FAMILY DAYS OUT
MON 28 AUG - SUN 3 SEP 2017
Tuckers’ Feast Family Food Festival, Cogges Manor Farm, Mon 28 Aug
Cogges are throwing a massive family feasting fun day on Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate ‘Tuckers’ Feast’ – a trad Witney feast that was held in honour of the master weavers of local blanket factories. As well as lots of tasty food stalls, there’ll be cookery demos, a chance to get involved in the manor house kitchen with local food heroes, live music, a summer bar and heaps of stuff to keep the kids entertained.
Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, cogges.org.uk
Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem, River & Rowing Museum Henley, until 24 Sept
Bounce over to Henley for the River and Rowing Museum’s latest kid-friendly attraction – Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem. This exhibition includes original artworks, first editions and early Peter Rabbit merchandise. You can can even help Mrs Tiggywinkle hang up the laundry or visit Mrs Rabbit’s burrow! Dress up (probably best to save your bunny girl outfit for another day), help in Mr MacGregor’s Garden and listen to stories.
Rotherfield Greys village fete, Sun 3 September
Your classic family-fun village fete, complete with tombola, splat-the-rat, cakes and a pop-up pub. Except Rotherfield Greys, near Henley-on-Thames, take this tradition to a whole new level of fancy – it’s held in the gorgeous gardens of National Trust property Greys Court. There’s a Beauty & The Beast costume theme (which one I’ll go as depends on how long I have to get ready that morning) and the fun starts at 12pm.
Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court
Dinosaur World, Banbury Museum, now – 9 Sept
This is a summer hols saviour if you have little ones who love dinosaurs. At Banbury Museum they can create their own dinosaur lands, creature, masks and fossil collages and even a hatching dino baby. It’s on Saturdays and every day during the Oxon school holidays, with two daily sessions: 10:30am – 12:30pm or 2pm – 4pm.
Parallel London, Sun 3 Sep
Parallel London is a fully accessible fun run and free family festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Featuring nine inclusive zones, you can expect; performances from comedy sister act ‘The Mandeville Sisters’; Burlexercise, music-making and mindfulness workshops; a Pongathon, 3ft high skate ramp, as well as various food and drink stalls.
Tractor Ted, Stonor Park , Sun 3 Sep
If your nippers’ two favourite things in the world are Tractor Ted and bouncy castles then 3 Sep sure is their lucky day. A giant Tractor Ted bouncy castle will be popping up at Stonor Park, Bucks, ideal for letting off some end-of-the-summer-hols steam. Suitable for under 7s, the activities also include getting up close with animals at the mobile farm, a Tractor Ted driving test and a bout of welly wanging. Which always sounds a bit rude to us but we’re sure it’s good wholesome family fun.
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, stonor.com
Bucks Railway Centre, Quainton, bucksrailwaycentre.org
Knights in Training, Windsor Castle, Sat 2 Sept
Her Maj is having a spring clean of her knights. And who can blame her after the embarrassment they have caused with their tax dodging and sex scandals. Now Windsor Castle will host its biggest ever Family Festival and train young knights in the historic Quadrangle to sword fight, joust and other heroic stuff. If they pass muster, they’ll be ‘knighted’ in St George’s Chapel.
Journey Into Space, Eden Project, Thurs 27 July – Sun 3 Sept
After a couple of years of dinosaur fun, Eden’s new summer theme is all about outer space, offering a chance to explore the solar system and discover the secrets of our galaxy, with a solar safari experience, astronaut academy and alien encounter.
The Beach Bluewater, Greenhithe, 1-3 Sept
Admitedly it’s not quiiiiiite the same as sunning yourself in the sand of some far flung island, but if you’ve got some last minute school shopping to do you could also take in The Beach feature, at Bluewater as a late summer hurrah. There’s your classic seaside funfair rides, (helter skelter, bumper cars, the log flume and carousel) Watch out for appearances from jugglers, mermaids, Brazilian dancers and Punch & Judy plus tonnes of sand and a giant paddling pool. Then the kids can pay you back by behaving like angels while you sneak in a quick shop at Anthropologie.
War of the Roses Live! Warwick Castle, twice daily until Sun Sept 3
This summer Warwick Castle is staging a thrilling live action War of the Roses horseback battle twice-a-day. Think Game of Thrones for kids. The real-life War of the Roses story has something of a GoT quality to it – a series of battles fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1485 between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. It’s somewhat diluted for dramatic effect but perfectly pitched for bringing history to life to kids of all ages…Medieval Glamping in the Knight’s Village is also now available over the summer. Read my review here.