Cutteslowe Park is Oxford’s largest park, conveniently located near The Manor. With only a short drive away you can give the children a great afternoon out. With a choice of 3 play areas, orienteering maps (pick these up from the park office), duck pond, aviary, basketball, table tennis, skate park and geocaching there is much to do for children of all ages.
Parents and children alike will enjoy the mini golf and the smaller children are going to love the paddling pool if you are treated to fairer weather!
Cutteslowe also has an adorably rustic Miniature Railway (in the summer months). Please ask The Manor reception if you would like to check opening days and times. The park does have special events running from time to time so you would be recommended to check this.
Punting at The Cherwell BoathousePunting is a must when in Oxford and such a fun family activity. Cherwell Boat House , in central Oxford, hires out the punts and lifejackets, and you can even order a delicious Afternoon Tea to take out in the boat for when you spot the best Oxford riverside picnic spot.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and GardensA little further afield, near Burford in the heart of the Cotswolds, you will find Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens which are well worth the 30-minute drive. The Cotswold Wildlife Park is a full day out, as beautiful as a botanical garden but with all the child-friendly fun of the zoo. With animals galore and so many opportunities to find out more about them, children of all ages enjoy this day out. The brass-rubbing centre, narrow gauge railways, children’s farm and the new ‘Skymaze’ adventure playground all help too.
This old favourite National Trust is surprisingly child-friendly.
The natural children’s play area has a good array of play equipment (some newly installed) from slides to zip wires, all made from the natural environment. To top it off, the family-friendly Stables Café is close to the playground so is not far to get refreshments.
The Aviary also provides entertainment, meeting the resident birds and even meeting the Aviary Keeper to find out more.
Another of the jewels in Oxfordshire’s crown, Blenheim Palace welcomes children with open arms. With an adventure playground, the Marlborough Maze and a giant chess set, the Blenheim Pleasure Gardens within the palace grounds are fun for all the family.
Added to these, the Blenheim narrow gauge railway is a fun addition to a Summer visit. Ask the reception team at The Manor for exact opening times and dates.
The Pleasure Gardens Deli is also nearby for some great pizzas and a choice of children’s food.
OtherThe list for Oxfordshire days out with children is endless, but here are a few more worth considering:
- Oxford University Museum of Natural History (they run great events for children – especially on Sundays)
- Cogges Manor Farm (bring us back something from The Cogges Kitchen!)
- Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children’s Farm (check timings before you leave)
- Oxford Story Museum