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5 family days out in Oxfordshire this summer

As the weather warms up and our thoughts turn to fun in the sun, there are loads to look forward to right here in Oxfordshire. We’ve compiled five of our favourite family-friendly activities for you to enjoy locally with your loved ones this summer.

1. Millets Farm Maize Maze

Millets Farm is a fantastic destination for all the family at any time of year, but from Friday 14 July there’s an extra reason to pay a visit to this delightful local farm. The ever-popular Maize Maze is back for another year, this year with a ‘Seaside’ theme. You’ll find three Maize Maze games, along with go-karting, woodland quizzes and more. This year your young ones can also enjoy Crazy Golf. It’s on until Sunday 3 September, so you have plenty of time to join in the fun.

2. Giffords Circus comes to Oxford

You’ll have just as good a time as your kids will at Giffords Circus, which visits the Oxford University Parks from 15 to 26 June on its 2017 tour (which includes a few other nearby locations if you can’t make it to the Oxford stop). The theme this year is “Any Port in a Storm”, a show that evokes the candle-lit atmosphere of the 17th-century Spanish court. As well as the children’s favourite Tweedy the clown, expect majestic dancing horses and breathtaking gymnastics set to music performed with gusto by a live band.

3. Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary’s Country Show

With all the good old-fashioned fun of a traditional English country show, and of course plenty of cute donkeys on parade, the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary’s Country Show takes place on the weekend of 27 and 28 May at Brightwell-cum-Sotwell near Wallingford. There’s a dog agility show on both days, as well as birds of prey, llamas, Irish dancing and plenty of other activities to keep the kids occupied.

4. Alice’s Day in Oxford

As the home of the real-life Alice in Wonderland, Oxford rightly celebrates its literary heroine with her very own annual ‘Alice Day’ on 1 July. There will be lots going on around Oxford to mark the occasion; the Museum of Natural History, for example, will be hosting themed games and even giving your kids the chance to create their own flamingo croquet game. Find out more here, where you’ll find details of the full programme of events as soon as it’s published.

5. Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Didcot Railway Centre

As if the sight of Didcot Railway Centre’s beautiful collection of steam trains in operation wasn’t already enough, the Teddy Bears’ Picnic family fun day on 9 July offers, even more, excitement than usual. Children who bring their teddy bears get free admission to a day of activities that include a railway-themed Teddy Trail, badge-making, bear competitions and plenty more besides. Weather permitting, there will even be a flypast from a Spitfire and Hurricane to add a little extra shine to the day.