Over the festive season most cities and towns will offer you a wide range of added activities. Whether it be markets for Christmas shopping, plays, carols or extended business hours, the festive buzz will be hard to avoid if you find yourself at Oxford English Academy in Kidlington. The city of Oxford and its surrounding villages will all have their share of entertainment to keep you occupied while the school takes a little, well deserved break.

There may not be actual snow falling at the moment, but this has not stopped local artist Clare Nicholls from creating snowmen. Instead of creating them from snow Clare has embarked upon creating one hundred ceramic snowmen for the Winter Exhibition at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery. The gallery hosts a variety of different artists, so make sure you have enough time to slowly stroll through the entire exhibition.

According to the website Wherecanwego.com  at the Creation Theatre you can “enter the magical world of the Brothers Grimm where straw can be spun into gold, the moon can be kidnapped, death can be bargained with and whatever you do, don’t trust your parents. From the director of last year’s raucous Treasure Island and 2014’s freewheeling The Wind in the Willows comes another eccentric Christmas treat for all the family.” Go to the theatre’s website for tickets to the various shows they have on offer.

The Oxford Botanical Garden is not one to be left out in the cold when it comes to joining the festivities. They have put up a wonderful Winter Display, including their beautiful Christmas tree, decorated by visitors to the exhibition. Check out their website www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/visitor-information for more information about opening times.

Located about half an hour outside of Oxford, Waddesdon Manor is a spectacular manor built in 1870 as a place for Ferdinand de Rothschild to showcase his art collection and entertain friends. At the moment, their displays include a two-meter long model of the house made entirely of ginger bread! The ‘sculpture’ took almost 500 hours to make and was done in fine details, even showing the paintings on the walls! While you are there be sure to take a look at the “Field of light” created by artist Bruco Munro, where he ‘planted’ 9000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres to populate the Aviary Glade. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, ‘bloom’ as darkness falls taking visitors on a sensory journey through the gardens. I can only imagine what a spectacular sight this must be!

There clearly is a lot to keep you busy over this time, dress warm and head on out, you may find yourself on an adventure that includes ceramic snowmen and gingerbread houses.

 

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