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23 July - 4 September

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Find great ideas for days out with kids in Oxfordshire and the best family friendly events happening summer 2022. The Oxfordshire summer holiday activities guide is packed full with big family days out or smaller, local ideas.  From Banbury to Faringdon and Wallingford to Thame, we’ve got it all.  If you’re working and need a little childcare then check out the summer holiday camps in Oxfordshire guide.

There are great summer what’s on guides too if you want to explore further in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

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Mixing classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play, children will love Fairytale Farm. There’s an exciting adventure playground, an enchanted walk with a surprise around every corner and a chance to meet the amazing animals.

Running all summer for the Fairytale Festival will be interactive fairy tale storytelling, a puppet show, crafts and summer games, there will be something for everyone, with extra activities running all day and all included in the standard admission.

Walking with Alpacas (Tuesdays and Thursdays) or Pony Pampering (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) available at an additional charge.

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Summer holiday activities running all summer

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Science Oxford summer open days (Headington, Oxford) every Saturday

With 2 hours in the Exploration Zone and all day to enjoy 15 acres of woodland, outdoor Water Lab and picnic areas. Pick up an Explorer Backpack with binoculars, compass, bug pot and mini-whiteboard. You can also have a go at science-themed activities in the Live Lab!

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Nature Detectives at Roves Farm (Sevenhampton)

Get back to nature this Summer holiday and join the Roves Farm Nature Detectives. Take part in a variety of Woodland Crafts from building mouse houses to dream catchers. Go on a Bug Hunt to discover some interesting mini-beasties! Gather sticks and build a den in our woodland area.

Green Dragon Eco Farm 

The Buckinghamshire eco farm is home to UK rare breed livestock & European wildlife.  Lots of friendly farm animals and pets to meet and more unusual animals in the Wildlife Zone. Jump off some energy on the giant bouncy pillow or indoor soft play plus lots more activities.  There will be lots of extras too from tractor rides to a splash pool and water play.

Find out where to pick your own strawberries and raspberries in Oxfordshire

There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked fruit and it’s a fun summer activity with kids.

Cotswold Farm Park wildlife flower field

Against the glorious backdrop of rolling Cotswold hills, the wildflower display promises to provide the perfect setting for summer snaps and happy memories.

Sparkle Bright  Summer at Stonor Park’s adventure playground Tumblestone Hollow (near Henley on Thames)

Little Oxplorer’s Fairydoor Trail at Trap Grounds Nature Reserve (Oxford) FREE

The annual fairy door trail at the Trap Grounds is back for 2022.  They will be doors, fairies, fairy postboxes  and magic sprinkled around for everyone to enjoy.

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Millets Maize Maze (Frilford near Abingdon)

Millets Farm puzzling fun park includes 3 maize mazes and 3 woodlands…plus don’t forget they also have trampolines, ride on tractors, pedal go-karts (for adults and kids!), 9 hole crazy golf, sand pits, a puzzling zone and garden games!

Fairytale Trails at Waterperry Gardens

Enjoy exploring the ornamental gardens using directions and clues to follow the sculpture trail, this year featuring 10 bespoke pieces, hidden across every corner of the gardens, ready to be discovered by eager young visitors.

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Cogges Woodland Club (Witney) Tuesdays

Cogges Woodland Club will be running hourly sessions on the first 5 Tuesdays of the summer holidays for 3 to 11 year olds. Woodland Club provides a range of Forest School activities such as mud kitchens, den building, bug hunting, bat and bird facts, minibeasts and marshmallow toasting.

Peter Rabbit Garden at Blenheim Palace (Woodstock)

An immersive 50 minute outdoor experience with a magical mix of storytelling, live performance, and puppetry.

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Family Activities at the River and Rowing Museum (Henley on Thames)

Mondays to Fridays, there will be lots of fun free activities for kids at the River & Rowing Museum included in the admission ticket. Games, puzzles, puppet theatre and more.  Mr Toad will also be there on selected dates.



Oxfordshire Summer holiday events for kids

Master Builders Brick Building Workshop perfect for Lego fans (Woodcote) 22nd July

Join the Master Builders Club on this brick building LEGO adventure to ‘another world.’ Bring your pickaxe and your imagination as we ‘mine’ with Steve and try to survive Zombie and Creeper encounters. Don’t worry if you are not a Minecraft fan as this workshop has something for everyone.

OPA Cutteslowe Play & Activity Day (Oxford) 23rd July FREE

Free entrance and free activities.

Erol’s Garden interactive musical at the Story Museum (Oxford) 23rd July

An interactive musical for audiences aged 3-11 and their grownups, filled with catchy songs, big ideas and a passion for plants

Kidlington Gala Day (Kidlington) 23rd July FREE

Beale Park Safari Summer Weekend (Lower Basildon) 23rd – 24th July

Go wild this summer and join us for two Safari Summer weekends . Entertainers will be delighting our visitors with balloon modelling and face painting, while a bubble performer floats larger-than-life bubbles into the party atmosphere.

Alice Family Story Walk with the Story Museum (Oxford) 24th July

Join in with a retelling of the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, have fun with riddles, themed games and races in Christ Church Meadows

Thame Concert Band (Thame) 23rd July FREE

Join the Thame Concert Band in Elms Park on Saturday 23rd July to kick off your summer with an afternoon of live music and summer fun.

Family archaeology day at Wallingford Museum (Wallingford) 23rd July

Bring along your own finds, meet our experts and get hands – on with archaeology. No need to book.

Knight School at Oxford Castle & Prison (Oxford) 23rd – 29th July

The programme consists of an hour-long training session covering the essential skills needed to defeat King Arthur’s enemies from sword handling to archery and jousting.

Oxford Botanic Garden‘s 400th Anniversary Finale Week (Oxford) 25th – 30th July

There will be six back-to-back themed days crammed with activities for all the family. These additional offerings are included in the standard entry ticket.

Bicester Elmsbrook Play & Activity Day (Bicester) 26th July FREE

Banbury (Peoples Park) Play & Activity Day (Banbury) 27th July FREE

Eynsham Play & Activity Day (Eynsham) 28th July FREE

Family Friendly Art at the Oxford Botanic Gardens (Oxford) 28th July

Working in a relaxed and engaging way you will have the chance to design and complete your own original botanical book plus a variety of paper flowers. Sessions held uncover.

Den building masterclass for kids at Basildon Park (near Pangbourne) 29th July

Get expert tips on how to build your own woodland shelter on one of the bookable den building sessions.  Sessions are free with admission but places must be reserved in advance)

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Charlbury Riverside Festival (Charlbury) 30th – 31st July FREE

With over 30 bands playing across the three stages; from rock, indie, folk and blues there is something for everyone to enjoy. There will be an amazing variety of food, craft and children’s entertainment stalls.

Wantage & Grove Play & Activity Day (Wantage) 30th July FREE

Science Oxford Family Day (Headington, Oxford) 30th July

2 hours in the Exploration Zone and all day to enjoy 15 acres of woodland, outdoor Water Lab and picnic areas. Pick up an Explorer Backpack with binoculars, compass, bug pot and mini-whiteboard and look out for wildlife with the trail maps. Have a go at science-themed activities at the Live Lab!

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Wychwood Forest Fair 31st July

The annual extravaganza that is the Wychwood Forest Fair is back! From wood carving, axe throwing, and traditional archery, to pony rides, storytelling and falconry – there’s something for everyone!  Under 16s go free

Berinsfield Play & Activity Day (Berinsfield) 2nd August FREE

Lots of free activities and Science Oxford will be there too so you can experiment with Oobleck, bubbles, puzzles and hoop flyers, something for everyone to join in with!

Master Builders Club brick building Lego Workshop (Dorchester on Thames) 2nd August

Are you ready for a brick building LEGO journey around the world? Pack your suitcase as Phileas Fogg has spare tickets and has asked our Master Builders to join him on a trip of a lifetime! Tall towers and super structures at the ready.

Magic at the Garth (Bicester) 3rd August FREE

Magic at the Garth is a day of fun for children and young people and takes place in Garth Park. A host of activities will take place for children of all ages.

Creature Creations with Science Oxford at the Museum of Oxford 4th August

Join Science Oxford for a wild family workshop at the Museum of Oxford about the animals that live in our gardens and woodlands. Our mini-ecologists will learn about habitats and homes and using play dough, craft and natural materials make their own creatures while exploring the characteristics that make for a comfortable home.

Den building masterclass for kids at Basildon Park (near Pangbourne) 5th August

Get expert tips on how to build your own woodland shelter on one of the bookable den building sessions.  Sessions are free with admission but places must be reserved in advance)

Under 5s Ark-Ts Community Hub Day (Oxford) 5th August FREE

Ark-T’s Community Hub Days free drop-in activities & services for the community are on the first Monday of the month

Sutton Courtney Nature Reserve Open Day 5th  & 12th August FREE

Willowbrook Arts & Music Festival (Hampton Gay near Kidlington) 6th – 7th August

Our 2-day festival weekend at Willowbrook Farm offers a huge range of hands on activities for all ages. Previous WAMs have seen African drumming, Reptile Handling, Morris Dancing, Juggling, Story Telling, Archery, Kickboxing, Bushcraft, Beatboxing, Tajweed, Poetry reading, Watercolour painting and Traditional Crafts.

Classic Car Show at Millets Farm (Frilford near Abingdon) 7th August

The MGB Register invite all classic cars to their Classic Car & MG Summer Show and Picnic!

Master Builders Brick Building Workshop perfect for Lego fans (Henley-On-Thames) 8th August

Are you ready for a brick building LEGO journey around the world? Pack your suitcase as Phileas Fogg has spare tickets and has asked our Master Builders to join him on a trip of a lifetime!

Much Ado About Nothing open air theatre at Millets Farm (Frilford near Abingdon) 9th August

Millets Farm welcome Folksy for an evening outside performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by William Shakespeare. Family tickets available

Alice in Wonderland open air theatre at Millets Farm (Frilford near Abingdon) 10th-11th August

Filled with live music and puppetry, it’s the perfect show for the whole family!

Open For All Day at Thomley 12th August

Everything from bouncy castles to sumo suits and workshops to sensory play.

Den building masterclass for kids at Basildon Park (near Pangbourne) 12th August

Get expert tips on how to build your own woodland shelter on one of the bookable den building sessions.  Sessions are free with admission but places must be reserved in advance)

David Gibb’s Family Jukebox at The Story Museum (Oxford) 13th August

With lots of audience interaction and joining in, David’s songwriting draws on a wide range of musical influences and genres including jazz, folk, reggae, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Build Your Own Bear at Sprouts Playbarn (Millets Farm, Frilford) 16th – 18th August

A Sproutastic teddy bears’ picnic where you will get to choose & build your very own bear! They will then be able to join you for a picnic to remember with story time and a sing along to enjoy too!

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Little Muddy Boots summer session (Henley) 17th & 24th August

Little Muddy Boots are running a couple of their fabulous summer holiday sessions.  Designed for children aged 1 – 6 years, they have all the usual outdoor and nature club fun but for a longer 2 hour class.

Zog & The Flying Doctors at the Oxford Playhouse (Oxford) 19th August

The Roar-some crew are back for a brand new Zog adventure at the Oxford Playhouse.

The Pirates of Penzance at Cogges Manor Farm (Witney) 23rd August

Packed with memorable and well-known Gilbert and Sullivan songs, it promises a unique blend of comedy, melodrama, glittering wit.

Family pond dipping workshop at Sutton Courtney Nature Reserve 23rd August

Grab a net and have a go at pond dipping then find out all about the weird and wonderful creatures you’ve caught. There’ll be a chance to complete a pond themed craft to take home too!

Dragons and Mythical Beasts Live at Oxford Playhouse (Oxford) 26th – 28th August

From the creators of the international smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life, don’t miss this spell-binding adventure, live on stage!

Science Oxford Family Day (Headington, Oxford) 27th August

2 hours in the Exploration Zone and all day to enjoy 15 acres of woodland, outdoor Water Lab and picnic areas. Pick up an Explorer Backpack with binoculars, compass, bug pot and mini-whiteboard and look out for wildlife with the trail maps. Have a go at science-themed activities at the Live Lab!

Foodies Festival (Oxford) 27th – 29th August

FOODIES FESTIVAL returns to South Parks, Oxford this summer – with a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars.

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Master Builders Brick Building Workshop perfect for Lego fans (Sonning Common) 2nd September

Join the Master Builders Club on this brick building LEGO adventure to ‘another world.’ Bring your pickaxe and your imagination as we ‘mine’ with Steve and try to survive Zombie and Creeper encounters. Don’t worry if you are not a Minecraft fan as this workshop has something for everyone.

Den building masterclass for kids at Basildon Park (near Pangbourne) 2nd September

Get expert tips on how to build your own woodland shelter on one of the bookable den building sessions.  Sessions are free with admission but places must be reserved in advance)

 



Days Out With Kids in Oxfordshire

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For family days out around Oxfordshire for under £40 (2 adults plus 2 full paying kids) then check out these top 15 great ideas.

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Heading into Oxford and explore with the Treasure Hunt Oxford family walking trail. It’s a great way for the whole family to discover Oxford city centre on a day out with kids. Cryptic clues, maps, fascinating facts and you’re sure to discover something new even if you’re local.

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Step into a storybook and discover the treetop adventure playground, Tumblestone Hollow at Stonor Park (near Henley on Thames). For those with an adventurous spirit you can climb up a spiral of steps  to the top look-out deck, crawl through tunnels, scramble along a netted tube or along bridges and there’s plenty for little kids too.

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A trip to Blenheim Palace is a magical day out.  Prepare to be ‘wowed’ as you catch sight of this magnificent building. There are beautiful walks, pleasure gardens with playgrounds and a maze as well as the main Palace to explore.

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For a walk on the wildside, it’s got to be the Cotswold Wildlife Park.  One of the best family days out in Oxfordshire, you’ll see everything from rhinos on the lawn to cheeky penguins and you might even hear a lion roar.  There’s a great play park there too and all set in the most gorgeous gardens.

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Discover somewhere new on a family walk in Oxfordshire.  Try the boardwalk at Hinksey Heights nature trail (and catch a glimpse of the Oxford skyline), wander among the standing stones Millennium sundial in Ardington, spot wildlife on the butterfly walk at Bernwood Forest or delve into Kirtlington Quarry.  All these ideas and much more in my guide to where to go for a walk with kids in Oxfordshire.

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Set yourself a challenge this summer, can you complete this A to Z of places to go with kids in Oxfordshire?

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Check out our Top 10 things to do with kids in Oxford guide or go wider with the 50 best things to do in Oxfordshire.

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