The benefits of time spent in the fresh air are clear: freedom, space to roam, a boost of vitamin D and a happy, tired child by the end of the day. There is a vast selection of places to choose from for an outdoor excursion, including the perennially popular wildlife parks and zoos, some of which allow your child to get up close and personal with the animals. If you are looking for something physically challenging, there are adrenaline-filled tree-top adventures on offer, or if you are in the mood for a picnic, explore the list of playgrounds and parks which includes some lesser-known hidden gems. In addition, look out for lidos, watersports, tree-top high ropes, mud painting, strawberry picking, ghost tours, imaginative birthday venues and beach play areas (always a winner in our house).
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- Over 80 hand crafted punts available to rent, for ages from 7+ years old.
- Rowing boats and canoes for hire.
- Punts - for a maximum of 6 people.
- Chauffeured punts available for up to five people.
- Dependant on weather conditions.
Bardwell Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6ST
- Outdoor play group sessions using real tools, fire and building dens.
- For children walking - 4 years old.
- Themes include stick man, bears in the woods, and fairies.
- Fridays (term time) mornings (9:30am–11:30am) and afternoons (12:30pm–2:30pm).
- Woodland parties, team building, and training available.
Newbottle Woods, Near King Sutton, OX17 3DB
- Wakeboarding, wakeskate and wakeskis.
- Water Skiing
- Ringo Inflatables and kayaks
- Waterspots activities available April - October. Booking is essential.
Downs Road, Standlake, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7PZ
- 40+ obstacles made from wood, rope and wire. Minimum age 10+ years.
- Tree-Top High Ropes adventure, set high in the trees in 50 acre woodland.
- Rope bridges, tarzan swings, zip slides, & 42ft Drop Zone Parachute Descender.
- Seated picnic area and spectators area.
- Offers 'Summer Adventure Days' for children (Lasergaming & High Ropes).
Culham Adventure Park, Furze Brake Woodland, Rear of Culham Site 1, Off the A415 (Abingdon Road), Oxfordshire, OX14 3DA
- Floodlit 360 metre outdoor circuit, with hair pin bends.
- Cadet Karting for children over 8 years.
- Must be pre-booked.
- Family sessions, for children over 8 years (requires a minimum of 6 drivers).
- Parties (for children 4-10 years) available with a full mobile Junior Karting facility.
Oxford Stadium, Sandy Lane, Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 6LJ
- Outdoor lasertag adventure activities for children and adults.
- Minimum age 8 years, although if booking exclusive use 7 year olds can attend.
- 7 different gaming guns to choose from, plus machine guns, & missile system.
- Safe infra red - no Paint, no masks, no pain, no bruises.
- Authentic live combat gaming experience birthday parties packages available.
Furze Brake Woodland, Rear of Culham 1 Site, Station Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DA
- Outdoor nature play for all children from 1+ years.
- Mud painting, find a frog, snail races, treasure dig, crafts, storytime & bubbles.
- Family Adventures: term time - Mon, Tues, & Thurs (1–4 years olds and parents).
- Run 'Holiday Adventures' (children of all ages), and workshops (6+ years).
- Woodland birthday parties for all ages from February - November.
Henley Knapp Woodland, Near Enstone, Off the B4022, Oxfordshire, OX7 4EN
- Hire a traditional Oxford punt, rowing boat or pedalo.
- Hire a boat for an hour or make a day of it and take a picnic.
- Punts can take up to 5 people and prices start at £22 per hour.
- Chauffeured punt ride £30 per 30 minutes. (Pre-ordered picnic hampers available).
- Open 7 days a week from 1st February through to 30th November.
The Old Horse Ford, High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4AU
- Bushcraft training courses throughout the year. (From ages 8+ years with family).
- 'Youth Bushcraft', 'Family Explorers', & 'Family Bushcraft & Canoe Overnighter'.
- 'Family Bushcraft' course, &'Teenagers Fundamental Bushcraft' Course.
- Run Bushcraft Centre workshops, and' Bushcraft Holiday Club'.
- Cater for children's birthday parties.
Private woodland just outside the village of Appleton