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10 Great Things To Do This February Half Term in Oxford

The kids are out of school for a week and there’s nothing more frustrating than having to find endless amounts of things to keep them busy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 10 things to do this February Half Term in Oxford so you can spend every day making memories and wearing those little ones out. From exploring creepy castles and massive mansions to getting a bit of fresh air and some animal cuddles, there are plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

1. Visit Oxford Castle and Prison

Oxford Castle looking moody at Sunset
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Grab your trowels and get ready to dig this February half-term at Oxford Castle and Prison. Kids will love discovering replica coins or mosaic tiles and learning about the history of Oxford’s most historical landmarks. Recommended for children aged 5 to 11, they are sure to have a memorable day out. 

Looking for something for the older children in your household? Why not book an experience day where they can try to break out of jail, solve a murder, or even go on a spooky ghost hunt? It will keep you and them entertained for hours.

2. Take a Tour of a Museum

For a small city, Oxford packs a serious cultural punch with so many museums rivalling those you may find in London. So if you’re looking for things to do this February Half Term in Oxford, make sure you check out one or a few of its museums. 

Develop your child’s comic book-making skills at The Story Museum, discover unmissable architecture at the Pitt Rivers Museum, and uncover dino skeletons at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Plus with plenty more to explore you could visit a new one every day of the half term and still need to come back again.

3. Explore an Oxford College

Whatever age your children are, a trip to one of Oxford’s University Colleges is a must. They are filled with history and have so much to offer. Spend an evening listening to the choir at Christ Church College

Spend your day walking in the shoes of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley in the courtyard of New College. Or spend a couple of hours in the state-of-the-art library and study centre at St John’s College.

For more information why not take a look at our guide on the top 10 easiest colleges to visit in Oxford?

4. Visit Science Oxford Live

Science Oxford aims to inspire young people about STEM. They offer various activities, from family fun days to workshops and education weeks. There’s a little something here for everyone. Whether your child loves learning new skills, has a keen interest in Science or has shown an interest in STEM careers, this is the place to take them this February half term in Oxford.

5. See a Play At The Theatre

What better way to spend an afternoon than with a live music show, play, comedy or performance at the theatre? From live music and well-known comedians to pantomimes and child-friendly movies, there are plenty of places across Oxford and The Cotswolds to keep you entertained.

Here are our top 5 theatres:

6. Get Cuddles at Petting Zoos and Farms

Three otters at the Cotswolds wildlife park.
Imaged Credit: Ray Harrington via Unsplash

Who doesn’t love a good bit of animal fun? Treat yourself and your kids to a day out at one of the many petting zoos and farms around Oxford. Get eye-to-eye with Giraffes, walk with lemurs, and watch Rhinos as they graze at The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. Discover over 15 species of crocodiles at Crocodiles of the World and stroke the soft fur of donkeys at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary.

7. Discover Blenheim Palace

Located in Woodstock, Blenheim Palace always has something going on. Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, or February half term. This year, hop aboard the miniature train, wind your way through the Malborough Maze, and explore the incredible state rooms inside the palace. 

You and your loved ones even get the chance to meet Deliah the cow and all her animal friends. It’s guaranteed to be a great family fun day out, this February Half Term in Oxford.

8. Get Creative With Some Arts & Crafts

Come rain or shine, a great way to pass the time and keep the little ones and yourself entertained is with some arts and crafts. Whilst you can gather up some paper, paints, and pens at home, why not try something a little more exciting? The Pottery Place allows you to paint your own pottery, participate in workshops, and get creative in the craft studio making personalised gifts and more to share with those you love. You can also unleash your creativity at The Funky Teapot.

9. Go for a Walk

A family (mum, grandparents, and two children) walking through Oxford town centre.
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This February Half Term in Oxford spend some time in the great outdoors. Put on those walking boots, grab those warm jackets, hats, and scarves, and head off on a cross-country adventure. Take a relaxing stroll down the Oxford Canal, explore the Chiltern Hills and Warburg Nature Reserve, and marvel at the views from Uffington White Horse.

10. Take a Ride on a Steam Train

No matter whether you or your little ones are train enthusiasts, a ride on the Didcot Railway is always a firm favourite. At Didcot Railway Centre you’ll discover over 200 years of railway heritage sprawled across 21 acres. From the air raid shelter and engine shed to the carriage wagon display and signalling centre, there’s a wealth of interesting things to explore this February half term in Oxford.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these additional blogs on things to do in Oxford and the Cotswolds:

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