FREE Events and Activities in Oxford over the Summer Holidays
24th July 2015
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All Going on a Summer Holiday at the Museum of Natural History - Come along and enjoy a sensory trail of natural history with lots to see, hear and touch. Every day until 31st August, 10am - 5pm.

The Golden Lyre with Andy Lowings, Festival of Archaeology Performance at the Ashmolean Museum - Take a time travelling trip back to 2500 BC and listen to relaxing music performed by musician Andy Lowings on the historic ‘Golden Lyre’.  25th July, 12.30pm- 1.30pm.


Afternoon Explorers: Bugs at the Museum of Natural History - say ‘Hello’ to some live cockroaches, examine a range of big specimens and get arty with a crafty activity. 27th July, 1pm - 4pm.


Summer Travels: Age of the Samurai at the Ashmolean Museum - Find out about the powerful Japanese Samurai warriors and make a Samurai helmet! 29th and 30th July, 1pm-4pm.


Green Picnic Afternoon July at The Botanic Gardens - Enjoy a lovely picnic with live music, stories, activities and more, plus meet local eco champions! FREE with entry to the Gardens, Saturday 1st August, 1pm - 4pm.


Pitt Stop: Scrap Happy at the Pitt Rivers Museum - Let your imaginations run wild and make something amazing from a pile of junk! Saturday 1st August, 1pm - 4pm.

#BittenStreet at Oxford Castle Quarter - Have a nose around Oxford’s first and only street food collective! Treat the family to some hand-picked yummy food and a slice of cake (and a cocktail or a craft larger for the grown-ups). First Saturday of the month; 1st August, 5th September and 3rd October, 11.30am – 3.30pm.


Summer Travels: Chinese Dragons at the Ashmolean Museum - Make a Chinese dragon puppet, listen to the story of ‘The Dragon's Pearl’ and seek out dragons in the galleries! Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th August, 1pm - 4pm.

Afternoon Explorers: Reptiles at the Museum of Natural History - Discover reptile specimens from the Museum's collections and make something fun to take home. Monday 10 August, 1pm - 4pm.

Summer Travels: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms at the Ashmolean Museum - Travel to ancient Britain and find out how the Anglo-Saxons lived. Packed with craft activities and object handling! Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th August 2015, 1pm - 4pm.

Family Friendly Fun at Pitt Rivers Museum - Pop along for a fun afternoon filled with activity backpacks, trails, craft activities and lots more. Every Sunday until August 23rd, 2pm - 4pm.


Bags of Fun at Museum of Natural History - Borrow a backpack full of activities and embark on an adventure around the museum. Every Tuesday until 25th August, 2pm - 4pm. and


Hands on Coins at the Ashmolean Museum - Have a close look at a wide selection of historical coins and ponder their history – do you know who they belonged to hundreds of years ago? Every Saturday until 29th August, 11.30am - 3.30pm.

Oxford Castle Unlocked - Head on down to the 1000 year old castle prison for a tour steeped in history with lots of unbelievable stories and facts told by enthusiastic people dressed in convincing costumes of the era. Children go FREE, 21st July - 2nd September (weekdays only).

Epic Egypt at the River and Rowing Museum - Enter the terrifying tombs if you dare and uncover the secrets of the dead, learn to write your name in hieroglyphs and dress like an Egyptian Mummy, plus lots more! FREE with admission, 18th June - 20th September.

Magna Carta: Medieval Life in Oxford at the Museum of Oxford - Come and say hello with the whole family and take a peek into what life was once like in Oxford hundreds of years ago! Every Monday and Thursday, 27th July - 20th August, 10.30am - 12.30pm.


Summer Travels: Ancient Egypt at the Ashmolean Museum - Step back into the past and travel the River Nile, make a model boat and find out about ancient Egyptian river gods. Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th August, 1pm - 4pm.

Afternoon Explorers: Whales at the Museum of Natural History - Find out more about these amazing ocean mammals and enjoy some whale-inspired craft activities. Monday 24th August, 1pm - 4pm.


Summer Travels: Ancient Greece at the Ashmolean Museum - Visit Olympia in ancient Greece, find out about the first Olympic Games over 2500 years ago and make a victorious laurel wreath. Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August 2015, 1pm - 4pm.

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