Spring Clean Your Business – Agenda

A quick post to let interested parties know the format/agenda for next week’s networking workshop. Times are a rough guide only.

Teas and coffees, getting any children settled with the nannies.

- Brief introduction from Mumsnet Oxford Editor
A series of short talks from local businesses on:
      – Top tips on modern PR
      – Five ways to refresh your website
      – Stay on top of your accounting
      – How to keep organised
- More about the Journl focus group: who’s eligible, what’s involved etc

Breaking into small discussion groups whilst individuals sign up for the focus group.  At this point businesses can indicate their interest in a skill swap and make arrangements with other businesses, or sign up to a sheet indicating willingness to take part in future skill swaps.

A brief closing speech from Mumsnet Oxford Editor with the opportunity to sign up for future, specialised talks and workshops.

Spring Clean Your Business


Spring clean your business!

10.30am – 12pm, Friday 25th April 2014 at Iffley Blue

A free networking workshop for self-employed, freelance and small businesses

With advice from local experts on topics from general organisation to keeping your website fresh, there is also the opportunity to talk to other small local businesses and get tips on how to revamp your business, including financial, online presence & PR

Free entrance, free parking, free refreshments and even free childcare for pre-school aged children this event is a must for small businesses in and around Oxford. We’d also welcome those looking to set up, or in the process of setting up, their own business – bring your ideas and your questions and learn from those who’ve been there, done that.

E-mail: oxford@mumsnetlocal.com for more information or to register for the event 

Things to do in Oxford this weekend, 29th/30th March

Mother’s Day is meant to be all about you, sure, but if you’re anything like us then you’re probably negotiating your own Mother’s feelings – and those of your husband’s mother too! We’ve lined up a variety of events that our listed on our site which will suit a number of different tastes.  If you can cope with straying outside the city limits then we have a few different suggestions on our sister site’s blog, here.

If you are having to juggle a few generations, however, then we reckon you could do worse than a nice lunch out, so why not have a look at Iffley Blue who have a great set menu for a set price and mums get a box of fancy truffles. Yum.
Oxford Literary Festival, 22nd – 30th March
University & Colleges, £6-£15 (children’s events) £11-£50 (other events)
With a wide range of events for children and adults alike, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy in the festival’s schedule.

So Natural Baby Festival, 29th March
Oxford Town Hall, 10:30am-4pm, FREE entry
OK, so this is not strictly something for mums per se, but shopping is shopping, there’s free entry, and if you’re expecting then maybe you’ll enjoy this “host of independent businesses all focused on ethically-sourced, organic and handmade toys, products and clothing”. For those of you looking to entertain existing sprogs, there will be free workshops and children’s activities. Great for any prospective lentil-weaver mummies out there!

ABC…Story! 29th March
Story Museum, 0 months to 3 years, £2.50 per person,10am-11am
What a lovely way to spend a morning with your small people. Story, rhyme and actions (with a hint of mayhem). Work your way through our alphabet of favourite characters. A morning event for nippersnappers aged three and under (on every Saturday).

Iffley Blue Restaurant, Mother’s Day Special
Hawkwell House Hotel, £19.95 per adult & £9.95 per child aged between 4 -12, under 4′s eat free.
A lovely three course meal at a spectatcular new restaurant and a box of truffles for the mum of the day? Treat yourself, treat your mum and (if your toddler is anything like our Local Editor’s) watch your toddler eat their way through the restaurant’s profits!


Things to do in Oxford this weekend, 22nd/23rd March

So we know you spend all week waiting for our little round-up and we don’t want to keep you waiting any longer than necessary, so without further ado:

The biggest hitter for this weekend has to be the marvellous Oxford Literary Festival – in fact if we wanted we could fill this whole blog post with the separate events, instead we’re just going to pick out a few that we think look interesting and suggest that you head on over to our website to see a wider selection here.

Korky Paul – illustrator of Winnie the WitchSat 22nd March, 10.00am, All ages, £6
Have some piratical fun with Winnie the Witch and her illustrator, the one and only Korky Paul! Join him for an energy-filled event of quick sketching, story book adventure and plenty of audience participation.

An audience with Meg Rosoff
Sat 22nd March, 4pm, £6
How I Live Now was published in 2004 to huge critical acclaim and has now been made into a major feature film. Since then, Meg Rosoff has published a substantial work of fiction approximately every 18 months, each one different from the last. Hers is the most condensed and spectacular writing career of the new millennium. Nicolette Jones talks to Meg Rosoff about her novels, including her latest, Picture Me Gone, and the recently filmed How I Live Now

Roald Dahl, mischief and mayhem
Sun 23rd March, 5.30pm, 9-12 years of age
As the world celebrates 50 whipplescrumptious years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we have a truly splendiferous event for all fans of Roald Dahl. Come and join Lucy Mangan, Guardian columnist and author of a forthcoming book about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Roald Dahl Funny Book prize winner, the irrepressible Mr Philip Ardagh, for an afternoon of Roald Dahl story telling and discussion. Nicolette Jones of the Sunday Times is in the chair and will endeavour to keep order. We are delighted to announce too that special musical accompaniment will be provided by cast members of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical. This is guaranteed to be a gloriumptious event, we suggest you snap up a ticket now.


Zippo’s Circus!
20th – 25th March, from £7, DISCOUNT ONLINE
The brilliant Zippo’s Circus is back on tour with all the faves: from strongmen to acrobats, clowns to horse-riding everything is in place for an exciting and spectacular day out!


Oops – looks like it’s mostly a choice between the Circus and the Literary Festival, unless you want to sneak over to Abingdon for the Oxfordshire Science Festival

So why not look at our Museums category or our parks and playground section and see if there’s something you fancy?

Mumsnet Oxford Announce The Parent-friendly Networking Event!

ImageOn April 25th from 10.30am-12pm we will be hosting a parent-friendly networking event for freelance, work-at-home and self-employed workers at Iffley Blue restaurant. The event is sponsored by Journl, the online personal organiser, and will be free to attend.

It can be really difficult to get out and attend networking events when you’re a parent as well, especially when your children are young. Working from home can be very isolating and we wanted to create an event which allowed parents to attend as well, even if they had no childcare.

The event has been planned to be held within school hours during termtime, with on-site childcare provided by Contented Childcare, for pre-school-aged children who accompany their parents.  This means that anyone who works from home and wants to network with others can attend, even if they have young children.  Those who are about to launch into life as a self-employed worker are also welcome to attend and talk to others who have been doing this for a while.


As well as free refreshments, skill-swapping will also be on the menu, with small businesses offering their services to each other in return for payment in kind. Every self-employed worker needs to look after all aspects of a business nowadays and one of the ways to take the pressure off is to swap the things you’re good at for the skills someone else has. Whatever you do, consider coming along and seeing if there’s someone else who could make life – and business – a little bit easier for you!

The event is not solely for parents, so anyone who works from home is welcome to attend, but we wanted to make sure we included people with family commitments, especially as we know this is how many parents manage a flexible working life.Image

It will be a really interesting and exciting event, with a Journl focus group, discounts for advertising on Mumsnet Oxford and a skill swap.

We’re also looking for contributions to a goodie bag for those who attend, so if your business has a treat to offer the self-employed networkers of Oxford please email to let us know! All goodie bag contributors will receive free advertising on Mumsnet Oxford.

Places are limited so anyone hoping to attend should register their interest on the Mumsnet Oxford website.

What’s on in Oxford this weekend, 15th and 16th March 2014

Brrr, it’s all chilly again, so whilst we’ll wrap up warm and hope the sun comes back again soon, we’re going to plan to do some of the fun indoor activities that are happening this weekend, because the weather is less depressing if you have things to do!

First, though, some advance notice for the Oxford Literary Festival, which is happening from next weekend: 22nd – 30th March.  Even better, we have a fab family ticket to the event of your choice, so click on the image below to enter – it’s an easy question, we promise!

Win a family ticket to the Oxford Literary Festival

Win a family ticket to the Oxford Literary Festival

Families Dance Workshop – Swirling Seeds, 16th March 11am-1pm (3 sessions)
Ashmolean Museum. £5 per child

Children aged 5-11 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is part of the Oxford University Museums ‘Reactions’ Festival, as well as the Siobhan Davies Dance 2014 programme of exhibitions and events exploring the dialogue between choreography and horticulture across the seasons.

Ashmolean Family Friendly Activity Station, Tues – Sun 10am-5pm
Ashmolean Museum, Free

The Ashmolean has plenty for families, with exciting galleries as well as trails to help you find interesting objects and themes.

The Ashmolean Family Friendly Activity Station is available at all times, close to the main entrance. Visit it for free gallery trails and sketching materials.

Or if you can bear to trek outside the city limits by a little way, the Oxfordshire Science Festival is taking place over the next couple of weeks in Abingdon and have lots of fun activities – a large number of which are free.   Our sister site, Mumsnet Oxfordshire, even has tickets to three of their most exciting events to give away. If you’d like to enter then just click on the images below…

Win tickets to Jim Al-Khalili talking about Quantum Biology
Win tickets to ‘Quantum Biology – a talk with Jim Al-Khalili’
Win a ticket to 'Visualise'
Win Family ticket to ‘Visualise’ – where magic & phsyical theatre meet science
Win tickets to 'Converscience - an evening of science & wit'
Win tickets to ‘Converscience – an evening of science & wit’