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Benson Waterfront is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection, boasting a magnificent location on the banks of the River Thames.
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Faringdon Grange is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, nestled into picturesque Oxfordshire countryside.
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Escape to picturesque Oxfordshire with a break at The Springs Resort & Golf Club, which is part of our Magnificent Collection.
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oxfordshire Park & Visitor Guide

Oxfordshire, a gem in the heart of England, offers more than just its world-renowned university. It's a playground for families seeking adventure, with activities ranging from punting on the Thames to exploring the Cotswolds' rolling hills. Foodies, get ready for a treat with traditional pubs serving hearty British fare and modern eateries offering innovative dishes. Did you know? Oxfordshire is home to the oldest public museum in the world, the Ashmolean. Opting for a family break at a UK holiday park here means embracing convenience and variety. It's all about making memorable experiences without the hassle, perfect for families eager to explore and unwind.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Oxfordshire?

Oxfordshire is not just about its prestigious university; it's a county brimming with culture, stunning landscapes, and activities that make it perfect for a family holiday park break. **In 2024, the area is buzzing with new attractions and events**, including family-friendly festivals that celebrate everything from food to music and literature.

What sets Oxfordshire apart? Its blend of historical sites, like the ancient White Horse Hill, and modern attractions, such as the interactive exhibits at The Story Museum. Choosing a holiday park here offers the flexibility to explore at your own pace, with the comfort of knowing you have a family-friendly base to return to each day.

If you're visiting Oxfordshire with kids

Absolutely, Oxfordshire is a playground for kids. From exploring the magical world of Harry Potter at Oxford's Christ Church to getting hands-on with science at The Look Out Discovery Centre, there's no shortage of adventures.

Why a holiday park? It's simple: **space, freedom, and facilities**. Kids can make friends at the play areas, splash around in the pool, and you've got the flexibility of self-catering.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes
  2. Weather-appropriate clothing (it's the UK, after all!)
  3. Swimwear for pool days
  4. A backpack for day trips
  5. Portable games or books for quiet evenings
  6. Sunscreen and hats for sunny days out
  7. A camera or smartphone for capturing memories

Pet Friendly Oxfordshire Adventures

Oxfordshire welcomes pets with open arms. Many holiday parks in the area are pet-friendly, offering dedicated walking areas and facilities. For dining out, **The Perch in Binsey** and **The Trout at Tadpole Bridge** are just a couple of the pubs that welcome furry friends.

A tip for pet owners: always check in advance about any specific pet policies, especially regarding size or breed restrictions, to ensure a smooth stay.

Dog walking ideas in Oxfordshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Port Meadow 4.5 River and meadow OX2 6YB
Shotover Country Park 6 Woodland and hills OX3 8TA
Blenheim Palace Grounds Variable Lakes and gardens OX20 1PP
Thames Path Variable River OX1 4RP
Wychwood Wild Garden 2.5 Woodland and ponds OX7 6BD

Dining at the park, or heading out

Holiday parks often boast their own on-site restaurants, offering convenience after a day of exploring. For a taste of local cuisine, **try the famous Oxfordshire Banbury cake**, a spiced, fruity treat.

For family-friendly dining, **The Milk Shed** in Weston-on-the-Green offers delicious homemade ice cream and a menu that appeals to all ages. Couples might enjoy **The Nut Tree Inn** in Murcott, a Michelin-starred pub serving up exquisite dishes in a cosy setting.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Oxfordshire is home to several outdoor activity centres like **Hill End Outdoor Centre** and **Oxford Wet n Wild**. From kayaking and paddleboarding to high ropes and archery, there's something for every thrill-seeker. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £15-£30 per person for most activities. Always check seasonal opening times to plan your visit accordingly.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Bicester Village Designer Outlet Luxury brands OX26 6WD
Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre High street brands OX1 1TR
Covered Market Oxford Market Local crafts and food OX1 3DZ
Clarendon Shopping Centre Shopping Centre Fashion and electronics OX1 3JE
The Old Flight House Antiques Centre Vintage goods OX25 3TJ

Top Parks for 2024 in Oxfordshire

Blenheim Edge, Oxfordshire

Driving Distance: 20 minutes (12 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

Blenheim Edge Holiday Park

About this park: Blenheim Edge is a family-friendly holiday park nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Oxfordshire, offering a tranquil retreat with a range of luxurious lodges, an on-site spa, and direct access to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For the kids - This park is a paradise for children, featuring an adventure playground, mini-golf, and a dedicated kids' club offering various activities from arts and crafts to nature trails, ensuring they're entertained throughout their stay.

What's on-site? Blenheim Edge boasts an array of on-site facilities including a state-of-the-art gym, a heated indoor swimming pool with a separate children's pool, a spa offering a range of treatments, and a family-friendly restaurant serving locally sourced dishes. There's also a convenience store for all your essentials.

What's nearby? The historic city of Oxford is just a 20-minute drive away, where you can explore the famous Oxford University colleges (entry from £2 per person), the Oxford Castle and Prison (£12.95 for adults, £7.75 for children), and the Pitt Rivers Museum (free entry). The Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens is also nearby, a 30-minute drive, with tickets priced at £16.50 for adults and £11.50 for children.

Accommodation options: The park offers a range of accommodation options from luxury lodges to spacious static caravans, perfect for couples, groups, and families. All lodges are equipped with modern amenities, and many are pet friendly, so you don't have to leave your furry friends behind.

Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire

Driving Distance: 1 hour (45 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

Cotswold Water Park

About this park: Cotswold Water Park is an exceptional holiday destination offering a unique blend of luxury accommodation and exhilarating water sports in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside, surrounded by over 40 square miles of lakes.

For the kids - The park is a haven for young adventurers, with activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing. There's also an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine, plus an outdoor adventure playground and a climbing wall.

What's on-site? Guests can enjoy a variety of dining options, including a lakeside restaurant, a pizzeria, and a café. The park also features a fully equipped gym, a spa with a range of treatments, and a convenience store. The highlight is the on-site water sports centre offering lessons and equipment hire.

What's nearby? The picturesque town of Cirencester is just a 15-minute drive away, offering a range of shops, cafes, and historical sites such as the Roman Amphitheatre (free entry) and the Corinium Museum (£5.95 for adults, £3.25 for children). The Cotswold Country Park and Beach is also nearby, offering a sandy beach and swimming area, with an entry fee of £12 per vehicle.

Accommodation options: Cotswold Water Park provides a variety of accommodation, from stylish apartments to spacious lakeside lodges, ideal for families, couples, and groups. While pets are not allowed in the accommodation, the park offers plenty of outdoor spaces for walks and exploration.

Thames Retreat, Berkshire

Driving Distance: 1 hour 10 minutes (50 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

Thames Retreat

About this park: Thames Retreat is a picturesque riverside holiday park in Berkshire, offering luxurious lodges with stunning views of the Thames, perfect for a peaceful getaway with family or a romantic retreat. The park prides itself on its serene environment and high-quality accommodation.

For the kids - The park offers a safe and secure environment for children to play, with a dedicated play area and plenty of green spaces for outdoor games. The proximity to the Thames allows for gentle riverside walks and picnics, making it an ideal location for family bonding.

What's on-site? While Thames Retreat focuses on providing a tranquil setting for relaxation, it offers essential amenities such as a small shop for groceries, a café serving light meals and snacks, and a communal BBQ area for guests to enjoy. The emphasis is on enjoying the natural beauty and peacefulness of the surroundings.

What's nearby? The historic town of Windsor is just a 30-minute drive away, where you can visit Windsor Castle (£23.50 for adults, £13.50 for children) and Legoland Windsor Resort (£29 per person online booking). For nature lovers, the nearby Windsor Great Park offers beautiful landscapes and walking trails (free entry).

Accommodation options: Thames Retreat offers a selection of two and three-bedroom lodges, all featuring modern interiors, fully equipped kitchens, and private decking areas overlooking the river. The park is pet friendly, allowing you to bring along your dogs to enjoy the scenic walks.

Forest of Dean Lodges, Gloucestershire

Driving Distance: 1 hour 30 minutes (70 miles) | Sleeps: 10 | Pet friendly? Yes

Forest of Dean Lodges

About this park: Set within the enchanting Forest of Dean, this holiday park offers a magical escape with its luxury lodges nestled among towering trees, providing a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation for families, couples, and groups seeking an immersive nature experience.

For the kids - Children will delight in the forest's natural playground, with activities such as tree-top adventures, zip-lining, and mountain biking. The park also offers guided nature walks and wildlife spotting, making it an educational as well as fun-filled destination for young explorers.

What's on-site? The park features an on-site restaurant serving delicious local cuisine, a cosy café, and a shop stocked with essentials and local produce. Guests can also take advantage of the bike hire service to explore the surrounding forest trails. The highlight is the outdoor hot tubs available with select lodges, offering a serene way to relax after a day of adventure.

What's nearby? The historic market town of Coleford is just a 10-minute drive away, offering quaint shops and cafes. For a unique underground experience, the Clearwell Caves (£7.50 for adults, £5.50 for children) are nearby, and the stunning Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint is a must-visit, offering breathtaking views of the Wye Valley (free entry, parking £1).

Accommodation options: The Forest of Dean Lodges offers a wide range of accommodation, from cosy one-bedroom lodges perfect for couples to spacious four-bedroom lodges that can accommodate up to 10 guests, making it ideal for larger families or groups. Many of the lodges are pet friendly, and some feature private hot tubs for an extra touch of luxury.

Family Days Out In Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a goldmine for family fun, with its mix of outdoor adventures and educational experiences. Whether you're staying at one of the holiday parks in Oxfordshire or just visiting for the day, there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Blenheim Palace

  • Opening Times: 10:30 - 17:30
  • Prices: Adults £28.50, Children £16.50
  • Postcode: OX20 1PP
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Blenheim Palace isn't just any old stately home; it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history. Kids will love the miniature train and the adventure playground, while adults can appreciate the stunning architecture and gardens. Don't miss the new Winston Churchill exhibition for a deep dive into the life of this iconic figure.

Phone number: 01993 810530 | Web:

Cotswold Wildlife Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Adults £16.50, Children £11.50
  • Postcode: OX18 4JP
  • Est. time required: 4-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

A day out at Cotswold Wildlife Park is perfect for animal lovers of all ages. Get up close with everything from giraffes to penguins. The park is huge, so consider renting a buggy to cover more ground. The picnic areas are lovely, so pack a lunch to enjoy amidst the animals.

Phone number: 01993 823006 | Web:

Didcot Railway Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:30 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £11, Children £9
  • Postcode: OX11 7NJ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby public car parks

Train enthusiasts, young and old, will be in heaven at Didcot Railway Centre. Explore a vast collection of steam engines, take a ride on a heritage train, and learn all about the golden age of rail travel. The live steam days are particularly magical, offering a real step back in time.

Phone number: 01235 817200 | Web:

Oxford Castle & Prison

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Prices: Adults £13.95, Children £7.75
  • Postcode: OX1 1AY
  • Est. time required: 2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Westgate Shopping Centre

Dive into the darker side of Oxford's history at Oxford Castle & Prison. The guided tours are led by characters in costume who bring the tales of this ancient building to life. Climbing the Saxon St George's Tower offers an unbeatable view of the city. It's a bit spooky, making it a hit with older kids.

Phone number: 01865 260666 | Web:

The Story Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £8, Children £8
  • Postcode: OX1 1BP
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Westgate Shopping Centre

The Story Museum is a unique spot that celebrates the power of storytelling. Interactive exhibits and immersive galleries bring stories to life in a way that will captivate kids and adults alike. The Enchanted Library and the Whispering Wood are particularly magical. It's an inspiring day out for budding writers and avid readers.

Phone number: 01865 790050 | Web:

Thrupp Canoe and Kayak Hire

  • Opening Times: 09:30 - 18:00
  • Prices: Varies by activity
  • Postcode: OX5 1JZ
  • Est. time required: Half-day or full-day hire
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For a bit of adventure, head to Thrupp Canoe and Kayak Hire for a day on the water. It's a fantastic way to see the countryside from a different perspective. No experience is necessary, as they offer equipment and guidance for all levels. Paddling along the Oxford Canal is both peaceful and exhilarating.

Phone number: 01865 376176 | Web:

Each of these attractions offers something unique for families enjoying their stay at holiday parks in Oxfordshire or those just passing through. From historical explorations to animal adventures and water sports, there's something for everyone in this beautiful county.


This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a blend of relaxation and adventure. Oxfordshire holiday parks like Hardwick Parks offer spacious accommodations and a variety of activities for all ages. From swimming pools to nature trails, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained. Plus, the sense of community is strong, with friendly faces around every corner.

What should I pack when visiting Oxfordshire?

Pack for the weather, which can be unpredictable. Include layers for chilly evenings and waterproofs for rainy days. Don’t forget your swimwear for the pool and comfortable shoes for exploring. Oxfordshire's countryside is stunning, so bring a camera. And, of course, essentials for any holiday park stay: towels, toiletries, and a good book.

Is Oxfordshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Oxfordshire shines year-round. Winter brings cozy pub fires and fewer crowds at iconic spots like Blenheim Palace. Spring and autumn offer stunning natural beauty, perfect for hiking. Plus, many holiday parks, such as Swiss Farm Touring and Camping, offer seasonal activities, making any time a good time to visit.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, cleanliness is top priority. Parks with hot tub facilities, like Riverside Park, ensure a thorough cleaning and water change between guests. They adhere to strict hygiene standards, so you can relax knowing your hot tub is ready and safe for your arrival.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many Oxfordshire holiday parks are pet-friendly, including Bridge Villa Camping and Caravan Park. They understand pets are part of the family. Just check in advance as some parks may have restrictions or require a small fee. Remember to bring everything your furry friend needs to feel at home.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

It's best to book in advance, especially during peak times. Parks like Hardwick Parks offer online booking for activities ranging from water sports to kids' clubs. This ensures you get a spot in popular activities. Some activities can be booked upon arrival, but planning ahead is always recommended.

What’s the best way to explore the local area?

Renting bikes is a fantastic way to see Oxfordshire's countryside. Many holiday parks offer bike rentals or can point you to the nearest hire. Trails like the Thames Path are perfect for families. Don’t miss exploring charming towns like Henley-on-Thames, where you can enjoy riverside picnics and local shops.

Are there any discounts for local attractions?

Yes, some holiday parks offer discount vouchers for local attractions. Check with the reception at your park upon arrival. Attractions like The Oxfordshire Museum and Cotswold Wildlife Park sometimes partner with holiday parks to provide special offers for guests, making it easier to enjoy the best of Oxfordshire without breaking the bank.

What dining options are available in the parks?

Most parks have on-site dining, ranging from casual cafes to full-service restaurants. For example, Riverside Park boasts a lovely riverside pub serving local dishes. Many accommodations also include kitchen facilities, giving you the option to cook. Plus, exploring local eateries in nearby towns is a must-do.

Is there Wi-Fi available?

Yes, the majority of holiday parks in Oxfordshire offer Wi-Fi, either free or for a small fee. Coverage can vary, especially in more rural locations, so it's perfect for a digital detox. If staying connected is essential, check Wi-Fi availability and any associated costs when booking.

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