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Enjoy fun for all the family this Easter

Fun activities and community days, family exercise, a museum of marvellous things and a cartoon circus are just some of the free and low-cost activities available for children and their families to enjoy during the Easter holidays.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are providing activities and events at venues across the area from 29 March to 12 April. 

The councils’ Active Communities team are providing family circuits, Boxfit for teens, music-based exercise sessions and Xplorer events for young children and an activity day. There’s also a series of community days in south Abingdon hosted by The Oxfordshire Play Association.

Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot will be packed with family entertainment.  From The Museum of Marvellous Things where the impossible can happen, Decorate Your Own Bug House and live action and puppetry with There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly to swashbuckling with Pirates at a pre-holiday performance on 24 March!

There’ll also be lots of circus themed fun at The Beacon in Wantage, with the laughter-packed stage show, Cartoon Circus Live, featuring some of Britain’s funniest clowns, traditional slapstick comedy and much more and a range of low-cost activities with a circus theme throughout the Easter break for children of all ages including arts and craft and Monkey Mayhem.

The activities are expected to be very popular so, where required, residents are encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment.   For a full run down of what’s on and details on how to book, visit

The Better Leisure Centres across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse, managed on behalf of the district councils by GLL, also have a range of family activities to get involved with this Easter.

They are launching their new Active Holiday Clubs at leisure centres in Abingdon, Didcot, Faringdon and Wantage. There are junior funded memberships as part of the Holiday, Activity and Food programme (HAF), plus family swims, roller skating and soft play. Details about what’s available at each centre can be found on the Better UK website and the leisure centre Facebook pages.

Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing at South Oxfordshire District Council said: “We’re thrilled to offer these fun and accessible activities for families over the Easter holidays.  Whether you’re looking for budget friendly laughter and adventure, a chance to get active out and about or you’d like to get creative, we’ve got you covered.

Cllr Helen Pighills, Cabinet Member for Healthy Communities at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “Make this Easter break one to remember.  Let your imagination soar, make some great memories and meet some new friends when you join our Easter activities.  We expect these sessions to be popular, so book your spot now to avoid disappointment!”