th October 2018, 3pm-6pm

£2 per child includes pumpkin, tools, pick & mix a plenty and soft drinks.

The Jolly Post Boys Pub, 22 Florence Park Road, OX4 3PH

Meet Guide Dogs at Blackwell’s Westgate

Monday 22nd October 2018, 2-3pm

Join us for a workshop session, where children can learn all about the essential work that guide dogs to help people who are blind or partially sighted as well as meeting the dogs. Please register your child to attend.

Millets Farm October Half Term

PYO Pumpkins
29th/30th Sept, 6th/7th Oct and 13th/14th Oct weekends
Everyday 20th-31st October 9.30am-4.30pm

Millets Maize Maze presents Halloween
Saturday 20th-Monday 29th October 2018
With weird and wonderful woodlands to explore, a fright-tastic fort, tractor trailer rides for all, and a casket of creepy courtyard fun! £4.25/£6.25

John Lawson Halloween Circus
Sunday 21st-Saturday 27th October 2018
10am, 1pm & 3pm
Tickets £7.99

Children’s Jewellery Making Workshops with Ruth Ravie
Monday 22nd-Fri 26th October 2018
11.00–12noon (9yr +)
12.30–1.30 pm (6yrs – 8ys)
2.00pm–3pm (9yr +)
£9.99 per child.

Wizard School by Frosts Garden Centre
Monday 22nd-Sunday 28th October 2018
There will be entertainment, songs, chocolate apple dunking and definitely a trick or treat (or two!)
£9.99 per child

Sprouts Spooktacular Pumpkins & Party!
Thursday 25th & Friday 26th October 2018, 5.30pm-7.30pm
£17.99 per child

Baking with Mrs Bun the Baker – Halloween Theme SOLD OUT
Friday 26th October

Millets details are here.

Natural History Museum October Half Term

Operation Earth: Pole to Pole
Mon 22nd, Tues 23rd and Wed 24th October 2018, 1-4pm
Explore creatures from the planet’s top and bottom with crafts and specimen handling. Drop in, no booking required.

Operation Earth: Live Science Shows
Mon 22nd, Thurs 25th and Fri 27th October 2018, 2pm and 3pm
Prepared to be amazed by our spectacular family science show all about the planet Earth. Drop in, no booking required.

The Natural History Museum’s details are here.

Oxford Bus Museum October Half Term

Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October 2018

Vintage bus rides – bus departs 11.30 and 2.30.

Oxford Bus Museum’s details are here.

Oxford Castle & Prison Ghost Fest

Spooktacular Potions!
Mon 22nd, Wed 24th, Fri 26th and Sat 27th October 2018, 12.00pm–1.00pm
Young apprentices concoct their own magic potions, decorate a potion bottle and enjoy some Halloween fun and crafts! For ages 5-12. £9.50 (1 child).

Trick or Treat!
Sun 28th October 2018 – 7.00pm, 7.15pm, 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 8.00pm (30 minute running time).
Brave children will don their Halloween costumes and follow a trick or treating trail. For ages 4-12. £6 per child.

Oxford Castle and Prison’s details are here.

Oxford Garden & Shopping Village October Half Term

Monday: Happy Hedgehogs Making (10-11.30am, 1-2.30pm, 3-4.30pm) & Face Painting (11-3pm)
Tuesday: Leaf Rubbing and Painting (10-11.30am, 1-2.30pm, 3-4.30pm) & Dizzy Dean’s Magic Show (11-3.30pm)
Wednesday: Stained Glass Collages (10-11.30am, 1-2.30pm, 3-4.30pm) & Face Painting (11-3pm)
Thursday: Pumpkins & Black Cats (10-11.30am, 1-2.30pm, 3-4.30pm) & Dizzy Dean’s Magic Show (11-3.30pm)
Friday: Zombie and Spiders (10-11.30am, 1-2.30pm, 3-4.30pm) & Face Painting (11-3pm)

Sandy Lane, Yarnton, OX5 1PA


Oxfordshire Museum October Half Term

TOM tots – Tuesday, 10.30–11am
Music, stories and rhymes for the under 5s.
£1 per child, £2.50 per family

Family fun drop-in – Tuesday and Thursday, 2–4pm
Fun and creative activities for all ages.
£2 per child, £5 per family

Celebrate Double Ninth day with Snowflake Books – Friday, 2-4pm
Discover the story behind Double Ninth day, the festival traditions and dance with the Dragon.
£2 per child / £5 per family.

The Oxfordshire Museum’s details are here.

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


Roves Farm Pumpkin Carving

Wednesday 24th October – Monday 5th November 2018

Carve your pumpkins here and leave the mess with us! Spooky activities and I-spy on the tractor rides.

Roves Farm’s details are here.

Science Oxford October Half Term

Minecraft PI Mode (ages 9-12)
Monday, 22nd October 2018, 10am & 12.30pm
A fantastic workshop for all young fans of Minecraft who would like to create their own digital world. £8.
Venue: The Discover Zone, Oxford Centre For Innovation, OX1 1BY

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? (age 7+)
Wednesday, 24th October 2018, 2pm, booking essential
Ben Garrod takes us on a journey to reveal new amazing discoveries about some of the best loved dinosaurs. £6.
Venue: Natural History Museum

01865 810000

South Oxford Adventure Playground

Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October 2018, 10am-4pm

SOAP is free and open to everyone. The outside space has a wooden fort, tower to climb,  zip wire, football pitch, wobbly bridge, tyre and rope swings, slides, den making area, fire pit, and trees to climb. Under 7s must be accompanied by an adult. Playworkers are onsite to support and encourage children in their play.

Whitehouse Road, Grandpont, OX1 4PA

01865 249 787

Waterperry Gardens October Half Term

Saturday 20th October – Sunday 4th November 2018

Join The Great Pumpkin Hunt throughout the October half term. Find the decorated pumpkins hidden around the gardens and collect a prize at the end! £2 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies).

Waterperry Gardens’ details are here.

The North Wall Arts Centre October Half Term

Friday 26th October 2018 – 11am and 2pm
Three friends embark on an exciting adventure to chase their butterflies away in an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and facing your fears, told using innovative staging, breath-taking physicality, touching humour and a specially commissioned musical score. For ages 3-8. £8/£6.

The North Wall’s details are here.

Vale & Downland Museum Roald Dahl Activity Days

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 – free drop-in 10am-3pm

Wednesday 24th October 2018 – 3 timed pre-booked sessions:, 10am-11am, 11am-12pm & 12pm-1pm. You must book in advance online.

Join us un the Museum for a FREE fun-filled and family-friendly day celebrating the life of Roald Dahl. BFG dream bottles, revolting rhymes and a fancy-dress competition are amongst the many activities taking place.

Vale and Downland Museum, 19 Church Street, Wantage, OX12 8BL 01235 771447

Waddesdon Manor October Half Term

Creatures of the Night Trail
Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th October 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm (last trail 2.30pm)
Illuminated woodland trail! £3 per child.

Pumpkin Carving
Saturday 20th – Friday 26th October 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
£5 per child.

Spooky Afternoon Tea
Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th October 2018, 12.00-5.00pm
Join us for a kids spooky Halloween tea, including a delicious pot of “worms”, a ghost meringue and an eyeball cupcake. £15.50/£20.50

Isadora Moon Day
Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Join Harriet Muncaster for a magical storytime, drawing workshop and sparkly craft activities.

Fete Worse than Death
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2018
Join us for party games, face painting, live music and even light-up candyfloss!

Waddesdon Manors’s details are here.