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Things To Do & Days Out in Oxfordshire

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Crocodiles of the World Crocodiles of the World is the UK's only crocodile zoo. We're home to more than 100 crocodiles, alligators and caimans from 14 different species of crocodilian. Crocodiles of the World is now open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm all year round including Bank Holidays; we are closed on Christmas...
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens has over 260 animal species in over 160 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. Giraffe Walkway, Lemur Walk-through exhibit, Train, Adventure Playground, Picnic Areas, Children's Farmyard, Brass Rubbing, Tropical House, Reptile House, Bat House and Insect House. Skymaze coming soon, too!
Millets Farm Falconry Falconry Centre with several daily flying shows plus experiences available. Over 70 birds to see, plus a number of daily events including flying and feeding displays.
Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm The sanctuary has a 'cuddle corner' where adults and children may handle baby rabbits, chicks, ducklings, kittens and new born mice and gerbils (when in season). A great place to take toddlers if you are looking for family days out in Oxfordshire.
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary A registered charity which cares for and protects abused and ill-treated donkeys and other animals whom you may visit and sometimes pet and feed.
Farmer Gows Activity Farm Meet the Animals is held every day at 11 am and again at 2 pm, bottle and hand feeding of lambs and kids all year round, plus feeding the pigs and cattle, egg collecting, goat and ferret walking. A wonderful hands on experience and great fun!
Millets Farm Centre A variety of interesting farm zoo animals which originate from across the world including camels, adventure playground, plus let the kids pick their own fruits and vegetables.
Fairytale Farm features an enchanted walk, adventure playground and our collection of farm and exotic animals plus new Mouse Town! Everything is designed with disabled children in mind, but Fairytale Farm can be enjoyed by everybody.
Cogges Manor Farm Feed the farm animals, see the miniature Shetland ponies, picnic area and welly walks, zip wire and adventure play fort and dressing up in the manor house. Indoor soft play, cafe and farm shop. Family fun at Oxfordshire Cotswolds historic Witney farmstead.
Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways Highly realistic models recall the landscape of the period and trains provide a fascinating record of the railways of the time and how they operated. Enjoy an informative and interactive 90 minute tour covering 3 indoor galleries.
The Pitt Rivers Museum is famous for it's period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many world cultures, past and present.
Oxford Bus and Morris Motors Museums All aboard! See how engines work; what buses are made of; go aboard some; see old tickets and uniforms once used. View the workshop and on special days ride on a vintage bus.
Oxford Univ Museum of Natural History A classic series of collections housed in stunning architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower.
Modern Art Oxford Introduces children of all ages to the Gallery for free through a range of fun and creative activities. Dedicated Family Guides encourages a creative pathway around the exhibition and suggests activities to try out at home plus loads more family days out activities.
The Oxfordshire Museum A wide range of natural and social history exhibits, the more exciting of which include the interactive dinosaur gallery and gardens, and the special family drop in sessions.
Museum of the History of Science A free to view unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments and exciting modern exhibitions in the world™s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Oxford with kids.
The Ashmolean is packed full of archaeology and art works from all over the world. Families can discover mummies in ancient Egypt, find coins from ancient Greece, and travel through time to find modern paintings, statues and more.
Museum of Oxford - is a free museum about the history of Oxford and its people. Families can explore the interactive galleries and come along to monthly family craft workshops in the learning centre to handle real objects.
The Story Museum A most unusual museum celebrating wonderful stories and their ability to inspire, delight and entertain kids. The perfect place for grown-ups and kids to spend time together exploring all the different ways stories can be enjoyed.
Banbury Museum A family friendly museum with a busy programme of events and activities for all ages. A number of Prize trails to follow, an ArtCart to use plus activity backpacks for the little ones. Free to visit.
River and Rowing Museum There are always family activities at the River and Rowing Museum, with lots of extra school holiday events. Many exhibitions, designed for all the family, including the stunning Wind in the Willows. Gallery trails and drawing activities are always available.
Didcot Wave Leisure Pool Swimming pool featuring a wave machine, giant flume ride, parent and toddler sessions and lane swimming.
Abbey Meadow Open Air Swimming Pool Seasonal pool offering an interactive water feature in the main swim area plus learner pool for kids, plus changing with showers. Tennis, mini golf and playground nearby.
Hinksey Outdoor Pool A much-loved local landmark, this heated outdoor pool has been providing family summer fun and great memories in Summer since 1934. Large outdoor pool with fun areas for the kids. Sun-beds, play areas and refreshments make this the ideal summer destination.
Woodstock Open Air Heated Pool 25 meter pool (heated to 29 degrees) with separate toddlers' paddling pool plus diving board and changing with showers.
The Lido Set in safe, secure and well maintained grounds overlooking the countryside this environmentally friendly 25m pool of crystal clear water has a water slide at the deep end. Variety of swim sessions available.
Riverside Pool 23m heated outdoor swimming pool with paddling pool. Campsite adjacent.
Woodgreen Leisure Pool 50m outdoor swimming pool with flume and outdoor aquasplash area with fun interactive water play.
Bicester Leisure Centre offers a 15m Play 'n' Teach leisure pool with cool artwork, interactive squirter jet sprays and a giant tap feature! Plus a 25m, 6 lane pool for the more serious swimming too.
Snakes and Ladders Bursting with indoor and outdoor adventure play, Snakes and Ladders is jam packed with fun! There's plenty for all ages including the massive 3 tier playframe with slides, tunnels, balls ponds and rope climbs, the huge dedicated zone for under 5s, water play, home corner, construction zone & more. And...
Rugrats and Half Pints Indoor Play A new concept in indoor sensory and soft play activities for children aged between 0 to 10 years (inclusive). Dedicated sensory area for babies. Soft play structure, trampolines, dressing up costumes, playhouse and various classes for the older children.
WhizzKidz With giant play frame, toddler play frame, sports arena, bouncy castle and much more inside, plus another play frame and a sandpit outside, you'll find everything you need to entertain and exercise your smalls right here!
Partyman World Oxford is an indoor play centre which provides lots of fun and play for everyone on the huge themed play structures, Go Karts, make a bear, fantastic slides and much more! There is also a specially designed toddler area for little guests who are under 3 years!
Darcy Bear Multi level adventure play zone with loads of features with separate age zones for under 5s and under 12s. They also offer a variety of themed parties for kids, including Laser Storm which can also be done Pay and Play.
Soft Play Barn at Hilltop Garden Centre includes a climbing wall, climbing net, games, net bridge, wavy slide, monkey bars plus more! There’s a separate area for children under 3 including a rocking frog, games, soft bricks, and a small soft slide.
Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage site with over 300 years of history and 2000 acres of Parkland and Formal Gardens, including the family friendly Pleasure Gardens. Enjoy a whole host of events, exhibitions and entertainment throughout the year.
Oxford Castle Unlocked An ancient site of incarceration offering a highly atmospheric history lesson spanning ten centuries, with hands on displays and real life prisoner stories. Quirky costumed tour guides are available every 20 minutes.
Sulgrave Manor Discover the lives of George Washington’s ancestors, and what led them to cross the Atlantic on a brilliant guided tour through a fantastic historic house. Special children’s tours on Saturdays, and Family Holiday Mondays. Lovely house and gardens to explore.
Broughton Castle A hugely popular and impressive house and grounds, beautifully furnished and lovingly restored, with fascinating historical artifacts throughout.
Bates Collection of Musical Instruments One of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world. Has over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times.
The Bodleian Library Interactive and stimulating visits of the world famous historic Bodleian Libraries, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed!
Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland Visit Faringdon’s unique, iconic 100ft tower, the last major folly to be built in England. Surrounded by interesting woodland to explore that contains sculptures to find. Kids aged 11 and under get in free.
Oxford Ice Rink Great fun for all the family at the newly renovated Ice Rink. General session, family sessions and lessons for children of all abilities. The rink is very easy to reach: right in the heart of Oxford; close to Oxford City centre and railway station.
Rock Solid Climbing Wall Modern ope climbing facility with kids' clubs and courses from age 7 upwards. Features include bouldering room, bottom rope wall and Walltopia lead tower.
High Ropes Oxford Oxford’s only Tree Top Adventure, suitable for all monkeys 10 years and older. 3 Zones to explore, containing over 40 obstacles such as wobbly bridges, zip lines and cargo nets!
MFA Bowl Banbury Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This Lakeside SuperBowl has 20 lanes!
Bicester Bowl Offers a family sized 6 lane alley behind the leisure centre, great for those rainy days when your looking for something to do. The bowling alley comes equipped with bumpers, ramps and light balls available.
Bowlplex Oxford With ball ramps, lightweight balls and gutter guards for the kids to use, there's just no way those pins aren't going down! But will they drop for you too…?
Karting Oxford Get set for a phenomenal drive for the over 8s. Speed is the name of the game as you whizz around the floodlit 360 metre circuit. Min age 8yrs. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Oxford with kids.
Footprint Tours tours of Oxford, a walking tour of Oxford, a Harry Potter tour of Oxford, a bike tour of Oxford. Cambridge walking tours, Cambridge punting tours. tours of England, tours of the Cotswolds, tours of Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare tours, tours of London. Historical tours for kids, fun tours for kids.
Oxford Ghost Trail Award winning, historically informative and hugely entertaining, it's the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere of this famous city, leaving you with a deliciously scary tingle running down your spine.
Oxford Spy Mission Treasure Trail Explore Oxford with the kids whilst solving a self guided themed Treasure Trail. Putting your spy skills to the test, as you follow the directions can you hunt out the answers to the clues set within Oxford to crack the code?
Curious About Henley On Thames Explore and (re-) discover Henley-On-Thames with our historically informative and entertaining treasure hunt themed self guided walks. Buy or instantly download a booklet, then keep the kids intrigued, looking for clues and matching pictures, whilst reading stories about this charming Thames town.
The Abingdon Treasure Trail Get the kids exploring outdoors in the fresh air on this self-guided treasure hunt themed Trail! Can you and kids find and solve all the clues to solve this mystery?
Didcot Railway Centre See the steam trains from the golden age of the Great Western Railway in the original engine shed, with a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway and a typical country branch line.
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway A seven mile train journey on a steam engine: great for a family day out with the kids, especially train mad ones!!
Oxford River Cruises A trip aboard an Edwardian River Launch in Oxford offers a taste of a slower life, where cares drift away with the gentle flow of the water and life’s pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost. Great idea for a family day out in Oxfordshire.
Cherwell Boat House Rowing boats, canoes and punts for hire: what a great idea for a bit of family fun while you are in Oxford.
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway A preserved former Great Western Railway branchline that links the national railway network at Cholsey with Wallingford. Trains run on selected weekends and bank holidays, often steam hauled.
Magdalen Bridge Row Boats Rowing is fun and relaxing and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon on the river, pedalos and punts also available. You can hire the boat for an hour or if you want to make a day of it, just stay on the river as long as you like, simply returning the row boat to the boathouse before sunset.
Bernwood Butterfly Trail Follow an hour and a half way marked trail around the forest, discovering impressively favoured habitats for butterflies throughout the vast areas of mixed woodland. With the birds and other flora and fauna too this is a natural joy you can enjoy for free.
Cutteslowe Park and Miniature Railway A great park with things to do for all the family including a skate park and miniature golf! Ride the miniature railway for a great experience!
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden This Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World: there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests!
South Oxford Adventure Playground A supervised playground aimed at children aged 7 to 15 featuring elaborate climbing frames, wooden play structures and more set out as an assault course. You must complete a simple registration to use the playground.
The Leys Super adventure playground with a seasonal paddling pool for the smaller ones. Also boasts tennis courts, a skate park and seasonal crazy golf.
Warburg Nature Reserve Nature reserve with bird hides, a visitor centre with wildlife explorer backpacks and a picnic area. Dogs are welcome if kept on the leash. Free to visit. Plenty to see whatever the season.
The Pottery Place is a fun and fabulous Paint Your Own Pottery and craft studio with buckets of charm and chocolate biscuits. Kids (and big kids) can go crafty crazy trying out pottery painting, Decopatch and Mosaics, and take home a gorgeous one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
The Funky Teapot Paint your own Pottery Studio and Decopatch Decorating Workshops, Decopatch Craft Studio and Supplies. With our expert guidance Children and Adults will be able create perfect gifts every time.
Busy Brush Cafe is a Paint Your Own Pottery Cafe that offers drop-in pottery painting and decopatch, plus children’s parties in their cosy and creative studio. Enjoy a fabulous range of the highest quality artisan coffees, loose leaf teas and amazing cake.
Windrush Path Mosaic Trail A series of striking and individual mosaics to act as way markers on a pleasant 2 mile trail. Keeps kids running about between looking for the next one and giving that pleasure of discovery!
Blenheim Pleasure Gardens and Train can be reached by the miniature train, on foot or there is a small car park. It is the perfect place for families to while away an hour or two, watching exotic butterflies, muddling around the Marlborough Maze or letting off steam in the Adventure Playground!
Outdoor Laser Laser-gaming is a live combat entertainment experience using infra-red gaming guns for eight year olds and up. This one is outdoors, realistic, and played in all weathers!
Laser Kombat Oxford Action packed laser tag fun for all the family. A great chance for an exciting run around with hi tech kit that keeps score of hits made and received.
The Leys Mini Golf A simple 9 hole course offers a superb introduction to the game for smaller ones, with no intimidating features or really tricky hazards. Other features nearby.
At Day Out With The Kids, we've tried to put together as many great things to do with kids in Oxfordshire as possible, especially those that are affordable for everyone. Popular towns and places to go include Oxford, Banbury and Bicester, and we'd also recommend you check out the nearby counties of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. If you've been on a fun day out in the area you'd like to share, please contact us so other families visiting Oxfordshire can enjoy it too!

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