A family staycation in Oxfordshire is the new Mediterranean this year (probably….) Here’s your bucket list for when you’re there..
Be amazed by Giffords Circus
A summer highlight in the local area, this Circus performs several shows across Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Worth planning in advance, it’s for all the family with some unusual acts.
Get literary at Christ Church Cathedral
Made famous in recent times because the Harry Potter films were set here. Head to the Great Hall and relive your Hogwarts moments. There’s even a stained glass window of Alice in Wonderland, a nod to Lewis Carroll, who was also an Oxfordshire resident.
Cool off with some ice cream
Bound to be a hit with the kids, this café lets you create your own flavour if you get enough people to back your choice. After Eight, banana and Daim Bar crunch have made it to the menu most recently.
And feel the serenity of the Magdelen College Deer Park
Amaze the kids with these wonderful beasts.
Lots of free kids activities
There are fascinating free kids activities every day for families at Oxford’s museums.
Including science experiments
Visit one of the longest lasting scientific experiments in the world, the Oxford Electric Bell.
Or if exotic animals are more your thing
Get snappy with the UK’s only crocodile zoo with over 150 species of crocodile.
And we have to mention the obvious…
There’s a reason the Cotswolds are so popular. Bordering Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds are very family friendly, with a wealth of lovely hotels, beautiful villages to visit, such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway, and a huge range of activities for the kids including butterfly parks, Farm Park and a large Water Sports area.
But if you’ve always dreamed of being a farmer..
Put on your old clothes and cuddle a baby rabbit at the Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children’s Farm.
Or follow the Downton Abbey fans
Be a Victorian farmer at Cogges Farm. Used in Downton Abbey this farm has animals, a play area and sometimes cooking demonstrations. A charming day out for the family.
Have a great time, and don’t forget to send us a postcard!