Spring has finally sprung and we’re delighted to bring you a host of lovely activities for all the family! Happy Easter everyone!

Thame TV’s Top Three

1: A real treat for the kids at Blenheim Palace

Yes, it’s a little way from Thame, but how can you resist when your little ones can spend the day with The Three Little Pigs (the nice ones from the story, and not from The Guardian ad!!) Peppa Pig, George and The Piplings!

There is a whole host of family fun to be had at Blenheim Palace this Easter!

The Three Little Pigs Easter Hunt on 6th – 7th April is a fantastic Easter hunt for families, with clues that follow the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ as they set off to find their fortune, only to meet the big bad wolf! Follow the trail of clues about the ‘Three Little Pigs’ hidden around the Pleasure Gardens: will they be in the Marlborough Maze, the Butterfly House, or the ‘Blenheim Bygones’ Exhibition? If you complete the hunt on 6th – 7th April and you will receive an Easter treat.

But that’s not all! On the 8th and 9th April families can meet Peppa Pig and George at the Pleasure Gardens on Sunday, and The Piplings from CBeebies’ pre-school series, Waybuloo for some interactive “Yogo” sessions on Monday.

The characters will meet and greet children making personal appearances at various intervals throughout the day.  Families will have an opportunity to take photos of these much-loved characters at their special Easter visit to Blenheim Palace. All activity will take place at the Pleasure Gardens with additional family fun attractions, The Marlborough Maze, The Butterfly House and the Adventure Play Area. Food and refreshments and Easter treats will be available in the Pleasure Gardens Deli, making this a perfect Easter day out.  

After the Easter hunters have explored the Pleasure Gardens including the Blenheim Bygones’ exhibition, families can catch the miniature train up to the Palace to see the beautiful Easter display on the grand saloon table, and meet the fascinating inhabitants of the Palace’s past in “Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story”.

2: The Oxford Jazz Festival

Web: www.oxfordjazzfestival.com
Sunday 1st – Saturday 7th April: The Oxford Jazz Festival returns to the city this Easter: 01-07 April 2012. Encompassing a wide variety of Jazz, this is a festival with something for everyone, from poetry to lectures, pop-vocals to New Orleans trumpet, standards through modern modal to big bands. Visit the Oxford Jazz Festival website to see the full line-up and to listen to music clips and watch videos to help you decide which gigs to attend.

Tickets and Times please see: www.oxfordjazzfestival.com

3: The Easter Thame Country Fair, Apr 08 to Apr 09, 2012

After the news that we are not having our County Show this year, we think it is all the more important to support one of our other main events. The Thame Country Fair is a well established and popular event, but this year, there is even more space for show attractions, so the 15th Thame Country Fair is going to be the biggest yet!

Two main show arenas host all day entertainment, with top country sports and displays. Be spoilt for choice with endless country and craft stalls to visit and a superb falconry village with native and exotic Birds of Prey. Attractions include; dare-devil stunts, Scurry Driving and Chase The Bunny.

Please click below for full Arena listings, and information about the following:

Falconry village
The Dog Zone
Target Field Sports
Craft Village
Childrens Entertainment


Open 10.00am – 6.00pm daily
Adults £11.00 Oaps £10.00 Children £4.00 under 5s free
Venue – Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3JL

Full Events Listing

30th March – Monday 9th April 2012

St Mary’s Church Easter Experience! A series of six interactive scenes from the last week of Jesus’ life.
 9.00am-4.30pm on 30th & 31st March, 2nd, 3rd, 9th April, and 9am – 11.30am 7th and 9th April.

For full details visit www.stmarysthame.org.uk

Wednesday 3rd – 24th April

Exploring Emotions through Creative writing

Mind Wellbeing Service provides information, short courses and peer support groups helping people along the pathway to improved wellbeing and better mental health. Contact Ros on 07435 760805 or Deborah on 07435 760802. General information on Oxfordshire Mind Wellbeing Service: 01865 247788.
www.oxfordshire-mind.org.uk Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm at Wykeham Park, Thame Community Hospital Site, East Street, Thame OX9 3JT. The

Thursday 4th April 2012

Thame Townswomen’s Guild – “International Girl Guiding”
 Guest speaker: Sue Napier.
Meeting at Girl Guide HQ, Southern Road, Thame, at 7.15pm.

Chinnor Musical Theatre: High Society
7.45pm at Chinnor Village Hall, until Friday 7th.
Box Office: 07983 666 314. Tickets £12 each.

Children’s tour of Waddesdon Manor House from 11.30am -12pm
Children and one accompanying adult FREE. All other adults £20.00, £5.00 NT members
Meet at the front door of the House for this special children’s tour.  Watch the Elephant clock in all its glory. Listen to your very own Waddesdon guide tell you tales about the house as you get guided through the ground floor before we open to the public.

Booking is essential as places are limited please call 01296 653226, Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm..

This event also takes place on: 
Wednesday 11 April and 1, 8, 15 22 & 29 August

Wednesday 4 April – Easter Monday 9 April 2012

Waddesdon Manor Easter Egg Trails
£2.50 per trail payable on the day. Normal admission charges apply to the Gardens.
The National Trust and Cadbury are teaming up once again to celebrate Easter.  Bring Cadbury magic to your family by joining in at one of our Easter Egg Trails!  Follow the clues, answer the questions and complete the challenges to find your way to a prize just for you!

We will have face painters, a games area and activities to take part in such as giant snakes and ladders, sack races, the egg shy and lots of other fun!

Last trail is at 4pm.

Thursday 5th April 2012

First Thursday Music Club (open mic) First Thursday of every month, at The James Figg.

Children’s Cookery Course at Le Manoir for ages 13 – 16.

Designed to educate and inspire budding young chefs, the pace of this course is fast, furious and, most of all, fun. They will explore the grounds and kitchen garden and create a feast for lunch, before enjoying an indulgent afternoon of all things sweet—the perfect soufflé, a chocolate tasting and creating one of Raymond’s favourite childhood desserts, floating islands.  

• One-day course tuition
• Morning and afternoon tea
• Informal lunch in the cookery school
• Course certificate
• Check in: 8:45am
• Class starts: 9:00am
• Class ends: 4:30/4:45pm
Price: £275 per child
Spaces subject to availability.

Friday 6th April 2012

Alvin Printwhistle at Racquets Thame
A night of Elvis and belly laughter, if you haven’t seen Alvin before make sure to book. Buffet included.
£7.50 members
£10.00 non-members
Book Now, we sold out last time!!!!!!!

The new foxtrot serenaders
A fantastic vintage dance band music from the 1930s to the 1950s at 7.45pm on Saturday 7th April, The Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame. Tickets £8 and £7, with £1 off for concessions from Tickets Anywhere, Greyhound Walk, Thame, telephone 01844 217228.

From Friday 6th April – Sunday 9th April 2012

Easter Steam Specials at Chinnor Railway!
A great Easter experience with Easter eggs for children, and hot cross buns for adults. No need to book – just come along! Steam trains depart Chinnor station at 10.15, 11.45, 1.30, 3.00 and 4.30. Visit www.chinnorrailway.co.uk for more info!

Saturday 7th April 2012

Kimble Point to Point. Race starts 1.30pm. Full details available here: http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk/pdfs/go_pointing.pdf
Start Times, Admission Prices & Special Features: Details are available in Go Pointing, your free weekly guide to the weekend ahead – click here to download your copy. Up-to-the-minute going updates, meeting prospects or cancellations are available on TALKING POINT – call 09068 44 60 61, full rates and details available here.

Sunday 8th April 2012
Storytelling at Waddesdon Manor with Nick Halliday
(Also on Sat 21, Sun 22, Sat 28 and Sun 29 April 2012)
Come and enjoy story telling with Nick Halliday a local author and artist.  He’ll be reading from his book The Lonely Tree. Storytelling Free. Normal admission charges apply to Waddesdon Manor

Crazy Bear, Stadhampton and Beaconsfield Easter Sunday Lunch. 2 courses for £19.95 / 3 for £24.95 available midday until 10pm. Click here for full menu http://www.crazybeargroup.co.uk/easter/sunday-lunch.pdf Stadhampton also has clay shooting http://crazybeargroup.co.uk/farm/clayshoot-information.pdf and an easter egg trail around the farm from 10am – 2pm where you can see the new lambs, and meet the beagle pack at 11am.

Monday 9th April

It is that time of the month again when our Cardmaking / Scrapbooking club in Oxford is meeting up! As a matter of fact the group has now become so popular that we’ve decided to add another workshop 
every month, thus meeting twice a month – how exciting!!
 We meet at the Sandhills Primary School Hall, Terrett Avenue, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8FN (Across the road from the Thornhill Park and Ride – OX3 8DP)

Please come along and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening with us, creating beautiful handmade cards or doing your scrapbook pages. Whether you are a new or experienced crafter, there is something for everybody.

Please let me know if you need any further information.

We hope to see you there!!
NB: Event is also taking place on Monday 23rd April

Tuesday 10th April 2012

Thame Farmers’ Market
Upper High Street Car Park between 8am and 1pm

Housing Benefit Surgery
Soha Housing and Housing Benefit Advisers are holding a joint surgery from 10.00am to 12.00pm at Thame Town Council Offices. Please contact Soha for an appointment on 01235 515 900 (from a mobile) or 8000 14 15 45 (freephone from a landline), or just drop in.

(Runs until Friday 13th April) Street Dance Week for 12 to 16 year olds including Hip Hop, Popping and Locking, Break Dance, Choreography, Performance and Free Running.

Brilliant value – £120 for a 4 day course.
Brill Memorial Hall form 08.30am to 5.30pm every day. visit www.kasostudios.co.uk for more information.

Wednesday 11th April

Stella & Dot jewellery event at The Thatch from 6.30pm onwards.
Come along to see some beautiful Stella & Dot jewellery samples, with delicious nibbles and drinks in the main function room. For more information visit www.stelladot.co.uk/annaclementson

Saturday 14th April

Working Party at Thame Barns Centre
10.00am to 3.00pm at Thame Barns Centre.
Please come along to help us with gardening, painting, cleaning and general maintenance.
Refreshments will be provided.

Councillors’ Saturday surgery
10.00am – midday.  There will be a Town Councillor, a District Councillor and County Councillor, together with a member of the Customer Services staff who will be present to offer all the services offered to the public Monday to Friday. 

Sunday 15th April 2012
Long Crendon Gardens open Sunday 15 April 2pm – 6pm. Baker’s Close, Barry’s Close, 48 Chilton Road, 25 Elm Trees, Manor House, Mulberry House. Combined adm: £5.00 Children free. Plants for sale.

Wednesday 18th April 2012
Frazer`s Posh Pub Quiz at The Thatch, Thame.
Join us to test your food and wine knowledge with Quizmaster Frazer.

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