- Priscilla Queen of the Desert, New Theatre, 23 – 28 August, Book into see Jason Donovan star in this incredible West End musical, and celebrate the Oxford’s theatre reopening. Featuring a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. Tickets at http:// www.atgtickets.com/oxford
2) Big Feastival – Kingham, August 27-29 https://thebigfeastival.com If you haven’t made it to a festival yet then this is for you. Loads for children, teens and adults to do, it really is a family affair with rides, zones, bands, food and dining geared as much for little ones as grown-ups. Teen tickets are available for purchase and under 12’s go free but still require a ticket. READ ABOUT IT HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/party-on-oxfordshires-festivals-will-go-ahead-this-summer-as-the-big-feastival-announces-2021-line-up/
3) Ashmolean Adventure, until September 5 – Share a family adventure as you explore some of the Ashmolean’s most intriguing objects. Featuring 10 objects and paintings, this new interactive digital guide for families includes games and quizzes, sounds and stories. Try out your design and drawing skills. Book your family tickets here: https://ashmolean.org/adventure
4) North Wall: Inventors: Drama & Storytelling 17 August – 19 August (ages 8-11) and Youth Lab: Improvisation & Devising (ages 12-17) 23 August – 25 August. Calling all young performers. These three day workshops help children and teens flex their drama skills. £45 for three days with bursary places available. https://www.thenorthwall.com/whats-on/
5) Mikron Theatre until August 18. has brought its two news shows via its narrowboat to Oxfordshire. Atalanta Forever is based on the true story of a women’s football team in Huddersfield in post war Britain, while new comedy caper A Dog’s Tale celebrates canines past and present through the lens of Crufts. (READ ABOUT IT HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/floating-theatre-company-mikron-brings-you-two-new-summer-shows-to-enjoy-in-oxfordshires-pub-gardens-and-campsites/) Wonderfully family-friendly and relaxed, the locations are as good as the shows themselves. https://mikron.org.uk/shows/
6) Six at Oxford Playhouse – Tue 24 Aug – Sun 5 Sep – If there is one thing that cannot be missed this summer it’s this INCREDIBLE musical based on Henry VIII and his wives. We’re going twice. Take it from us, don’t miss it! https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/events/six
7) Youth-tastic Cherwell Theatre Company‘s new community project MYTH II, August 14-18 in Heyford Park housing estate, Banbury and Bicester Marketplaces, Banbury’s Princess Diana Park and Ron Groves Park in Kidlington. http://www.cherwelltheatrecompany.co.uk This hilarious new play features live music, slapstick comedy, dazzling puppetry and a Greek chorus, presented as a series of ‘pop up festival’ events featuring performances from other local groups and artists. Devised by professional theatre makers in collaboration with young people,
8) Blenheim Palace all summer– Where to start! Theres so much going on from rowing boats to art, and adventures in the Walled Gardens (see further post for Salon Privee) https://www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/ and don’t miss Luna Cinema (August 12-15) showing Star Wars, Some Like It Hot, The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long and Bohemian Rhapsody. https://www.thelunacinema.com/blenheim-palace
9) Oxfordshire Youth Takeover, Broad Meadow on Saturday August 14. READ ABOUT IT HERE https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/rapper-jose-kelly-chiika-with-in-spire-sounds-the-accidentals-and-olivia-chevallier-headline-oxfordshire-youth-takeover-day-on-broad-street-this-weekend/. Headliners include rapper José Kelly, acapella group The Accidentals, Chiika from In-Spire Sounds Records. They will also be joined live by artist and singer Olivia Chevallier, who will be creating art as well as singing. Go to http://www.oxfordshireyouth.org for more details.
10) Knight School, Oxford Castle and Prison, August 13-15 and August 30. https://www.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/events/knight-school/ A medieval inspired workshop which trains children into becoming little warriors. King Arthur is preparing for his next quest this summer and has enlisted us at the castle to train his latest recruits for medieval battle! The hour-long training session covering the essential skills needed to defeat King Arthur’s enemies. Expect to learn sword handling and fighting, archery skills, jousting skills, and then be knighted by Oxford Castle’s Sir Robin in a closing ceremony and given your own certificate and sword to take home!
11) Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better The Story Museum comes up with The Lego Master Builders Club for 8-11 year-old’s. Book in for the 17 August – Happy Holidays or 23 August – The Loch Ness Monster Mystery and build a story with Lego! The Master Builders Club will be providing 1000s of LEGO bricks to transform the museum space into a LEGO fans paradise. All you need to bring is your imagination and a desire to have fun. The session will be a creative adventure that incorporates a playful learning experience whilst nurturing young minds. Children may attend this event without an adult. Click here for booking details
12) Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace, September 1-4, with a fifth day showcasing classic and supercars on September 5. Budding petrol heads will absolutely love this supercar hotspot. Tickets from £45. Or wait until September 5 and buy a public ticket instead https://www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/salon-prive-classic-supercar/