Families & Children

Family friendly activities for all the family.

Banbury Bowl

Visit Our Fantastic Family friendly Bowling Centre. Ideal for Children’s Parties, Corporate Events and Christmas Parties.

Banbury Bowl features intelligent multicoloured lane lighting, shabby chic bar, Arcade Machines, DJ hosts, Namco arcade, a pizza menu and drinks menu.

Kids Play Zone

Take a break from shopping at your little ones’ favourite stores and bring them to Castle Quay’s soft-play zone. Our Play Zone is free to use and includes a number of farmyard themed soft-play blocks, including a horse, pig and cow. Children can also enjoy the play area’s interactive play panel, a climb through donut ring, building block set and stepping stones.

Open: Mon-Sat 08.00-17.00, Sun 10.30-16.30

Please note children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times while using the soft play equipment.

Spiceball Country Park

Spiceball Country Park is a beautiful green space and the largest park in Banbury which has the canal and the River Cherwell running through it. There is plenty to see and do in the park, from exploring the meadows and woodlands, pleasant walks along the towpath and riverside and as well as a picnic area. You will also find plenty to entertain the kids including a children’s play area and skate ramps. The history of the park dates back to the 1880’s when Thomas Hankinson, who became Banbury town mayor in 1894, donated an initial plot of land to the town so that the ‘poor of Banbury’ could have a recreational facility. A well-known name in the town due to Hankinson’s Butchers that traded in Banbury High Street, and was renowned for their hand-made faggots, affectionately known as ‘spice balls’.

Spiceball Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Banbury, Spiceball Leisure Centre is a modern facility offering an impressive 25m swimming pool, 150 station gym, sports hall, specialist spin studio, spa, and a friendly onsite café.

Children can enjoy the soft play area, swimming lessons or simply enjoy some family time in one of the public swim sessions.

The Banbury Museum & Gallery

The Banbury Museum & Gallery is the perfect place to find out more about the history of the town. This family friendly museum located in the heart of Banbury, is ideally located in the heart of the town next to the Oxford Canal and opposite Tooley’s historic boatyard. The exhibits and collections take you on a journey through time, telling the story of the origins of the town, the Civil War, the Victorian market town, and the Oxford canal, as well as costumes from the 17th century to the present day. There is also a calendar of special exhibitions, events and activities to ensure that there is always something new to see and do. Banbury Museum is open Monday to Saturday, and general admission is free, however there may be a small admission fee for some of the special exhibitions. The building is fully accessible for people with pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters with lift access to all floors.

Tooley’s Boatyard

Tooley’s Boatyard is situated in the heart of Banbury on the South Oxford Canal, this has one of the oldest working dry docks on the Inland Waterways, working continuously since 1778. The site also includes a blacksmith’s forge and carpenter’s workshop used for building traditional wooden boats. Tooley’s continues to serve the boating community and is open to visitors for tours and boat trips.