What’s on in Oxfordshire over the weekend

Following on from our popular What’s on in Oxfordshire over the half term post, we thought we’d do a lovely weekly round-up of what’s on in Oxfordshire over the weekend with a pick of some of the upcoming events and activities. We hope you find it helpful and it inspires you to pop over to Mumsnet Oxfordshire to find out about other things to do in your area – or if you know about something that’s happening, do add it for free!

ImageBlast Off With Kid Carpet! Sunday 2nd March, 2pm
Cornerstone Arts Centre, £8, £6 (concs), Ages 4 – adult

Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals is a rock band who blast off into space. The animals are a gorilla, a bear, a hedgehog and a badger. Of course! They make friends, play games, contemplate the world and finally rock out at a grand dance contest. Along the way not only will they get toes tapping with their rocky music, but they’ll attempt to enlighten us with all sorts of info.

Nearly New Sale & Children’s Event, Sunday 2nd March, Didcot
10am – 1pm in Didcot civic hall, £1 per adult, children free

40+ stalls ranging from Nearly new stalls and local businesses, that sell or offer services to children and their families.
You can also get some real bargains at this event ranging from children’s clothes, toys, books and shoes to highchairs, cots, car seats, buggies… and more!!
Along with the stalls there will be a face painter and Chipper from the Treehouse playcentre will be popping by to say hello to all the children. There will also be some delicious refreshments on offer.

thomas_01Day out with Thomas at the Didcot Railway Centre, Sat & Sun 1st & 2nd March
Tickets start at £10, Family tickets available. Book in advance or buy at the door

Thomas and his friends Duck & Diesel and The Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, who will be keeping an eye on everything today. Enjoy rides with them all day and as often as you wish. Thomas the Tank Engine is running on his Branch Line and his friends Duck or Diesel are running on the Main Line.
Sounds ideal for Thomas-obsessed children… and a couple of parents we know, too!

Messy Church,  Saturday 1st March, 2-4pm
Wallingford Methodist Church, FREE

We love a free activity and this is a great way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon. Messy church is a craft based time of fun and informal worship aimed at children and their families/carers.  The session involves a range of messy activities; a short break for refreshments, a story, singing and a prayer! It’s free and no need to book!

Open to everybody, all activities optional

Something for Mums to be, too
Or how about a little treat for you? It’s not on this weekend, but you may need to book it soon to take advantage – Maternity Reflexology for just £20! Check out our offers page for more info, and keep an eye on it for any other special deals for Mumsnet users!


What’s on in Oxfordshire over the half-term?

Well, the February half-term is here and the weather is looking even more unhelpful than usual, so we’ve rounded up a few things to do in Oxfordshire with the kids. As ever, if you know of something happening that we’ve missed then please add it for free here:

If you need toImage keep the kids occupied all week, or for a full day – or even just want to make sure they’re properly exhausted so you get an evening to yourself – then the SuperCamp happening in Headington looks fabulous.
There are activities for every kind of interest from sports to crafts and up to eight different activities each day. It (almost) makes us wish we were young enough to take part, but not sure we could deal with the hormones all over again!

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Want sImageomething for the smaller people? Thame library is running a story time on Tues 18th Feb. It’s FREE (always a bonus in our book) and starts at 11am.  It’s also thoughtfully arranged for a market day, so if you fancy a wander round the rather lovely market town you can pick up some fresh baked goods, fruit and veg or even browse the clothing stalls and make a day of it.
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Bampton library is doing something similar on Friday 21st at 10.30am
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ImageWild Wednesday struck us as something a little different: fun, outdoor activities (whatever the weather!) for 4-11 year olds at only £2.
Always nice to get them out in the open air if possible.
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On a similar note, The Earth Trust is running a Forest School for pre-schoolers on the Friday.
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The Cornerstone in Didcot is making a week of it, with things to do most days from Tuesday onwards. Check out our half-term page for all the activities, but here are two of the highlights:
Printmaking – 20 Feb 10.30am – 4.30pm, ages: 7-12 years
“Be inspired by the winter weather and make incredible prints using exciting techniques including plastic etching and lino carving. Can you spot any of the same techniques in the Oxford Printmakers exhibition?” Whilst they’re occupied you could go shopping or watch a film at the cinema next door or even have a (very) long, relaxed lunch at the excellent Cafe in the Cornerstone itself.  Bliss. We heard rumours that taking out a family membership gets you 20% off everything so you might even be able to make a saving.
HipHop Dance Workshop – 21st Feb 10.30am – 4pm, ages 7-11 years
“A chance to learn some new techniques in an energetic and fun workshop. Learn how to do impressive moves and create a group dance to show at the end of the day.” Sounds like a great way to wear them out before the weekend starts!

For still more things to do over the Feb half-term please check out our listings: http://local.mumsnet.com/oxfordshire/half-term

For other activities, services, businesses and things to do, as well as our fab talk board where you can chat to other local parents, please visit us at http://local.mumsnet.com




Being a Local Ambassador

Local Ambassadors are the team who keep Mumsnet Local running.  It’s as big or small a commitment as you’re willing and able to make, but as with many things, the more you put in, the more you get out.

Why should I be a Local Ambassador?

There are a few reasons that we can think of which we’ve listed in bullet-point form for ease.

– If you want to meet more people in your area

– If you want to benefit from free stuff – we are asked to write reviews and our Local Ambassador team is who we turn to for honest opinions. We’ve only been running this for a couple of weeks and one of our Oxford LAs has attended a wonderful sewing course at Darn It And Stitch (review coming soon).

– Diversify your CV, keep your CV ticking over or stop your brain from atrophying during maternity leave – there are a few aspects to being a LA and if you’re interested in getting involved in PR, social media, events management, marketing and sales then there might be a place for you to help the Local Editor with these aspects of running the site.  Or you can just organise a couple of meetups and add a review so you don’t feel like you’re spending your entire life changing nappies…

What’s involved?

There are three aspects to being a Local Ambassador:

1 – Organising and attending meet-ups – this is less scary than you may think.  We have a dedicated page that helps you set the whole thing up and you can organise the kind of meet up that you would like to attend. Fed up of coffee mornings and looking for a child-free night out at the local wine bar? Go right ahead! Think it’d be fun to meet up with other families of kids the same age to go paintballing? That sounds like fun! Want to find other single parents to attend nature rambles or speed dating? Fine by us! You may even be able to negotiate a discounted rate with the venue if you talk to them in advance.

2 – Reviewing listings – this is a quick and easy one that we ask all our members to do, but hope as a Local Ambassador you’d be more proactive about it.  Just find listings for a business that you’ve experienced and let us know what you thought of it.  This can be as simple as stating ‘great cake’ and adding a star rating, or you can write them a 3-page essay. As long as you’re honest we’re happy because this helps other users.  If you’re especially keen you might even consider adding a listing or two to our directory which will put you in the Local Editor’s good books like you wouldn’t believe!

3 – Join our reviews team – we have the happy duty of occasionally receiving sample goods or services to review for the good of mankind other users.  If you’re on our review team then we will send you on courses, post you items to review etc in return for an honest written review that will appear on this blog and our other social media.  Obviously there is a bit of work involved, but we love a bit of free stuff and the chance to air our opinions so see it as a great privilege – let us know if you’d like to get involved!

Raring to go? email local@mumsnet.com and tell them your username

Flooding – some useful links

We have a daily reminder of the rising waters here in South Oxfordshire as we are only a few hundred metres from the river Thames and every step outdoors offers a visual reminder of how much (and how fast) the water is rising.  We’re hoping that you’re all safe wherever in the county you are and thought we’d round up some useful links for your information:
Oxfordshire Flooding Update – Wednesday 8 Jan 2014

Staying safe during a flood

Keeping children safe during a flood

Report road flooding

Photo of flooding in South Oxfordshire

If you have any information, useful links or photographs to share, please get in touch via –

Twitter: @MNetOxfordshire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MumsnetOxfordshire
Email: oxfordshire@mumsnetlocal.com

What’s really happening where you live?

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for living in a community-minded area like Oxfordshire.  Everywhere we look there are signs for nativity plays, Christmas fairs and markets, candelit services, choral processions, festivals and parades.  Much as we would love to be everywhere at once we’re simply not able to and so we rely on you, the natives of Oxfordshire, to let us know what’s happening where you live by adding a listing to Mumsnet Oxfordshire or even volunteering to do a guest post for us here on the Mumsnet Oxfordshire blog.  All we need is a very short review and a picture or two – think you can help us?

Please let us know at oxfordshire@mumsnetlocal.com