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New store opening

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Barefoot Bookshop: new Oxford opening FREE

Barefoot Books Studio
294 Banbury Road, OX2 7ED
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Running: 8-9 Oct
Time: 10am-5.30pm

Join up with families this weekend for the grand opening of Barefoot Book's new shop, cafe and activity centre.  A programme of free events has been organised.


Saturday 8 October

10 – 10.30 am, Story Time: Wonderful rhyming fun with children’s writer Margaret Bateson-Hill. She weaves a web of rhythm and rhyme that children love to sing and dance to … We’ll finish with a singalong from There’s A Dragon on the Doorstep and you might just find a dragon on your shoulder!

10.30 -11 am, Arts & Crafts: Make Your Very Own Dragon (without getting your fingers burned!)

11 – 12 pm, Illustration, Storytelling and Fabric Fun:  Meet the award-winning children’s author and illustrator Clare Beaton, who is internationally recognised for her distinct collages using felt, vintage fabrics, buttons and sequins.  With help from such Barefoot Books characters as the Elusive Moose and Mrs Moon, Clare will lead this workshop of illustration and fabric fun!

12 – 12.30 Barefoot Toddlers’ Choir: Singalong with Creepy Crawly Calypso, nursery rhymes, counting and alphabet songs.

2 – 2.30 pm, Story Time:   Join Shahrukh Husain, the author of The Wise Fool and Other Islamic Tales, as she tells  stories about the antics of Muslim comic hero Mullah Nasruddin, which have been enjoyed by many across the Islamic world for centuries.  Shahrukh is a warm, witty and experienced playwright and author for both adults and children and the stories are full of wise foolishness.

2.30 – 3 pm, Arts & Crafts: Make your own belly dancing belt! Younger friends of Barefoot can make their own magic carpets!

3 – 3.30 pm, Belly Dancing for Kids and their Wriggly Families: Families are invited to shake those hips and wobble those curves with belly dancer Zooey Aleeza. Zooey will introduce the beautiful fluent actions of belly dancing movements and steps as well as giving you a chance to try out those belly dancing belts.

3.30 – 4.30 pm, Arabian Nights Drama Class: Join Creation Theatre, Oxford’s own theatre company and masters of storytelling to enter the spellbinding stories of the Arabian Nights. Ages 5-10.

4.30 – 5 pm, Story Time:  Wafa’ Tarnowska, translator of The Arabian Nights, reads one of Shahrazade’s spell-binding tales. Lebanese writer Wafa’ Tarnowska opens a window into the Arab world with her magnificent translation of The Arabian Nights, which brings together famous and less familiar tales and includes the story of Shahrazade and Shahriyar. In her work, Wafa’ strives to create a valuable bridge between East and West, helping to break down the stereotypical images people have of one another. Eat Turkish delight, drink mint tea and listen to Wafa’…

4.30 – 5.30 pm, Kids’ Yoga with Barefoot Books: Join this free taster session with Yogi Emma! Using Barefoot yoga-for-kids classics like My Daddy is a Pretzel, children join together to interact, sing, play games  and explore ways to bend and stretch themselves and their imaginations into Cats, Dogs and even Aeroplanes to name a few!   Ages 5-10. Wear comfy clothes such as leggings, jogging bottoms and t-shirts. Free pretzels afterwards!

Sunday 9 October

10 – 10.30 am, Musical Story Time:  Take one mandolin, several stories and a good dollop of imagination to go on this journey through songs and stories to visit the enchanted, musical worlds of our Barefoot Books.

10.30 – 11 am, Arts & Crafts: Got rubber bands? Dried beans? An old shoe box? We’ll show you how to make your own musical instrument!

11 – 12 pm, Step Inside a Story with Miriam Latimer and Kathryn White: Join Miriam Latimer and Kathryn White for an amazing Ruby’s School Walk adventure – at the drop of a pencil. Mask making will be followed by story reading, moving onto to a wider illustration workshop.  Ruby’s School Walk is essential for all those kids with new-school jitters! Barefoot is running this event to support The Big Draw initiative, which has one aim: to get everyone drawing! Why? Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate!

1 – 4pm, Scrawlcrawl with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): Love to draw or write?  Whether you’re new to the craft or an old hand, SCBWI Oxford invites you to join them for a free Scrawlcrawl at Barefoot Books on 9 October, 1-4pm.   This afternoon of sketching and scribbling will start in the Barefoot store, after which the Scrawlcrawl will explore Summertown, seeking inspiration for impromptu art, poems, and stories.  The Scrawlcrawl will end with a rendezvous at Barefoot’s Storyteller’s café to share experiences and to talk about writing and illustrating for children. For adults.

1 – 1.30 pm, Story Time:  Meet Brenda Williams, one of Barefoot’s best loved authors, and listen to her read from such favourites as The Real Princess: A Mathemagical Tale and Lin Yi’s Lantern.

1.30 - 2 pm, Arts & Crafts:  Chinese Lantern-Making

2 – 3 pm Rhythm and Dance Class: Experience rhythmic movement with Jaz Martell along with storytelling from our beautiful dance books, such as Lola’s Fandango and The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories. Both girls and boys will love flying through the Studio like swans, playing musical statues and choreographing upbeat singalongs like Walking through the Jungle.

3 – 3.30 pm, Story Time with Puppets:  Let our much-loved puppets introduce you to Hidden Hippo and How Loud is a Lion? Will you be able to Catch that Goat?

3.30 – 4 pm Arts & Crafts:  Safari Time! Making lion tails, elephant’s trunks and zigzag zebra ears…

4 – 4.30 pm African Circus Skills for Beginners: Frehiwot Ayalew Minaye was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Aged 11, she toured with the Ethiopian Youth Circus, where she learned acrobatics, balancing and juggling, alongside Ethiopian traditional dance.  She will be showcasing Ethiopian circus skills, particularly juggling.

4.30 -5 pm, Ethiopian Dance: Frehiwot Ayalew Minaye leads a family fun taster session of Ethiopian dance, to be followed by a homemade snack of Mama Panya’s pancakes, still warm from the pages of the African tale Mama Panya’s Pancakes!


Contact Details...

294 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7ED
Telephone: 01865 311 100


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