Easter holiday activities for children in Oxfordshire

Children from Woodstock Primary School paraded through the town on Thursday in their Easter bonnets before heading to St Mary Magdalene Church for an Easter service

Children from Woodstock Primary School paraded through the town on Thursday in their Easter bonnets before heading to St Mary Magdalene Church for an Easter service Buy this photo

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PARENTS looking to entertain their children this Easter need not despair, as help is at hand.

From music and dance to science and history, venues across Oxfordshire are making sure there is something for everyone.

For sporty types, leisure centres across Oxford are running a series of activities for young people aged seven to 13.

A multi-activity camp will run every weekday between Monday, April 11, and Thursday, April 21, at the Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre on Pegasus Road.

Youngsters will be able to try their hand at sports including badminton, football and basketball.

Individual sessions cost £2.50, full days cost £4 and a week of activities costs £17.50.

And over at the Oxford Ice Rink on Oxpens Road, there will be basic skating lessons for young people aged from five to 16.

The Skate Basics Courses include a 30 minute group skating session, before the chance to enjoy a public session.

The week-long courses cost £40, and start between 10am and 10.30am and includes skate hire.

The Ferry Leisure Centre and Temple Cowley Pools are offering crash courses to learn how to swim. The courses cost £25.50 for non-members. Call 0844 8933 222 or visit fusion-lifestyle.com For the science-lovers among you, Science Oxford Live on London Place are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight.

Dr Marek Kukula from the Royal Observatory will be exploring the history of space flight from 7.30pm on April 14. Tickets cost £5.

A collection of odd scientific relics are also on display at the Museum of the History of Science on Broad Street.

Sound artist Ray Lee has assembled a collection of ethometric equipment, which gives out “hypnotic” sounds. Entry is free.

The Museum of Oxford on St Aldates has a series of activities, including brass rubbing and Humpty Dumpty’s Nursery Rhyme Gallery Trail, every weekday.

The museum is open from 10am until 5pm.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park in Burford will hold a Golden Easter Egg Hunt, where whoever discovers the hidden egg first will win a special chocolate prize, on Easter Friday, Sunday and Monday.

There will also be clues hidden all over the park, and the first 100 correct forms returned to the shop will each win a prize.

Entrance forms must be collected from the gift shop between 10am and midday on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday.

Blenheim Palace will host its annual Easter Egg Challenge and funfair rides from April 22 until April 25.

Stars from BAFTA Award winning TV programme Peppa Pig, and Ben and Holly from Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom will also be at Blenheim Palace to meet families at the Pleasure Gardens on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Visit blenheimpalace.com or call 0800 849 6500.

Add and view events around Oxfordshire at our What’s On calendar at oxfordmail.co.uk

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