Discover Oxford - Activities and Family Activities in Oxford

A number of golf clubs throughout the county offer excellent golfing facilities in beautiful surroundings.

At Hardwick Parks, a number of water sports are offered, such as wakeboarding and waterskiing.

In and around Oxford, there are great possibilities for walking or cycling – whether it’s just for a couple of hours or for several days.

Oxford is home to world class arts and culture in stunning venues, lush gardens, animal attractions for perfect family holidays, beautiful landscapes full of walking, cycling and boating opportunities.

Oxford has provided backdrops for countless international films and popular TV series, and many places may look familiar to fans of series like Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders and Inspector Morse.

Whether you are looking for England’s finest views over Capability Brown shaped parklands, the world’s most popular luxury shopping outlet, the UK’s only crocodile zoo, the oldest public museum and the oldest Botanic Garden in Great Britain, the oldest University in the English speaking world, the birthplace of the Arthurian legend, Britain’s oldest chalk figure or picture perfect villages – don’t look any further, as we’ve got them all!


The city’s premier football team, Oxford United, play in League One and in rugby union, Oxford Harlequins Rugby Football Club are in the National League 3 South West.

Oxford is home to several hockey clubs, including the Oxford Hockey Club and the Oxford Hawks Hockey Club. The Oxford City Stars are an ice hockey team in the English National League South.

There are also several rowing clubs. The City of Oxford Rowing Club is Oxford’s largest rowing club, and the Oxford University Rowing Clubs is a collection of the many rowing clubs at the university, including the men and women’s lightweight rowing teams, the Oxford University Boat Club and the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club, who compete against Cambridge University Boat Club at the annual Boat Race in London. The Oxford Academicals Rowing Club is open to anyone aged 18 or over, and the Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club is open to people of all ages.

Family Activities

If you’re looking for inspiration for new places to go, days out and things to do, either with the family or without, check out our listings. You’ll be amazed how much there is to do in Oxford , whatever the weather!

Find ideas if you’re planning a day out with the kids, something to do at the weekend or during the next school holiday. Scroll down to find our top things to do in Oxford and surrounding areas as well as some ideas for free places to go.

Golf Courses

Golf Courses

Golf at Oxford offers a fantastic opportunity to play some of the best courses in the country. Oxford is home to some stunning scenic courses that will guarantee you an enjoyable round of golf. Highly popular..
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Cycling Tours in Oxford

Cycling Tours

The bicycle is the very best way to explore and experience the wonderful city of Oxford and its beautiful countryside. The tours provide an illuminating view of the city whilst allowing you to encounter some.
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Boxing and Martial arts

Boxing & Martial Arts

Boxing is the ultimate sport for countering stress. The combination of strength training and aerobic workout provides the best of both worlds in terms of feeling a muscular pump and stimulating the cardiovascular system.
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Aerial Sports

Aerial Sports

If you`re new to skydiving or someone wanting to go professional, then the experienced, BPA approved instructors will guide and supervise you during your skydive experience.
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Karting in Oxford

Karting

Whether you’re looking for a team building event, celebrating a special occasion, or you’re simply out to enjoy the thrill of racing yourself just millimeters from the ground with unbelievable..
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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Climbing walls are a great way to start climbing and to stay fit. The BMC wall directory contains the very latest information on all the major climbing walls across the country..
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Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Dive centres offer a wide range of PADI scuba certification courses in the United Kingdom. A dive centre should be chosen based on the scuba certification it is authorised to offer, the desired scuba certification.
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Boating Cruises in Oxford

Boating Cruises

Oxford River Cruises provides a range of luxury boat trips, sightseeing tours and unique picnic cruises in the heart of the historic city of Oxford. Their vessels provide a comfortable and intimate setting for..
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Kayaking canoeing

Kayaking & Canoeing

The historic and picturesque town of Oxford is a fantastic location to start a canoe or kayak trip down the River Thames. Oxford was historically an important port on the River Thames, with this section of the river being called..
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Ice Skating & Skateboarding

Ice Skating & Skateboarding

Whether you are a novice or looking for a new challenge test out your new skills at one of four skate parks across the city are Fettiplace Recreation
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Paintball in Oxford

Paintballing

The Oxford paintball venue is ideal for all occasions and allows players to have an exciting experience as well as incorporating all the team aspects of paintball. For those groups looking to play further..
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Quad Biking

Quad Biking

Quad Biking provides the ideal event whether an individual activity or as a multi activity day for corporate driving events. After a briefing on technique and safety each rider rides on a practice course..
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Family Activities

Theme & Adventure Parks

Theme & Adventure Parks

Theme parks and Adventure parks In Oxford offer an unbelievable variety of attractions for the whole family, from the white knuckle rides through to family and children's rides. A day out at a theme park for..
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Horse Riding in Oxford

Horse Riding

The natural behavior and sensory input of horses, combined with unique approach, helps people to change their lives through learning with horses. Horse-riding holiday activities can vary from an experienced rider..
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Zoo & Wildlife Parks

Zoo & Wildlife Parks

One of Oxfordshire’s top attractions and one of the most beautiful collection of zoo animals in the country is Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. Get eye-to-eye with Giraffe, Walk with lemurs or watch rhinos graze..
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