Royal Oxford Roundup August
Welcome to the August Royal Oxford Roundup, and we have so much to share with you this month! It’s festival season again, so we’ve got quite a few festivals to tell you about, and with the summer holidays in full swing, there are lots of family days out to be had in and around Oxford too, but we’re going to start this roundup with Festivals.
Wilderness Festival returns 1st to 4th August this year to celebrate the outdoors, and returning to nature. The festival features lots of outdoor pursuits such as wild swimming and yoga in the wild, as well as wellness in the form of outdoor spas and massage alongside live music, theatre, food and drink and talks and debates. To see the full line up and book tickets visit the festival website.
If a true music festival is your thing, you could try the Fairport Cropredy Convention which bucks the trend by only having one stage for live music so you don’t miss a thing. There are also two ‘satellite’ stages in the two village pubs which makes up the ‘Cropredy Fringe’ portion of the festival. The festival runs from 8th to 10th August and all the details can be found on the Fairport Convention Website.
For an enjoyable all-round festival the Rewind Festival South is back for another year 16th-18th August with a great live music line up, comedy, family-friendly areas and a huge variety of food and drink to name a few of the things available to you here. See everything to do on the Rewind Festival website.
The Big Festival is back this year with more famous chefs, street food, live music and so much more. Also included is a host of family favourites such as PJ Masks, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. This festival runs from 23rd to 25th August and more information and tickets can be found at The Big Feastival Website.
Family friendly festival Towersey Festival is the perfect place to introduce young people to a festival in a safe and supportive atmosphere. With loads of live music, storytelling, workshops and incorporating a youth and children’s festival choosing your itinerary could be a challenge! Running from 23rd to 26th August it’s sure to be a fun-packed weekend for all the family. To see the full itinerary and book tickets visit the festival website.
Foodies Festival is the UK’s biggest food festival and it will be heading to Oxford 24th to 26th August. The festival promises top chefs, drinks, a huge variety of food and life music including the Queen tribute band Flash. This year they have a brand new Kids Zone too with lots of interactive activities for the young ones. The festival website has more information and ticket booking.
For a touch of the traditional Country Show, the Uffington White Horse Show boasts 20 acres of showground filled with craft stalls, historic vehicles, animals, arena events and so much more. Ever wanted to try country pursuits? Yes, you can do that here too! The show runs from 25th to 26th August and you can find out more and buy tickets on the show website.
The first ever Over the Hill Festival takes place this month presented by Glovebox Live. This new music festival promises to delve into the roots of Americana by providing authentic American food and bars alongside Americana and roots acts from all over the UK and will happen on August 26th. You can book tickets now on the Glovebox website.
Phew! That’s all for festivals this month, but we’re sure there’s something for everyone happening in and around Oxford this August from hardcore music festival fans to those wanting to introduce their families to festivals for the first time. We still have some availability if you’re still looking for somewhere to base yourself for your festival adventure. Click here to book now .
After all those festivals, we thought we’d tell you about some wonderful boat-based activities with Hobbs of Henley this summer. On 2nd August there is the exciting new Gin & Jazz Cruise during which you’ll enjoy two drinks and a two course meal while enjoying some of the finest jazz around. August 11th is the Traditional Jazz Cruise and you can enjoy a three hour cruise in the company of a traditional jazz band and a well-stocked cash bar. If murderous locations are of interest to you, on 14th August there will be a Midsomor Murders Cruise which will take you past many of the famous locations featured in the TV sensation whilst you enjoy an award-winning afternoon tea. One of the most popular public cruises is the Vintage Afternoon Tea Cruise on 25th August featuring everything you’d expect from a proper afternoon tea. To find out about these and many more cruises run by Hobbs of Henley you can visit their website.
If you’re looking for something for the whole family, you might like to look at the Wantage Lego Expo which will see lots of exciting lego models throughout the whole of the Vale & Downland Museum as well as loads of hands-on Lego activities. The event runs until 31st August and more information can be found on the Museum Website.
With lots of adventures to be had this summer, why not head to Stonor Park? There are nature trails, Robin Hood events, Pirates and Princesses themed adventures and the Mud & Guts outdoor adventures, there’s something for every child throughout August. To check dates and availability and to book tickets, please visit the Stonor Park Website.
Whilst visiting the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens this year, don’t forget that there will be special Birds of Prey Demonstrations throughout August and during the summer by Cotswold Falconry. Check the dates on the Cotswold Wildlife Park Website.
At the Oxford Museum of Natural History there is a packed month of activities ahead in August including Spotlight Specimen talks, Tentacle-tastic afternoon featuring crafts and close up views of tentacle creatures and loads more family-friendly activities. See all their August events and book tickets where required on the museum website.
In a similar vein, the Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum also has lots of events throughout August suitable for all different tastes. These activities include geocaching, yoga, summer family crafting and open air productions which include A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A full list of activities and information on booking (where required) is on the Botanic Gardens Website.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Ashmolean Museum who are also running a full programme of events in August including a Roman Holiday for mini Centurions, Hands-On Coins for budding numismatists, Sketching in the Cast Gallery for the artists amongst you and even a Rooftop Evening featuring ‘Gin ‘n’ Jazz’. All the information can be found on the Ashmolean Website.
Hopefully we’ve managed to find something for everyone this month in and around Oxford, especially for those looking for activities to keep children out of mischief this summer! As always, our team are always on hand to help you with any aspect of your stay, so don’t be shy to ask. We still have availability in August for anyone who still needs a last minute break, so click to book now!
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