Summer Holiday Activities in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas 2020

Summer 2020 is going to be a strange one, and a time I’m sure many of us won’t forget in a hurry. Most people have already been home with their children for months, and now have a 6 week school holiday ahead of them. I’m sure that many people are still not comfortable going out and about as much as they usually would, and that’s fine. I shall be pulling together a list of fun activities to try at home. But for those who want to head out, I have collated a list of what’s going on and what’s open this summer.

It looks like many of Oxford’s museums are not yet open, but many outdoor spaces are open with restrictions in place. I shall keep an eye open and update this blog as I see things changing. However, please be aware that this information is only accurate at the time of publication. Do check individual websites before you go anywhere, make sure you prebook where applicable, and please please PLEASE do follow any of their rules and guidelines regarding COVID-19. Wash your hands, carry antibacterial gel, wear your face masks, keep your distance...and have fun!

Last edited: 14th July 2020

Bekonscot Model Village and Railway
Tickets must be bought online in advance. Please read their COVID-19 guidelines here.

Blenheim Palace
The palace, park and gardens are now open, but you MUST book in advance online, even if you are an annual pass holder. Read about their safety measures here.
Until 25th July - The Luna Drive-In Cinema 
22nd July - 16th August - Picnic at the Palace

Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park is currently open at 30% capacity. You can find their COVID-19 guidance here  and please book a time slot in advance online. I haven’t visited recently, but a friend has and said it was very well managed, and they felt very safe, with plenty of space. 

Crocodiles of the World
Crocodiles of the World is operating a morning and an afternoon session system, with an hour lunch break to allow them to clean the premises. You must book in advance and their COVID-19 guidelines can be found here. Having visited in the past (read about our experience here) I know that it is not a big zoo, but the website says they have a one-way system in place which is accessible. There will be no scheduled talks or feeds. 

Evenley Wood Garden
23rd - 26th July, 10am - 4pm. 
£5 per child (includes child admission) 
The Easter Bunny missed his alarm this the bunny hunt will be taking place in July! 

Oxford Botanic Gardens and Arboretum 
Oxford Botanic Gardens and Harcourt Arboretum (please note, the arboretum and gardens are not in the same location) are open, and operating a online booking system. Their COVID-19 guidelines can be found here.

Waterperry Gardens
The gardens are open, but the house and museum remain closed for now. The tea shop offers a take away service, and there is limited indoor seating which must be pre-booked.

8th August , 5pm - 7pm