Fun things to do in Oxford you might not have thought of

If you’re coming for a visit to Oxford then you’ve probably got an itinerary that covers the usual suspects: wander around the Ashmolean and Bodleian; go for a boat ride on the Thames; grab some lunch in a traditional Oxford pub; have a look at the various University college buildings; go on a guided walking tour around the city. These are all great things to do but here are some fun things to do in Oxford that you might not have considered.

1. Achieve Some Balance

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If you’re in Oxford for a few days, either for a short break or on business, you might find that you need to do a little bit of centring after all the rushing around. The Yoga Garden is the place to go. This is Oxford’s oldest yoga centre and offers a huge range of yoga classes, most of which are run on a “drop in” basis, so perfect for the visiting traveller. With a reputation for being warm and welcoming this is a great way to refresh yourself after a hectic day or two of sightseeing. There’s no changing room though, so if you don’t turn up in loose clothes appropriate for the class, you’d better not be shy!

2. Go Kart Crazy

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This is a great one for the adrenaline junkies. Karting Oxford is a custom built go-karting facility just south of the city. With wild hairpin bends that will test any wannabe Lewis Hamilton to the limit, this is a brilliantly fun day out in Oxford. If you’ve got the family with you then the kids can also join in with special carefully controlled kids’ sessions. You can book in advance but Karting Oxford also operates an ‘Arrive And Drive’ policy whereby you just turn up and pay, although if the track is booked for a group you’ll have to wait your turn.

3. Get A Sugar Rush

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Why not indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the Oxford Covered Market. Locals know that this historic market is a great place to enjoy some of the best shopping in the city, and if you want to take home a tasty souvenir of your visit to Oxford then look no further. Mixed among the market’s wide array of shops and stalls you’ll find Chocology, which opened its first store in the covered market in 2001. You can see and learn all about the chocolate making process and take away some of the most luxurious chocolate you’ll taste anywhere. Once you’ve grabbed a bag (or two) then why not enjoy it strolling around the rest of the market hunting for a bargain.

Make sure that you pencil in some time on your trip to try some of these more unusual fun things to do in Oxford. You definitely want to see the major sights, but sometimes it’s fun to wander off the beaten path. You never know what you might find.

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