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Summer Events | What’s On & Days Out With Kids in Oxfordshire

25 July - 3 September

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Find great ideas for days out with kids in Oxfordshire and the best family friendly events happening summer 2024. 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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High Lodge Farm Sunflower Field

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The spectacular PYO Sunflower field at High Lodge Farm will re-open this August 2024. Enjoy the beautiful sight of these gorgeous blooms, meander through the wildflower field and chilll out with an ice cream while the kids leap around on the hay bales.  Entry is only £1 and donated to a local charity and PYO sunflower stems £1.  Don’t forget to bring your secateurs

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Adventure Days at Tumblestone Hollow (Stonor, near Henley)

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.


Millets Maize Maze (Frilford) 20th July – 3rd September

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Opening from the 20th July – 3rd September, Millets Farm annual Maize Maze event will be back for another summer of fun! A puzzling fun park with lots of games to play within 3 maize mazes, 3 woodlands and a fort maze… plus go-karts, family games and lots more to explore!


OxTrail 2024 discover 138 arge and mini ox sculptures on display across Oxfordshire. £1.99 app

Oxfordshire’s first-ever art sculpture trail raising funds for Sobell House Hospice started on 6th July and runs through until 29th August.


Summer on the Farm at Hogshaw Farm (easy reach from Bicester & Thame) 22nd July – 1st September

From bug hunts and nature trails, to tractor rides and water play, you won’t be short of things to do at Hogshaw Farm


  • Summer of Play at Basildon Park (near Pangbourne) 25th July – 3rd September
  • OPA Play & Activity Day (Eynsham) 26th July FREE
  • Knight School at Oxford Castle & Prison (Oxford) Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun from 27th July – 30th August
  • OPA Play & Activity Day (Carterton) 26th July FREE
  • Summer willow weaving at Harcourt Arboretum (Sutton Courtney) 29th July
  • OPA Play & Activity Day (Bicester) 29th July FREE
  • Banbury People’s Park Play Day (Banbury) 31st July FREE
  • Here Comes The Sun family day at Harcourt Arboretum (Sutton Courtney) 31st July
  • OPA Play & Activity Day (Witney) 1st August FREE



Bunkfest (Wallingford) 30th August – 1st September FREE

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BunkFest is a free-access community festival providing a unique, family friendly celebration with something for everyone. Set on the banks for the river Thames in Wallingford. The festival has evolved to become less folk-music orientated and more of a community event showcasing broad-appeal musical talent from around the world and includes children’s entertainment.


Indoor Summer Activities for Kids in Oxfordshire

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

Visit the Science Oxford Centre for a unique family experience every Saturday. Explore, discover and play in hands on science Exploration Zone, pick up an activity sheet and follow the woodland nature trails.


Ride On Time Play Sessions

Imagine a hall filled with the most amazing selection of ride ons.  If you have a toddler who LOVES things with wheels this is the perfect place to be! Suitable for ages 1-5 years.

  • Yarnton 24th July
  • Banbury 25th July
  • Bicester 26th July

  • Steam Days at Didcot Railway Centre (Didcot) Wednesday + weekends
  • Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Millets Sprouts Playbarn (Frilford) 29th – 31st July
  • Summer craft workshops at Banbury Museum (Banbury) select dates 29th July – 2nd September

Master Builders Club Lego Brick Building Session (Cholsey) 29th July

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Build a story with LEGO! Master Builders Club will be providing 1000s of LEGO bricks that will transform the museum space into a LEGO fan’s paradise. Sessions are designed as a creative adventure that incorporates a playful learning experience whilst nurturing young minds. Suitable for all abilities of “Brickie” aged 5+.


  • Lego Master Builders Club workshop at The Story Museum (Oxford) 3rd +17th August

Spectacular Science at Hocus Pocus Play (Fairford) 2nd August

Hocus Pocus Play have teamed up with Fun Science‘s Diatom Dave to combine sensory play with hands-on science, and they’ve come up with a cracker. The 2 hour session is This session is designed with 2-6 year old’s in mind, though all are welcome.


Under The Sea Play Day at Hocus Pocus Play (Fairford) 23rd August

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Take a dive down deep with at Hocus Pocus Play and go Under The Sea this summer holiday! The Magical Character Company will be bringing a land-loving mermaid to the celebrations for plenty of fun and games!  The character events are always a sell out so advance booking is recommended


Master Builders Club Lego Brick Building Session (Henley) 28th August

Family Theatre, Live Music and Puppets



Days Out With Kids in Oxfordshire

For family days out around Oxfordshire for under £50 (2 adults plus 2 full paying kids) then check out these top 15 great ideas.

Good Value Days Out in Oxfordshire

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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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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 the new Adventure Playground and a maze as well as the main Palace to explore.

Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, day out

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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