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Issue 62

July - August 2014

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Pregnancy discrimination Chores for kids and what’s on this summer!

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News & views Sleeping Beauty arrives at Fairytale Farm!

Educational Step back in time at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

Oxford illuminates Tutankhamun

Two new interactive fairytale scenes have opened at Fairytale Farm, near Chipping Norton as part of an existing feature. See the magnificent Sleeping Beauty set, showing the princess asleep in her palace. By pressing a button, children can light up the set and listen to an extract from the famous fairytale. Plus a Hansel & Gretel scene brought to life by light and sound. Children and adults are playing this over and over as it’s great fun! www.

Family day out with Thomas!

Winning Was Child’s Play! Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens has received a top prize in the Netmums National Outdoor Play awards. John Heyworth started the Park in 1970 at his family home. Over forty years later, the Park is one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and most exciting gardens.


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SPEED This, in the second of our series, focuses on speed and is aimed at children in years 5 and 6 including those studying towards the common entrance or 11+ examinations.

With outstanding Performing Arts tuition for 4 to 18 year olds, your very own movie screened at the cinema, free Trinity exams and our West End show - what are you waiting for? PQA Oxford are enrolling now for the Autumn term. Academies run on Saturdays To enrol your child and for further information please visit or call us on 084567 32022

Speed is concerned with how far we can travel in a given time period. I may say that Jeff drove to work at 30 miles per hour: so we speak of speed in terms of distance and time. Speed is distance divided by time. Let us illustrate this with a few examples: Visit the amazing summer exhibition at the Ashmolean from 24 July. As it brings together objects, photographs, and archive material from leading collections to tell the story of the search for the tomb, the painstaking recording of its contents, and the research that continues to illuminate Tutankhamun and his world. On display are Harry Burton’s iconic photographs, Carter’s hand-written diaries, and the sketches and records made in the tomb as it was cleared from 1922–32. Much of this material from the Tutankhamun archive in the University of Oxford’s Griffith Institute, has never before been exhibited in public.

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There’s lots going on at the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Bucks this summer for all the family, with an adventure playground, historic children’s games; dressing up as a Victorian; meet the animals, including the heavy horses Joshua and Samuel; explore the woodland walk and visit the bird hide or even make candles! Find out more at Just off the M25 at junction 7 the museum’s signposted from A413 at Chalfont St Peter and St Giles.

LVS Oxford is a new school at the Begbroke Abbey, for people aged 11 to 19 years who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s and autism. The school, which aims to provide a unique, positive education for young people on the autism spectrum is counting down to opening in September 2014. Open days will take place on 4 and 5 July. Parents and families in Oxfordshire are invited to book by on 01865 595170 or email enquiries@

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A man runs 15 miles in 3 hours. What is his speed?

New teaching centre for young people Thomas & Friends return to the Watercress Line for more family fun! Shake hands with the Fat Controller, meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, take part in activities and ride the big steams trains! FREE Thomas sticker and certificate for every child! FREE bouncy slide, children’s entertainer, face painting and rides with Thomas! Not to be missed from 9 - 17 August. Book online at www. to get your free gift or simply pay on the day..

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Speed = Distance = 15 miles = 5 miles per hour


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That was easy! Here are a few you can do at home. 1. A tortoise travels 100 feet in ½ hour. What is its speed? 2. How long will it take a Boeing 747 to complete an 8250-mile journey if its speed is 750 mph?

Grammar school shake-up

Over 50% of state grammar schools are planning serious changes to their admissions policies in order to attract pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds, according to the Grammar School Heads Association. 30 of the country’s 164 selective schools have already agreed the move, with another 58 planning to do so shortly, following a report from education charity the Sutton Trust which said that grammar schools were being monopolised by students from wealthier homes. Michael Wilshaw, chief schools inspector, said they were ‘stuffed full’ of middle class children and so failed to improve social mobility. Under these new changes many grammar schools will reserve places specifically for pupils from poorer homes who pass the 11-plus. Barry Sindall, chief executive of the GSHA, added that the new admissions rules would not mean a reduction in the number of places for children from better off homes. These changes follow on from Schools Minister David Laws revealing that the Government is involved in talks with grammar school heads to make 11plus tests less ‘coachable’, to avoid middle class parents gaining an advantage through being able to afford private tutoring.

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Learn to Sing, Dance and Act Boosts self-esteem and confidence • Fosters creativity Increases concentration • Make new friends Skills for life • Stretches imaginations Exciting performance opportunities - and lots of fun! Summer Holiday Shows Oxford FAME The Princess & The Pirates Abingdon Seniors: Bugsy Malone Juniors: Pirates of the Curry Bean Banbury The Jungle Book Thame Robin Hood

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Summer activity camps T iny T igers

Martial Arts camps run from 9am until 3pm each day at the Abingdon Dojo and cost £104 for 4 day camps or £30 per day should spaces be available. The camps are open to all children from the age of 5-12/13 years and are a unique opportunity to experience a range of martial arts first hand in an intensively fun way. Children will be able to develop their own martial art and learn new ones in a child specific safe learning environment. Students will have fun by learning competitive martial art skills and also developing their co-ordination and fitness. For more details

contact 01235 364 371 or visit

T he Bushcraft Company Escape to the

wild and discover a world where children can climb trees, cook from a campfire, swim and play games. The Bushcraft Company camps are great for keeping children active and entertained and filled with a range of teambased activities; perfect for developing new friendships and experiencing new things in a safe, controlled environment. For 7-15’s lasting for 2, 3 or 5 days, all camps take place at the Woodland Centre Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. Visit


Drama, dance and singing workshops in July, for 4-8 year olds to focus on helping develop confidence, co-ordination, communication and concentration skills. Perform is not a stage school but will help give your child amazing social skills and the best fun of their week. Free trial’s available call 0845 400 4000 or visit for classes in Abingdon, Oxford and Thame. Email:


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Super Camps know just what it takes to run a fun, action-packed and stimulating activity camp, for 4-16 year-olds. From the minute the doors open until the very last child is picked up, every day at Super Camps is packed full to the brim with action, adventure and fun. From the energetic to the creative, from the classics to the unusual your child can expect to take part in up to eight engaging activities each day. For latest

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Creation T heatre Put on a Play

in a Week All week, every week from 21 July-29 August when 2014 is Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and although we can’t bake a cake quite big enough to hold all those candles, we can put on an entire summer’s worth of workshops celebrating all that’s best about the Bard. There’s something for everyone aged 6-16! creationtheatre.

Discover Art @ RRM Gain the Discover Art

Award in only 4 days by working with an experienced tutor. Learn different techniques, using a variety of media, develop new skills, explore the Museum & have fun! 10am-3.30pm daily. For ages 7-11. £125 includes tuition, materials, refreshments, award certificate, moderation and fees. Limited places. On 24, 25 July and 28, 29 July. calendar

Fun Bunch

Fun Bunch is for 4-7 year old’s run by Camp Energy, who ensure the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional needs of the children are catered for in a warm and supportive environment. Activities are planned to not only ensure the children have a funactiontastic time, but so they learn new skills too. The Fun Bunch kids also get a free swimming lesson every day!

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Radley College is an independent boarding school for boys aged 13 to 18.

Ultimate Activity Camps

Headington School has chosen to partner with Ultimate Activity Camps this summer to give children aged 4-14 years the chance to have fun, meet friends and learn new skills. Running at Headington Senior School (MonFri) during the holidays, Ultimate Activity Camps enable children to try over 40 exciting sports, games and creative activities.

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Funtech wants to ensure that every child attending their camps goes away with a sense of yes, that was great, when can we do it again? For parents, the long summer holidays can cause concern as worries of keeping children stimulated and occupied creep in. But the children love it so don’t waste time and get them booked on to a FunTech camp to keep them learning throughout the summer. At Oxford High School, Belbroughton Road, Oxford. Visit

Tennis holiday camps for 5-15 year olds taking place at The Dragon School, Oxford and Radley College, Abingdon this summer. Both schools have superb outdoor tennis facilities with indoor back-up if needed. All players are welcome, including those with experience or those picking up a racket for the first time, regardless of their age. Coaches are all LTA qualified and trained to ensure children are well cared for and have a great time learning new skills and making friends. In order to ensure high quality, there is a maximum ratio of 1 coach to 8 players. To book a place or find more information

Radley College

The Foundation Award at 11+, 13+ and 16+ are for boys currently in state education with academic potential and interest in music, art, drama or sport.


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The award provides financial support of up to 100% of full fees for two initial years at preparatory school and then for a further five years at Radley.

Entry is through assessment on 1st December 2014 Applications close on 1st November 2014 Sample papers are on the website.

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Summer Holiday Music Classes also celebrating it’s 10th year of being in Oxfordshire! Classes are for 0-7’s, large and lively group music sessions for all the family plus Percussion! Puppets & Props! Musical Games & Stories! Tues 29th July 10am: Madley Park Hall, Witney Thurs 7th August 10am: Carterton Community Centre Baby Music Classes for 0-18 month olds Fun, friendly & relaxed group music session for babies Percussion! Puppets & Props! Favourite songs! Tues 29th July 11am: Madley Park Hall, Witney Thurs 7th August 11am: Carterton Community Centre All classes cost £5 for the first child £2.50 each sibling. Contact 01993 704207 or and

For details: The Registrar, Radley College, Abingdon OX14 2HR Tel: 01235 543174

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White Star Yoga & Dance

White Star Yoga & Dance are proud to announce the summer Stage School is back for its 6th Year on 11-15 August for ages 6-12’s. Performance is on the Final day at Oxford High School, Belbroughton Road. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Shrek the Musical & More Street, Freestyle and Contemporary Dance. Book via or

Camp Energy

Designed to provide children with fun and challenges, Camp Energy is based in central Oxford at Summerfield School, Summertown. A typical day includes a variety of fun activities within the grounds, arts and crafts in on-site facilities or trips to places of local interest. Staff ratios never exceed 1:10. Go online for details:

Join Thomas & FriendsTM at a heritage Railway near you. Experience a ride on a real steam engine and take part in Thomas-themed activities.


9TH - 17TH 2014 Day Out With ThomasTM Thomas the Tank EngineTM. Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W. Awdry. © 2013 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Thomas & Friends and Day Out With Thomas are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited. © 2013 HIT Entertainment Limited.


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Top 20 activities to fill the holidays Ping! It’s time to unplug and reconnect with your family



Joanna Moorhead has some ideas on how to do it

Summer is a great time to enjoy being together with your nearest and dearest. But for many families these days, even together time is dominated by mobiles phones, iPads, TV and other devices. According to a recent survey, though, even kids themselves recognise the need to unplug and welcome the chance to ‘do something different’. Here are our top 20 ideas for what that ‘something different’ might be.








Play a board game: this sounds so simple you can’t quite believe I’m recommending it! But a game like Monopoly or Cluedo, which children can play from a young age or can play in teams, is a genuinely bonding experience. Put those mobile phones and other devices out of reach – yes, parents too – and concentrate on the game. And on one another. Build a den: whether you do this indoors or in the garden, or out in the woods or on the beach, you’ll have loads of fun. Joint tasks like making a den together bring out team-working skills and help you see one another’s hidden strengths. Once the den is built, do something wacky like having tea in it. Go fruit picking: not only will you have a good time picking your favourite fruits and discovering new ones, you’ll also be setting up your next family project which will be making jams and chutneys or just a massive fruit salad to see you through the next few days. Sleep under canvas: if you’re regular campers this one may be a bit too boring – but for families that haven’t camped before, even one night away can be a huge adventure. Alternatively, if you’ve a big enough garden and can borrow a tent from someone, just pitch it outside the back door on a warm evening and dig out your sleeping bags. Cook on a campfire: this is a perfect add-on to your camping adventure. Get advice online about how to build your fire and what foods are best to cook on it (sausages, haloumi cheese, peppers, burgers are all easy peasy). Go on a long bike ride: if you’ve all got your own bikes you probably do this all the time. If not, it can be a really fabulous and different day out to hire bikes and follow a cycle trail. Go wild swimming: swimming in a pond or lake, or in the sea, is a very different experience from an indoor pool. Children love it, and there are plenty of websites packed with ideas: but do check the one you’re heading for is family friendly. Reorganise your family photographs: these days, many families’ photographs remain in online galleries. They can be a great way of sharing pictures with relatives and friends – but there’s a huge amount of fun to be had from creating an old fashioned album together, when you relive past fun and remember what you enjoy most as a family. Borrow a dog for a weekend: if you have your own dog, this isn’t for you. But if you’re not a dog-owning family, having one on loan for a few days can be a hugely rewarding experience. See

10. Climb a big hill: this can be a mountain or a fairly small hill, depending on how old your children are. Enjoy helping one another to make the climb; your reward is the view from the top, and the picnic lunch you have up there!

11. Go fishing: you can do this with a net in the rock pools at the beach, or in a stream or river inland.


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12. Have a snail race: find some snails, and set up the course; place bets on which snail will win, and watch the action unfold.

13. Go star-gazing: find a place where the sky is open, ideally

away from too many artificial lights; do some research beforehand so you know what to look for, and when you get a clear evening, head off in search of the North Pole, Saturn and the Plough. Take a blanket with you so everyone can lie down and look up, which makes it more relaxing.

14. Hunt for treasure or bones: beaches can be great places for this, or look online to see if there are any ‘treasure troves’ near you).

15. Go geocaching: ok, so this is one activity you will need

your mobile phone for. But the high-tech treasure hunt is fascinating, and it pulls all members of the family in. Try it! More information at

16. Switch roles in the kitchen: if you’re usually the meal-maker,

and the children are usually the table-setters, do things the other way round. Let the children plan, shop for and prepare the meal (depending on their ages, they may need some help) while you put together an excitingly-laid table. It’s always good in a family to do things a different way round…everyone learns, and there’s plenty of fun to be had.

17. Have a family talent show: this is a good one when you

have another family or relatives visiting. Everyone has to do a turn; no wriggling out allowed, however shy the mums and dads are. Allow time for rehearsing, and have one person double up as a compere. Reciting a poem, singing a song, doing a mime, dancing, playing an instrument… everyone has a talent to share.

18. Make a family journal or scrap book:

this can be a good project for a fixed amount of time, like a family holiday or a school holiday. Like a talent show, everyone needs to contribute something. Theme the book to the holiday you’re on or the season you’re in, and invite ideas on descriptions of where you are, reviews of local pubs or restaurants, accounts of days out or activities, book reviews or accounts of favourite ways to spend time together as a family. Writers can write, artists can draw. You’ll keep this book forever; it will be a snapshot of your family in a certain place, at a certain time.

19. Fly a kite: they’re cheap and easy to buy, or you can even

make your own. Read up on tips about how to fly them (; or if you’re really challenged and doubtful about your skills, seek out a master kiteflyer to help you learn (google kite flying lessons in your area). There’s nothing better than seeing your kite soar into the air, knowing you’ve pulled together as a family to make it happen.

20. Go birdwatching: you don’t need to know anything

about birds to enjoy watching them, but if you go to a birdwatching sanctuary or wetlands centre you’ll learn loads. Being in a shelter makes birdwatching more fun and should in theory mean you see more interesting birds. Take your binoculars, and get the children to draw pictures of the birds they see. For more information see Oxfordshire

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Pregnancy discrimination The Equality Act 2010 protects women from unfavourable treatment because of pregnancy, pregnancy related illness or maternity leave but, according to campaigning organisation www.maternityaction., 60,000 women lose their jobs because of pregnancy or maternity discrimination every year. Employers sometimes object to the number or timing of ante natal appointments but there is a right to paid leave: you should not be asked to make up the time or to rearrange appointments outside office hours. Absence policies should not be applied to women with pregnancy related illnesses unless this is to assist her. For example, an employer might refer her to Occupational Health to consider whether any adjustments might enable her to return to work. This does not stop women being disciplined or even dismissed because they have taken time off with pregnancy related illness. Even outright pregnancy discrimination is still common: employers’ attitudes towards women change once they announce their pregnancy, with an assumption that she is no longer committed to her work, won’t return after her maternity leave or will only want to work part time. Performance concerns are brought up or the role is said to be redundant. Women also experience problems when they try to return to work after maternity leave. They find their position has been filled and their services are no longer needed. Maternity leave must not play a part in any decision that a role is redundant. Any selection process should not take account of absences for maternity, ante natal appointments or pregnancy related illness. If a woman has been replaced during maternity leave, the role is not redundant and it is unlawful to dismiss. If the role is genuinely redundant, she has priority for any suitable alternative vacancies. I advise anyone experiencing discrimination to send an email setting out the problem so that there is written evidence of the first complaint. Get in touch with HR as well as speaking to your line manager, or manager’s manager if they are the problem. If that doesn’t work, raise a formal grievance. If you can’t reach a solution, it’s imperative to get legal advice as soon as possible. There is a 3 month time limit to bring Employment Tribunal claims for discrimination. If you wait, you may lose your right to bring a claim. Prolegal is a new breed of law firm that looks to challenge the conventional methods by which legal services are delivered. Their approach to legal services revolves around their belief that advice and assistance should be provided in an entrepreneurial, empowering and forthright manner. Prolegal Ltd 020 7743 6719


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Chores for kids I don’t know about you but I do get in a pickle when it comes to giving my (adolescent 8 year old) jobs to do, partly because I tend to want to do everything myself. But giving your child regular chores can only be a positive thing; by making him or her appreciate all the nice things they generally get to do and not least to help them to realise that most things in life need to be worked for! Had I have read this when my daughter was much younger, I do wonder if it wouldn’t be quite such a ‘chore’ to get her to do things now, but we’re working on it! Here are a few pointers:

Where to start

Pre-schooler (ages 4-5)

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Have a family plan for everyday household tasks and you will teach your kids a great life lesson. Chores help kids learn responsibility, and sharing chores gives you help around the house. Not sure your kids will go for it? Turn it into a game when they are young, a way to earn stars and later credits when they are older. (And since you ask, no, we don’t think children should get paid to help you around the house!)

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rake leaves

load the dishwasher

take out the recycling

lay the table

As the chores get more complex and timeconsuming, mix them up with simpler ones from the younger age groups so it doesn’t become too onerous

clear the table

wash dishes (with supervision)

Ages 9-11

wipe out bathroom sinks

Same as other ages plus

match socks. This can easily be turned into a fun game!

make simple meals

clean the loo (they’ll love this one!)

fold simple clothes or tea towels

mop floors

Toddler (ages 2-3)

water indoor plants

pick up/put away toys

feed pets

unload the dishwasher, especially cutlery, plastic cups and Tupperware

Same as other ages plus

dust (little ones love a feather duster!)

collect dirty clothes and put them in the hamper

Why not try rewarding younger children for doing their chores, at least when you first introduce them? For older children chores can become a normal part of their day.

help move clothes from washer to dryer

put clothes away

make their bed

wipe down cupboards, cabinets and skirting boards with soapy water. This one can get messy but it’s lots of fun!

At this age, it is more about ‘helping mum’ and having fun than chores!

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clean the bathroom

make full meals including a meal plan

clean out the fridge and freezer

Ages 6-8

mow the lawn

Same as other ages plus

supervise younger children’s chores – a great time to get bossy themselves!

help prepare meals, wash vegetables, simple cutting

wipe counter tops and kitchen units

hang up laundry



fold clothes

Do take into account your own child’s maturity and capabilities when giving them chores. Some children may be able to tackle many more than others – and some will certainly complain more than others! Good luck! Oxfordshire

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As children take to the water this summer we thought this would be an ideal book to offer for our reader giveaway. Little Swimmer by Magdalena Dabrowska and Angnieszka Peszek provides information on how to prepare children between three months and four years for their first visit to the swimming pool, and over time, improve confidence. Brimming with illustrations, the book is full of fun! Send in your name, contact details and postal address to be entered.

LITTLE SWIMMER Improve your child’s confidence and physical development By Magdalena Dabrowska and Agnieszka Peszek ISBN 978-1-78255-012-9 £12.95

We have two ‘Create a Cuddly’ Tea Towel Toys to giveaway by Eggnogg! Insiring creativity in an original way, children can go colour-in crazy and create their very own cuddly masterpiece in the form of a toy frog called Fergal or a dog called or Colin in just four simple steps! To win one, simply go online to www. familiesoxfordshire., scroll down to ‘contact editor’ and send in your details. The first 2 to be received will get one!

Turfing tips to get the perfect summer garden! As summer’s arrived most of us want to make the most of our outdoor space, especially for the children to play in. Laying turf is a common job for this time of year, so what better way to spruce up your lawn, by laying some brand new turf for the perfect children’s play area. It’s a straightforward job, and with the appropriate materials and aftercare you can achieve a healthy and soft lawn, by following these few simply steps:


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yy First, avoid laying turf in extended periods of hot weather yy It’s best to hire a turf cutter if you need to remove large areas of old turf. Most tool hire shops have them and they’ll make the job much easier. It’s possible to treat your existing lawn with weed killer, in order to remove unwanted grass you may have. This also stops weeds coming up through any new turf. This will need doing in advance yy It is important to prepare the ground you’re turfing in advance by laying a quality soil. This way it’s ready for as soon as the turf arrives yy Remember you can compost the old turf or grass, in order for it to be re-used somewhere else in your garden Go online to for a great range of landscape products to include soils and quality Rolwan turf or visit an Awbs showroom located in Yarnton Nurseries, Begbroke or the Oxford Garden Centre, North Hinksey.


Armed with his trusty overhead projector, PoetryJoe introduces children and their families to lots of new friends including a naughty but nice hamster, a cheating cheetah and a whole family made out of paper and light. Ages 3+ 21-23 AUG. CHARLIE AND LOLA’S EXTREMELY NEW PLAY

Join a magical journey through the seasons, as Charlie and Lola discover that everything is different and not the same. What happens when Lola and her best friend Lotta say they will honestly and promisedly look after Sizzles? Playful, funny and full of surprises. Ages 3+


The circus is coming! A donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster are old and no longer useful to their master. A sad end seems to be unavoidable... Huh? No way! They’re so outta there! But will they ever reach Bremen? And how will Nicole and Martin manage to play 8 characters all at once? 1.30pm. 11 JUL. HANSEL AND GRETEL

The circus is coming! Hansel and Gretel have been left behind in the dark forest. You know the story... Or do you? A thrilling retelling of a classic favourite, full of courage, goosebumps, and delightful surprises. 1.30pm & 6.30pm. 12 JUL. THE FISHERMAN & HIS WIFE

The fisherman sits and waits for a fish to bite. But the fish that he catches is a mysterious one, one that grants wishes, and not just three either…! A brilliantly funny tale about the pleasures of being content with what you have. 6.30pm.


As the guns of the First World War fall silent General Macbeth and his wife mourn the death of their son. Is this the dawning of a new age? Can there ever be innocence again? Ghostly apparitions and disfigured soldiers will stalk the grounds of Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall this summer. £27/£22/£16.50. Ages 8+


Raise money for charity for Rosies Rainbow Fund. Visit for more details on the event.

OXFORD CASTLE 44 New Road, Oxford, OX1 1AY 21 Jul-5 Sept. TWELFTH NIGHT Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450thbirthday with a rip roaring

performance of his best loved comedy, Twelfth Night. Produced in partnership by the English Repertory Theatre in partnership with the Oxford Castle. Matinees Thurs & Sun. £22.50/£17.50 concessions available.


The finest family-friendly selection of acrobats, magicians, jugglers, dancers, jesters, mime artists and puppeteers are gathering to entertain King Silly and, as luck would have it, you can be there too! This fast-paced theatrical extravaganza is packed with live entertainment, magic, mayhem, music, mischief and maybe even a few surprises. The production is interactive, fun and lively, and you can meet some of the performers after the show. Family £30/£9. 2.30pm.



To mark the 40th Anniversary of the Theatre, it’s undertaking the silliest, most suicidal feat of daring ever attempted in the history of panto – to write, rehearse and perform a 60 minute pantomime within a single 48 hour period! Snow White, Aladdin, Puss in Boots, Dick Whittington. Proceeds go to The Theatre’s Forty Year Fund. 9-10 JUL. OLIVER!

Chadlington School presents Oliver! A £1 booking fee is included in all ticket prices, unless otherwise stated. See online for all other details.


Join in the adventure to help Marty, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep rescue their farm from Crafty and the Crows. Sing along to your favourite nursery rhymes in a live, interactive puppet show down on Marty MacDonald’s Farm! 2.30pm. £23 Family/£7. Ages 3-7.


St Hilda’s College, Oxford, OX4 1DY 13 JUL. THE VIOLA

By Tom on his trumpet. These fun and close-up concerts introduce music made by different instruments in a special music building. Bring your own cushion! Under 5s: 10am & 11am. Over 5s: 12pm

PEGASUS Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE 23 JUL-1 AUG. MESH

Oxford’s own youth festival created with, by and for young people brings together young people from around the world to share and show their culture. At this Youth Arts Festival experience the fresh flavour, energy and ideas from young people as they perform and create a brand new finale show especially for Mesh. Shows taking place at Pegasus, the North Wall and the Town Hall.


Didcot Girls’ School are excited to return to take you on a journey of movie soundtracks. Enjoy a family evening of classic movie hits from a group of talented performers. 7.30pm £8/£6. 20 JUL. CURIOUS CREATURES

The Curious Creatures wildlife park was established by explorer Jeremiah Johnson but he’s lost in the jungle and so his inexperienced nephew Craig is running the park. So things aren’t going to go quite as planned. Meet performing fleas, skateboarding snails, a gymnastic gerbil, an irritable alligator and an over-excited elephant. 2pm £8/£6 Ages 4+

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THEATRE CHIPPING NORTON The Theatre, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton. OX7 5NL 3 JUL. OLIVER!

Holy Trinity School presents Oliver! Supporting local schools at The Theatre. See online for all other details.

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With local acts and national treasures, the Cornbury Music Festival is dedicated to creating great live performances sure to entertain you over the three day weekend. Why not camp or glamp in The Arboretum or at Great Tew’s beautiful St Michael & All Angels Church, just 10-12 minutes’ walk away from the main campsite. There’s so much to enjoy for all the family at Cornbury. 18-20 JUL. CLA GAMEFAIR

The 5th visit to Blenheim Palace for the CLA Game Fair, this great event it’s a great celebration of all that rural Britain has to offer. 7-10 AUG. WILDERNESS

Wilderness is the multi-award winning 4-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, craftsmanship and dining experiences. 21-25 AUG. TOWERSEY FESTIVAL

Delighted to be teaming up with one the world’s oldest independent record labels to bring unique music plus lots of activities for children and the whole family as part of the 50th Towersey Festival. 22-24 AUG. FLOWERS@OXFORD

Celebrate all things floral during three fun and inspiring days, when visitors can enjoy outstanding decorations and see one of many demonstrations by some of the world’s most renowned florists. Take part in this unique, floral design show for anyone interested in flowers or floristry and enjoy an unforgettable, visually stunning, activity packed day in Lady Margaret Hall. In association with Save the Children charity. Free for under 10’s. Visit 23-25 AUG. FOODIES FESTIVAL

Be one of thousands of visitors to flock to this event to feast on an array of culinary activities. Featuring top chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre; join top pastry chefs in the brand new Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves Theatre, and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery

Theatre, plus a new Feasting Tent for everyone to enjoy. 29-31 AUG. THE BIG FEASTIVAL

Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. Enjoy music from top acts, chef demos and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the UK’s street food crop. Browse local producer stands or join a cookery class. Lots to do for children of all ages; in the Little Dudes Den, join an arts & crafts workshop, Big Top games or the vintage funfair. Just visit, camp or glamp! thebigfeatival/


PITT RIVERS MUSEUM Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW FAMILY FUN

Free. Adults to accompany children. Drop-in. Make activity backpacks, sorting boxes, trails, colouring sheets and craft activities. Sundays. 2pm4pm. Ages 5+ PITT STOPS

Explore the Museum, discover something new and make something super! Drop in sessions. First Saturday of the month. 1pm-4pm. Ages 5+ 12 JUL. AFTERHOURS: RHYTHM AND POETRY, MUSIC

BG Records co-curate a night of live urban music, taking the instrument collection and the dormant sounds hidden within as inspiration. They will be joined by the Young Woman’s Music Project singing global collections. Live performances, workshops and interactive opportunities. 7pm-9pm. 16-20 JUL. LARMER TREE FESTIVAL

Larmer Tree Festival takes place on General Pitt-Rivers’ ancestral estate in Cranborne Chase on the Dorset/ Wiltshire border. Pitt-Rivers inherited the land in 1880 and his descendants still live there today. Visit the touring

tent in the Lostwood area for storytelling, family craft activities and much more. Visit larmertreefestival. for ticket information.

Oxford with this family trail around the Explore Oxford galleries. Suitable for all ages. Available 10am to 4.30pm Mon-Sat. Trail costs £1.




All day event. Free.

Beaumont Street, Oxford 24 JUL-2 NOV. DISCOVERING TUTANKHAMUN’

This summer exhibition tells the story of one of the most famous archaeological discoveries of all time - the discovery of the tomb of the ‘boy king’, Tutankhamun, found in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter who had been searching since 1914 for one of the last royal tombs to be located in the ‘Valley of the Kings’. FAMILY DROP-IN SESSIONS AND THE FAMILY ACTIVITY STATION.

Free. Donations of £1 per child are welcome, who must be accompanied by an adult. See online for details.

THE STORY MUSEUM 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP See online for dates and times of these events/activities in July-August. ABC...STORY!

Story, rhyme and do morning events for ages 3 and under every Tues, Thurs and Sat. Work through an alphabet of 26 titles with messy play, songs and stories. WONDER WALKS

A playful family walkabout through Oxford, city of stories. Explore the fantasy worlds of Middle Earth, Wonderland and Narnia - and the writers who created them. Every Sunday. RELAXED VISITS

A chance for those with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders to experience the exhibition with carers in a relaxed environment. Free. Each last Sunday morning of every month.


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Celebrate Alice’s Day and join in with fun family activities. Create playing card character badges or make biscuit tea cups and other tea party food, dress up as your favourite Wonderland character. Discover more about museum objects that belonged to the real Alice with our Alice trail! FREE. At the Heritage Learning Centre. Donations welcome. 10.30-3.30pm. 26 JUL. AMAZING ARCHAEOLOGY

With Oxford Geology Trust & Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Free. 12pm-4pm. Free.



Shakespeare’s most loved comedy for the Summer Shakespeare Season at Oxford Castle Unlocked


Waterperry, Nr Wheatley, Oxford, OX33 1JZ

July 21st to September 5th 2014

See online for details. Free. 12pm-4pm.

Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames,Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF 30 JUL. FISH AND EELS

Make a fish, an eel or other shapes using willow and rush. Ages 8-11. 10.30am–12.30pm. £8.50 + £1.50 materials


Make a monster and a maze for it to live in, whilst enjoying stories of ancient Greece. 4 – 7 yrs. 10.30am – 12.30pm. £8.50


Tuesdays and Thursdays. Creative activities based on the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. 2pm-4pm during school holidays. For all ages. £2 per child.


Make a summer castle for royal models to star in your own made up fairytales. Ages 4-7. 10.30am-12.30pm. £8.50 5 AUG. MONSTERS, MAZES AND MINOTAURS


Join Taylor Tug for lots of creative summer fun based on the RRM objects. 18 months – 5 years. 11am – 12.30pm. £8.50 per session


This exhibition is a chance to enjoy the spectacular ways in which Victorian artists conjured images of glamour and otherness. It also gives pause for thought as we consider the ways that pleasure and power intermingle.

An annual arts festival featuring around 200 of the finest artists demonstrating around the Waterperry estate. There’s also fine food and drink, performing arts, music and popular practical classes where visitors can have a go at being an artist. Visit www. or call 0207 381 3192. Gardens will be closed to all but Art in Action visitors during this event.

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD BOTANIC GARDEN Rose Lane Oxford OX1 4AZ Listen to music, have a go at the crafts and growing activity and explore the Garden to find our most beautiful blooms. Don’t forget your picnic! Drop-in. Free with entry. 1pm-4pm. 9 AUG. FRUITS & VEGETABLES PICNIC!




Try a trail, borrow a backpack, make something exciting or have a rummage in the special sorting boxes. Drop-in. Free. 2-4pm.

In theStables Courtyard. Drop-in sessions 11.00am3.00pm. Activities linked to the National Trust’s 50 Things campaign. £2.00 per child. In the Stables Courtyard. Drop-in sessions 11.00am3.00pm. Learn how to help insects and do a variety of activities. Donations to the RSPB. 8 AUG. ZOOLAB ANIMAL HANDLING WORKSHOPS

Various outdoor shows at the Manor. See online for details.


Every weekend see free flying Bird of Prey demonstrations when some birds will swoop low over heads and soar high in the sky over the Park’s grounds. See a variety of different birds from eagles to owls in these exciting demonstrations. At 1pm and 3.30 pm on the lawns in front of the house.

OPEN MORNING 21 JUNE 2014, 10 am - 12 noon


Little Willows, the large, newly designed Nursery School for Cranford House

44-46 OxfordCastle, Oxford, OX1 1AY

Specially tailored curriculum Extra-curricular programme of clubs & activities after school and during holidays For boys and girls from age 2 upwards 8am – 6pm throughout the year


Visit Oxford’s only beach at Oxford Castle Quarter featuring thirty-five tonnes of sand, palm trees, deckchairs, volleyball, peep boards, and cocktail umbrellas will all be making another welcome appearance within the stunning and historic site of Oxford’s former prison.


Tickets Tickets £22.50 £22.50 Concessions Concessions £17.50 £17.50 Group Group Discounts Discounts available available


Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 0JH 6, 13 & 20 AUG. WILD WEDNESDAYS

“Why, this is very midsummer madness”

Explore the ornamental gardens using directions and Pirate themed clues to find the secret punches to complete your voyage. Pick up a treat from Miss H’s teashop. £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for 3-6 year olds and 7+ years. No booking required. 10am – 5.30pm

Under 5s’ sessions with music, stories and rhymes. 10.30am- 11am. Tuesdays during school holidays. £1.50 per family. Activity backpacks: Quizzes and games.


Ticket Office: Book online at Call on 0845 070 6255 or 01865 260 666


Listen to music, have a go at the crafts and growing activity and explore the Garden to find our fruits and vegetables. Drop-in. Free with entry to the Garden. 1pm-4pm.





10.30, 12.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.30pm. £5.00 per child. Ages 5+.

Email: Tel : 01491 651218


Experience a range of exciting activities when children will be able to enjoy Punch and Judy Puppet Shows, a Petting Zoo, a Circus Skills Workshop and a visit from ‘Animal Encounters’ to name a few.


Fun family archaeology activities in conjunction with the CBA Festival of Archaeology. Become an archaeologist for the day and find out more about what it really means to be one. Look at objects and use your detective skills to find clues to piece together their stories. FREE.10.30-3.30pm. Find out how the Tudors entertained themselves with this fun family workshop. There’s a chance to handle Tudor toys and dress in Elizabethan costume, and take part in a craft activity. Listen to the Tudor musician and have a go at playing and dancing to Tudor music. FREE. 10.30-3.30pm.

Woodstock, Oxon

Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QZ This is just a selection of activities. For a full list visit the Earthtrust website. 25 JUL. FOREST SCHOOL FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN

Have a morning of play and discovery in the woodlands. 10am -12pm. £3 per child, accompanying adults free.


Use all senses to learn about the natural world 10am11.30am. £3 per child, accompanying adults free. 30 JUL. & 27 AUG. AN EXPEDITION FOR 5-8 YEAR OLDS

Use your detective skills to discover a secret destination to explore, build and play. 1 AUG. FAMILY BUSHCRAFT

Take the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors! Explore the woods, make shelters, learn how to make fire and use a knife safely. 10am-4pm. £20/£15 Children. Booking essential. 3 AUG. POND DIPPING AND WILD ART

Explore what lives in the pond using nets and underwater magnifiers. Then make a creature creation using natural 10am-2pm. £3 per child.



The Longcot village fair returns bigger and better this year at the Longcot and Fernham school. 12-5pm. £2 adults/children free. Exciting attractions for all the family and traditional favourites such as Andy’s Reptiles, Morris Dancing, Folk Tales and more. EWELME WATERCRESS BEDS NATURE RESERVE

First Sunday of every month. Bet 2pm-5pm. Guides available. No dogs and wear sensible shoes. Tea and cakes on sale. Adults £3, free for children.

For exact times and prices, please visit venue websites 01993 815966


July / August 2014


Bursaries available for girls entering Year 3 and above The Rye bursary programme is designed for pupils entering Year 3 and above from a low income background. The programme exists to help highly motivated pupils who may not be able to achieve their academic potential without our support. Please contact the Bursary for information regarding bursaries and scholarships.

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Independent Catholic boarding and day school for 400 girls aged 3-18 (and day boys aged 3-8)

Open Day Wednesday 17 September 2014, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Please contact the Registrar, Fern Saxton 01865 762802, for further information. Pullen’s Lane, Oxford OX3 0BY | |

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Families Oxfordshire Jul-August 2014  
Families Oxfordshire Jul-August 2014  

Families Oxfordshire is a useful & informative magazine for parents of 0-12 year olds. This is the summer issue including lots of activities...