Parents/grandparents/child minders/older siblings – I salute you! Looking after children all summer is no easy task – making sure they’re entertained, running around and generally doing enough in the daytime so they sleep well at night is a challenge.
We’re here to help! We haven’t got the space for all the children in the office; however we have come up with five great options to entertain your littler ones this summer.
Punting is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in Oxford. I took my eight year old niece out for an adventure day last summer – we set “sail” along the beautiful rivers of Oxford in a constant fit of giggles at our hilarious attempts of making punting look as expert as the professionals, which we almost managed.
As we sang “Just Around the River Bend” (a Disney classic), we had our picnic, applied some more sun cream and used team work to get ourselves back to the boat house. We treated ourselves afterwards to a G&D’s ice cream, the perfect end to an exciting adventure.
Hinksey Outdoor Pool
This pool is one of my favourite summer activities. There’s nothing better on a hot summer’s day then pretending you’re on holiday somewhere exotic – Hinskey Pool is quite possibly the closest you could get to this feeling whilst being in heart of Oxford.
It’s definitely worth making a note of the Fun and Floats session
from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays (fun is even in the name!). There’s also a children’s playground next to the pool, perfect for a post-swim picnic under the shade of the trees.
As with all British summers, you can almost guarantee there will be at least one day of rain. Here at Creation, we know the importance of a wet weather back up – what better way to spend a rainy afternoon then surrounded by thousands of board games in Oxford’s leading Board Game Café.
With fantastic staff who have all the board game knowledge and a great bar offering tea, cake and sandwiches, you’d be surprised at how many hours fly by when you have great company and unlimited entertainment. However, if I were you, I’d steer clear of Monopoly – it seems to cause nothing but family feuds and grumpy faces.
Medley Manor Farm
Childhood reminds me of strawberry picking with my Dad, brother and sister. Strawberry picking consisted of running around picking the strawberries off bushes, eating raspberries and eventually leaving the farm with red faces, red hands and having had a lot of fun.
Medley Manor Farm is one of the three remaining farms in the centre of Oxford who not only have a pick your own but also have a café with ice cream made from the fruit from the farm, a little place to get sandwiches and you can even buy the honey made from bees that live on the farm.
And last but certainly not least – a trip to Creation Theatre. We don’t want to blow our own horns, but as Off-West End finalists for ‘Best Theatre for Young People’ and Oxford’s Number One Theatre on TripAdvisor, you can’t really go wrong with booking tickets to see Swallows and Amazons this summer.
With rival pirate gangs, beautiful songs and unsinkable friendship, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer. Perfect for everyone aged 5 to 95, it’s probably the best thing to do as a family this summer.
Warmest of wishes and have a fantastic summer!