With the Easter holidays over and the kids back to school with a bump, this weekend might be a nice time to treat them to a little something to soften the blow. As usual, Southern Oxfordshire doesn’t disappoint. There’s plenty going on this weekend for parent and kids of all ages.

For the little ones, the Cornerstone Arts Centre Didcot presents The Greatest Bubble Show On Earth on Sunday 22. With two shows during the day, you’ll have the chance to see the Amazing Bubble Man create bubbles that encapsulate a whole person, bubbles that rest on dad’s bald head and bubbles with incredible light effects.

It really is a brilliant show and it won’t just be the youngsters whose mouths are open in amazement – this is one that impresses the adults too. Imagine the best kids’ party you’ve ever been to and you’re half way there.

Running from this Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21, The Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames presents Jack the Ripper – the Musical. You might think the subject matter is perhaps a little macabre for a song and dance show but rest assured, their tongue is firmly in their cheek. Although, you should expect the odd scare and social comment too. Not one for smaller kids, they’ll probably be all bubbled out anyway, but definitely something older children will enjoy.

It’s not just the kids who need help finding things to do in Southern Oxfordshire after the Easter holidays. There are probably quite a few parents out there who need a little break after two weeks of looking after demanding, chocolate-crazed kids. Again at the Cornerstone Arts Centre Didcot, but this time in the evening of Saturday 21, you can go to watch folk singer Jackie Oates.

At the forefront of a growing folk scene in the UK, Jackie originally played with mercury-nominated band The Unthanks and last year toured with folk superstar (as close as you can get to being a folk superstar at least) Seth Lakeman. Jackie’s voice and beautiful songs provide the perfect pitch to relax and unwind. She’s appearing with her band – consisting of fiddle, violin, drone box (your guess is as good as ours) and vocals.

If all of that is still too much and you just fancy a quiet weekend, why not stick on your Midsomer Murders box set and watch together as a family? That should keep everyone happy. At least for a while.