Family days out for kids

Some ideas for days out.

Many of these are tried and tested by us. Let us know of other ideas. It is advisable to check details beforehand - please tell us of any errors.

Within a SIX mile radius:

Millennium Green Old Oxford Rd Kingston Bagpuize. Small maze, lots of space to run around, human sundial.

Recreation Grounds by John Blandy School

Small Rec. exciting apparatus for young children.

Large Recreation sports field with goal posts etc.

Farmer Gow's Activity Farm: Open Daily between 19th Feb-30th Oct; 10:30am-5:00pm

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Near Highworth Swindon. Tel: 01793 763939 Website: www.rovesfarm.co.uk.
Please see website for Christmas opening times. A great family day out, come rain or shine! Meet and Feed the Animals, Free Tractor and Trailer Rides, Children's Crafty Sessions, Animal Racing, Indoor and Outdoor Adventure Play Areas. Different Themed Weeks during the school holidays and Teddy Bear's Picnic runs every Friday during term time

Millet's Farm Frilford, Abingdon Road. Frilford. http://www.milletsfarmcentre.com Farm Shop: 01865 392 200 Open daily. Small play area, farm animals and guinea pigs. Free. In summer Maize Maze and other attractions. May to September: 01865 391086

Within a TWELVE mile radius:

MUSEUMS and WILDLIFE PARKS

Hands on! 1-5 London Place St Clements, Oxford. www.oxtrust.org.uk/handson Open: every Saturday and Mon-Sat at half terms and local school holidays 10am-4pm. 01865 728953. Science Birthday Parties on Sundays and after school. Hands-on exhibits - packed with loads of exciting interactive experiments. Recommended age 5-12 years with changing exhibitions.

Museum of Oxford, St Aldates, Oxford, 01865 252 761, www.oxford.gov.uk/museum

Local history exhibits and the story of Oxford, reconstructed Oxford interiors, shop, etc. Now entrance Free to galleries Mon closed, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm.

University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, 01865 272 950 10-5pm daily. www.oum.ox.ac.uk Dinosaurs, living insects, activities. Free No 1 Family Friendly Museum Awards 2005. Sprcial events for children during the year.

Pitt Rivers Museum, 01865 270 927, Parks Road, Oxford. Temporary closure until Spring 2009 www.prm.ox.ac.uk Shrunken heads and other curiosities. Free.

Ashmolean Museum ?01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org Mon closed, Tues-Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 12 -5pm. Closes for St Giles Fair. Egyptian, Greek and Roman treasures. Free.

Abingdon Museum, County Hall, Market Place 01235 523 703 www.abingdonmuseum.org.uk Daily 10.30am-4pm. Free. Special Exhibitions. Check for bank holiday and roof visits.

Vale and Downland Museum, Church Street, Wantage 01235 771 447 www.wantage.com/museum Mon-Sat 10am-4pm (closed on bank holidays).

Cogges Manor Farm Museum, Church Lane, Witney 01993 772 602 www.cogges.org Cogges Manor Farm is closed in winter. Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am-5pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am-5pm, last admissions - one hour before closing, closed Mondays. Audio tour now free on request. Farm animals, demonstrations, nature trail, dressing up and games room.

Cotswold Wildlife Park at Burford 01993 823 006 www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk. Wildlife, adventure playground, miniature railway. Open daily except Christmas Day from 10-3.30pm. Oct to Feb; 10-4.30pm March -Sept.

Oxfordshire Museum, Park St, Woodstock, 01993 811456 www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/the_oxfordshire_museum Tues-Sat 10am-5 pm Sun 2-5pm. email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Free. Interactive exhibits.

Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham, 01865 407 365 www.pendonmuseum.com Normal opening times; Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5.30pm. Wednesdays 11am - 5.30pm for school holidays, Bank Holiday Weekend Openings 11am - 5.30pm. Please check on events page for additional openings and extended openings. Model railways and villages.

Didcot Railway Centre 01235 817200 www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk Open Sat and Sun all year and daily at holiday periods and some other times (closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day) Weekends and Steamdays 10.30am-5pm. Enter via Didcot station This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Admission charge varies depending on event. Less for children. Old engines, railway memorabilia. Thomas the Tank engine trips.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock - 08700 60 20 80 http://blenheimpalace.com email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Snakes and Ladders, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3NJ 01235 522 227 http://snakes-and-ladders.co.uk/abingdon_centre.html email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it open 360 days of the year 10am â€" 6pm (with last entry at 5.15pm) £3.50-£5.50 depending on age of child and time of day, adults £1. Toys to ride on, slides, climbing maze. Age 2 and upwards.

River trips: Salters 7 days a week in season May to September contact for new schedule 01865 243421 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (This service can run late on weekends) starting by Christ Church Meadows and finishes in the picturesque market town of Abingdon www.salterssteamers.co.uk/ Hire of punts, day-boats and other small craft (from Oxford only)

Faringdon Folly. Faringdon Folly is a great place now for families- the woodland has lots of interest and the tower is open during the summer.

Crocodiles of the worldCome face-to-face with some of the world’s most feared predators in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. With under-water viewing, talks, animal encounters and feeds throughout the day there’s plenty to keep you occupied at the UK’s only Crocodile Zoo at Brize Norton. We are dedicated to the conservation of these incredible animals and want to share our passion with you.

SPORTS

www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/leisure_and_arts/sports_and_fitness_facilities

Holiday Sport Schemes Ring and reserve, Sports Development Team by telephone on 01235 547646 or by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring 01235 547646.

Abingdon: Tilsley Park Dunmore Road, Abingdon (01235) 524 524. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Swimming, badminton etc

Abingdon: White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre Audlett Drive (01235) 540705

Wantage Leisure Centre Portway, Wantage (01235) 766201/2/3

Faringdon Leisure Centre Fernham Road, Faringdon (01367) 241755

Oxford Ice Rink: Oxpens Road, Oxford 01865 467000

Abbey Meadows Children's Water Park Abbey Meadows,Abingdon. Tel(01235) 520202 ext 544 .

For full details on prices and availability please telephone.

Also Pitch and Putt, Heated outdoor pool, Putting and Crazy Golf

Within a TWENTY Mile radius:

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Kemble Drive, Swindon Tel: 01793 466646 www.steam-museum.org.uk Every Day from 10.00am to 5 pm Closed 25 and 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Real trains to explore, models of people and hands-on exhibits. Christmas activities.

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Near Highworth, Swindon. Tel: 01793 763939 Website: www.rovesfarm.co.uk

Roves Farm Opening Times: Open daily between 19th Feb-30th Oct; 10:30am-5:00pm. Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Near Highworth, Swindon. Tel: 01793 763939 Website: www.rovesfarm.co.uk. Open Daily between 19th Feb-30th Oct; 10:30am-5:00pm. Please see website for Christmas opening times. A great family day out, come rain or shine! Meet and Feed the Animals, Free Tractor and Trailer Rides, Children's Crafty Sessions, Animal Racing, Indoor and Outdoor Adventure Play Areas. Different Themed Weeks during the school holidays and Teddy Bear's Picnic runs every Friday during term time.

Oasis Leisure Centre, North Star Avenue Swindon SN2 1EP. Tel: 01793 445401

http://www.swindon.gov.uk/index/leisure/placestovisit/oasis.htm

Lagoon pool, three giant water flumes, hydro slide, learner pool, water cannon, elephant slide

Gym, snooker tables, squash courts, indoor bowling green, children's soft play area.

Living Rain Forest livingrainforest.org Open daily from 10am to 5pm (except Dec 24 closes 1 p.m. Closed 25th and 26th December) Take A34 towards Newbury. Exit at East Ilsley and follow the signs to Hampstead Norreys and the Rainforest. Tel. (01635) 202444

Science Museum, www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/museum/MW670.html Not open on daily basis, booking needed: telephone - 01793 846200 or e-mail - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

See website for special events e.g. Science club for children.

Store of large objects from enormous Lockheed Constellation airliner and early computers, to very heavy objects such as the Wood Press (140 tonnes) and early MRI scanners.

FURTHER AFIELD

Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury 01296 331 441 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/bcc/content/index.jsp?contentid=-1191581755

Times vary throughout the year. Closed on Sunday. Hands on activities and extra interest if you enjoy Roald Dahl. Other activities in main museum.

Birdland Bourton-on the Water 01451 820480 www.birdland.co.uk

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Chalfont St Giles, Tel. 01494 871117 www.coam.org.uk Closed in winter. Open from 31 March. Hands-on activities.

Beale Park Lower Basildon near Reading 0870 777 7160 www.bealepark.co.uk

Wildlife Park, adventure playground.

River and Rowing Museum Henley www.rrm.co.uk 01491 415600. The Museum is open 7 days a week except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. WINTER (1 September to 30 April) 10am to 5pm SUMMER (1 May to 31 August) 10am to 5.30pm. Boat Trips run from the Museum's jetty over the Easter and summer holidays.

Cotswold Farm Park (Rare Breeds), Guiting Power - 01491 850307 www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

Station X - Bletchley Park Mainly for families with older children.

www.bletchleypark.org.uk 01908 6400404 Open daily in season:

The opening times are different for weekdays and weekends. Check for details and special events. Free parking at station. Daily ticket is now an annual season ticket.

Come face-to-face with some of the world’s most feared predators in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. With under-water viewing, talks, animal encounters and feeds throughout the day there’s plenty to keep you occupied at the UK’s only Crocodile Zoo. We are dedicated to the conservation of these incredible animals and want to share our passion with you.

St John the Baptist Church

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Kingston Bagpuize Parish Church of St John the Baptist

 

 

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What's on for kids

The village has lots of activities for children, and to make it easier for parents and children to know what's available for children at a glance, we've amalgamated all the village activities in one section. 

Regular Activites in Southmoor and Longworth villages

For under 5s

Southmoor Pre-School

Please see the separate page we have on the Southmoor Pre-School.

Music for the under 5's

A fun group for under 5s in Southmoor Village Hall Tuesday mornings 9.30am-10.15am for 10 weeks starting Tuesday 27th April.

Have fun making music for under 5s with a parent or carer, try out lots of musical instruments and props with big action songs and familiar nursery rhymes.

An entertaining but educational class learning simple songs, rhymes and actions developing an awareness of number, colour and shape and observations of the weather and seasons.

For more information about the class contact Jenny on 01865 300625 or to enrol call 01235 535781 / 0845 3510646 

Longworth Baby & Toddler Group (term time only) - Longworth Village Hall

Monday mornings 9.30am-11am. Offers play and activities for children up to school age. Cost is £2 incl. snack for children and tea/coffee. Grandparents and carers also welcome. For further details see the Baby & Toddler group web page.

Children's Centre Mobile

  • Alternate Mondays 10-11.30am (except Bank Holidays) from 26th April
  • Stanford-in-the-Vale Village Hall Car Park.

Drop-in at Stanford Village Hall

  • Toys, craft activities and refreshments
  • Monday 1pm-2.30pm 

Messy Play

  • Southmoor Village Hall (Swallow Room) 0-18 months
  • Wednesday 1pm-2pm

Drop-in at Longworth Village Hall

  • Thursday 1pm-2.30pm

 

For 5s +

1st Southmoor Guides

Drayton Venture Scouts

1st Kingston Bagpuize Brownie Pack

1st Longworth Scout Group

Click here for information on Guides and Scouts.

Seasonal and One off Activities

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Village overview

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor is situated 10 miles south-west of Oxford at the junction of the A420 and A415.

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor on Google MapsThe parish lies on the 'Golden Ridge' of Corallian limestone which runs from Cumnor to Faringdon. Its fertile soils have nurtured farms famous for their fruit and hops. The name comes from de Bachepuise, a Norman family who controlled the estates after the Conquest. The building of a bypass has encouraged recent development and the population is 2269 (source: openlylocal.com, 2001). The village shops and services are used by many neighbouring communities.

View Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor in a larger map on Google showing locations of all the shops and amenities.

Village Hall

The Village Hall is a facility of which the village can be justly proud. Opened in 1987, after a protracted period of active fund-raising and intense negotiations, it has received wide acclaim for its design and facilities. It is a charity run by an elected Management Committee, and is available for group, society, club and personal bookings throughout the year.

Address: Southmoor Village Hall, Draycott Road, Southmoor, Abingdon, OX13 5BY
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Tel: 07771 539901 - For booking details and availability please phone the secretary.

Waggon & Horses

Village pub serving a range of wine, lager, real ales and food. Regular Saturday events include disco bingo, race nights, monthly quiz nights on Sundays swell as a meat raffle. Carvery on Sunday 12-3pm. Function room available, FREE Wifi, Sky and BT Sports.

Address: Faringdon Rd, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 5BG
Tel: 01865 821676
Web site: Waggon and Horses, Southmoor

The Hinds Head

Sadly no longer a pub.  Now a Coop mini market opened in January 2019.  Extensive range of grocery items from one of 3000 convenience store run by Coop national.

Lamb & Flag

Sadly no longer a pub.  Now a private house.

Fallowfields Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Sadly no longer a hotel.  Now demolished and replaced by a new housing estate.

Post Office logo

Kingston Bagpuize Post Office

Yet another loss to the village as a result of recent planning permissions.  The PO will close on 16th February 2019.

Head office PO is panning to move the post office to the new Coop store at the old Hinds Head

 

OneStop

Extensive range of groceries from this Tesco-owned chain who took over from Southmoor Food and Wine in Summer 2014.

Address: Cherry Tree Close, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 5BB
Tel: 01865 580520

Aquarius - Hairdressers

Local hair and beauty salon offering an array of hair cuts, colours, and style arrangements as well as gel nails.

Address: Alpenhaus, Faringdon road, Southmoor nr Abingdon,oxon OX13 5AF
Tel: 01865 820641
Web site: http://www.facebook.com/AquariusHairStudioOXON

Munch@TheLogCabin

Offering hot and cold snacks, sandwiches and soft drinks.

Address: 2 Cherry Tree Close, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 5BB
Tel: 01865 820314

Crossroads Renault

No longer a garage.  Developed to provide another convenience store - this one part of the Coop Midland Counties organisation.