Out & About | Summer holidays in the Cotswolds

….and spreading down towards and in Oxford.

You may have noticed with a couple of these random ‘outside of London’ posts that one of the three of us pocketnannies does not live or nanny in London, any longer. Now and again we try and give you an idea of what is going on beyond the m25!

With summer holiday fast approaching, especially for private schools, here is a run down of things to do in this area.

Crocodiles of the World
Near to Brize Norton RAF base, Crocodiles of the World is the only crocodile zoo in the UK and is well worth the visit! Watch them being fed, see over 12 species of crocodile in one place, see hatchlings explore their new environments as well as book in for keeper and VIP experiences. If you are heading to the Cotswolds this summer, be sure to drop in here. Crocodiles are such interesting animals, and I think quite mysterious, I’m sure there are many young children (and you adults too!) who would love to get up close and learn a bit more about these creatures. It’s definitely on our summer hit list.
More info.


Oxford PlayhouseIMG_1323
25-29 July. Around the world in 80 days.
“Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.” Set to be a comical time for all to see. Viewing age recommended 7+. More info.

22-26 August. The Gruffalo.
Need I say more? An all time classic, which all children will love. For slightly older children it will be great for them to see The Gruffalo being shown in a different way. More info.


New Oxford Theatre

24-26 August. Dinosaur World.
For any dinosaur lovers out there, this has surely got to be the show for them. “A brand new dino-mite adventure! Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new for show all the family.
Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs.”


You can even meet the dinosaurs after the show! More info.

Cotswold Water ParkIMG_1328
Reports from here have all been great thus far, from grandparents and nannies recommending it to me for a great day out! The park has had a new beach renovation which has just recently opened this year and the pictures are beautiful. A ‘real’ beach in the heart of the Cotswolds….where did that sun go!?
With activities such as archery, paintballing, horse riding, canoeing and inflatable rides, there’s sure to be something for everyone. But I have been told to get there early…some unsightly queues are to be known here!
More info.

Batsford Arboretum

Family Sharshooters Photography Workshop
Be taught how to use a camera and learn about nature all at the same time. Complete the photography challenges and receive feedback on your work to be in with a chance to win a prize. More info.

Jungle BookIMG_1329
27th July.
Open air theatre production of the Jungle book. For 5yrs+ but younger children still welcome. Bring a blanket and picnic. More info.

Blenheim Palace

We Summer Jousting Tournament
18-20th August.
“Gallant knights and their noble steeds will battle for glory in a spectacular jousting tournament charging in the traditional tilt, and battling on foot with the mighty mace and quarter staff.”

Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport
27/28th August.
Need I say more. For car lovers of any age, this is the place to be. A hugely popular event at Blenheim Palace and so worth the crowds and visit.

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