10 ways to entertain the kids in Oxfordshire!

Aug 08 2017

Almost 3 weeks into the summer holidays and the daily dilemma of how to entertain the kids gets harder by the day! With this in mind, we’ve pulled together things to do with the kids this summer holidays in Oxfordshire from the Gruffalo at the Oxford Playhouse to the dinosaur garden at the Oxfordshire Museum.

1. ‘King of the Castle’ at Oxford Castle Unlocked 

Can your family complete the quest at the Oxford Castle Unlocked? Join a guided tour and look for clues along the way to complete the ‘King of the Castle’ themed trail. Arts and crafts in the prison wing will then keep the kids entertained as parents enjoy a chance to absorb the fascinating history contained in the museum section.

2. Viking exhibition at the Oxfordshire Museum 

The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock has a full programme of summer holiday activities including the Heroes Viking exhibition. Explore the Viking encampment and join in with the Viking themed craft and activities. There’s also a great outdoor space with some resident dinosaurs!

3. Wonder Woods at Stonor Park

Stonor Park near Henley is home to Wonder Woods – which can only be best described an outdoor heaven for kids of all ages including some adults! Climb the 9 metre Pyramid Tower, try the 50-metre zip wipe and splash around the in the water. And the good news is the Chiltern Pit Stop Cafe is on hand for tea, coffees, lunch, cake and more.

4. Cogges Manor Farm

Over in Witney, Cogges Manor Farm has a daily programme of children’s activities from 10 am to 2 pm which includes bug hunts, cookery, storytelling and self-guided nature trail.

5. Crocodiles of the World

The only crocodile zoo in the UK is also home to mammals and birds too. It’s crocodile feeding time three times a day 11.30am, 1 pm and 3 pm plus animal encounters (supervised ones!) and talks will keep the little ones entertained throughout the day.

6. Blenheim Palace Pleasure Gardens

Aside from the usual attractions of the Marlborough Hedge Maze, the newly refurbished playground and Butterfly House, the summer holidays bring added events at the Blenheim Palace Pleasure Gardens including Steel Drumming Workshops (12th & 13th August), Alice & The White Rabbit ( 19th & 20th August) and Pony Rides (26th & 27th August).

7. Stories in the Secret Garden at the Story Museum

The Story Museum‘s courtyard garden has been transformed into a magical garden!  Every week day at 11.30am and 2.30pm families can solve the mystery and discover the key to the mysterious walled garden

8. There’s no such thing as the Gruffalo!

The Gruffalo comes to the Oxford Playhouse from the 22nd to 26th August. See the mouse, the owl, the fox, the snake and maybe the Gruffalo? in this 1-hour musical adaptation of the famous Julia Donaldson book.

9. It’s Rhino month at the Cotswold Wildlife Park!

Celebrate Rhino month this August and learn everything you need to know about Rhinos at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. Their keepers will be holding daily talks throughout the month at 2pm and during the Rhino Weekend (19-20th August) they will have many fun activities and competitions to raise awareness and funds for Rhino Conservation work in Africa.

10. The Big Batsford Bug Hunt is on at Batsford Arboretum

Your kids will surely enjoy their time at Batsford Arboretum‘s ‘The Big Batsford Bug Hunt’ finding creepy crawlies hidden around the Arboretum! If they find them all, there is a prize to be won!

This is certainly not an exhaustive list of things to do in Oxfordshire, but we hope it gives you some inspiration to keep the kids (and adults) entertained for the remainder of the summer holidays.

For more ideas on what to see and do in Oxfordshire, visit our what’s on page.