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Best half term activities in Oxford

14 Feb 2017

Tired of hearing “I’m bored” every half term, and need some inspiration beyond another trip to the park? From soldering to songwriting, here are some brilliant ideas for things to do for kids of any age this half term in Oxford.

1. Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford Castle is nearly a thousand years old, and from 1071 to 1996 was used as a prison. Fancy learning more about the prisoners who lived within the castle walls? Guided tours last an hour and take place every twenty minutes, every day, from 10am. Climb to the top of the tower for stunning views of Oxford, and then descent into the basement into the 900 year old crypt. Who knew history could be so creepy, and so fun? Perfect for kids over 5.

2. Take on the nature explorer trail

Fancy getting outside and blowing off the cobwebs? Head to Upton House and Gardens where kids will have a ball on the Nature Explorer Trail. Solve clues and practice your detective skills – you could even win a prize! Bring your wellies if you fancy the 2 mile “what a view walk.”

3. Take a backstage tour at the New Theatre

View the theatre from a totally new perspective and get the kids excited for the theatre with this fun backstage tour of the New Theatre. Discover the haunted dressing room, explore what it’s really like behind the scenes and journey through Oxford’s oldest theatre. Fascinating fun for kids and adults alike!

4. Visit the secret garden

Step into the secret garden at Banbury Museum and get involved in their crafty corner!  Every season has a different theme, so your child could make a sparkly snail or a brightly-coloured bird or a fancy frog. Plus they don’t just create one piece of art to take home – they make another piece to be put on display in the crafty corner at the museum too!

5. Try writing an anthem

If your children love making music and singing, what could be more fun than a songwriting workshop? Write a song with the help of BBC folk award nominee, David Gibb, and enjoy a sing-along too!

6. Learn how to make electronics

If you have bored teens on your hands, drag them away from their electronics to learn how to make electronics at the science museum! At the maker club, over 12s can learn essentials skills for developing their own electronics, from sewing to soldering to paper craft.

Children aged between 5 and 15 travel can travel for free between Oxford and London with a fare paying adult on the Oxford Tube. Find out more about using the Oxford Tube, or download the Oxford Tube App free

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