This delightful county lies almost in the middle of England and is packed with animal attractions that will keep children of all ages entertained and enthralled. Animals add to any family day out in Oxfordshire. Little ones will be amazed and learn at the same time.
Here are a few ideas for a great family treat.
A Walk on the Wild Side
If your children like getting up close to wild animals then going round Oxfordshire can sometimes resemble a wildlife safari! One of the top attractions is the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens near Burford, which has a magnificent collection of rare and beautiful animals, some of which like the rhinos graze in the grounds on the lawns of the Manor House.
There is also a children’s playground and a narrow gauge railway to keep the youngsters happy and an onsite cafeteria in case you forgot to pack the picnic. Visit http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk for more information.
Just a short drive away in Brize Norton is Britain’s only zoo devoted entirely to crocodiles and alligators. There are over 100 reptiles representing 12 species at Crocodiles of the World, ranging from cute little babies to VERY big and scary adults. There is an underwater viewing gallery so you can look these amazing creatures right in the eye and plenty of information for children to learn more about these scaly monsters in the wild.
Oxfordshire abounds with attractions where children can get up close and personal with farm animals and have a lot of fun too. One with something for the adults as well is Cogges Manor Farm. Not only can the children feed the farm animals, they can also explore the adventure playground or dress up in period clothes in the dressing up parlour. There is also a sandpit, soft play and games from swing ball to lawn croquet. Along with many special events and activities on offer throughout the year. If it looks familiar, it was the setting for Yew Tree Farm from the hit TV series Downton Abbey. It’s a full day out for all the family so take a look at their website www.cogges.org.uk for more information.
Everyone will love this Farm Zoo at Millets Farm Centre, especially your pocket. Set in a large garden centre and farm shop complex it is FREE to get in and there are plenty of opportunities for the adults to engage in retail therapy! It has a farm zoo with animals from around the world – who doesn’t love an alpaca?- and there is also a play area where young ones can try out being a digger driver! The whole family can go back to the land and pick their own vegetables and if you don’t want to cook when you get home there are two restaurants to keep you going. Take a look at www.milletsfarmcentre.com and discover something very rare these days – a free day out.
Family Days out in Oxfordshire for Children with Special Needs
Fairytale Farm is the UK’s first visitor attraction to put disabled children first. It has been designed around the needs of children with sensory, learning and physical disabilities. Although it can be enjoyed by all. This really is a fantastic place, where disabled children can enjoy a proper attraction with the rest of their family.
For more information on this sensory and learning wonderland visit the website, Fairy Tale Farm .
Do you have any favourite family days out in Oxfordshire? I’d love your tips. Just leave a comment below.
If you’re visiting Oxfordshire with kids, why not tag a day in the Cotswolds on. Read my insiders guide to the Cotswolds with kids here.