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Fun for teens this Easter

A whole bunch of awesome suggestions in Bucks & Oxon to excite, inspire and get teens out of bed while it's still daylight (*thud*).

Teens can be maddening. They don’t want to hang out with you. They don’t want to call their friends (that’s what text are for). They find it hard to exhibit enthusiasm for anything, as my son puts it, ‘from the olden days – by which he means pre X-Box.*

(*Caveat. We know not all teenagers are horrific. If you have one that’s sane, I’m up for swapsies.)

But we’re not so easily beaten at Muddy Stilettos! If you have a teen yourself, know a put upon parent of one, or a grandparent jittery at the prospect of entertaining a knuckle-dusting relative, we’ve rounded up a clutch of teen-friendly events around the counties over Easter holidays.

 

JUNKYARD GOLF CLUB, Westgate Centre, Oxford 

Teen catnip right here. Under 18s need to be accompanied by one paying adult and can enter Sunday to Wednesday before 7pm (last entry is 6pm) where you can give them a whipping at crazy golf like you’ve never seen it before. There are 3 tongue-in-cheek courses (Bozo,  a creepy clowny one; Pablo for junglists; and Gary, for shellsuit wideboys/girls), a restaurant serving nachos, burgers, hot dogs and all the things that Jamie Oliver has night sweats about, and a bar if you need anaesthetising against all the teen excitement. junkyardgolfclub.co.uk/oxford

 

PHOTOGRAPHY DAY, Waddesdon Manor, Weds 11 April

A one-day photography course at Waddesdon Manor, so pretty that you could argue it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture. Kids from 10-15 years can learn how to capture spring at this resplendent 19th century Chateau with Sharp Shots Photo Club. They’ll learn camera mechanics and how aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect photographs; how to over and under expose images, create silhouettes and highlight the bright colours, and take home their own set of images. £60 per child (they’ll need to bring a packed lunch), with D-SLR camera hire £10 if required.
11am-4pm. More info

 

THORPE PARK, Surrey, throughout Easter

You have to travel to make it to the best fun park resort in the UK, but your teens will tell you it’s worth it. There’s a new scary ride The Walking Dead (er, nice!) that’s only for 13+, and last year’s hit, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train. There’s also a new resort hotel, shaped nattily like a shark, where you can stay over (adults, your stay is free, teens – bring your wallet).

 

MUSICAL THEATRE COURSE, MK Theatre, Milton Keynes, Tues 3 – Fri 6 April 2018

I’m a massive fan of MK Theatre – the arts programming is fantastic – and the care extends to its educational offering. Following a sold out course in October 2017 comes this immersive 4 day West End workshop led by West End performers and artistic directors of The Leading Edge Arts Project (LEAP). Aimed at 11-16 year olds, the kids will work with top West End performers on show stopping musical numbers and chorography from the most current musicals on the West End and Broadway – including Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress and Hamilton. 10.15am-4.15pm daily, £120 for 4 days. Book tickets

 

NEW STEVEN SPIELBERG FILM, Various cinemas

The hugely anticipated Ready Player One by Steven Spielberg has finally landed and we’ve heard it’s amazeballs. Your techy teens will love the premise – when the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to locate an Easter Egg that will give the finder his fortune. Relax into a seat at the Curzon, Westgate or check it out at the mainstream cinemas  – it’s on general release from Weds 28 Mar.

 

BEYOND BEANS ON TOAST: TEEN’S COOKERY, Daylesford Farm, Kingham, 12 April 

Great course title, great idea. It’s so hard to find proper teen cookery courses, but Daylesford Farm’s teens cookery school offers a huge range of course for all ages and abilities, including this one for teens, where they focus on seasonal ingredients, cook their own dishes, and then sit down together to enjoy each dish they make, accompanied by organic Daylesford juices, teas and coffee. For teens going off to uni in September, there’s also a Flying the Nest: Cookery Skills for Student Life course which runs in late August. 11-2pm. Age 13-17 years; £75 per person; includes practical and demonstration cookery sessions, refreshments and all course materials.

 


TEEN WORKSHOPS, Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 30 Mar – 15 April 

This arts centre is much under-rated – tucked away down a residential street in Aylesbury, Bucks, it has a phenomenal number of courses on offer and plenty for teens over Easter, including pottery (13+) , teen yoga and mindfulness (11+), cartoon workshop (13+) and digital photography (13+). Prices are ridiculously good value – around £3-4 per hour course.


 VOODOO, CIRCUS OF HORRORS, New Theatre Oxford, Sat 31 March 

Sounds horrific, so no doubt teens will love it. Kids 16+ can watch this amalgamation of bizarre and fantastic circus acts all woven into a shock/horror story. Circus of Horrors have been on the road 22 years, touring all over the world, so expect teens to cover their eyes when they see middle-aged performers in front of them. Argghh, it burns!

 

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2 comments on “Fun for teens this Easter”

  • C Whitehead March 31, 2018

    Thank you so much for trying but unfortunately – my 13 was excluded from every one if these activities – the cookery is not in Kingham but in Stiw on the Wold too far from Oxford and Bucks. The teen courses at Bucks Art are shut between 30th March and 7th April. The pottery actually says 15 plus whn you get to day courses rather than regular term time courses which my son cnt get to because I work. Its very unfortunate we are busy for the photography at Waddesdon – which looks ideal – so well done Waddesdon for putting the event on! I just wanted something we can do over the long weekend.

    So he can go and see a film at the Curzon – just exchanging one acreen for another – why does every venue cater for children 3-8and none cater for 9-14. They are still children and they deserve days out which dont include face painting and egg hunts.

    By the way your site is great for trying very hard to find goid events and your spot on with the sort of thing that might appeal – my son would love cookery, photography, pottery or catoons/drawing classes with his own age group. They are not obsessed with Xbox there just isnt much else on offer.

    He used to enjoy climbing trees on the estate but the residents committee put a stop to that – they said it damaged the trees. I’m reminded of the story of the giants garden and the children who had nowhere to play.

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    • muddystiletto March 31, 2018

      Thanks so much for your comments, I will redouble efforts for that age group over the next hols! It’s very difficult for young teens (and their parents). Where are you based? I can have a quick scan for you x

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