5 Things to do in Oxfordshire with the Kids this summer
Don’t be stuck for things to do in Oxfordshire this summer – gather your children and your luggage and head to our hotel. There’s plenty going on in the county…
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway offers incredible train journeys for your little rail enthusiasts. With varying trip lengths available (some as long as 7 miles, round trip) you can witness beautiful countryside and areas from history, like William the Conqueror’s route. From 22nd July until 2nd September 2018, every Thursday and each Sunday up to two children can travel and experience the railway for just £1 each.
From the Chilterns and the Red Kites to impressive local wildlife, this is one of the more unusual summer holiday activities Oxfordshire has to offer. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the steam as it rushes past your window – it’s all part of what makes rail travel so exciting. You can be at the railway in just 40 minutes by car.
Didcot Wave Leisure Pool
Head to Didcot Wave Leisure Pool this summer and you can enjoy some aqua fun thanks to their crazy wave machine. That’s not all – they even have a giant flume ride and beach area. Whatever the British weather throws at us this year, you can enjoy their 25m pool come rain or shine. The best part? It won’t matter if you forget your sunscreen! Your little ones can pretend to be mermaids and fish – just don’t forget your towel and swimsuit. Family tickets cost £14.85 and the car journey is only 15 minutes long.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens will allow your family to see creatures from faraway lands. From Asiatic Lions to White Rhino and Giraffes, there’s even Flamingos, Pelicans, Crocodiles and much more. There’s even a gothic manor. Adult tickets cost £16.00 with kids (3-16) costing £10.50. Jump into the car and you’ll arrive in 40 minutes.
Oxford Castle Unlocked
Travel back in time to Oxford Castle Unlocked. There’s more than 10 centuries’ worth of history and stories to discover; climb Saxon St George’s Tower, visit a 900 year old crypt, an 18th-century debtor’s tower, and a prison d-wing. You can even explore the mound of an 11th-century motte-and-bailey castle. Family (2 adults, 2 kids) cost £36.00 and the castle can be reached in 17 minutes by car.
Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children’s Farm
Waterfowl Sanctuary is the only place you will want to head this summer if your children adore cute little animals. From bunnies and chicks to donkeys, hens, ducks and goats, they can get hands-on and learn all about what goes into looking after such lovely creatures. With many animals available for sale, the sanctuary started in 1989 to take care of injured and neglected animals. Your family might well leave with a new pet! Why not play a game with your little ones to see how many animals they can spot in the meadowland, hedgerows and ponds? Only cash is accepted – adults cost £4.50, children £3.50. The sanctuary is approximately 45 minutes away by car.