Great stuff to do on Bank Holiday
It’s nearly bank holiday weekend and we wanted to give you some suggestions of activities in Oxfordshire which you can do – perhaps in spite of the forecast weather!
- Tea with Alice: An exhibition of contemporary illustrators reveals the new golden age of Alice illustration and how Carroll’s famous stories have inspired images across the world. A chance to see it, read it, be it: try on the hats, visit the mad tea party, enjoy riddles and relax in the Read Me room and browse different versions of the stories.
- Alternatively, you could visit Christ Church College (where Lewis Carroll was a student) and the Meadow, home to the University boat houses and edged by the river Thames. Well-established paths will lead you around the meadow and you can then stroll down to No. 1 Folly Bridge restaurant for drinks and a bite to eat. Use your ClubFK card for a discount!
- Outside of Oxford, you could visit Millets Farm Centre near Abingdon. It includes a garden centre, farm shop, restaurant and farm zoo. Their amazing Maize maze closes on Tuesday 4th September, so why not go along this weekend and enjoy the three mazes as well as a bouncy castle, trampolines, go karts, rides on tractors and other games before it closes – plenty for all ages!
- If animals are really your thing, you could go along to Cotswold Wildlife Park. Set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens, the wildlife park has been open to the public since 1970. The park is home to a fascinating and carried collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates from all over the world. After you’ve been there you could pop to nearby Burford for a lovely pub meal (and maybe try a local beer) at The Cotswold Arms.
- If you’re more interested in your food and drink, there is a variety of events for you this weekend. In Abingdon, the Kings Head & Bell are holding their 3rd Annual Summer Beer festival; 28 Local Ales & Ciders, English wines, BBQ, Live Music & Morris Dancing! In South Parks inOxford, The Foodies Festival brings an exciting mix of food, drink and culinary talent to the city. There is a live chef’s theatre and you can also sample and buy artisan food from over 100 exhibitors.
- The Uffington White Horse Show also takes place this Sunday and Monday with numerous activities for all ages: Helicopter Rides, Sheep dogs, Punch & Judy, Craft stalls, Funfair, Chocolate fountain, coconut shy and much, much more! Something particularly special: it features the Red Arrows at 11am on Monday!
- If shopping is your passion, there is always theUK’s most visited tourist destination: Bicester Village. If Versace, Ralph Lauren and other designer labels are your thing then look no further. Enjoy a day’s shopping followed by a stop at Carluccio’s restaurant for a meal or just a coffee stop.
- If you just fancy a good old-fashioned village festival, then pop to Stanton St John on Sunday and Monday. Among the surprises will be the chance to come face to face with a live Crocodile, take part in the “mini Olympics” and view an art exhibition in a field! The more active visitors can take part in Welly Wanging (our tip: throw it heel-first!) and Tug of War competitions and there is a lot on for kids too. You could also drop in to Rectory Farm whilst you’re in the village and pick your own fruits or vegetables for that night’s dinner!
Of course, there is plenty more going on across the county this weekend and this is simply a selection of things to do. Whatever you do, and whatever the weather, enjoy it!