Oxford Weekend Family Guide

Oxford Weekend Family Guide

Jun 6, 2024

Your guide to family friendly activities in Oxford this weekend – don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom for things to get booking now.

Jericho Fest runs the whole weekend with the Jericho Street Fair on Saturday and Run Jericho on Sunday with a 10k and 5k distance plus a children’s 1 mile run too.

Great Big Green Week is a go all across the UK from the 8th – 16th June. It’s the UK’s celebration of community action – and we have a lot to celebrate here in Oxford! Visit the website, choose your local area and attend an event.

Oxford Pride celebrates it’s 21st anniversary with a multitude of events happening across the city, including a big parade. June is Pride month, so check out the website for more over the next month.

 

SATURDAY 8th JUNE

 

🍃Hill End: Ffennell Festival

An excellent, excellent day of outdoor family fun! And SO many activities: pond dipping, bushcraft, natural arts, bee keeping & bugs, circus skills, Real Kingdoms Adventures, Oxford Sailing, WW1 history tours, whittling skills, story telling and much more! Hill End has been providing our children with outdoor activities for so long – let’s support them right back! Online ticket sales closed but gate tickets available on the day.

📅 Saturday 8th June ⏰11am – 4pm 💴 Adults: £7, Child: (4 – 16 years old): £3.50, Child (0 – 3 years old): Free 🎫Gate tickets available but bring a picnic as BBQ bookings are closed ℹ️ See the Hill End website for more info.

🌳Boundary Brook Nature Reserve Open Day

Exciting afternoon and activities on the nature reserve as part of Great Big Green Week. Get involved and join for nature walks, Art in Nature, wildlife trail and peg and spoon carving. All welcome!

📅 Saturday 8th June ⏰3pm – 6pm 💴 Free 🎫 No booking required ℹ️ See the Oxford Urban Wildlife Group website for more info.

🦆Jemima Puddle Duck presented by Quantum Theatre

Outdoor theatre – do we dare? Yes! Quantum Theatre presents a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved tale  – The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, in the beautiful setting of Waterperry’s very own 300-seater amphitheatre.

📅 Saturday 8th June ⏰5pm – 6.30pm 💴 Adult £16, Child £11, Family ticket (2A + 2C) £46 🎫 Booking required ℹ️ See the Waterperry Gardens website for more info.

 

SUNDAY 9th JUNE

 

🐷Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday is about giving vis­i­tors the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn more about farm­ing and the coun­try­side – through fun activities – and farm­ers the chance to talk about what they’re so proud of: British food and farming! Check out the Open Farm Sunday website for your nearest farm. You’ll find us at Sandy Lane Farm!

📅 Saturday 9th June⏰ Varying times 💴 Some events free, some charge entry and some charge for separate activities 🎫 Check individual venues  to see if booking is required ℹ️ More info on the Open Farm website and see some local open days here.

👨‍🌾Bridewell Gardens Open Day

A secret garden and labour of love, it’s amazing what has been achieved here! Bridewell provides social and therapeutic horticulture for people enduring mental health issues, helping them move forwards with recovery. Their Open Days are wonderful and children are most welcome to run around the five acre walled gardens and vineyards. The exceptionally friendly chickens will be very pleased to meet you!

📅 Saturday 9th June⏰ 11am – 4pm  💴 Free, with donations welcome 🎫 No booking required ℹ️ More info on the Bridewell website, see one of our visits here.

💨 Wheatley Windmill Open Day

Wheatley Windmill, one of only two working windmills in Oxfordshire, is open on Sunday and it’s free to visit! Children are most welcome and will love climbing the three staircases up to the top of this fully restored stone tower windmill.

📅 Sunday 9th June⏰ 2pm  – 6pm  💴 Free, with donations welcome 🎫 No booking required ℹ️ More info on the Wheatley Windmill website. 

🎭 Cornerstone Arts Centre: The Selfish Giant

Ever heard Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant story? It’s a lovely tale about about the transformative power of love and kindness. It’s coming to the Cornerstone Arts Centre in the form of captivating puppetry and beautiful set design. Use the code 20Giant for a 20% discount off ticket prices. Suitable for 3+ years.

📅 Sunday 9th June⏰ 2pm 💴 Adult: £12, Child: £8 (these prices are with discount)🎫 Pre-booking required ℹ️ Book via the Cornerstone website.

🚲Historic Cycle Day at the Oxford Bus Company

It’s a busy day at the museum for two wheeled adventurers! There’s over 50 cycles to see, including William Morris’s first bicycle! There’s also displays by the Veteran-Cycle Club and talks on the development of bikes.

📅 Sunday 9th June⏰ 10am  – 4pm  💴 Adults: £8, Children (5 – 15 years old) £5 🎫 No booking required ℹ️ More info on the Oxford Bus Company website. 

👀Looking and booking

 

Arboretum Adventures for Under 5s 12th June 

Den building, crafts, scavenger hunts, trails and stories. £7 per child (under-2s and accompanying adults free). Sounds like a wonderful adventure!

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.

FloFest 22nd June

A real highlight in the Oxford summer events calendar. There is so much going on at this FREE local festival at Florence Park  – visit the website to see the full line-up. It’s a volunteer run, non profit festival and any money raised gets put back into making the following year even better!

South Oxfordshire Adventure Playground (SOAP) 50th Birthday Bash 29th June 

SOAP is a local charity run by volunteers & paid sessional staff, providing free, inclusive, supervised, adventurous outdoor play and activities. On the 29th June join the 50th birthday bash celebrating the incredible work of SOAP. This Birthday Bonanza features live music, play activities and a special exhibition about SOAP’s history. Donate here to keep this very special place alive and kicking.

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🔥Kids Week – FREE tickets to London theatre shows for kids 
🔥Hinksey Heights Fairy Door Trail 
🔥Thrupp Lake 

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