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Quick links to some great 'Days Out' websites in Oxfordshire! Every day throughout the year.  A six hour day tour of north Cotswold villages in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire that includes an invitation into our private home for morning coffee and pastries, a buffet lunch and a traditional cream tea served inside Secret Cottage.

Animals and Wildlife

...welcomes all who have an interest in birds and birdwatching in Oxfordshire, whether young or old, expert or novice. Activities are designed to cater for a range of interests and levels of experience. The Park is home to a fascinating and varied collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates  from all over the world. Otmoor is a magical nature reserve of wet meadows and reedbeds. ...opened in May 2013 and boasts a diverse selection of over 70 birds of prey. It is the only Falconry Centre open to the public in Oxfordshire. Open 10am - 4.30pm Daily Flying Displays at: 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Parks and Gardens

Historic sites, buildings, gardens & parks.  A list of various attractions in and around Oxfordshire The beauty and tranquility of `Capability’ Brown’s landscaped parkland, created in the 1760's and the Formal Gardens, created more recently, are unrivalled anywhere in  Britain. ...are collections of plants that are grown for purposes other than purely aesthetic reasons – but in Oxford Botanic Garden we do try to arrange the plants in attractive, sympathetic and exciting ways. Take advantage of the freedom to relax in the mature parkland and lakes on the banks of the River Windrush, totally removed from the demanding routine of everyday life.

Historic Buildings

...is about the most beautiful castle in all England ... for sheer loveliness of the combination of water, woods and picturesque buildings. An elegant 18th century house built by Inigo Jones for Bryant Barrett, lacemaker to King George III. The house is set in a splendid garden location with two lakes and enjoyable woodland walks Not a demanding marathon down endless corridors, but a gentle stroll through three centuries of English history in the company of a friendly and informative guide. Historic sites, buildings, gardens & parks.  A list of various attractions in and around Oxfordshire With over 400 historic properties to visit including abbeys, castles, ruins, stately homes and palaces, days out with English Heritage will stay with you long after you've visited. Take a fascinating one-hour guided tour of the Sheldonian Theatre and learn about the history of Oxford University.  Discover when and how the University was formed, its traditions and its secrets. Welcome to Stonor - one of England’s oldest manor houses, situated in one of the most beautiful settings, owned by the same family of the same faith for 850 years.

Museums and Galleries

The O3 Gallery, situated at Oxford Castle, presents a dynamic programme of selling exhibitions by regional artists, offering the very best contemporary visual and applied arts. An unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. Oxfordshire’s cultural centre for science and enterprise. Divided into three different zones, the centre offers a varied experience of science for visitors of all ages. Pioneering programme enables audiences and communities to participate in and engage with contemporary art. The present Ashmolean was created in 1908 by combining two ancient Oxford institutions: the University Art Collection and the original Ashmolean Museum. There is always something going on at the Museum for families and children - our much-loved Wind in the Willows exhibition, alongside art/craft activities, Taylor Tug's Under 5's Club every Wednesday and Artways on a Saturday, plus holiday events.

Craft Centres

We are a ceramic and craft studio in Wantage. Any one of any age and any ability can come along and have fun! Our shop is a warm, friendly and social place that oozes creativity and we will guide you to create your own masterpieces! Our three artists will work with children and teachers on site to explore the ancient history of people living at Cogges and the things they left behind. ...is part of a community of artisans and small businesses located at the Craft Workshops, on the Eynsham Hall Estate between Witney and Woodstock, near Oxford. Visitors are very welcome! ...is a wonderfully colourful Paint Your Own Ceramics and Craft cafe as well as being well stocked with a wide range of gifts and cards.

Free Admission

...is the first and only shop to be owned and run by the University of Oxford. We stock a wide range of official Oxford merchandise, specialising in Oxford clothing and Oxford gifts. The University Parks consist of about 70 acres parkland on the West bank of the River Cherwell, together with a 4 acre spur of land running towards the South. The Parks include sports areas and a large collection of plants and trees in landscaped suroundings. The Bate has over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times.

Entertainment

...and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.

Outdoor Adventure

 You've seen the movies,  you've played the games. Now live them! We pride ourselves in offering a live combat simulation experience using the lastest technology available.  ...is a committee of members and riders, that has been formed to enable the club to run and keep their addiction to watersports. We are a voluntary non-profit making club with expert staff who have years of coaching experience.  Raw Adventure is a week long, day camp programme for 8-14 year olds, run within a safe and structured environment.

Indoor Adventure

...is an award winning  concept in indoor activities for children aged between 0-8 years which includes a wide range of sensory and soft play activities all under one roof.

Family Attractions

Farmer Gow's provides all weather activities ~ both indoors and outside - inside/undercover activities protecting you from either sun or rain. We have established ourselves as the leading provider of multi-activity day camps for children in the UK and developed a strong reputation by constantly focussing on what parents and children want. Here in Oxford City, the  canal meets the River Thames that once completed an important  trade route from the Midlands to London.

Soft Play

Jam packed with fun, there's something for the whole family at Snakes and Ladders. Added to the huge three-tiered climbing frame, there's slides, ball ponds, tunnels and rope climbs.

Sports Facilities

...offers a variety of activities for all the family including: swimming pools, A 4-court sports hall suitable for badminton, football, basketball, volleyball. A fully equipped gym, squash courts, and a creche.

Watersports

...is a small but expanding club welcoming both experienced paddlers and beginners. We undertake a wide variety of activities from pleasant backwater trips around Oxford to whitewater, sea kayaking, marathon and canoe camping both in the UK and abroad. ...is a 5 star PADI Instructor Development Centre. Whether you are a total newcomer to scuba diving or looking to refresh your skills, gain more experience or take the first steps towards your diving career, Oxford Dive Centre will have a course to suit you.

Outdoor Leisure

Safe gun handling and safe shooting are paramount, and are emphasized at all levels of instruction. We also offer air rifle shooting and archery as additional activities on the ground. Enjoy the tranquillity of the River Cherwell... Situated at the lower end of Oxford's world famous 'High' by Magdalen College Tower is the 'Home of Oxford Punting'. Our daily one hour river trip gives you the unique opportunity to take in the beauty of the river in Henley and to travel along the famous Regatta course.

Indoor Leisure

We offer far more than bowling! Most of our centres include big screen TV's, for watching live sport, and our Stadium Bar & Grill, for fantastic food and refreshmnents.

Trips, Tours and Trails

combines a restaurant, café, and punt station with plenty of outdoor space and a beautiful terrace from where to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The city tour lasts approximately 1 hour and departs every 10/15 minutes in the summer and every 20/30 minutes in the winter We are a family firm that has provided first-class hospitality on the Royal River Thames for over 150 years Cruising the tranquil Thames in Oxford offers a taste of a slower life, where cares drift away with the gentle flow of the water and life’s pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost. We aim to provide a memorable experience of the Cotswolds region and some of the historic towns and sites within reach of our day excursions. If you are looking for a fun, outdoor activity in Oxfordshire, Treasure Trails are an exciting way to explore all that the region has to offer. Becky the tour guide drives a minibus to outstanding hidden villages that are inaccessible by public transport. The unspoilt villages that she has carefully selected are made up of thatched cottages, clipped lawns and dusty lanes.

Flying, Gliding and Hot Air Ballooning

Owned and operated by professional skydiver Martin Harris, London Parachute School has been open since 1983 and is The Closest Skydiving Centre to London, with fast links from the M1, M5, M6 and M40 motorway systems. Unlike many companies, we only fly small balloons so you can be sure of an exclusive VIP service.

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