There’s a great range of indoor and outdoor game & adventure options for your day out. From children’s play centres, trampolining and bowling, to supercar driving, clay pigeon shooting and skydiving; there’s plenty of activities to get stuck into with friends and family.

children playing happily in an indoor ball pit

Indoor Activities

All things said, the one thing kids love to do more than anything is run around having fun with their friends. If you’re a parent and can drag the kids away from their phones or game consoles for a few hours, you could do worse than taking them to an indoor play park. With trampolines, ball pits and assault courses, there’s plenty to keep them happy while you finally sit down with a strong cup of tea and a good book.

For a more sedate but interactive activity, try one of the local gaming hubs, where you can hire tables for your own cards or board game sessions. With the rise in phone and tablet screen times, getting back to basics with a board game has really taken off across the UK. It’s a great way for families and friends to pass the time – and much more competitive than you might remember!

10-pin bowling is always a popular thing to do, so make sure to take a look at the bowling alleys around the area. Look out for promotions and event nights where you could save some cash. These are also great places for kids to spend time on arcade games and other activities they offer.

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CHALLENGES
Scramm Live Escape Rooms
Banbury

CHILDREN’S PLAY
Rugrats & Half Pints
Banbury

CINEMA
Vue
Bicester

Outdoor Activities

Being such a rural area, Banburyshire has many outdoor activities to choose from, away from the bustle of the town centres. For the adventurous, there’s a few skydiving companies based at local airfields; drop from a plane and marvel at the countryside as you plummet safely back to Earth. How about driving a tank? Yes, you could spend a car-crushing-filled day taking a real ex-military tank out for a spin at a specialist, certified centre.

Keeping on the adrenaline tip, why not get a few friends together and go Paintballing? It’s excellent fun and always a winner for birthday parties, stag do’s and as a team building activity. If your shooting skills are more accurate, try a spot of clay pigeon shooting out in the rolling countryside. There are a couple of ranges where you can expect professional advice and training from professionals.

If cars are your thing and you fancy yourself as a bit of a Lewis Hamilton, then climb in a hi-octane supercar and drive right on the edge at a specialist circuit. You will probably need to book in advance, but it is well worth the wait. The granddaddy of all racing circuits, Silverstone, is only a few miles away, so look out for special events or race meets to get involved in.

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CHALLENGES
Delta Force Paintball
Brackley

DRIVING
Tanks A Lot
Helmdon

SKYDIVING
Skydive Hinton
Brackley