Oxford Weekend Family Guide

Oxford Weekend Family Guide

May 15, 2024

Your weekend guide to family friendly activities in Oxford and beyond this weekend – don’t forget to scrol down to the bottom for things to get booking now!

 

Oxfordshire Artweeks is on now with open studios and pop up galleries, art trails and more. Every week is different in Artweeks. It’s still Oxford City until the 19th May and South Oxfordshire from 18th-27th May. Check out everything on offer on the website.

 

SATURDAY 18th May

 

🚲Oxford Wheels Project: Beginners BMX Coaching Session

If you have never been to the Meadow Lane Skate Park then get yourself down there pronto; it’s open all year round from 10am until dusk and is run by volunteers of the Oxford Wheels Project. They do all sorts of coaching there from Beginners BMX to Skateboarding for children and adults.  The bowl has a lot of bumps and corners to pump around and there’s a good selection of obstacles.

📅 Saturday 18th May⏰9.30am – 10.30pm 💴 £7 per session🎫 No booking required ℹ️ See the website for more details and other sessions available to book.

📚The Story Museum: Small Worlds

We love Small Worlds and the recent addition of Elmer! This early years offer packs a punch with five story-themed zones to explore and a HUGE bed to jump on. What’s not to love?!

📅 Saturday 18th May⏰10.15am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.45pm  💴 £ 6.50 per person🎫 Pre booking required ℹ️ See the website for more details and to book. See our previous visit here. 

🚂Pendon Museum

Love this museum! Rural scenes and transport of the 1920s and 30s in a miniature form. Our favourite is the Vale scene; so realistic and the small details are insane! A must for train enthusiasts. Check out the website where there are videos of the locomotives moving through the scenes.

📅 Saturday 18th May⏰ 11am – 4pm 💴 Adults: £8, Children (5-16) £6, Children under 5: Free 🎫 Purchase tickets at the museum ℹ️ Get a full picture of this experience on the Pendon website. 

🎨Westgate Library: Origami and Storytime and Crafts

Join in children’s library for stories and crafts. This is a great library with so much going on! I always pop in with my three boys when we are in town and there’s everything from Code Club and Lego to Origami, Stay and Play and Rhymetime.

📅 Saturday 18th May ⏰ Origami: 11am – 12pm, Storytime and Crafts: 2.30pm – 3.30pm  💴 Free 🎫 No booking required ℹ️ See the library website for all that’s on offer.

SUNDAY 19th MAY

 

🚘 Combe Mill: Mercedes-Benz Day

A display of up to eleven Mercedes-Benz cars representing SL models through the decades from 1956 – 2020. The owners will be there to talk about their cars too. This is also a steaming day so all the steam engines will be in steam and the water wheel will be in motion. A fascinating day out!

📅 Sunday 19th May⏰10.30am – 4.30pm 💴Adults £9, Under 16s: Free 🎫 No booking required ℹ️ See the website for more details and info on upcoming events.

🚂Cutteslowe Miniature Railway

Such a lovely miniature railway experience and with the track extension it’s great value for money too. There is SO much to do at Cutteslowe park: numerous playgrounds, huge sandpit, free splash park (now open!), crazy golf, tennis courts, wildlife area, duck pond, beach volleyball court, café and more! It’s easily a whole day adventure!

📅 Sunday 19th May⏰1pm – 4.30pm 💴 £1.50 per ticket, Under 2’s free with fare paying adult🎫 No booking required ℹ️ See the website for more details and more pictures from our visit here.

🏠 Kingston Bagpuize House

Run through the beautiful gardens: mown lawns, beautiful borders and popping colours! Tea and refreshments available…and it’s all homemade! This is in your Gardeners’ World 2 for 1 offer so do bring your card along.

📅 Sunday 19th May  ⏰ 2pm – 5pm 💴 Adult: £7, 12-21 year olds: £4, Primary aged children: Free 🎫 No booking required ℹ️ See website for further details and our previous visit here.

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Radley: Pool Fun Sessions 28th and 30th May 

Two large inflatable assault courses, pool toys and two diving boards. The  sessions are for children aged 8-12 years old and parents are not permitted in the pool with the children. The session is fully lifeguarded by a highly experienced team. This sells out very quickly.

Waddesdon Manor: FREE entry for children 29th May – 2nd June 

From 29 May until 2 June, children get free entry to the house and grounds at Waddesdon! Book in to see a Celestial Sound Cloud whilst you are there –  an interactive digital sound and light sculpture inspired by cosmic clouds.

Weston Library: Half-term printing keepsake 30th May

Dop-in event for families – no booking required. Pop into the Weston Library this half term and have a go at pulling a souvenir print on their historic printing press. There’s always something interesting happening at the Weston Library and it’s a fantastic spot for a coffee too.

Pegasus Theatre: ROAR Festival 1st June

This looks epic and inclusive! Oxford Playhouse and Pegasus, on behalf of The ROAR Collective, present a FREE day-long programme of events celebrating disability in the arts at Pegasus. Formed in 2016, ROAR provides opportunities for people with additional needs to engage in the arts and aims to advocate for inclusive arts practice in Oxfordshire and beyond. 🙌

Hill End: Ffennell Festival 8th June 

LOVE this festival – it’s such a celebration of the outdoors! Hill End is a 67 acre site and it is packed full of activities: downhill racers, circus skills, pond dipping, bushcraft, natural arts, bee keeping & bugs, whittling skills and much more! Bring a picnic or purchase the food on offer. We always bring a big blanket and a picnic and the children run wild – how life should be!

Caper Bookshop: How To Make Awesome Comics Workshop with Neill Cameron 15th June 

Learn how to create your own comic with the wonderful Neill Cameron, award-winning author and cartoonist. He is the creator of several comic books, including the Mega Robo Bros series and How to Make Awesome Comics and feature regularly in The Phoenix.

Thames Valley Orienteering: Saturday series at University Parks 15th June 

We LOVE the Saturday series – really family friendly orienteering races at locations that you are probably familiar with! An exciting introduction to orienteering, and aimed at children, families, beginners and improvers of all ages. Book your place in advance, right up to the morning of the race. Distances: 1.6km, 2.8km and 5km.

Oxford Brick Festival 15th June 

Calling all LEGO fans! Lots to see and do including speed building competitions, large scale displays, activities, traders selling loose bricks, new LEGO sets, retired LEGO sets, minifigures & accessories plus a dedicated building area.

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🔥Rectory Farm PYO strawberries open!
🔥Cutteslowe Splash Park open!
🔥Victoria Arms pub and walk 

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