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May Half Term Fun

The sun has got his hat on (finally), time to plan some half term fun!!

With so many of our favorite places to go now reopened, there is plenty to choose from for all ages. We have put together a list of ideas for you and your family, most will need prebooking so plan ahead.

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Blenheim Palace Spring Spectacular. As well as being a beautiful place to go for a walk and a picnic, Blenheim palace has lots going on

  • Meet Winston Churchill – a new exhibition dedicated to his time at Blenheim, Winston will be here to greet you and tell stories of his life and career.
  • Meet the Ponies: Meet the Ponies in our new Stables Exhibition and try Pony Rides on Stable Bank
  • Camp Wilderness return to Blenheim this summer, helping you and your little ones to explore the great outdoors and try your hands at Target Sports – Archery & Tomahawk
  • Jousting Tournament: The Knights of Middle England take you back to the exciting and colourful era of the Middle Ages with their action packed, high octane Jousting and Stunt Show.
  • Giffords Circus – The circus returns to Blenheim Palace for another action packed show… There will be flying fairies, naughty leprechauns, wild horses, Celtic music and dancing that will create the most joyful Irish shindig.

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Waddesdon manor: A beautiful place to enjoy a walk, have fun in the woodland playground and see if you can spot the herd of life-size elephant sculptures!

Brought to Waddesdon in support of the CoExistence campaign, these life-sized elephant sculptures draw attention to the loss of biodiversity caused as humans encroach on wild spaces in the densely populated Indian subcontinent, across the world and here in the UK. 

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Rectory farm: PYO is now open for strawberrys, asparagus, rhubarb and gooseberries. Once your finished you can get some refreshments from the Tractor Shack Café there’s lots of outdoor seating and a large sandpit and straw castle for little ones to play on (with supervision).

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Waterperry Gardens: Open for visitors but there are no planned half term activities

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Stoner Park: With 10 acres of fun and adventure at Tumblestone Hollow and the Gardens at Stonor to explore we’re certain you’re in for a great day of fun and fabulous play together. Tumblestone Hollow has been designed for children and families to play together. It is suitable for all ages but will be enjoyed by younger children up to around 12 years of age.

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Millets farm: Farmer Carters Courtyard is open! With 7 quizzes to complete, crazy golf to conquer, go-karts to race and many more games to entertain, it’s sure to be a fun filled day that the whole family can enjoy out in the fresh air.

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Coggs Farm: Outdoor theatre for all the family. A brand-new musical adaptation of The Further Adventures of Dr Dolittle with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig, Polynesia the Parrot. Sunday 30th May 5pm – 7pm

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The Story Museum: There are activities and workshops galore at the story museum this half term.

Stories from the Woodshed

  • The Young Dragon with Lucy Walkers – Join storyteller Lucy Walters to find out how two young dragons work together to find their way home.
  • Zero to Hero with Amari Harris – Join storyteller Amari Harris with tales of both mighty and surprising heroes.
  • The Brave Tin Soldier with Andy Owens – Join the Brave Tin Soldier and his charming friends on this exciting adventure!
  • Spontaneous Storytelling with Jericho comedy – Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s a hilarious, completely improvised superhero adventure where you call the shots in this brand new storytelling show for children and adults alike.
  • Curators Workshop – An exciting day long workshop taking you behind the scenes to discover how some of the museums most excited spaces were created.
  • Film Maker – An exciting day long workshop exploring the art of movie making with the chance to create your very own film.
  • Designer & Maker – An exciting day long workshop exploring the techniques of printing and design, finishing up with an oral storytelling session inspired by your designs.
  • Springtime story walks – Join one of our talented Story Guides on our popular themed family walk through the city to Christ Church Meadow. Telling stories of dances all the way, including a dancing hoppy frog, 12 sneaky dancing princesses, and a peacock who danced in the rain. There’ll be games, riddles and fun for everyone, and a treat from the Story Café at the end.

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Pure Boating in Wallingford: Take to the river and hire a boat for the day, easy to drive -no experience is necessary!

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Bucks Goat centre: The staff and animals are looking forward to welcoming visitors. Sand pit and play areas are now open and no booking is required.

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Treasure Map Trails: Explore somewhere new with Treasure Map Trails, illustrated maps available for several towns near and far, including Marlow, Buckingham, Oxford, High Windsor, Cambridge and London. Perfect for outdoor adventures with children aged 5 to 12.

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Odds Farm : Is now fully reopen and raring to welcome little visitors – meet some new furry friends, explore the new adventure fort and sand/water play area, enjoy some mini golf and have fun in the massive adventure play barn.

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River and Rowing Museum: Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee. A celebration of reading, elephants and acceptance. You may even catch a glimpse of Elmer! As well as the Elmer series the exhibition also features artwork and from Mr Benn and Not Now, Bernard.

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Green Dragon Eco Farm: – Half term fun with superheroes and princesses. You’ll be able to see amazing royal characters and dynamic heroes for lots of magical, super fun! They’ll be giving special performances, meeting & greeting guests, and roaming throughout the Farm for all to see! The Flying Bird Display and Donkey & Pony Grooming will return, and Pets Corner will reopen. Outdoor play will be open, including our two new bouncy pillows, the Soft Play will be open˜, and the Barn Cafe will be serving delicious food and drink! *To avoid any disappointed children, visit the website to see who you will see on each day.

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Bekonscot Model Village and Railway: Bekonscot Model Village actually comprises seven little towns stuck in a 1930s timewarp. Each has its own character, villagers and features – from coal mines to great castles, aerodromes to farms, docks to cable cars, racecourses to escaped convicts! There’s also a miniature train for little ones to have a ride on and plenty of space for a picnic and a play too.

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Parks and Walks locally – If you would like some inspiration on local walks and parks to visit – Little OxplorersThe Family ticket and Little Ankle Biters websites.

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