Top ten outdoor activities in Oxfordshire
June 27, 2017 at 1:46 PM
If you thought that getting out and about in Oxfordshire was all about wandering the ancient colleges that made Inspector Morse so famous, then think again. There is more to the county than its famous university, and here we take a look at ten outdoor activities that will appeal to the whole family for a summer day out.
1. Oxford river cruises
What could be nicer on a summer's afternoon than a leisurely cruise through the heart of Oxford? Everything from a half-hour trip to a full day's charter is available, and boats depart from Folly Bridge.
2. Visit Oxford tours
While we are in the centre of Oxford, how about a proper tour of all the sights on land? Visit Oxford specialises in small groups (maximum five per group), meaning that you get that personal touch – and as we said earlier, there is more to Oxford than the colleges!
3. Bainton Bikes tours
Here's an interesting way to see the city. Bainton Bikes offers both guided tours by bike or simple bicycle hire so that you can explore the city for yourself. They are based on Walton Street.
4. Punting tours
We just can't resist one more way of exploring Oxford. Punting is one of the most traditional ways of getting around for visitors and residents alike, and at Magdalen Bridge Boat House, you can hire a punt for as long as you like. They will even give you some basic training if you have never tried punting before.
5. Crocodiles of the World
Venturing beyond Oxford itself, did you know that Oxfordshire is home to the UK's only crocodile zoo? Situated in Brize Norton, Crocodiles of the World has more than 100 creatures from 14 different species. There are special events on every day, and feeding time is always extremely popular.
6. Millet's Farm Falconry Centre
The Centre is home to more than 80 birds of prey, including falcons, hawks, owls, eagles and lots more. There are flying demonstrations every day, and opportunities to get up close to these magnificent birds.
7. Hobbs of Henley
Henley is well known for its boating connections, and Hobbs is situated in the heart of its famous marina. From luxury passenger vessels for a corporate event, to self-drive motor launch hire or a sunset champagne cruise, they can definitely provide what you need for a river experience to remember.
8. Canoeing on the Thames
If you like your river adventure to be a little more basic, then just up the road from Hobbs, you will find Henley Canoe Hire. With canoes designed to carry anythin from one to three adults, and the option to hire for anything from an hour to a day, they can cater to every rower's needs.
9. AV Boats
For boating adventures with a difference, try AV Boats in Wallingford. As well as canoes, they offer rowing boats and kayaks for hire, meaning that a fun day out is guaranteed for the whole family.
10. London Rally School
Finally, one for the big kids. Based in Bicester, this well-established rally school offers driver tuition and rally driving experiences. Go on, unleash your inner Lewis Hamilto
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