What’s On In Oxfordshire Summer Holidays 2022

Here it is! My epic What’s On In Oxfordshire Summer holidays 2022 listing for events and activities across Oxfordshire and beyond! It’s so good to see so many events taking place again this year after 2 years of it being very quiet thanks to covid. We can’t wait to get out and about with friends and enjoy ourselves over the summer.

Events that are continuous throughout the summer are listed at the bottom of the page under ‘Ongoing Events’. This is only the beginning, I’ll be adding to this list constantly as I find more and more events, so do make sure to keep checking back for updates. Save this page to your favourites so you can come back to it easily and share it with your friends too!

18th-24th July

  • Cutteslowe Play Day 11am-3pm on Saturday 23rd July at Cutteslowe Park, Oxford. Go karting, zorbing, smoothies, drumming, sports, junk modelling, science demonstrations and more. FREE entry and FREE activities. No need to book.

25th-31st July

  • History Day at Oxford Botanical Garden 10am-6pm Monday 25th July. Historical re-enactors and activities throughout the day. Normal admission fee applies.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Monday 25th July. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Literature Day at Oxford Botanical Garden 10am-6pm Tuesday 26th July. Find Alice In Wonderland characters hidden around the gardens, make your own bookmark or try out some poetry. Normal admission fee applies.
  • Ancient crafts at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10am-12pm on Tuesday 26th July. £2.50 per child, no need to book.
  • Story time at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 1:30pm on Tuesday 26th July. FREE drop in event.
  • Science Day at Oxford Botanical Garden 10am-6pm Wednesday 27th July. Go on a bug hunt, watch a FizzPop science show or chemistry demonstrations, make plant slime and more. Normal admission fee applies.
  • Xplorer event at Shrivenham play park 10am-12pm Wednesday 27th July. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Wednesday 27th July. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Art Day at Oxford Botanical Garden 10am-6pm Thursday 28th July. Try out botanical illusion, garden design or vegetable art, plus more. Normal admission fee applies.
  • Letcombe Brook Beasties morning. Go river dipping with the Brook team and find out what lives there. 10-11am and 11-12pm on Thursday 28th July. FREE event but places must be booked in advance via the Vale & Downland Museum.
  • Hands On History drop in session at Vale & Downland Museum 10am-12pm on Thursday 28th July. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Health, well being and food Day at Oxford Botanical Garden 10am-6pm Friday 29th July. Plant based street food fair from around the world, craft activities, plus live music from 3pm. Normal admission fee applies.
  • Birthday party at Oxford Botanical Garden to celebrate the garden’s 400th anniversary 10am-6pm Saturday 30th July. Food, music and activities throughout the day. Normal admission fee applies.
  • Wantage and Grove Play day 11am-3pm on Saturday 30th July at Wantage Memorial Park. Go karting, zorbing, smoothies, drumming, sports, junk modelling, science demonstrations and more. FREE entry and FREE activities. No need to book.

1st-7th August

  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Monday 1st August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Berinsfield Play day 11am-3pm on Tuesday 2nd August at Berinsfield Pavilion Playing Fields. Go karting, zorbing, smoothies, drumming, sports, junk modelling, science demonstrations and more. FREE entry and FREE activities. No need to book.
  • Pottery making at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10am-12pm on Tuesday 2nd August. £2.50 per child, no need to book.
  • Story time at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 1:30pm on Tuesday 2nd August. FREE drop in event.
  • Woodland Tribe at Compton Verney. Use real tools to create amazing structures and play spaces. 3rd-7th August, £12.50 per child, £10 per adult. Recommended for children aged 6+. Book here.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Wednesday 3rd August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Fossil Science Session at Vale & Downland Museum 10am-12pm and 1-3pm on Thursday 4th August. FREE event but booking essential as space is limited.
  • Classic car show at Millets Farm from 9am onwards. Over 100 vehicles on display. Sunday 7th August.

8th-14th August

  • Drumming workshop at Cholsey Pavilion 10:30-11:30am. FREE event on Monday 8th August.
  • Circus skills workshop at Cholsey Pavilion 12:30-1:30pm. FREE event on Monday 8th August.
  • Xplorer event at Millennium Green in Kingston Bagpuize 10am-12pm on Monday 8th August. FREE event, just turn up.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Monday 8th August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Shakespeare play at Millets Farm on Tuesday 9th August. Show starts at 7pm and last 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval). Booking essential as tickets limited.
  • Craft session at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage creating a model vehicle to take home. 10am-12pm on Tuesday 9th August. £2.50 per child, no need to book.
  • Story time at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 1:30pm on Tuesday 9th August. FREE drop in event.
  • Xplorer event at Ladygrove Park in Didcot 1-3pm on Tuesday 9th August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Meet The Animals at Cholsey Pavilion 9:30am-12pm. FREE event. Wednesday 10th August.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Wednesday 10th August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Xplorer event at Wantage Memorial Park 10am-12pm on Wednesday 10th August. FREE event, just turn up.
  • Alice In Wonderland musical puppetry performance at Millets Farm. Shows at 10am and 2pm on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th August. Booking essential as spaces limited.
  • Woodland Tribe at Compton Verney. Use real tools to create amazing structures and play spaces. 10th-14th August, £12.50 per child, £10 per adult. Recommended for children aged 6+. Book here.
  • Pop up play village at Cholsey Pavilion 10am onwards. FREE event. Thursday 11th August.
  • Letcombe Brook Beasties morning. Go river dipping with the Brook team and find out what lives there. 10-11am and 11-12pm on Thursday 11th August. FREE event but places must be booked in advance via the Vale & Downland Museum.
  • Hands On History drop in session at Vale & Downland Museum 10am-12pm on Thursday 11th August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Bouncy castle and picnic at Cholsey Pavilion 10am-12pm. FREE event. Friday 12th August.
  • Climbing wall for kids at the Orchard Centre in Didcot 10am-4pm on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August. FREE event, just turn up.
  • Charity summer festival at the Royal Oak in Didcot 12-6pmin aid of Albie & Beyond, Young Lives vs Cancer and Helen & Douglas House. Bouncy castles, live music, face painting, garden games, scavenger hunt, tombola and more. FREE entry. Sunday 14th August.
  • Kids Adventure Day at Poplars Farm in Charney Bassett (OX12 OHD) 1-5pm. Walking dinosaurs, petting zoo, inflatables, disco and refreshments. Sunday 14th August in aid of mental health charity Mind.

15th-21st August

  • Climbing wall at Cholsey Pavilion 10am-12pm. FREE event. Monday 15th August.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Monday 15th August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Xplorer event at Kidmore End Memorial Hall Field in Sonning Common. 10-12pm on Monday 15th August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Real play at Cholsey Pavilion 10-11am. FREE event. Tuesday 16th August.
  • Clay fossil making at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage. 10am-12pm on Tuesday 16th August. £2.50 per child, no need to book.
  • Story time at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 1:30pm on Tuesday 16th August. FREE drop in event.
  • Water play at Cholsey Pavilion 10am-12pm. FREE event. Wednesday 17th August.
  • Xplorer eevent at Harcourt Hill Campus 10am-12pm. Wednesday 17th August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Wednesday 17th August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • X-Plorer day at Cholsey Pavilion 10am-12pm. FREE event. Thursday 18th August.
  • Brass rubbing workshop at Vale & Downland Museum. 10am-12pm on Thursday 18th August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Crazy golf course at the Orchard Centre in Didcot 10am-4pm Friday 19th-Saturday 20th August. FREE event, just turn up.

22nd-28th August

  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Monday 22nd August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Xplorer event at Edmunds Park in Didcot 10am-12pm. Monday 22nd August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Letcombe Brook themed crafts at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage. 10am-12pm on Tuesday 23rd August. £2.50 per child, no need to book.
  • Story time at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 1:30pm on Tuesday 23rd August. FREE drop in event.
  • Xplorer event at Benson Recreation Ground 10am-12pm on Tuesday 23rd August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Wednesday 24th August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Letcombe Brook Beasties morning. Go river dipping with the Brook team and find out what lives there. 10-11am and 11-12pm on Thursday 25th August. FREE event but places must be booked in advance via the Vale & Downland Museum.
  • Hands On History drop in session at Vale & Downland Museum 10am-12pm on Thursday 25th August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Bungee trampolining at the Orchard Centre in Didcot 10am-4pm on Friday 26th-Saturday 27th August. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Foodies Festival at South Park, Oxford. Festival of food and drinks, demonstrations from top chefs, workshops, live music, etc. 27th-29th August. Tickets available here.
  • Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue summer festival 10am-4pm at Chilton Village Hall on Sunday 28th August. Adults £2, children under 12 FREE. Birds of prey display, bouncy castles, disco, food and drink, stalls, competitions and more.
  • Beach party at the Marlborough Club, Didcot 2pm til late on Sunday 28th August. Paddling pools and water games followed by Ibiza night with summer tunes in the evening. FREE entry, non-members welcome.

29th August-4th September

  • Foodies Festival at South Park, Oxford. Festival of food and drinks, demonstrations from top chefs, workshops, live music, etc. 27th-29th August. Tickets available here.
  • Craft session creating a toy to take home at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage. 10am-12pm on Tuesday 30th August. £2.50 per child, no need to book.
  • Story time at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 1:30pm on Tuesday 30th August. FREE drop in event.
  • Lego Club at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm on Wednesday 31st August. £2 per child. Booking advised as spaces limited.
  • Brass rubbing workshop at Vale & Downland Museum. 10am-12pm on Thursday 1st September. FREE event, no need to book.
  • Bunkfest at the Kinecroft, Wallingford. Music, dance, food and drink, including some special performances on the heritage train line and boat rides along the Thames! 2nd-4th September. Entry is by donation and festival programmes cost £3.

Ongoing Events

  • Millets maize maze will be open from Thursday 14th July – Sunday 4th September, 9:30-5:30pm daily. 3 mazes, woodland puzzles, trampolines, ride on tractors, pedal go-karts, crazy golf, sand pits and more.
  • Pokemon hunt around Wantage 22nd July-4th September. Collect your trail map for £2 from Toy Planet and write the names of all the Pokemon on your sheet to be entered in a draw to win a £50 Pokemon mystery box! All money raised goes to Ukrainian refugee families in Wantage. You can also enjoy 1 hour FREE arcade gaming and Lego building Monday-Friday in the store 10am-6pm.

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