Woodstock looks beautiful throughout the seasons but in summertime the town really comes to life and makes an ideal day out for families. Here’s our top reasons to pay Woodstock a visit this summer:
- Friendly welcomes galore
The shops have thrown open their doors once more and like so many independent businesses, Woodstock’s have valiantly weathered the storm of the last year. They are so thrilled to see visitors back in the town so whether you’re doing a spot of window shopping or spending some pocket money pennies, you’ll be sure of a very warm welcome.
- Making learning fun!
Regardless of the typical British weather, there’s plenty to do in the rain or shine. Woodstock’s two museums are bound to appeal and are ideal to duck into if the heavens open. Younger children will love discovering the dinosaurs at The Oxfordshire Museum where they can also complete the free trails and borrow explorer packs. Look out for special children’s workshops and activities in holiday times. There’s plenty to interest all ages with a Skeleton Science exhibition running until the end of August.
Don’t forget the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum too (located just behind in the grounds of The Oxfordshire Museum). With fun and interactive hunts, SOFO is packed with storytelling experiences from World War Two. And if you have a Spy fan amongst you they will love the Lifting the Veil of Secrecy Exhibition featuring objects from the James Bond films. Remember if you have a Blenheim Palace pass, you can now gain free entry to SOFO too!
- Wildlife hunting
Head a few minutes away from the town centre towards Old Woodstock and you’ll discover the Water Meadows. With the River Glyme running through it, it’s a real haven for spotting wildlife and a beautiful walk. Plus it’s not too big so suitable for little legs. There’s several entrances but the easiest to find is just before The Black Prince pub, opposite the side gate to Blenheim.
- Time for play
Along with its beautiful grounds and gardens, Blenheim Palace has two wonderful playgrounds situated in its Walled Garden. There’s a smaller playground with large garden games and then an adventure playground (for older children) where you can also find a sandpit. While you’re there why not grab a snack from their pizza café! Children will also love the miniature train that transports visitors between the Palace and Walled Garden.
- I’m hungry!
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch in Woodstock. There’s an array of cafes, pubs and restaurants offering hot and cold meals as well as takeaway options. Our website lists the best food places in Woodstock.
If you opt for a takeaway on a sunny day you can’t beat taking a rest on a bench in front of the town hall. From here you get a wonderful view of the bustling market square around you.
- Ice cream lovers
No family day out is complete without an ice cream! A firm favourite already, Alfonso’s Gelateria opened in Woodstock last year and sells delicious Italian gelato in a huge range of flavours. But there’s plenty of other places to swing by and grab an ice cream including Woodstock Coffee Shop, Hampers Deli, Blenheim Sandwich Company or even The Post Office. The difficulty will be getting your children to choose which one!
- Discover Woodstock’s history
Once you’re refuelled and reenergised, you could take a wander around the town itself. You’ll discover history and hidden gems around every corner. Take a look at our guide which includes a walk that starts in the centre of town.
And don’t forget to enter our Summer Photography Competition! Send a photo or two of your time in Woodstock this summer and be in with the chance of winning a fab prize. Competition details can be found on our website or our Instagram.