The holidays are here! Kids around Oxfordshire are jumping up and down at the thought of no school for six long weeks and teachers are breathing a sigh of relief. Remember the days? As a parent, the thought of six weeks of activity-planning may have you wracking your brain for ideas, rather than jumping up and down with excitement. But don’t worry, we’re here to give you a helping hand in avoiding the cabin fever. Read on to discover five fun things to do with kids in Oxfordshire during the summer holidays.
1. Tree Climbing at Stonor Park
The Great Big Tree Climbing Co. is heading over to Stonor Park on the 9th of August to help kids over 6 years of age climb some of the park’s largest trees. Reminiscing about your own childhood? The Big Tree Climb is also suitable for adults! So, you can get in on the action under the guise of being a ‘supportive parent’. It’s a win-win.
2. Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants at The River and Rowing Museum
Wondering what is a wellyphant exactly? Read on… This summer-long exhibition at Henley-on-Thames’ popular River and Rowing Museum features the work and story behind Jacqueline Wilson’s illustrator of choice, Nick Sharratt. On the cover of numerous children’s books, Sharratt’s work is well-loved and instantly recognisable. Kids can get creative and try their hand at creating Sharratt-inspired illustrations or dress up in a selection of crazy costumes. Adults will be immersed in Sharratt’s story and finally understand the meaning of wellyphant.
3. Summer Fun Trails at Waterperry Gardens
Know a bunch of kids with endless energy? Set them up with a compass at Waterperry Gardens, just east of Oxford, and send them on a quest to find fairytale characters around the beautiful grounds. Kids will also love the open air theatre production of Treasure Island at the gardens in August. It’s not just outdoor cinemas that are all the rage right now!
4. Riverside Park and Pools in Wallingford
We might be biased, but we love Wallingford in the summer. Pack a picnic and visit this popular outdoor lido alongside the River Thames. It’s a scenic spot that’s great for both older and younger kids, especially during this hot weather. There’s a 23m x 10m pool for ‘proper’ swimming and an interactive ‘splash park’ for the little uns. And since you’re just round the corner, why not pop in and see us and explore the other great things to do in Wallingford?
5. Peter Rabbit: Mischief & Mayhem Interactive Exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum
Everyone loves Peter Rabbit. The Oxfordshire Museum is running an interactive exhibition to pay homage to Beatrix Potter’s famous creation. Visitors can enjoy original illustrations and plenty of games and fun with Peter’s friends. And the best part? It’s free!
There’s no shortage of fun days out with the kids in Oxfordshire. We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful county, so let’s make the most of it (and the weather!) this summer. And if you’ve forgotten, there’s still time to treat your kids’ teachers to a well-earned thank you gift for their work over the last school year. It’s never too late to become teacher’s pet!