August in Oxfordshire
August is here and, as usual, there is plenty to do in Oxfordshire throughout the month! There are many activities for all interests, but as it is school-holiday time we have slightly focused on family activities this month.
- Why not visit Waterperry Gardens, where children can go round the Summer Orienteering Trails. They will be supplied with a compass and fun clues which they can use to find their way around the ornamental gardens. There are trails suitable for 3-6 year olds and for 7+ years.
- Also throughout the entire month, the Botanic Garden in Oxford is running ‘Trees Need Our Help’, an education project of the Sylva Foundation. The want to bring people closer to growing trees for wood, and they aim to do this by following the life story of one oak tree.
- The Oxfordshire Museum is running family learning drop-in activities throughout the month. Craft activities include: creating a portrait of Queen Victoria or Prince Albert; making your own chain and mace; creating a flipbook; designing your own peg dolls; and making fancy embellishments for your shoes.
- From 2nd until 7th August why not visit Modern Art Oxford for a Family Activity Week. Take part in free family activities and experience multi-sensory interactives linked to the Haegue Yang exhibition (which runs until 4th September).
- Over the weekend of 5th-7th August you can visit Blenheim Palace to watch Knights and their steeds battle in a spectacular jousting tournament. There will be other entertainment over the weekend, including falconry displays.
- For music lovers, the Oxford Proms towards the end of the month provide an opportunity to hear music by an orchestra (Ensemble Settecento, 20th August) and a concert pianist (Mami Shikimori, 17th August) in incredible venues.
- For food lovers, a three day food and drink extravaganza will return to South Park on the August Bank Holiday weekend. There will be the opportunity to watch top chefs cook signature dishes live, take part in tutored tasting sessions and sample and buy from over 100 exhibitors showcasing local and seasonal produce.
- Also on Bank Holiday weekend, classic car enthusiasts can attend the Classic Car Show at Blenheim Palace – a spectacular gathering or classic cars from vintage through to kit and custom cars.
Of course, this is only a small selection of what is happening in Oxfordshire this month. For more details on the events listed here, and to see the full calendar for the month, visit www.oxfordinspires.org
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