Fun with Your Toddler in and around Faringdon!
Mondays Crafty Tots, Jubilee Centre, Watchfield, 10–
Singing group, run by parents for parents, 11.30, ?1 per child
Corn Exchange, 9.30–11, ?2 per family Rhymetime, Faringdon Library, 10.30–11
Twins group, Jubilee Centre, Watchfield, FREE
1.30–3 FREE First Babies, Family Centre, 1.45–3.15 FREE
Family Centre, Next Steps, 15–30-month-Tennis, tennis courts, 9.30-10.30, ?2 olds, 9.30–11.15 FREE Rugby Tots, Faringdon Leisure Centre Faringdon Baby and Toddler Group, United Swimming lessons, Leisure Centre
11, ?2 plus 50p per Church, 9.30–Jiggle and Wiggle, Baby Ballet, Pre-School second/subsequent child Ballet, Mini Musical Theatre, Junior Ballet, Parent and toddler ice-skating, Link Centre Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington Swindon, 10–10.45
Toddler splash, Faringdon Leisure Centre, Sundays
11–12, ?4 Toddler splash, Faringdon Leisure Centre, Market in Market Place, all morning (bigger 9–10, ?4
Farmers’ Market 1st Tuesday of the month) Messy Church, Faringdon United Church, Drop-in, Watchfield Village Hall, 1–2.30pm last Sunday of the month, 4–5.30pm FREE
Tumble Tots, Gym Babes, East Challow
Village Hall, various ages and times Parks
Family Centre, Drop-in, 9.15–11.30 FREE Ash Close, Faringdon
Faringdon Health Walk, a group for all ages, Black Bourton
meets 10am in front of the Bell pub Childrey (good village park with a zipwire) Toddler dance, Faringdon Leisure Centre, Coleshill Drive, Faringdon
10–10.45, ?5 per adult Cutteslowe Park, North Oxford Buddiez group, Family Centre, for Marlborough Gardens, Faringdon carers/parents up to the age of 21 years, 1–Great Coxwell (accessible on Community 2.30 FREE Bus, good for teaching bike-riding)
Kilkenny Lane Country Park, Carterton Thursdays (great new park, very well equipped) Faringdon Baby and Toddler Group, United Littleworth (park with countryside views) Church, 9.30–11, ?2 plus 50p per Pye Street/Liddiards Park, Faringdon second/subsequent child Stanford-in-the-Vale
Sing and Sign, Family Centre, ?60 for 10 wks Tucker Park, Parks Road, Faringdon Songtime with Jane, Old Town Hall, 10–11
Parent and toddler ice-skating, Link Centre Other outings
Storytime, Highworth Library, 10.30 FREE Faringdon
ndNCT, 2 Thursday of the month, Family Church Path: horses and cows in field; Centre, 2.30–4, donations welcome puddle-jumping FREE
Drop-in, Watchfield Village Hall, 1–2.30pm Count the Secret Garden doors/pink
pigeons on a walk around Faringdon FREE
Fridays Faringdon Leisure Centre, many different Country market, Corn Exchange, 9.30 FREE activities, good crèche available Allsorts, All Saints’ Church, monthly, 10–11 Faringdon Library FREE
Toddler splash, Faringdon Leisure Centre, Folly: hunt for the blackbirds; bridge in the 10.30–11.30, ?4 woods; cannon; wigwams; climb the tower
on certain Sundays for a small charge; lorry-Britchcombe Farm campsite, Uffington, spotting bench FREE great campsite with cream teas Folly Country Park: meadow and lake FREE Burford Garden Company, toy shop, café Geocaching, www.geocaching.com FREE and children’s cinema
Graveyard prowl: All Saints’ Church FREE Buscot, river lock, tea garden with outdoor iCafé, parent and toddler area, gaming toys, park, good for scooting FREE
Playdates with friends FREE Buscot House grounds, stately home ?
Portwell Angel, babyccinos Coate Water Country Park, Swindon FREE
Town Park, good for scooters/bikes FREE Cogges Manor Farm Museum, Witney ?
Watching local cricket, rugby, tennis FREE Coleshill/Radnor Arms, easy country walk,
veg farm and pub with pirate ship FREE
A bus ride away Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, cushion Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, special under-concerts, other children’s activities ?
5s’ events donations Cotswold Country Park, Cotswold Water Barefoot Books, Oxford Park, inland beach and cycle hire ?
Buckland, Hinton Waldrist and Longworth Cotswold Wildlife Park ?
can be reached by bus Creepy Crawlies, Abingdon Leisure Centre, Burford and Cotswold Wildlife Park can be soft play ?
reached by bus on Thursdays Daisyroots, Witney, pottery-painting ?
Covered Market and cafés, Oxford Didcot Railway Centre ?
Great Coxwell Tithe Barn, via Community Esprit Gymnastics, Swindon ?
Bus, poppies in summer FREE Farmer Gow’s, Longcot, farm centre ?
Hobbycraft/Pets at Home, Swindon Fountain paddling, Manor Road, Wantage Jolly Rogers, Swindon, soft play ? FREE
Jubilee Centre, Watchfield, community café Foxbury Farm, foodie farm shop and visitor with small soft play and activities centre, Brize Norton/Carterton
Museum of Oxford Funky Teapot, Wantage, pottery ?
Museum of the History of Science, Oxford Funtime, Carterton, soft play ?
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Harcourt Arboretum ?
Oxford Castle ? Haynes of Challow, junkyard FREE
Oxford Natural History Mus., dinosaurs Lechlade Garden Centre, animals/fish Ride the Faringdon Community Bus around Lidos at Hinksey, Oxford, and Cirencester Faringdon and Great Coxwell Little Lodge, Wickleshamlodge Farm, cakes STEAM Swindon, railway museum ? and toys ?
Swindon Oasis swimming pool ? Millets, farm shop garden centre with park, Swindon Outlet Centre, has cars for children animals and pick-your-own fruit to ride, a park, and National Trust café Minster Lovell Old Hall, ruins FREE
Wantage: Betjeman Millennium Park, river The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, esp. walk with poohsticks bridge FREE dinosaur exhibition
Pottery Place, Witney, pottery-painting ?
A car ride away (within ? hour or so) Roves Farm, should re-open in July ?
Abbey Home Farm, Cirencester, farm shop Science Oxford Live, St Clements, Oxford and restaurant, play area and pigs Seven Acres Nursery, Stanford-in-the-Vale, Alvescot, Plough pub, playpark and aviary chicks, rabbits, goats FREE
Ashdown House, Pontipine house FREE Sherborne, sculpture park, Burford FREE
Badbury Clump, bluebells, wigwams FREE Snakes & Ladders, Abingdon, soft play ?
Bibury Trout Farm, watch and feed the fish Tadpole Bridge, walk/scoot, FREE
Bishopstone, nice Ridgeway village with Uffington White Horse, ‘mountain road trip’,
duck pond, Royal Oak has playhouse and walk (can be windy!), kite-flying FREE
swing FREE Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage Blenheim Palace, parkland, adventure
playground, miniature train ? ? Will cost over ?5
Boats, ducks: Radcot, Lechlade, Abingdon Rainy-day activity
FREE Best in dry weather