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IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival Events

6th - 8th


Brilli-ANT: how someone small changed a big story

Fri 6 – Sun 29 October

The Story Museum, OX1 1BP

Tue – Sun: 9.30am – 5.30pm (daily during half term)

Under 7s / Age 7-12

Put on your ant-ennae and step into The Story Museum’s giant cardboard anthill. Or maybe sample the series of themed talks and events running alongside the Museum’s current exhibition. Discover together how small changes can make a big difference in helping to save the planet. Full event list, exhibition details and prices online. - EXHIBITION


My city, your city: postcards from home

Fri 6 – Sun 29 October

Avenue 2, Covered Market, OX1 3DZ

Age 7-12 / Teenage / Adult

Oxford has seven twin cities, with cultural, academic and social links throughout the globe. This captivating project of cultural connections uses postcards from people in Oxford’s twin cities to share the essence of these vibrant destinations. See personal handwritten messages, in an intimate display in the Covered Market, and add your own. - EXHIBITION


Jericho Comedy presents: Stand-up Science

Fri 6 October | 8 – 10pm

The North Wall Arts Centre, OX2 7JN

Teenage / Adult

Love science x Love comedy = Laugh smart! Stand-up Science presents comedians talking about their favourite scientific topics. If you’ve followed Jericho Comedy’s sell-out shows on nature, bacteria, evolution and insects in Oxford or Edinburgh, come back. If not, factor some Stand-up Science into your Festival. Hosted by scientist Matt Hobs and Jericho Comedy founder Alex Farrow. - PERFORMANCE


Live Lab Family Days

Sat 7, 14, 21, 28 October

10am – 12pm, 12.30 – 2.30pm and 3 – 5pm

Science Oxford Centre, OX3 8SB

Age 7 – 12

Four weekend Family Days with guest researchers in the Live Lab along with the Science Oxford Centre’s regular favourite activities. Discover and have fun experimenting with the air table, giant magnetic ball run and planetarium. Outdoors, the Water Lab and 15 acres of woodland and ponds give space to unleash your inner explorer. - INTERACTIVE


Oxford’s railways, past and future developments

Sat 7 October | 10.30am – 12pm and 1 – 2.30pm

Meet Oxford Castle, OX1 1AY

Teenage / Adult

From the first trains to Oxford in 1844 to present day redevelopments, railway engineering
has centuries of stories. Join former Railway Manager David Mather for a short tour to explore the history and future rail industry around the city including the unique and newly restored Rewley Road swing bridge. - GUIDED WALK


Poetry of Science

Sat 7 October | 12 – 1pm

Wesley Memorial Church, OX1 2DH

Age 7-12 / Teenage / Adult

Hear the freshest imagination from new poets and meet the winners from the 2023 Poetry of Science competition. Poetry styles including sonnets and free verse will show ideas in science through the lens of youth, presented by Niall Munro from Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and poet Arji Manuelpillai. Pick up your free Poetry of Science anthology and consider creating your own entry for next year. - PERFORMANCE


Air: how do we know it’s there?!

Sat 7 October | 2 – 2.30pm and 3 – 3.30pm

Wesley Memorial Church, OX1 2DH

Under 7s / Age 7 – 12

Join Festival favourite Dr Sarah Bearchell for an interactive, multi-sensory exploration of air, where the audience are the scientists. We’ll be observing and experimenting together to gather lots of evidence, proving that air really is there! - PERFORMANCE


Sonic Spider: music from an arachnid’s world

Sat 7 October | 2 – 5pm

New Road Baptist Church, OX1 1LQ

Age 7 – 12 / Teenage / Adult PWYD

Listen to the world’s first eight-legged musical instrument, played by a team of musicians,
and delve into a spider’s world. Sonic Spider performances take inspiration from the lives of spiders, sitting quietly in their webs awaiting the drama of visitors – a tasty fly perhaps, or a nervous suitor. Explore the science of spider senses with story-telling and hands-on activities and let your imagination travel to a different world. - PERFORMANCE / INTERACTIVE


Breakdance: introducing the Solar System

Sat 7 October | 4 – 5pm

Wesley Memorial Church, OX1 2DH

Age 7 – 12

The Universe is vast and mysterious, containing all of space, matter, energy and time (including you!) This dance workshop gives a brief overview of our Solar System and what makes it special. Watch breakdancing and push against the Earth with your own hands and feet to explore the identity of home and our neighbour planets and understand why they all are so different! - WORKSHOP


Fri 1 Dec 2023

The Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, Cinderella, is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre from Sat 9 Dec – Sun 14 Jan 2024, starring Brian Conley as Buttons.

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Fri 1 Dec 2023

The British Motor Museum has Christmas wrapped up with a host of festive lunches in the roof-top Sky Suite, a selection box of family-friendly Christmas activities, and a wide choice of Christmas gift ideas.

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Fri 1 Dec 2023

We’ve gathered five of our favourite things to see and do in and around Oxford during the festive season, proving you can find family fun that the adults enjoy just as much as the little ones.

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Fri 1 Dec 2023

London quartet The Big Moon have had a storming year, with a string of festival appearances, including a packed slot at Glastonbury and the release of the deluxe version of their third album, Here Is Everything.