This section will help you to find great indoor places to entertain your children. Oxfordshire offers an impressive array of places to hide from the rain, or (thinking wishfully) the sun. While places local to you are a good place to start, others further afield may well be worth the journey. Some are free (have a look to see what’s on at museums and libraries as both often have excellent events and clubs) and many have activities to exhaust your child whatever the weather. My son has had enormous fun getting creative (and extremely messy) at some of the venues offering arts and crafts – and to be honest there have been days when I’ve been relieved that my living room carpet has been safe. We’ve also enjoyed bringing history to life and I think I’ve learnt just as much as the children through inspiring exhibits and trails. Another section which is proving particularly useful is the compilation of possible birthday party venues. If you’re reluctant to risk the weather and are looking for an indoor party, there are so many fantastic possibilities available. In the course of research, I’ve discovered places I had no idea offered such unique and enjoyable experiences for that perfect, memorable day.
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- 28°C swimming pool for able-bodied and disabled people of all ages.
- Free Swimming Programme is offered to City Residents 16 years and under.
- Learn to swim programme to suit all levels and abilities.
- School holiday activities.
- 'Big Day Swim' birthday party packages.
Waynflete Road, Barton, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 8GA
0844 288 5174
- Soft play area for children aged 0–8 years old.
- Multi levels, ball pits and slides in separate spaces for all ages.
- Play area runs in timed sessions, please check the website for set times.
- 'Little Diggers' birthday parties available, with cupcake decorating activity.
- The Garden Centre runs children's activities during school holidays.
Oxford Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 2NY
- 6 lane 10 pin bowling alley.
- 25m swimming pool for all ages.
- 15m learner and fun pool.
- Children's birthday party packages available.
Queens Avenue, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 2NR
02380 000 423
Indoor inflatable play centre for children aged 18 months 12 years old. Discover a wonderland of inflatables such as bouncy castles, giant slides, obstacle courses, disco castles, bounce & slides, multiplay castles, soft play, ride-ons and more. Also offers various pre-booked ticketed sessions for children with SEN (Special Educations Needs).
- Fun inflatable play centres for children aged 18 months - 12 years. Adults go free.
- Special SEN sessions for children with additional needs.
- Fabulous birthday party packages and hire packages available.
- Bouncy castles, disco dome, human table football, obstacle courses and much more...
- Keep an eye on our EVENTS section for all up and coming play centre days.
Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 8AY; Faringdon Leisure Centre, Fernham Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7LB
- Climbing wall open to everyone, for children from 5+ years.
- Kids open session for children 5+ years, on Mondays and Fridays (4:30pm–6pm).
- Kids open session: summer specials (during holidays) Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Rock Stars kids club runs Sunday mornings for children from7–17 years. (Term time).
- Offer climbing birthday parties, up to 10 climbers (maximum) for ages 5+ years.
Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0BP
- 25m fitness indoor pool and leisure pool. Disabled access available to both.
- Runs 'Floatarama' sessions. (floats provided).
- Soft play and creche.
- Runs holiday activities such as water slides, swim & tennis courses, and holiday club.
- Children's swimming birthday parties packages available.
Broadshires Way, Carterton, Oxfordshire, OX18 1AA
- Swimming pool with retractable roof, for all ages and abilities.
- Children 0-12 years welcome during the day, and family sessions run after school.
- Swimming lessons and summer holiday intensive lessons available.
- Toddler splash sessions are held during the summer holidays.
- Available for swimming parties and includes the use of all pool toys.
St Andrews School, Station Road, Chinnor, Oxfordshire, OX39 4PU
- Mobile 'paint your own' pottery painting studio, for all ages.
- Decorate ceramics and pottery in the comfort of your own home.
- Clay imprints of kiddies hands and feet service is coming soon.
- Also offer a bespoke custom order service.
- Can accommodate for any children's birthday party size at any chosen venue.
Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, OX9 7BN
- Paint your own ceramics and craft studio, with free parking.
- Decopatch, pottery to paint, and take away home kits for all ages.
- Make your own mosaic, clay play, potters wheel.
- Party packages available and workshops coming soon.
- Free footprint coaster for babies under seven weeks old.
19 Crawley Mill, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 9TJ
- Fun indoor play equipment for children 0–11 years.
- Three levels with zip wire, slides, ball pits, rope bridges, and tunnels.
- Separate area for under 5's.
- Party packages include: 'Laser Storm' - use laser tag equipment through the levels.
- Open 9:30am–6pm, seven days a week.
Carterton South Ind Est, Black Bourton Road, Carterton, Oxfordshire, OX18 3EZ
- Two indoor heated swimming pools.
- ASA Swim School swimming programme.
- Teen fitness classes for ages 11–15 years old.
- Learner pool is available for private hire for children's birthday parties.
- Other packages include: 'bounce, skate, and sports hall hire parties.
Diamond Place, Summertown, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7DP
- 25 metre indoor swimming pool.
- Pool has fun float mat sessions aimed at children under 16 years.
- Children's swimming lessons, gymnastics, and performing art classes.
- Party packages include swimming, toddler football, rock-climbing & skateboarding.
- Offer intensive swimming course and holiday activities, during the holidays.
Gillotts Lane, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1PA