The Epic Summer Holiday Events Listing For Oxfordshire 2019

Here it is – the epic Summer holiday listing for events and activities across Oxfordshire and beyond!  This is the biggest listing I do each year but it’s so worth it!  Events that are continuous throughout the summer are listed at the bottom of the page under ‘Ongoing Events’.  I’ll be adding to this list constantly as I find more and more events throughout the holidays, so do make sure to keep checking back for updates!

Saturday 20th July

  • Traditional Boat Festival at Henley-on-Thames from 9:30am.  Vintage boats, cars and airplanes, family entertainment and more. 
  • Nature Explorers at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham 10-12pm. Wildlife club for 5-8 year olds. 
  • Bicester Bike Fun Day 11am-3pm at Spider Park. Shows and activities including the ‘Tour De Bicester’ family bike ride which starts and finishes at Spider Park. Bouncy castles, archery, games and more. FREE entry. 
  • Author Sue Y Palmer will be at Didcot Library 2-3pm with a reading and activities from her May’s Moon book series. FREE but you need to book in advance as space limited. 

Sunday 21st July

  • Traditional Boat Festival at Henley-on-Thames from 9:30am.  Vintage boats, cars and airplanes, family entertainment and more. 
  • Come and try sessions at Adventure Dolphin in Pangbourne 9:30-12pm.  Have a go at the climbing wall or get out on the water in a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board.  Sessions must be booked in advance as numbers limited. 
  • Ranger led nature walk at White Horse Hill 1-3pm.  Book in advance via National Trust website. 
  • Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary open day 1:30-4pm. Live music, assault course, bouncy castle, bbq, refreshments and more. FREE entry (donations welcome). 

Monday 22nd July 

Tuesday 23rd July 

Wednesday 24th July 

Thursday 25th July

  • Xplorer family orienteering event at Rushmere Country Park 11am-1:30pm. FREE
  • Suncatcher craft session in the Orchard Centre (Didcot) amphitheatre.  11am-4pm.  FREE

Friday 26th July

  • Family bushcraft at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham 10-12pm. Suitable for children aged 7 upwards who must be accompanied by a paying adult. 
  • Cornerstone Arts Centre (Didcot) annual Beer & Music Festival. 4pm-12am. Street food, live music both indoors and outdoors, henna tattoos and over 25 local beers, ales and ciders. 
  • Apollo @50 story time and crafts at Wantage Library. Meet an ‘astronait’ and handle moon rock and meteorites. Event suitable for 5-12 year olds. FREE but book in advance as space limited. 

Saturday 27th July

  • Cornerstone Arts Centre (Didcot) annual Beer & Music Festival. 12pm-12am. Street food, live music both indoors and outdoors, henna tattoos and over 25 local beers, ales and ciders. 

Sunday 28th July

  • Dalton Barracks family fun day 11am-4pm.  Army demos, climbing wall, bouncy castle, petting zoo, military vehicles and more. FREE entry. 
  • Style Acre Tea Room summer fete (at Savages in Blewbury) 11am-3pm.  Live music, dog show, tug of war, bouncy castle, stalls, games. FREE entry. 
  • Cornerstone Arts Centre (Didcot) annual Beer & Music Festival. 12pm-6pm. Street food, live music both indoors and outdoors, henna tattoos and over 25 local beers, ales and ciders. 

Monday 29th July

  • Mr Muddles magical mayhem at Aureus School (Didcot) 10-11:30am. Magic show including squash and a biscuit. Places must be booked in advance as space limited. Donations welcome on the day (suggested £1.50 per person). 
  • Fun In The Park at Stephen Freeman School (Didcot) 2-6pm. Bouncy castles, golf, assault course, fairground activities, climbing wall, face painting and much more. You must book in advance as space limited. Donations welcome on the day (suggested £1.50 per person). Most activities are FREE once you go in. 
  • East Hagbourne Bike Night at the village hall and Fleur De Lyes from 4pm onwards. Super bikes, road bikes, vintage bikes, etc. FREE entry (donations welcome to local charities). 

Tuesday 30th July

  • Extreme Laser Tag at Boundary Park for children aged 10 upwards 10-12pm.   Places must be booked in advance as space limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult to take part. FREE 
  • Craft workshops at Aureus School (Didcot) 2-4pm including mixed crafts, kite making or creation theatre. £6 per child. Must be booked in advance. 
  • Raise Your Voice singing session at WOCA (Botley Road) 2:30-4pm.  £8 for adults, £3 for children.  All ages welcome and no previous singing experience required.  Booking recommended to secure your place.
  • Ready to launch storytime at Didcot Library 2-2:45pm for children up to 9 years. FREE drop in. 

Wednesday 31st July

  • Reptile and minibeast day at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham 10am-3pm. Snakes, bearded dragons, monitor lizard, chameleons and more. £5 per person
  • Fun On The Farm at the National Animal Welfare Trust (Berkshire) 10:30-1pm.  Pony grooming, treasure hunt, alpaca selfies, teddy bear;s picnic, crafts, games and more.  £5 for under 5s (over 5s only for pony grooming activity), £15 for 5-18 years.  Price includes lunch.  Adults welcome to accompany children.

Thursday 1st August 

  • BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace 9:30-6:30pm.  Farm animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, hundreds of trade stalls, food quarter, and much more.
  • Comdey Seagulls act in the Orchard Centre (Didcot) amphitheatre 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  FREE drop in. 

Friday 2nd August

  • Circus skills workshop at Aureus School (Didcot) 10-11:30am for children aged 7 upwards. Tickets must be booked in advance and cost £6 per child. Light refreshments included. 
  • Family bushcraft at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham 10:30-12:30pm. Suitable for children aged 7 upwards who must be accompanied by a paying adult. 
  • Summer festival and family picnic at Boundary Park 5-8:30pm. Music, bouncy castles, BBQ, fire eating and more. Places must be booked in advance due to limited numbers. Suggested donation £1.50 per person payable on the day. 
  • BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace 9:30-6:30pm.  Farm animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, hundreds of trade stalls, food quarter, and much more.
  • Blast Off stories and crafts at Didcot Library 2-3pm for 3-9 year olds. FREE drop in. 

Saturday 3rd August

  • Didcot Summer Fayre at Edmunds Park 12-11pm. Fairground rides, bouncy castles, go karts, music, crafts and more. Take your picnic blankets/deck chairs and make a day of it. FREE entry. 
  • BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace 9:30-6:30pm.  Farm animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, hundreds of trade stalls, food quarter, and much more.
  • Abingdon Summer Firework Festival at Abingdon Air Field 4-11pm.  4 firework shows choreographed to music.  Parachute team and flying aerobatic team displays, hot air balloons, fun fair, food and drinks.

Sunday 4th August

  • BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace 9:30-6:30pm.  Farm animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, hundreds of trade stalls, food quarter, and much more.
  • Supermess Messy Play 10:30-11:30am at Manor Prep School. Messy Play for children aged 6 months – 5 years (older siblings up to age 10 welcome). 

Monday 5th August 

Tuesday 6th August 

  • Meccano Challenge Week at the Museum of Great Western Railway in Swindon.  Children aged 5+ can put their imaginations to the test and build their own ideas.  10am-12:30pm and 1-3pm.  Standard admission fees apply.
  • Cosmic Chaos stories and crafts at Didcot Library 2-3pm for age 3-11 years. FREE drop in. 
  • Amazing Aliens story time and craft 10:30-11:30am at Wantage Library. FREE but please book in advance as space limited. 

Wednesday 7th August

  • Meccano Challenge Week at the Museum of Great Western Railway in Swindon.  Children aged 5+ can put their imaginations to the test and build their own ideas.  10am-12:30pm and 1-3pm.  Standard admission fees apply.
  • Fun On The Farm at the National Animal Welfare Trust (Berkshire) 10:30-1pm.  Pony grooming, treasure hunt, alpaca selfies, teddy bear;s picnic, crafts, games and more.  £5 for under 5s (over 5s only for pony grooming activity), £15 for 5-18 years.  Price includes lunch.  Adults welcome to accompany children.
  • Family Foraging and Campfire Cooking at Earth Trust 1:30-3:30pm.  Have a rummage through the hedgerows and gardens to see whats growing then cook something tasty to eat.  Drop in session.  Suggested donation £5 per child (adults free)

Thursday 8th August 

  • Meccano Challenge Week at the Museum of Great Western Railway in Swindon.  Children aged 5+ can put their imaginations to the test and build their own ideas.  10am-12:30pm and 1-3pm.  Standard admission fees apply.
  • Crafts at Abingdon County Hall Museum 10:30-12:30pm and 1-3pm.  Help make an exciting collage to exhibit in the museum all about Abingdon.  FREE drop-in session (donations welcome)
  • Half hour Zumba and Yoga sessions in the amphitheatre at the Orchard Centre (Didcot).  Various times throughout the day.  Check the Orchard Centre website for details.  FREE
  • Alien Invasion story time at Didcot Library 2-2:30pm for children up to 9 years of age. FREE drop in. 

Friday 9th August 

Saturday 10th August 

Sunday 11th August

Monday 12th August 

Tuesday 13th August 

  • Xplorer family orienteering event at St Edmunds Park, Didcot 10-12pm.  FREE drop-in event.

Wednesday 14th August 

  • Fun On The Farm at the National Animal Welfare Trust (Berkshire) 10:30-1pm.  Pony grooming, treasure hunt, alpaca selfies, teddy bear;s picnic, crafts, games and more.  £5 for under 5s (over 5s only for pony grooming activity), £15 for 5-18 years.  Price includes lunch.  Adults welcome to accompany children.
  • Fur and Feathers Day at the Nature Discovery Centre (Thatcham) 10am-4pm.  Hands-on animal day including meerkats, African pygmy hedgehogs, chinchillas, rabbits, barn owl and more.  You can read our review of the Nature Discovery Centre here: http://mumof2point5.com/daysout/south-east/nature-discovery-centre/
  • Ridiculous Rockets story time and crafts 10:30-11:30am at Wantage Library. FREE but please book in advance as space limited. 

Thursday 15th August 

  • Summer keyring crafts in the Orchard Centre (Didcot) amphitheatre 11am-4pm.  FREE drop in. 

Friday 16th August

  • ‘The First Hippo On The Moon’ story and crafts at Didcot Library 2-3pm for children up to 9 years old. FREE drop drop in. 

Saturday 17th August 

  • Science Oxford Family Open Day.  Hands-on exhibits, experiments, trails and more.  10-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm and 3-5pm.  Tickets must be booked in advance as numbers limited.

Sunday 18th August

  • Pond Dipping at the Earth Trust 10am-1pm.  Drop-in session.  Suggested donation £5 per child, adults free.

Monday 19th August 

Tuesday 20th August 

  • Xplorer family orienteering event at Kingston Bagpuize Millenium Green 10-12pm.  FREE event
  • Raise Your Voice singing session at WOCA (Botley Road) 2:30-4pm.  £8 for adults, £3 for children.  All ages welcome and no previous singing experience required.  Booking recommended to secure your place.

Wednesday 21st August 

  • Fun On The Farm at the National Animal Welfare Trust (Berkshire) 10:30-1pm.  Pony grooming, treasure hunt, alpaca selfies, teddy bear;s picnic, crafts, games and more.  £5 for under 5s (over 5s only for pony grooming activity), £15 for 5-18 years.  Price includes lunch.  Adults welcome to accompany children.
  • Science Oxford Family Open Day.  Hands-on exhibits, experiments, trails and more.  10-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm and 3-5pm.  Tickets must be booked in advance as numbers limited.
  • Wildlife Wednesday at Castle Meadows in Wallingford 10am-12pm. Suggested donation £2 per child, adults free. 

Thursday 22nd August

  • Xplorer family orienteering event at Rushmere Country Park 11am-1:30pm. FREE
  • Bubble making and music in the Orchard Centre (Didcot) amphitheatre.  Half hour sessions at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  FREE.
  • Splash Landing story time at Didcot Library 2-2:30pm for children up to 9 years old. FREE drop in. 

Friday 23rd August 

  • Henley Country Craft Show a Stonor Park.  Over 150 stalls, street food, live music, workshops and more.
  • Shooting Stars story time and craft 10:30-11:30am at Wantage Library. FREE entry but please book in advance as space limited. 

Saturday 24th August 

  • Henley Country Craft Show a Stonor Park.  Over 150 stalls, street food, live music, workshops and more.
  • Didcot Family Day at Didcot Civic Hall 11am-6pm.  Bouncy castles, BBQ, games, stalls, fun fair, live music, and more.  FREE entry.

Sunday 25th August

  • Henley Country Craft Show a Stonor Park.  Over 150 stalls, street food, live music, workshops and more.
  • Trainmaster Oxford at Harwell Village Hall 10-11am and 11:10-12:10pm.  Lots of train track all set up as well as fancy dress, crafts and ride on trains.

Monday 26th August 

  • Henley Country Craft Show a Stonor Park.  Over 150 stalls, street food, live music, workshops and more.

Tuesday 27th August

  • Raise Your Voice singing session at WOCA (Botley Road) 2:30-4pm.  £8 for adults, £3 for children.  All ages welcome and no previous singing experience required.  Booking recommended to secure your place.

Wednesday 28th August 

  • Fun On The Farm at the National Animal Welfare Trust (Berkshire) 10:30-1pm.  Pony grooming, treasure hunt, alpaca selfies, teddy bear;s picnic, crafts, games and more.  £5 for under 5s (over 5s only for pony grooming activity), £15 for 5-18 years.  Price includes lunch.  Adults welcome to accompany children.
  • Crafts at Abingdon County Hall Museum 10:30-12:30pm and 1-3pm.  Help make an exciting collage to exhibit in the museum all about Abingdon.  FREE drop-in session (donations welcome)

Thursday 29th August

  • Message In A Bottle craft in the Orchard Centre (Didcot) amphitheatre 11am-4pm.  FREE.

Friday 30th August 

  • Forest school fun at Earth Trust 10-12pm.  Aimed at under 5s but older children welcome.  No need to book but please arrive at 10am.  Suggested donation £5 per child (adults free).
  • Apollo @50 story time and crafts at Wantage Library. Meet an ‘astronait’ and handle moon rock and meteorites. Event suitable for 5-12 year olds. FREE but book in advance as space limited. 

Saturday 31st August 

  • Science Oxford Family Open Day celebrating international bat weekend.  Hands-on exhibits, experiments, trails and more.  10-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm and 3-5pm.  Tickets must be booked in advance as numbers limited.
  • Emergency Service and Family Fun Day at Boundary Park in Didcot 11am-10:30pm. Representatives from all the emergency services and armed forces will be there with their vehicles and equipment.  Bouncy castles, fair rides, glitter tattoos, refreshments and live music in the evening.  All proceeds to emergency services personnel support charities.

Sunday 1st September

Ongoing Events

  • The Beach at Notcutts Garden Centre, Oxford. Huge sand pit (FREE entry) and children’s fairground rides (£4.99 for an unlimited rides wristband). 11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm daily.  26th July – 31st August 2019.
  • Wantage Lego Expo 9:30-4:30pm daily at the Vale & Downland Museum.  Lots of Lego models and Lego themed activities.  Minifigure hunt around the town and museum plus workshops, challenges and raffles. FREE entry (donations welcome – suggested £2 adults, £1 kids). The museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.  27th July – 31st August 2019. 
  • Geocache Treasure Hunt event at Harcourt Arboretum 10am-5pm daily. Follow your GPS to find the Geocache hidden around the arboretum and solve the puzzle to win a prize. £5 per family. No need to book. 1st-31st August 2019. 
  • Millets Farm fantasy themed maize maze is open 17th July – 3rd September 2019.  3 different mazes, garden games, pedal go-karts, crazy golf, sand pit, trampolines, bouncy castles and lots more all included in admission fee.
  • If You Go Down To The Woods exhibition at West Berkshire Museum (Newbury).  21st August – 15th September 2019FREE entry (donations welcome).
  • The beach is coming to Didcot’s Orchard Centre 25th July – 29th August 2019 with sand, spades, buckets, beach balls, deck chairs and picnic benches.  FREE entry.
  • Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre’s ‘peachy summer’ focuses on well-loved tale ‘James and The Giant Peach’.  There are workshops, crafts and events running from 20th July -1st September 2019.   Check the museum’s website for more details.
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