Summer Holidays

It’s here, six weeks of entertaining the kids!

Don’t worry, Oxfordshire is full of fun activities, events and places to go, whether you want to feed the ducks, visit a museum or wear them out, the list of possibilities is endless.

Pitt Rivers Museum

Guided tours, events, talks and exhibitions, check out their website to find out what’s going on.

Open – 12-4.30 Monday, 10-4.30 Tuesday-Sunday

Access to Pitt Rivers Museum is via Oxford University Museum Natural History (OUMNH) on Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW. The Pitt Rivers’ entrance can be found by the far wall of the OUMNH. 

The Oxford Castle Unlocked

Indulge in the city’s history, guided by a costumed character.

Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the city by climbing the Saxon St George’s Tower, then go down to the depths of the crypt to see the remains of St.George’s Chapel. And don’t forget the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle.

Open every day from 10am, the last tour starts at 4.20pm.

Oxford Castle Unlockedd is just a five minute walk from the Oxford Train Station and Oxford Bus Station.

Botanic Gardens Oxford

Visit the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain and enjoy herbaceous borders, glasshouses,  or relax in the beautiful surroundings of plants and flowers from around the world.

The Botanic Gardens can be found in Oxford City Centre.

During the summer opening hours are from 9am every day, until 6pm, with the last admission at 5.15pm.

Blenheim Palace have put together a Summer Holiday Entertainment Programme to entertain the children (and adults!) – Take a look at their website for details.

If you can spend more than one day at Blenheim Palace, do so! There is so much to see and do, wander the stunning grounds, take a tour round the Palace or watch Cricket on the South Lawn. This weekend (22nd, 23rd July) you can see the Immersion Theatre bring the Wizard of Oz to life, and in August there will be a Family cycling day  so grab your bikes and enjoy the scenery and fresh air, and why not take a picnic along with you?!

The Knights of Arkley will be making an appearance between the 19th and 21st of August to take part in a jousting tournament, watch the mighty battle for glory between 10am and 5.30pm.

All this and SO much more, Blenheim Palace, a place not to be missed.

Kassam Leisure Park

Eat and drink at Frankie & Benny’s, Oxy Oriental or Bollywood Spice then Play at Vue Cinema, bowl, eat, drink and play on the amusements at Hollywood Bowl, and if you fancy a bit of a gamble visit Gala Bingo!

Cool off with a dip in the Hinksey Outdoor Heated Pool, Open 7am-8pm until 29th August. If you prefer your swimming indoors, visit Ferry Leisure Centre, they also have Squash Courts, a Gym, Badminton Courts, a Therapy Room, Basketball courts and a Cafe.

Partyman Oxford, a soft play centre with a dedicated area for under 3’s and for the over 3’s lots of huge slides, climbing, balls and play structures to enjoy – book online to save money!

A few miles south of Oxford you will find Snakes and Ladders in the historic market town Abingdon-On-Thames. Snakes and Ladders provides hours of fun for children, they have a dedicated soft play area for the under 5’s and a huge 3 tier playframe, big slides, tunnels, ball pits and rope climbs for the bigger kids. Snakes and Ladders also has an outdoor adventure assault course and electric bikes (indoors).