Family days out in Oxfordshire

In the depths of winter, the days are short and and the months can seem awfully long. Hibernation indoors is tempting, but not an option with kids who are coiled, spring-like, with pent-up energy.

The only thing for it, is to get the whole family out of the house for a change of scene and run-about in the outdoors. Our places in and around Oxfordshire feel particularly special in winter. They're quieter, with acres of space to run and play.

Gardens and parkland are sculptural in their sleep, but there are sticks, cones and acorns to find. There are robins and blue tits looking for seeds and company. On a warmish day you might spot squirrels searching out their winter stash for a snack.

Whatever the weather, your family will get a warm welcome from us this winter.

Two little girls splashing in puddle with parents in background

7 ways to get kids out for a walk

A child who has run around in the fresh air is so much nicer to be around. And if it’s in a beautiful place then we’re happy too. But persuading a child away from a screen in a cosy room into the cold outdoors for a walk can be tricky. Here are a few tips that will hopefully lead to some happy outdoor adventures.

Teen family on a walk by the Thames at Maidenhead and Cookham Commons

How to get your teenager out for a winter walk 

Trial and tribulation has brought us to the conclusion that there are just three ways to prize your teen off the sofa and into the fresh air. Use these judiciously and you'll be so glad you did.

Children in wellies walking on a muddy path

Great walks for kids in Oxfordshire 

It can be hard to get kids out of the door to go on the same old walks. Here are some great, kid-friendly walks in and around Oxfordshire with step-by-step directions so there's no danger of getting lost.

Family catching leaves

February half-term in Buckinghamshire 

February half-term is the time to get kids out in the fresh air of the Chilterns. Let them run around, get muddy, let off steam and then treat them to a hot chocolate in the cafe. Half-term afternoons sorted.

Family starting the parkland walks at Basildon Park

February half-term in Berkshire 

February half-term is the time to get kids out in the fresh air of Berkshire. Let them run around, get muddy, let off steam and then treat them to a hot chocolate in the cafe. Half-term afternoons sorted.