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Your Oxfordshire June: Music festivals, Kids Half Term Activities, Art, Barbecues and more!

26/05/17

It’s a bank holiday, it’s half term, and the sun is out (for now), so grab your sun cream and check out all the brilliant things you can get up to across the county this fortnight. Just keep a brolly on hand though, just in case...

What’s on in Oxfordshire

What's not on? With festivals to art, to kids activities, there are some brilliant events going on in the next fortnight.
Animal Antics Free Kids Craft Workshop at Abingdon Museum
Tuesday 30th - Wednesday 31st May, 10:00am-3:00pm: Join the animal parade in this crafty workshop at Abingdon Museum.

Gnometastic at Waterperry Gardens
Half term fun in the gardens. Help the gnomes in the gardens who have forgotten their names. Find all eight gnomes and their names to claim your prize in the garden shop.

Nature in your garden at the Botanic Gardens
Find out how to look after the nature in your garden and take part in craft activites and more! Drop-in, suitable for all ages. Children are free with accompanying paying family member.

Discover and Play at the Earth Trust
Forest School for the under-5s. Come and join us for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. Sessions are led by a trained Forest School leader.

Busy Bee Week at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre
29th May - 4th June: Unearth wonderful activities from growing your own mini allotment and giant strawberries, to making amazing seed bursters.

Carterton & RAF Brize Norton Play & Activity Day
OPA Play & Activity Days 2017 - Come and join us for a fun filled event offering both FREE Entrance and FREE Activities to ensure that we have an inclusion for ALL. You will be able to undertake a range of Playful activities all designed to keep you Physically Active, Healthy and Well. We will also show you how to play on a budget using Recycled and Natural Materials!

Family Take over Day at Banbury Museum
Calling all families! We have literally opened up our huge craft store to offer a brilliant selection of activities. From junk modelling to messy paint and clay craft come and make your mark in the museum this half term. There is even a curiosity corner packed with mystery museum objects to handle. Not forgetting our pop up Path cinema for the grown ups. Huge amounts of fun.

Full STEAM Ahead Family Fun Day 2017
Harwell Campus & Chilton Village Family Present the Full STEAM Ahead Family Fun Day 2017 on Saturday 3rd June 12 - 5pm at Harwell Campus Sports Field. Inside the event there will be Science Workshops, Rocket building, pot planting, 65ft inflatable assault course, soft play area, Climbing wall, croquet playing, tower building and much much more!

Half term activities at the River and Rowing Museum
Volcano: Loads of Lava, Adventures with the Ice Dragon, Romantic Ruins and Victorious Vikings! All of which can be found at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

May Half term: unarmed stage combat at Chipping Norton Theatre
How is a fight portrayed realistically on stage? This workshop presents a set of principles to enable participants to learn how to portray unarmed stage combat safely and effectively. It is also a great way to gain confidence when performing. The workshops culminate in showings on our stage of the skills learned. 5-7 years sharing at 12.15pm, 8-12 years sharing at 3.45pm.

May Half-term Minecraft Camps
We will be holding Minecraft and gaming camps in the May half-term break (30 May-2 June). Children can join us for as little as a day or for the whole week. They will have access to a safe Minecraft environment and other online games. The day starts at 9am and finishes promptly at 3pm and is suitable for children aged 7-13.

Music in Oxfordshire

Forget Glastonbury (it’s always a downpour and you run out of wet wipes). There are some stonking festivals coming up over the next few weeks right on your very doorstep.
Common People
Sean Paul? Pete Tong? Rag’n’Bone Man? The line up for Common People this weekend is looking fantastic, and there are still tickets left so check it out.
Cornbury Festival
Bryan Adams, Jools Holland, Kaiser Chiefs and the Pretenders are just some of the headliners from this years lineup which looks set to be a brilliant festival.
Now if you’ll excuse us we have a best of Groove Armada mixtape around here somewhere...
Rokefest is wall-to-wall music with an impressive selection of real ales on tap and great pub food, all set in a 16th Century pub in the South Oxfordshire village of Roke, near Benson (OX10 6JD). The festival has been running for 13 years and draws a loyal following. And you won't even need wellies. Find out more
Oxford Pride

Oxford’s 15th Pride Parade takes place on Saturday 3rd June, at Radcliffe Square from 11am  Everyone is welcome to join the parade, or cheer along as it comes past. Our firefighters will be taking part. From 1pm two stages, one within the Castle Quarter and one on Paradise Street will come alive with music and entertainment. Find out more

In the news...

County’s schoolchildren use art to tackle LGBT bullying

A big shoutout to students from Dr Radcliffe’s Primary School and Wheatley Park School for their fantastic exhibition that’s livening up county hall at the moment. It's all part of our Anti-Bullying Strategy to help prevent and reduce bullying of young people who people who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender, those who have LGBT family members. Read more


Terror threat level 


On a more sombre note, you’ll know that the UK terror threat is currently set at ‘critical’, as a result of the terrorist attack in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by these horrible events.
At this time the public is asked to remain calm but alert. When you are out shopping, socialising, at a sports event or travelling to work, stay alert and report anything suspicious: 0800 789 321
Don’t invite firefighters to your barbecue

Our firefighters love a good barbecue. In fact given half a chance they’ll be round to scoff all your burgers and wind up trying to wash the plates with fire hoses (bad for the crockery). Luckily there’s a few tips that will mean they don’t have an excuse to turn up at yours this bank holiday weekend...
 
Oxfordshire Travel Choices

Roadworks

Get the latest on essential work to keep Oxfordshire moving - direct from the teams on site, and stay up to date ahead of any changes.
Major projects are taking place at

Harwell Link Road

Temporary traffic lights will remain in place 24hrs / 7 days per week on the A417 and will now need to stay in place until both sides of the roundabout are complete and ready to open to traffic. On the B4493, temporary traffic lights are used during working hours to allow construction vehicles to access the site safely.

Bicester 
While roads are being improved between residential areas and local employment areas, improvements will also be made to the routes around Bicester to encourage through traffic to use the peripheral routes rather than travelling via the town centre.

Headington
Two narrow lanes are being maintained  on The Slade to keep traffic moving. Drivers are asked not to overtake cyclists in the narrowed lanes and pedestrians are asked to use the pedestrian crossings provided for safety reasons
 

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