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YourOxfordshire August: Top ways to enjoy summer in Oxfordshire, Pokemon Go, Summer Reading, Westgate, roadworks & essential info for Oxfordshire

The latest news, activities and events across YourOxfordshire
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Whether you’re off on holiday or staying at home there’s lots going on this month!

Enjoy the Great Oxfordshire Outdoors this summer

With the summer holidays properly here, take a look at our top list of suggetions for enjoying life in Oxfordshire.
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Meet rare breeds, wildlife, live shows and enjoy great food at Countryfile Live at Blenheim!

Congratulations to all our winners, and many thanks to BBC Countryfile Live who provided us with extra tickets for foster families across the county. Advance  tickets are still available, find out more here!

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Go on a Pokemon hunt across Oxfordshire

Looking for Dragonites or Meeowths?  Why not check out some of our recommended walks and rides – perfect for catching Pokemon. And for parents (or long-suffering partners) there are some beautiful views of the county too! Here’s our top suggestions.

After Psyducks, Kabuto and Magikarp?
The Windrush Valley offers some lovely and accessible walks by the river

Hunting Venomoth? Try looking in some of Oxfordshire’s wonderful woodlands, like Deada’s Wood in Deddington, or Piddington Woods?

If you’ve got a buggy, or mobility issues, Walks on Wheels offer some fantastic ideas for more accessible walks throughout the Cotswolds.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on by tweeting us your best at @OxfordshireCC!
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Find Dory at your local swimming pool

Finding Dory inspired swim sessions open to families of all ages and abilities from 22 July to 4 September. Each one-hour session will be a whale of a time as you dive like Dory, splash like sea lions, Fluke and Rudder, and hide like Hank in a series of activities based on ASA foundation swimming skills. Available in pools across Oxfordshire  
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Get reading with a Midsummer Night's Read

The Oxfordshire Reading Challenge for adults is back! Whether your holiday is set to be a laugh a minute, a total disaster, or is already history, grab a book and settle down in the sun in the company of some of the world’s greatest storytellers, you could even win tickets to top destinations across Oxford!

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Take part in The Big Friendly Read

Are you ready for a marvellous, mischievous summer at your library? Celebrate 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller Roald Dahl with The Big Friendly Read, part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2016! Progress through the challenge, reading two books at a time and collect special collector cards featuring original Quentin Blake illustrations.
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Find a holiday club or event with the Family Information Service Directory

As always, our Family Information Directory is packed full of great ideas for summer activities! Check out some great events, such as:
find a family activity near you

My Little Swim School Summer Courses at Harwell

We are a unique and exciting swim school based in Oxfordshire  provide swimming lessons for all abilities, for both children and adults. We will be running 2 weeks of crash courses in summer for stages 1-5. The cost for the 5 days will be £45.

Afternoon Explorers at the Pitt Rivers Museum 

Mondays 2-4pm
Drop into the museums to touch real museum objects and make something fund to take home. Suitable for all. Drop in on Mondays 2 - 4pm

Bicester Town Council Community & Activity Playday 

3 August 
National Play Day celebrates children and young people's right to play freely in their communities.  Oxfordshire Play Association, along with other partners, organises Play Day events across the county - entry and all activities are completely free of charge.  

Dancemania Summer Holiday Workshops

1 - 5 August 9.30am - 4.00pm
Dancemania Dance Company was first established in April 1997. The School has since flourished now teaching children and adults many styles of dance from Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Street, Break Dance, Commercial Jazz, Musical Theatre & Contemporary. 

Got a local event you'd like us to promote? Drop us a line at
Oxfordshire Travel Choices


Get the latest on work taking place across the county direct from the teams on site, and stay up to date ahead of any changes. Major projects are taking place at: 

Blenheim advance warning for next weekend

Countryfile Live is coming to Blenheim Palace 4 to 7 August and Wilderness Festival will be at Cornbury Park 5 to 7 August, there will be signs and traffic management in place to help keep traffic moving.

A40 Cutteslowe and Wolvercote Roundabouts 

We are now 12 months into the improvement scheme for Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts and the end is in sight. As previously reported, we plan to finish mid-October rather than the previous completion date of the end of November. More...

Network Rail Closures

Flood prevention, bridge repairs and re-signalling works are being done by Network Rail between 30 July and 14 August. Some railway lines will be closed for a time between Leamington Spa, Banbury and Didcot to Oxford. This may result in extra traffic on the roads – plan your journeys if you plan to travel by rail or car during this time. More information

Around Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire in 50 Objects

28 May - 11 September.
Chosen by community groups and members of the Service past and present, this exhibition showcases Oxfordshire's rich heritage.

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