Saturday, 15 December 2018

No excuses for boredom

There is no need to hear the cry of “I’m bored“ this half term, with oddles of fun family events

There is no need to hear the cry of “I’m bored“ this half term, with oddles of fun family events and activities being held in Henley and across the area all week. Here’s our guide to the pick of what’s on at arts venues, theatres and museums.

Duck in the Truck
, Kenton Theatre, Henley, box office (01491) 575698.

Duck in the Truck, based on the bestselling book by acclaimed children’s author Jez Alborough, will have four to seven-year-olds giggling away, singing along and laughing out loud.

Join Duck and his friends in a happy new adventure with puppetry, sing-along songs and plenty of opportunities to join in along the way. Don’t forget to wear your wellies!

Performances are on Sunday at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets are £9 (£30 family).


A Real Fairy Story -

The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales
, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, box office 01628 788997 or

Magic and fairtytales are the theme for three half term shows. In

, a re-imagining of the rags to riches tale, a grandfather left holding a rather damp baby decides to tell his favourite fairy tales and creates the magical world of Cinderella, using dolls, puppets and an old pram.

Created to enchant adults and children alike, this highly visual, charming show by Krazy Kat Theatre Company use mime and sign language with music from Rossini’s opera.

Performances are on Monday at 11.30am and 2pm and the show is suitable for ages four and up. Tickets cost £8.50 or £31 for a family of four.

A Real Fairy Story comes to the Farm on Tuesday and Wednesday. In an exciting show full of magic and shadow puppetry, fairy expert Amelia Buttersnap needs a photograph of a fairy for her new book. Accompanied by her wise cat, Tibbles, she sets out to get one, but in fairyland things are not going well and Amelia must now help the fairies as well as trying to get a picture of one.

Performed by Ripstop Theatre, show times are at 11.30am and 2pm and tickets cost £8.50 (family £31). Suitable for ages four and over.

Rounding off the fun is

The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales
. It begins with a magic porridge pot which won’t stop making porridge, followed by a delicious soup made from the scrummiest stone in the world, rounded off with a walking, talking gingerbread man.

Theatre of Widdershins give the three tales a new lease of life with puppets, pop-up sets and original music.

Performances are on Thursday and Friday, February 20 at 11.30am and 2pm and tickets cost £8.50 (family £31).

Comedy Club 4 Kids
, Oxford Playhouse, tickets 01865 305305 or

A comedy night suitable for children as youg as six will be held on Friday, February 20.

Comedy Club 4 Kids sees the best comedians from the UK and international circuit doing what they do best, without the rude bits, in an hour of laughter suitable for all the family.

Taking the mic will be rising star Ivo Graham, CBBC’s Stu Goldsmith and slapstick trio Three Half Pints.

Comedy Club 4 Kids is part of the Fridays at 5pm programme of events at the Playhouse. Tickets are £9, £7 children.

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