Thursday, 23 October 2014

A spookily brilliant half term planned at Oxford's Story Museum.

The awesome Malorie Blackman as the Wicked Witch of the West. Just one of the highlights of the 26 Characters Exhibition!

Lots of brilliant events are planned during school half term to celebrate Halloween and all things spooky at The Story Museum, Oxford's fantastic booky venue. Check out the press release below for all the details:

Horrible Half Term: Saturday 25 October – Sunday 2 November

Halloween comes at the end of the October Half Term, so The Story Museum has a truly horrible holiday planned!

The Museum’s popular 26 Characters exhibition continues, featuring a galaxy of Britain’s well-loved authors transformed into their favourite childhood fictional characters, captured by celebrity portrait photographer Cambridge Jones. Each portrait is hung in an interactive themed space: walk through the wardrobe and into Narnia, explore the deck of a pirate ship, and peep into the Borrowers’ living room to explore the characters’ worlds, and hear extracts from their stories read by Olivia Colman and Christopher Eccleston.

There are treats in store for comics fans: Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell will run a family workshop, Jampire Jamboree, and David will lead a Cartoon Workshop for young artists (Tuesday 28 October). Phoenix comic artist (creator of Corpse Talk, the show that brings the dead famous to life) Adam Murphy is in town on Friday 31 October for two sessions: Adam Murphy Masterclass (11.00) and Halloween Corpse Talk (14.00).

Things get spooky on Thursday 30 October, when Dave Shelton (author of A Boy, A Bear and a Boat and the curiously creepy Thirteen Chairs) will be teaching young writers how to handle horror (Spooky Stories Workshop, 14.00), and then telling Ghost Stories at 18.00. Dress up and learn the Monster Mash and Thriller dance moves at our disco for the undead, Zombie Zumba (12.30 & 15.00).

For a touch of magic, try the Quidditch Demonstration at 15.00 on Thursday 30 October – learn the rule of the wizarding sport (from the Harry Potter books) and have a go yourself. Science Oxford will be bringing their magic show with a twist, Magic and Science, on Wednesday 29 October for two performances at 11.30 and 14.00.

Dive head-first into Oxford’s myths and legends with the Wonder Walks: playful family story tours of the historic city.

Free event Reading Allowed! continues, with The Wizard of Oz read aloud by visiting guests every Sunday.

Tickets for all events can be booked through Tickets Oxford:, or 01865 305305.