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Summer Family Fun in Oxfordshire

8 August 2018 | Emily May

From mischievous bunnies bouncing around museums, to fairy tale trails around enchanted gardens, there’s a plethora of events going on in Oxfordshire this summer which are perfect for all the family.

Peter Rabbit – Mischief and Mayhem
Bunny lovers will adore the new Peter Rabbit – Mischief and Mayhem interactive exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum. Whilst Peter will be bouncing around the whole museum, his friends – from Mrs. Tiggywinkle to Mrs. Rabbit - will mainly be taking up residence in the Brew House Gallery. Dress up as Peter, plant carrots in Mr. McGregor’s garden (hopefully no bunny rabbits will come along to dig them up again) or curl up with one of the timeless books in the gallery’s story corner.

Image Credit: Oxfordshire Museum via Twitter
Peter Rabbit – Mischief and Mayhem runs until 2 September at the Museum of Oxfordshire, County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND
Waterperry Gardens’ Fairytale Trails
There’s no more enchanting setting than a garden filled with colourful summer flowers, so it’s no surprise that the charming Waterperry Gardens have hidden some of your favourite fantasy characters amidst the flora, for a Fairytale Trail running until 2 September. Costing only £3 per child, navigate the ornamental gardens with compass in hand to find directions and clues and ultimately the fairy tale figures.

Image Credit: Waterperry Gardens via Facebook
Waterperry Gardens’ Fairytale Trails run daily until 2 September at Waterperry, Near Wheatly, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ
Blenheim Palace
The one-time home of Winston Churchill, World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace is committed to preserving the past, but also helping you make new memories. With a variety of events throughout the summer, there’s some particularly family friendly plans coming up, including an ode to circus in the Tracing their Footsteps: High Wire Walk (12 August, read our interview with the rope walker here), a Family Cycling Day (19 August) with two routes to follow, and an outdoor theatre performance of Peter Pan, where Immersion Theatre Company will transport you to Neverland on 26 & 27 August.

Image Credit: Joe Clarke Photography
Blenheim Palace is located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
Cogges Manor Farm
Set in the chocolate box Costwolds market town of Witney, Cogges Manor Farm (which has been used as a filming location for Downton Abbey) is not only a historical working farm, it is also putting on a plethora of events this summer perfect for the whole family. Head to “meet the animals” sessions, paint some pebbles or make sock puppets at Crazy Cogges Creations Thursday craft sessions, or head to the parlour for morning stories every Monday! Season highlights also include the Tucker’s Family Feast Festival on 27 August for foodie families, and The Adventures of Dr Doolittle, where outdoor theatre company Illyria will be performing on the lawn, and telling you the story of how Dr. John Doolittle is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals. The performance takes place on 2 September, booking is advised.

Image Credit: CoggesWitney via Twitter
Cogges Manor Farm is located at Church Lane, Witney, OX28 3LA.
Children’s Crafts at Harcourt Arboretum
The University of Oxford’s Harcourt Arboretum is a stunning 130-acre site, which contains some of the finest trees in Oxfordshire and the oldest redwoods in the country. As well as offering you the chance to enjoy a picnic amidst wild flower meadows and meet the local wildlife, the Arboretum are running children’s craft events every Tuesday this summer, so you and your family can channel your creative energy in the wonderful setting of the great outdoors!

Image Credit: The University of Oxford
Children’s Craft Events run every Tuesday until 29 August, 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford Lodge Peacock Gate, Oxford, OX44 9PX

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