The things to do in half term

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A selection of local events and places to visit that we think are a must-see or do during this half term.

Farmer Gow's Activity Farm

This working farm offers hands-on feeding with lots of the animals along with a daily programme of workshops and experiences that help get you even closer to farm life. Meet cattle, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, pigs, sheep and turkeys. Cradle a baby chick, bottle-feed the lambs and goat kids and go egg collecting.

There are trailer rides around the farm and you can partake in a treasure hunt on the giant bale climb! If you want to extend your stay then there are local links to camping or glamping sites and you can pick up fresh meat and chopped firewood from the shop. Everything you need for a cosy night in!

http://www.farmergows.co.uk/

Millets Farm Falconry

There are several events that are held daily to allow you to find out what these birds are capable of and how they hunt in the wild. In the morning, there is training with young birds, followed by a flying demonstration.

Then in the afternoon, there is a keeper talk, followed by two more flying demonstrations and a chance to see vultures and wild kites being fed.

If you and the kids would like to get a little more hands on, advanced entry includes a guided tour with a chance to handle several different birds and have your photo taken with them. Booking in advance is essential for this.

Want even more? The centre also offers a number of experiences, lasting between an hour to a day.

http://milletsfarmfalconry.co.uk/

The Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum offers free drop-in family events and object handling opportunities that take place on the first Saturday of every month, every Sunday and during school holidays.

Kids can also join in with an assortment of family trails (aimed at under 5s) that you can pick up a map at the information desk or download in advance to save yourselves some time. There's also a free family guide book you can borrow, along with a torch for the darker corners!

It is famous for the period atmosphere and outstanding collections of archaeological and ethnographic objects from many world cultures, past and present. From Hawaiian feather cloaks to Japanese Noh masks, from decorated moccasins to African pottery, you'll find all sorts of fascinating things to study and discuss.

The entrance to the Museum is through the Oxford University Museum Natural History on Parks Road, and once you're inside you'll need to walk across the ground floor to reach it. It's worth noting that unfortunately the Museum has limited open space and no cloakroom.

You can bring buggies etc as they try to accommodate everyone as they are very family friendly. They also can't offer parking on site but there is on street parking locally plus a wealth of Park and Ride facilities operating in the immediate vicinity.

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/

 

Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

All aboard this fantastic day out at Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, where all your steam dreams will come true!

Clamber up into the huge train and settle down to enjoy a magical 7-mile round trip you won’t forget. As the train chugs along you’ll see beautiful countryside and wildlife, you can even see Upper Icknield Way where William the Conqueror travelled along!

If you get a little peckish mid-trip, fear not. The friendly stewards will come around offering a wide selection of yummy snacks for you to choose from. When you get back to the station be sure to pick up a souvenir to remember your fab day out by.

  • Traditional steam train experience

  • See amazing countryside

  • Snacks offered mid-way through

https://www.chinnorrailway.co.uk/

 

 Crocodiles of the World

For a bit of pre-historic fun get your jaws round a trip to Crocodiles of the World!

The UK’s only crocodile zoo has one of the world's most diverse crocodile collections with 15 out of 23 species including the saltwater croc! There are daily feeds and talks and, for the brave, the opportunity to handle a baby crocodile or alligator for a fantastic photo opportunity!

There are also reptiles, otters, tamarins and birds for those who are looking for something a little less scary as well as a number of keeper experiences available for an extra cost including a junior croc keeper!

Snap up this unique experience!