Top 10 Rainy Day Ideas

Stuck for ideas when the sun’s gone in? Here are our top ten things to do with a gloomy afternoon!

Lose Track of Time in the University of Oxford Museums

The Pitt Rivers Museum, also known as the University of Oxford’s museum of anthropology and world archaeology, has a uniquely eccentric and quirky atmosphere. Its collection of artifacts, many of which can still be seen in their original wooden display cabinets, include a ‘witch in a bottle’, shrunken heads, roman shoes, royal crowns and ancient battle masks. The Ashmolean Museum, the worlds oldest public museum founded in 1683, is home to world-famous collections and artifacts ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art. Don’t forget to also explore the Museum of Natural History and the History of Science Museum!

Embark on a Brewery or Distillery Tour

Discover the Wychwood Brewery, which brews the famous Hobgoblin beer. The brewery offers tours that showcase the brewing processes of the beers, from the raw ingredient to the finished product. The Hook Norton Brewery is a passionate family business brewing a fantastic range of award-winning beers. During their brewery tour you will discover their rich heritage and modern brewing systems. If gin’s more your thing, explore the Oxford Artisan Distillery, Oxford’s first distillery – and one of the world’s very few true craft distilleries. You can learn their meticulous distilling processes on their award-winning distillery tour.

Visit the Theatre

New Theatre Oxford plays host to some of the biggest shows and names. From comedy shows to operas, there is something for everyone. Oxford Playhouse presents a wide range of live performances, including drama, family shows, dance and music, comedy, lectures and poetry. The North Wall has a vibrant public programme of live music, theatre and dance in the heart of Summertown. SJE Arts hosts a wide range of events – choral, orchestral, opera, jazz, folk, pop, poetry. The Old Fire Station presents quality art aimed at adults which takes a risk, asks a question and entertains.

Go Shopping

Shelter yourself from the rain in one of Oxfordshire’s leading shopping centres. After a total transformation, Westgate Oxford offers visitors some prestigious retail and lifestyle brands, inventive and eclectic restaurants and cafes of all types. Home to a collection of independent shops and retailers, Oxford’s Covered Market dates back to the 18th century and is a hub of local retialers selling everything from cakes and groceries, to hand-crafted gifts and jewellery. World-famous luxury destination Bicester Village is home to more than 160 boutiques of world-famous brands, with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price all year round.

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