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February half-term activities in Oxford and across Oxfordshire

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February half-term activities in Oxford and across Oxfordshire

Need some inspiration on what to do with the kids this February half-term in Oxfordshire?

Well, look no further. We’re pulling together an exciting list of events and things to do that everyone can enjoy – whether their toddlers or teenagers or somewhere in between.

There’s lots to keep little ones busy at home or in your local area this February half-term in Oxfordshire. Discover ideas for things to do outdoors and indoors if the weather turns.

Winter Family Trail: The Moonstone Door

Winter Family Trail: The Moonstone Door

17 to 28 February
River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames

Escape into a world of history and fantasy with The Moonstone Door. Make your way around the museum and banish Thamesis and Isis – two evil sorcerers that have been set free in the museum – using their own magic against them in an immersive adventure trail.

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The Wind in the Willows Interactive Exhibition at River & Rowing Museum

The Wind in the Willows Interactive Exhibition

17 to 28 February
River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames

Visit the River & Rowing Museum’s enchanting and interactive recreation of the riverbank world of The Wind in the Willows with its 3D models, theatrical lighting and music.

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Tiny Toad’s Treasure Hunt at River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames

Tiny Toad’s Treasure Hunt

17 to 28 February
River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames

Can you help Tiny Toad find different treasures around the Museum? Enjoy this self-led indoor family trail taking you on a journey of discovery all around the galleries – perfect for under 5s (and their adventuring carers).

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Didcot Railway Centre February Half-Term Steam Days

Didcot Railway Centre February Half-Term Steam Days

19, 20, 23, 26 & 27 February
Didcot Railway Centre

Savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam; take unlimited rides behind the oldest working Engine No. 1340 ‘Trojan’ and the Guest Engine No. 2678 ‘Knowle’ who is visiting from the Kent and East Sussex Railway; explore the spacious undercover areas of the Engine Shed, Carriage Display, Victorian Broad Gauge Exhibition and Signalling Centre.

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Birds and Beasts trail at Waddesdon Manor

Birds and Beasts trail at Waddesdon Manor

20 to 27 February
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Visit Waddesdon for some fresh air and family fun this February half-term. Get outdoors, explore the grounds and discover the animals of Waddesdon with the Birds and Beasts trail along Miss Alice’s Drive, then refuel with freshly-made fish and chips.

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Children can get their inventor’s hat on at the Museum of Oxford for a fun interactive family show for ages 5 to 7 this half-term. Help Isobel answer some important questions: Does chocolate burn? Can you make an anchor out of polystyrene? Which material makes the best bouncy ball?

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Pinocchio at The Story Museum

Pinocchio at The Story Museum

22 & 23 February
The Story Museum, Oxford

Pinocchio is coming alive one more time, but this time with paper characters in a giant version of a Victorian Paper Theatre. Follow the adventures of Pinocchio, the mischievous puppet and teller of tall tales, as he follows his dreams to become a real boy.

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Half Term Family Day at Science Oxford Centre

Half Term Family Days at Science Oxford Centre

22 to 24 February
Science Oxford Centre

Children and grown-ups alike can visit the Science Oxford Centre for a unique family experience this half-term. Explore, discover and play in the Exploration Zone, pick up an activity sheet and follow the winter woodland nature trails.

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Story Explorers: Time Travel at The Story Museum

Story Explorers: Time Travel

22 to 24 February
The Story Museum, Oxford

Travel through time with three days of this popular holiday skills-building workshops for ages 8-12. Make new friends whilst honing your story skills with inspiring Story Leaders. With plenty of dressing up, games, role play and craft along the way.

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Ron’s Gone Wrong at The Theatre Chipping Norton

Ron’s Gone Wrong

23 February
The Theatre Chipping Norton

Twentieth Century Studios and Locksmith Animation’s “Ron’s Gone Wrong” is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his ‘Best Friend out of the Box.’

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Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton at Oxford Playhouse

Oh No, George!

23 & 24 February
Oxford Playhouse

Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Chris Haughton, Oh No, George! is the delightfully playful tale of a dog who wants to be good but just can’t resist temptation. This brand new production for children aged 3+ (and their grown-ups) uses acrobatics, slapstick comedy, Sign Supported English and live music to bring George’s joyful escapades to life.

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Hope Hunters: Joseph Elliott at The Story Museum

Hope Hunters: Joseph Elliott

24 February
The Story Museum, Oxford

Join author Joseph Elliott as he discusses what led him to writing, the inspiration behind his books and how he juggles life as an actor and author. Joseph is the award-winning author of the Shadow Skye trilogy – the first fantasy series for children to feature a protagonist with Down’s syndrome.

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Discover the Anglo-Saxons at Museum of Oxford

Discover the Anglo-Saxons

24 February
Museum of Oxford

This half-term, discover life in Anglo-Saxon Oxford with objects and craft at the Museum of Oxford in the Town Hall. Try on costumes, handle tools and wield weapons (both replica and original) to understand more about what life was like for people living all those years ago. This event is free. You are encouraged to book a timed ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Silent Story Disco at The Story Museum

Silent Story Disco at The Story Museum

25 February
The Story Museum, Oxford

Get lost in music with this brand new family-friendly Silent Story Disco! Are you a dastardly villain or super-duper hero? Dress up as your favourite hero or villain, select a specially curated soundtrack and enjoy a fun dance-filled hour of silliness, including games and a prize for the best costume.

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Stand up comedy for kids with James Campbell

Stand up comedy for kids with James Campbell

26 February
The Story Museum, Oxford

Join author and stand-up comedian James Campbell for comedy for those over six years who like comedy without the rude bits! Hold onto your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy the best comedy for kids from the man who invented it.

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Unearth new outdoor adventures

Whether it’s connecting with nature on your doorstep or visiting a nature reserve further down the road, get outside this February half-term in Oxfordshire, and try something new. With stunning landscapes across the county, you’re sure to find something or somewhere to thrill the entire family.

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Visit a farmers’ market

There are many local farmers’ Markets across Oxfordshire, specialising in the best of local and seasonal food. And there’s more than just fresh, healthy food to be found. It can be a great place for them to grow their knowledge of food.

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Try a family-friendly bake

Find a recipe to keep the whole family busy this February half-term. From tasty classics like lemon drizzle cake to quick and easy bakes like chocolate brownies, roll up your sleeves, you’re sure to find inspiration with our family-friendly bakes.

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Indoor Picnic for Kids

Enjoy an indoor picnic

Outdoor picnicking adventures might be out of the question for now, but nothing stops you from having a picnic in your own indoor space.

You don’t have to cook up a storm. A few tasty treats, something to drink, and a picnic blanket on the living room floor, or even on the bed, will go a long way in lifting spirits.

Pack all the food and drinks into a picnic basket complete with plates and utensils. Dashing in and out of the kitchen really defeats the purpose.

Find a favourite read

Get them reading and fuel their imagination this half-term with a great selection of books. From poetry to sticker books, our local bookshops are busting with books to keep adventurers of all ages well entertained for hours on rainy days.

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