Frensham Great Pond (45 miles)
Frensham Great Pond
While not technically a beach at all, as far as manmade inland varieties go it's a sterling effort: vast 13th century lake with sandy beaches, woodland trails and heavy on the natural wildlife.
Millets Farm Falconry (7 miles)
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.
Crocodiles of the World (11 miles)
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 (17 miles)
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 Centre (7 miles)
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.
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary (10 miles)
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 (17 miles)
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.
Fairytale Farm (17 miles)
is a farm park with a difference, featuring an enchanted walk, adventure playground and our collection of farm and exotic animals. Everything is designed with disabled children in mind, but Fairytale Farm can be enjoyed by everybody.
Waterfowl Sanctuary and Childrens Farm (19 miles)
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.
The Story Museum (< 1 mile)
The Story Museum
A gallery of rogues and rascals, wizards, witches and wild things unfolds throughout the atmospheric spaces of The Story Museum in our immersive exhibition '26 Characters'.
Modern Art Oxford (< 1 mile)
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.
Museum of Oxford (< 1 mile)
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 Ashmolean (< 1 mile)
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 the History of Science (< 1 mile)
Museum of the History of Science
A free to view unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments and exciting modern exhibitions in the worldâs oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Oxford
Oxford Univ Museum of Natural History (< 1 mile)
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.
The Pitt Rivers Museum (< 1 mile)
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 (7 miles)
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.
Morris Museum: see a 1970s police car; 1920s Bullnose Morris and a Mini in the original style.
The Oxfordshire Museum (8 miles)
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.
Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways (8 miles)
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 three indoor galleries.
River and Rowing Museum (22 miles)
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.
Banbury Museum (22 miles)
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.
Hinksey Outdoor Pool (< 1 mile)
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.
Abbey Meadow Open Air Swimming Pool (5 miles)
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.
Woodstock Open Air Heated Pool (8 miles)
Woodstock Open Air Heated Pool
25 meter pool (heated to 29 degrees) with separate toddlers' paddling pool plus diving board and changing with showers.
Didcot Wave Leisure Pool (10 miles)
Didcot Wave Leisure Pool
Swimming pool featuring a wave machine, giant flume ride, parent and toddler sessions and lane swimming.
Bicester Leisure Centre (11 miles)
Bicester Leisure Centre
offers a 25m, 6 Lane Pool for serious swimming, plus a 15m Play 'n' Teach leisure pool which amongst other things features enchanting artwork, interactive squirter jets and a giant tap.
Riverside Pool (12 miles)
23m heated outdoor swimming pool with paddling pool. Campsite adjacent.
The Lido (18 miles)
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.
Woodgreen Leisure Pool (22 miles)
Woodgreen Leisure Pool
50m outdoor swimming pool with flume and outdoor aquasplash area with fun interactive water play.
Partyman World Oxford (3 miles)
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!
Crazy Colosseum Indoor Playcentre (5 miles)
Crazy Colosseum Indoor Playcentre
Their indoor play arena is a soft arena with 3 floors filled with all the latest play equipment, including Ball Pool, Huge Slide, Climbing Bridges to guarantee a fun and crazy time for 0 to 8 year olds.
Snakes and Ladders (5 miles)
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...
The Tree House Play Centre (10 miles)
The Tree House Play Centre
offers a soft play frame that is designed for children upto 1.48m tall and we also have a specific toddler area for under 3s.
Soft Play Barn at Hilltop Garden Centre (12 miles)
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.
WhizzKidz (13 miles)
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!
Darcy Bear (14 miles)
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.
Rugrats and Half Pints Indoor Play (23 miles)
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.
Oxford Castle Unlocked (< 1 mile)
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.
Bates Collection of Musical Instruments (< 1 mile)
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 (< 1 mile)
The Bodleian Library
Interactive and stimulating tours of the historic university where much of Harry Potter was filmed! Like stepping into their favourite films. Most tours are for 10+ but Family Tours in holidays welcome 5+.
Blenheim Palace (8 miles)
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.
Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland (15 miles)
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.
Broughton Castle (21 miles)
A hugely popular and impressive house and grounds, beautifully furnished and lovingly restored, with fascinating historical artifacts throughout. For a full day you enjoy this in conjunction with another local activity, and although they seem child friendly it is definitely only for the calmer kids.
Sulgrave Manor (25 miles)
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.
Oxford Ice Rink (< 1 mile)
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 as it's right in the heart of Oxford; just a short walk from Oxford City centre and railway station.
Rock Solid Climbing Wall (1 miles)
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 (7 miles)
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!
Bowlplex Oxford (3 miles)
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…?
Bicester Bowl (11 miles)
Offers a family sized 6 lane alley behind the leisure centre, great for kids with bumpers, ramps and light balls available.
Lakeside SuperBowl Banbury (22 miles)
Lakeside SuperBowl Banbury
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This Lakeside SuperBowl has 20 lanes!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Oxford with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Oxfordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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