May/ June Half term activities 2023: Whats on for kids in Oxfordshire
21 April 2023
There are so many activities to do with kids over the upcoming May Half term. I have listed them all together in a guide so you don’t have to browse through many pages.
If you are looking for Holiday camps and clubs instead, then check our post HERE.
Bluebells are going to be out soon. Don’t forget to find all the places in Oxfordshire, Bucks and beyond in this post HERE
Gardens and Stately homes:
- Mega May half term at Blenheim Palace (29th May – 4th June 2023): Pop down to the Walled Garden this half-term and take part in our Bee Trail sponsored by Rowse Honey. Wander through the Garden to spot each bee, find the Queen Bee and win a sticker! FREE for annual pass holders.
Read our family/ children focussed review of Blenheim palace with all details HERE
The much awaited, “The Lost Garden Adventure playground” has finally opened as well. Read our review HERE
- Blenheim Palace food festival (27-29 May 2023)
Tickets: Entry included with valid Annual or Privilege Passes or day tickets.
- Gifford’s circus will be back at Blenheim Palace (18th – 30th May 2023):
Step inside the tent which is situated amongst the beautiful, ancient trees of the parkland, near the Butterfly House and Marlborough Hedge Maze and enter a world of colourful acrobats, jugglers, horses, musicians and of course Tweedy the Clown.
Adult ticket from £20.00 to £40.00, Child (3+) tickets from £10.00 to £30.00
- Gnometastic at Waterperry Gardens (27th May- 4th June 2023). Help the gnomes in the gardens who have forgotten their names. Find all eight gnomes (and their names). £3.00 per child with a prize. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the normal garden entrance fee applies. (read our review of Water Perry gardens HERE)
- Tumblestone Hollow Adventure days: Ticket includes access to the Tumblestone Hollow Adventure Playground and the Gardens at Stonor. Read our review from before HERE
Tickets for anyone over 105cm £12 and Child – 92-105cm £10 (save 2£ if prebooked online)
Stonor VW Rally 2023 also taking place on 4th June. Adult Day Tickets (online are £12) include entry to the VW Show, Stonor House and Gardens. Under 16s are free for both Day and Camping tickets but do not include access to Tumblestone Hollow.
- Take part in the activities at Compton Verney
Read our review of Compton Verney HERE and HERE
Price: Adult £17.00, Children (aged 0-18) FREE)
- Evenley Wood garden– NOT advertised yet
Read our review of Evenley Wood garden HERE
Fun at farms:
- John Lawson’s Circus at the Millets Farm: Price: £8.99 per person. (Under 2’s free of charge)
PYO also re-opening in May 2023
- “Once upon a Unicorn and Dragons’ week at Fairytale Farm 27th May- 4th June: In addition to the themed activities and Mythical Cabaret Theatre (3 shows per day), their brand new magical land, Fairy Dell, is also ready, promising giant mushrooms, raised walkways and bridges, crawl tunnel, clamber net, climbing wall and slides .
Price: Adults £6.98, Child (2 to 16)£6.53. read our review of the previous visit HERE
- Family fun at Cogges:
Meet the animals. See baking on the range in the Manor House, and enjoy the warmer weather with 17 acres of open space, meadows and adventure play to explore. Check the website for any additional crafty activities
Tickets: Gift Aid / Non Gift Aid Adult: £9.00/£8.18 , Child: £6.00/£5.45 for children aged 3-16, under 3s are free
Read our review from previous visit HERE
- Big Bale Play! at High Lodge Farm during May half-term: Children can let off steam running, jumping and climbing over the maze and enjoying games in the Field of Fun. The trusty tractor will be back along with combine harvester, as well as sandpit and face-painting. Tickets cost £5 for children and £3 for adults. Under 1s are free.
Read our review from last year HERE
- Farmer Barley at Roves Farm (27-31st May) includes Bottle feeding the lambs, washing the tractor, animal racing plus other interactive shows throughout the day.
Read our review HERE
- Superheros and princess week at Hogshaw farm 27 May- 4th June:
Enjoy live entertainment from our Superhero and Princess friends, participate in Heroes Academy and enjoy all the usual fun of the farm.Watch this space for more details very soon
Read our review from the previous visits HERE and HERE
Tickets: £13.45 for anyone 2+
- Sheepdog Show, Sheep Shearing demonstrations, and Bottle Feeding the lambs at Cotswold Farm park:
Read our review HERE
Book in advance to save £1.00; Adults: £13.45, child 4-16 £12.95, 2-3 years old 9.95£
- Join Odds Farm this May Half Term to celebrate Odds Farm Park turning 30 and all things farming with acres of Farm Park fun and animal demonstrations. Price for over 2 year olds £15.95
- Beale Wildlife Park (Lower Basildon) . ADULT £14.50, CHILD (>2 years) £11.5.
- Thrifty’s Farm: Bounce high on NEW Jumping Pillows, whizz along the NEW Zip Wire and so much more adventure in the great outdoors this May half term. Price 18 months and over £7.95, adults 8.95£— read our review of the previous visit HERE
Museums and education centres:
- The Story museum: In addition to the usual fun, there new immersive exhibition Brilli-ANT: How someone small changed a big story is starting from 26th May. Brilli-ANT gives children and their families the opportunity to put on a pair of ant antennae, before they travel through anthill tunnels, searching for clues and stories. On the way, you’ll meet a host of giant insects voiced by some of the UK’s best known actors and activisits. From dung beetles explaining recycling, to bumblebees showing the importance of helping others – each insect has a story to tell about how their species has adapted to climate change. Details HERE
Tickets: £12 per person
The Small World area designed for 0-5 year olds costs 6£pp and would not include the Brilli-ANT exhibition.
- Science Saturday and Family Sundays at Natural History Museum: On science Saturdays, Meet scientists to investigate real natural history specimens from the collection (for 8+) and on Family Sundays, there are Family-friendly trails, crafts, and more, all provided by Museum volunteers. Price FREE (read our review of the museum HERE)
- Amazing Ammonites at Natural History Museum 0n 31st May: Take part in a morning of creative activities that help us imagine an ancient ocean alive with these mysterious creatures. For 10-14 year-olds (children need not be accompanied by a parent). FREE event but Booking is required, by email.
- Microscopic life at Natural History Museum on 2nd June: Join Oxford University researchers to have a go at using microscopes. Look down the lens and explore all the microscopic life you can’t see with your eyes. Drop-in sessions.
- Museum of Oxford:
- Rainbow creations at MOX celebrating LGTBQ+ history month with family-friendly rainbow crafts: make a kaleidoscope, create a rainbow in a glass and more! 10:30am-3pm. recommended for children aged 5+. £6 per child.
- Mary Seacole At MOX! on 30th May: Step back in time with this interactive workshop: let Mary Seacole take you back to the Crimean War and learn about her amazing legacy! recommended for children aged 5+; £10 per child.
- Wallingford library: Code Club: Are you are aged 8 – 13 years old and would like to learn about coding and make fun games and activities in code? The Club runs every 2 weeks on Saturdays (on 27th May 2023): FREE
- The Medieval Mystery at Oxford Castle and Prison: Empress Matilda’s crown has been stolen! Track down the thief at Oxford Castle & Prison for a puzzle solving and code breaking adventure! Selected Dates between 27 May and 3 June
For Ages 5-12 years. PRICE 12£/child.
- FREE heritage bus rides @ Oxford Bus Museum on 29th May and 4th June 2023 at 2.15 and 12.15.
Adult £7, Child (aged 5 to 15 years) £4, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £15)
- ‘May Half-Term – Land Rover at 75: A Birthday Celebration at the British Motor Museum:
The storied Land Rovers will be at the centre of a new Museum tour, hosted, by friendly costumed characters, roaming the collection as ‘Royal Chauffeurs’. The craft activities will be back in the Learning Space, where children will be able to make a ‘Land Rover’ of their own out of air-drying dough to take home. Or you can take on the Colour Creator Trail to enjoy exploring the colours in our collection and even mix some of your own.
Tickets: Adult £14.50 Child (aged 5 to 15 years) £9
Pesky Pirates Family Day on 31st May at Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage
The galleries will be full of pirate crafts to make and take home, storytelling, music and treasure trails.
£6.50 per child. Must be booked in advance online here
- Revealing the Human Form at Banbury Museum brings you a specially curated exhibition featuring some of the most prominent British sculptors of the last century. Adults 5£ and child 2.5£
- Other activities at Banbury Museum:
Make your own Bird Feeder on 30th May: 4£/child
Brick madness: 31st May, 1st June 2023: 3£/child
Clay creatures on 1st June 4£/child
Make your own puppet 31st May: £4 per child
Make your own racing rocket: 3£/child
- River & Rowing Museum is temporarily closed for building repair works and will re-open in Spring 2023.
PRICE: Adult £9, Child £6, Under 4s FREE–read our review of the museum HERE)
- Chiltern Open air museum have a number of events over the half term including Roman Gladiators battle, Terrific Tuesday, themed crafts and activities and Jubilee celebrations (popular 1940s music playing from their US Army Air Force Jeep)- Ticket prices vary. Please check HERE
- Family Night Safari at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre on 12/2/2023. Suitable for 8 years old and above. £10 per head. Booking essential.
- Sutton Courtenay Wildlife Garden Open Day on 3rd June: Celebrate the opening of their new wildlife garden with a fantastic free day out for all ages. Seed planting, minibeast hunting, trails, raffle, cake, scarecrow competition. Suitable for all ages, FREE but BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Indoor play areas, Family Theatre, Puppets and Live Music:
- Spring Bank holiday steaming days (27-29 May) at Didcot Railway Centre and Steam day on 31st May. Take unlimited rides behind an engine built for the famous Great Western Railway, explore the original 1932 engine shed, and see magnificently preserved locomotives – you can even climb onto the footplates of some! See surviving track from Brunel’s broad gauge, discover painstakingly restored buildings, carriages, and wagons and learn more about the development of railways and how they changed everyday lives.
Adult £16.50, Child (3 – 18) £12.25
- Annual Heritage Bus Rally at the Bucks railway centre on 29th May- Enjoy the steam railway, unlimited steam train rides and trip on the miniature trains for a small fee of £1.20 per person. Adult £14.00, Child (3-15yrs) 10£, Child under 3: FREE—- read our review of the previous visit HERE
- Thomas & Friends™ at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre on 3rd and 4th June 2023. Thomas runs short train rides all day long, approx. every 20 minutes from 11am-4.30pm (with a break for lunch), and all the other activities run all day too (interactive re-enactments, see the Fat Controller, miniature train rides etc), so come whenever you like, and stay for as long as you like! Adults £20.90, Children (2-15) £16.50, Under 2s are free
- Kids-for-a-Quid on selected School Holiday dates (27-29 May 2023) for your travel between Chinnor and Princes Risborough or vice versa and infants and toddlers under 3-years of age (0-2) travel free!
- Running days at Cholsey and Wallingford railway on 28th May Adult £12, Child (3 – 18) £5
National Trust / English Heritage properties:
There are a number of national trust properties in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Find them HERE
- Kenilworth Castle and Kids Rule! Sat 27th May – Sun 4th June 2023
Get ready for a right royal knees-up at the Kids Rule events this May half-term. Join us in the grounds of Kenilworth Castle to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation with hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun.
Mid-Week Mindfulness for May Half Term at Stowe: Get in touch with your senses and take the time to enjoy your surroundings. Stowe offers the perfect backdrop to de-stress before exams, find some inner peace, and become one with nature. There’ll be some activity stations and designated mindfulness spots to help you get active, creative, social, and find some inner peace. Read our review of the Stowe HERE and HERE
Royal Coronation Collection Spotlight at Basildon Park:
From Monday 1 May to Sunday 4 June, Basildon Park will spotlight the royal objects in our collection throughout the mansion to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.
Read our review of the Basidon park HERE
Flower code breaker challenge of Hughenden: Search around the grounds to crack the flower code this May half-term! Also Meet the Beekeepers at Hughenden 2023 Dates: 29 May, 11 June, 23 July, 28 August
Read our review of the Hughenden grounds HERE
- Colourscope returns to Waddesdon Manor ( 27 May– 4 Jun (closed Tue 30): Read our review of Colourscope HERE and of Waddesdon Manor HERE
- May Half term at Upton House and Gardens comes with opportunities for imaginative play and fun activities to complete. Join volunteers from Coventry and Warwickshire RSPB and search for clues of spring bird activity. 31 May, 11am-3pm. Follow in the footsteps of Upton’s young garden designer, Kitty Lloyd Jones. With the Silver Garden Designer Award, you’ll explore Upton’s beautiful spring garden and design a garden especially for wildlife.
Holiday Camps and other activities:
If you are looking for Holiday camps and other activities for kids around Oxfordshire, then check our post HERE
What else could you do during half term?
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