Summer Activities in Oxfordshire
Summer is almost upon us and IMS Property Solutions have compiled a list of children- friendly activities to while away those long sunny days. Enjoy these with family, friends, or by yourself!
University of Oxford’s Mindgrowing Gardens, Libraries & Museums
First on our list of summer activities in Oxfordshire is located in Oxford over many of the University’s locations. Discover seven worlds of adventure at Oxford University this summer where you will find over 50 fun-packed activities – and almost all are free to attend! Make your own Alfred Jewel at the Anglo-Saxons Big Weekend on 21 – 22 July. Get hands-on with their Operation Earth kit and discover more about nature every Friday 2 – 4 pm. And grab your scissors for outdoor craft every Tuesday in August. Pick up a passport at any of their seven venues then collect three stickers to claim a prize! See more about this here.
CS Lewis Nature Reserve
A free day out in the fresh air. Believed to have inspired the Narnia classic tales, this magical nature reserve includes boulders amongst the trees and a large pond with water birds, toads in spring and dragonflies in summer. Before you visit, download a leaflet for the children’s discovery trail from the website. After parking and entering up the little pathway between houses, the pond was our first sight and it’s so tranquil. There’s plenty of flat space on the edge so you can get close to the water where kids have been pond dipping since 1969!
Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool
For fun summer days out in Oxford, take the kids to let off steam in Hinksey Park’s lovely large outdoor swimming pool. Leave time to enjoy all the free facilities in Hinksey Park afterwards. There are tennis courts, large lakes, a play area, sandpit, seasonal splash feature and lots of open space for walks.
The Cherwell Boathouse Summer Sunshine & Events
During the Summer months, the Cherwell Boathouse hosts a variety of informal events such as live music & t
Waterperry Gardens Summer Fun Trailsheatrical performances in the lower Boathouse. They also host the wonderful Opera on the river several times throughout the summer. It’s a unique experience not to be missed. Sunshine, opera, champagne and a picnic while drifting down the Cherwell on a punt…life could be worse! The perfect occasion for families, groups and romantic couples. Punts can be hired 7 days a week from dawn to dusk for £17 per hour on weekdays or £19 per hour on weekends!
Take a tumble into a magical adventure at Waterperry Gardens throughout the summer holidays from 14 July to 2 September. Follow the clues and compass directions to find the fairy tale characters around the gardens. £3 per child with a free compass and prize (children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies). Don’t forget all the child-friendly theatre productions & operas on at Waterperry over the summer season too!