The Royal Oxford Roundup – Summer Holiday Special
What's Happening in Oxford in July?
With the summer holidays looming large on the horizon it can be hard to think of things to do with your family during that long 6 week break. A visit to Oxford will not disappoint, and is the perfect staycation with something for everyone in and around our beautiful city. Find out more about our [family rooms here https://www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk/rooms/family-hotel-room-oxford ] and [book now https://www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk/book ] to avoid disappointment.
Oxford has many claims to fame, one of the biggest being a filming location for the enchanting books and blockbuster film franchise Harry Potter. Budding wizards and witches and curious muggles will love nothing more than to visit some of the iconic scenes from their favourite films. The [Bodleian Libraries https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson] boasts two features with the Divinity School acting as the Hogwarts Infirmary and Duke Humphrey’s Library as the Hogwarts Library. Also featured in the film are the New College Cloisters and Christ Church [https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/].
Whilst you're on a literary quest, you can also take in some of the inspiring locations that inspired the timeless classic Alice in Wonderland such as [Christ Church https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/ ] where Alice and her sisters once walked, as well as the little door through which it is said Alice first discovered Wonderland. The 6th July is especially wonderful for Alice fans as Alice’s Day descends on the city when you will be able to partake in a tea party, play croquet and much more.
The Story Museum [ https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/ ] are also hosting lots of fun, interactive workshops for children of all ages this summer, with 'ABC Story' for 0-3 year olds and 'Summer Story Walks' that the whole family can join in with there's something for everyone to be found here whilst the exhibitions are closed for refurbishment.
If the weather is inclement, it could be the perfect opportunity to visit some of the wonderful museums Oxford has to offer. The [Ashmolean Museum https://www.ashmolean.org/ ] is the University of Oxford's museum of Art and Archaeology with free exhibitions and displays ranging from ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’ showing what the people of Pompeii loved to eat and drink to 'Harry Potter Tour at the Ashmolean’ which will give you some insight into the history behind Hogwarts. There are also interactive family sessions with activities for children.
Just outside the city you will find the [Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens https://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/ ] which is set in over 160 acres of beautiful parkland. There is a diverse collection of species including many which are endangered in the wild which includes birds, mammals and reptiles – all sure delight young and old alike. The gardens are beautifully kept by a team of dedicated gardeners and are well worth a visit too.
Hopefully this roundup of Oxford in the summer holidays has helped you to plan your visit, but our local, knowledgeable colleagues are always on hand to help with day out and activity suggestions and advice on getting around.
We look forward to seeing you and your families very soon!
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