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May half term things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire

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May half term things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire

Things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this May half term.

From unmissable child-friendly shows to unearthing adventures in the great outdoors, we’ve scoured the length and breadth of Oxfordshire and put together a list of the best May half term activities, events and things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

And with shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and bars reopening this May, thankfully, there’s plenty to do with or without the kids – even if a downpour threatens to send you inside.

Whatever you get up to this May bank holiday and half-term, do stay alert to stay safe, and remember that you can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or a group of any size from 2 households. You can meet outside in a group of up to 30 people.

Discover the best activities, events and things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this May half term.

Spring 2021 Jousting Tournament at Blenheim Palace - things to do in Oxfordshire this bank holiday
30 April to 02 May

Spring 2022 Jousting Tournament Blenheim Palace

A jousting Tournament on the South Lawn at Blenheim Palace featuring the Knights of Middle England, Falconry and other attractions.

Find a new favourite read

Get them reading and fuel their imagination this half term with a great selection of books. Our local bookshops are busting with books to keep adventurers of all ages well entertained for hours on rainy days. And what’s more, the money from the books you buy will go a long way towards supporting our local bookshops.

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Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee at River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames
20 May to 21 June

Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee

This exciting exhibition from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, takes you on a journey into the colourful imagination of illustrator David McKee.

Get baking

From quick and easy bakes like chocolate brownies to tasty classics like lemon drizzle cake, find inspiration to keep the whole family busy this half term with our collection of family-friendly bakes. So what are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves, find a recipe and bake something mouthwatering.

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From 26 May

Didcot Railway Centre

In addition to their Spring Steam Days, Didcot Railway Centre will be hosting a Spring Bank Holiday Steam Up – a rare chance to see and ride behind three contrasting GWR passenger locomotives.

Unearth new outdoor adventures

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Meat The Future Exhibition at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Until 08 May

Meat The Future Exhibition

A special exhibition presenting cutting edge research on the environmental and health impacts of eating meat and offering visitors a variety of compelling future scenarios.

Visit a farmers’ market

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Various dates

Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway – 2021 Events

The Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway reopened for the 2021 season in April and will be running miniature locomotives for passenger carrying rides on various dates.

The fun doesn’t stop when the rain starts

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Workshops for children



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