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Dinosaur fun, multi-sports and much more

11 February to 18 February

Venues across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse

About Dinosaur fun, multi-sports and much more

A dinosaur-themed week, multi-sports, yoga, boxercise and movie screenings are just some of the free and low-cost activities available for children and their families in and around South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse to enjoy this February half-term.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are providing the activities and events at venues across the area from 11 to 18 February. 

The activities are expected to be very popular so, where required, residents are encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment. 

See below for a full rundown of what’s on and how to book.

Xplorer Family Fun Challenge

Get out and about with the Xplorer Family Fun Challenge.

Suitable for all ages, Xplorer is a free, family-friendly orienteering challenge that’s both fun and educational. Using a simple map, find the markers that are located around the park and learn some fun facts to tell your friends.

All Xplorer events take place from 10.00am to midday – just turn up on the day or, to book a place, visit southoxon.gov.uk/HolidayActivities or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/HolidayActivities

  • Monday 12 FebruaryHenley – Makins Recreation Ground, RG9 1TE
  • Tuesday 13 FebruaryWallingford – Bullcroft, OX10 0BX
  • Thursday 15 February: Shrivenham – Shrivenham Recreation Ground, SN6 8AU

Multi-Sport Party for 4 to 12-year-olds!

Fun for all the family, come along and join in with tag games, ball games, obstacle courses and more.

  • Tuesday 13 FebruaryMarcham – Marcham Centre, OX13 6TY, 10am-midday
  • Wednesday 14 February: 
    • Berinsfield – Abbey Sports Centre, OX10 7NR. 1.30pm to 2.30pm for ages 4 to 7, and 2.30pm to 3.30pm for ages 8 to 12.
    • Marcham – Marcham Centre, OX13 6TY, 10am to noon. Please note this session is now fully booked.
    • Botley – Fogwell Recreation Ground, OX2 9SA, 10.30am to noon. This session also includes family games.
    • Didcot – Didcot Leisure Centre, OX11 8AY. 10.00am to 11.00am for ages 4 to 7 and 11.00am to noon for ages 8 to 12.
  • Thursday 15 FebruaryThame – Thame Leisure Centre, OX9 2BB, 1.30 to 2.30pm. Ages 4 to 12.

Reserve your place now by visiting southoxon.gov.uk/HolidayActivities or whitehorsedc.gov.uk/HolidayActivities

Dinosaur fun at The Beacon

For young members of the family who love dinosaurs, The Beacon in Wantage (OX12 9BX) is the place to be. For more details on these sessions, visit The Beacon website.

  • Monday 12 February:
    • Dinosaur-themed Monkey Mayhem soft play for under 5s – from 9.30am to 11.30am, £4.50 per child or £8.00 for two children. No booking is required.
    • Dinosaur family yoga and storytelling – 10.00am to 11.00am yoga. 11.00am to 11.30am storytelling. Free. This session is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email active.communities@southandvale.gov.uk.
    • Tuesday 13 February: Dinosaur Arts and Crafts – 10.00am to 11.30am. £3.00 per child. For children up to age 10. Booking recommended.
  • Wednesday 14 February: It’s dinosaur movie day! Just £3.50 a ticket!
    • 11.00am – Good Dinosaur – this is a family cinema and a great chance to introduce your child to their first cinema experience! The screening will have mats at the front of the seating for children to sit on should they wish. Booking recommended.
    • 2.00pm – Jurassic Park – yes, it’s the chance to show the Spielberg classic to a new audience on the big screen (or watch it for the tenth time)! The Beacon bar will be open for snacks and refreshments. Booking recommended.
  • Thursday 15 FebruaryDinosaur-themed Monkey Mayhem soft play – £4.50 per child or £8.00 for two children. No booking is required. From 9.30am to 11.30am for under 5s and 1.00pm to 3.00pm for 5- to 8-year-olds.
  • Friday 16 February: Dinosaur Adventure Live – Trouble on Volcano Island. This immersive and interactive show is guaranteed to be an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. Shows at 2.00pm and 4.30pm. Tickets are £14.00. Booking is required.

Free art and exercise

Monday 12 February: Abingdon – Unit 24, Bury Street, OX14 3QT

  • Children’s Art Session – let your little ones unleash their creativity through fun and engaging art activities. For children aged 5 to 11 from 10.30am to 11.30am.
  • Family Circuits – a great way to get fit, have fun and spend time with family members. Ages 11+ (and must be accompanied by an adult) from 11.45am to 12.45pm.

Book now by visiting whitehorsedc.gov.uk/HolidayActivities

Morgan & West’s Massive Magic Show
Morgan & West’s Massive Magic Show

Make a ‘Love Bug’ and experience breathtaking puppetry at Cornerstone.

There’s craft and theatre for all the family to enjoy this half term at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, OX11 7NE.

  • Massive Magic Show – family favourites Morgan & West start the half-term break’s entertainment at 2.00pm. This show is guaranteed to delight those aged five and 105 and everyone in between. Tickets are £12.00 (general) and £10.00 (under 16s).
  • Valentine’s craft session – Children can make their own ‘Love Bug’. From 11.00am to noon. £8.00 per child.
  • Sunday 18 February: The Adventures of the Little Red Hen. This much-loved story features a breathtaking combination of brilliant puppetry, live music and unforgettable comedy. Tickets are £14.00 (general) and £12.00 (under 16s).

Book now via the Cornerstone website or by calling the box office on 01235 515144.

Serve, spin and smash at table tennis.

Whether you’re a beginner or a bit of a pro, everyone is welcome at this fun and free session.

Dance your time away.

Come along and learn new moves like the cross steps, helicopter and a short routine. The class will have a street commercial base with elements of ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary.

Activities for teenagers

Thursday 15 February: Thame – Thame Leisure Centre, OX9 2BB. 2.30pm to 3.30pm for ages 12+.

  • Boxercise – give boredom a knockout blow and punch up your fitness with this fun session. 
  • Badminton and multi-sports – get ready to hit the court, break a sweat, and shuttle your way to fitness fun.

Booking essential for both activities, visit southoxon.gov.uk/HolidayActivities