Tour Oxford: Blandford-Blenheim Route (& Visitor Guide)
Pop those windows down and turn that playlist UP. The time has never been better to explore Ontario's scenic back roads. Rather than a busy city or small town, this itinerary brings you into Blandford-Blenheim and it is all about the hamlets, the villages, and stops along the way. It is in these small communities and rural jaunts that you will find some of the county's best gems from culinary destinations to cultural stops and outdoorsy adventures. Your rural romp awaits at these spots.
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- 1909 Culinary Academy
- Morrow's of Drumbo
- Walters Music Venue
- Thames River Melons
- Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life
- Bright Cheese and Butter
- Mountainoak Cheese
- Snyder's Family Farm
- While in the area...
1909 Culinary Academy | 5183 Trussler Rd, Ayr (View Map) |Year-Round
This schoolhouse built in 1909, is now a school again. You can find a schedule on their website for cooking classes perfect to hone your skills while also providing an entertaining outing with friends. Classes at the 1909 Culinary Academy are all about the hands-on exploration of foods. From learning the fundamentals of cooking to the preparation of fine dining dishes, they have a class that will have you falling in love with foods.
Classes must be purchased in advance. Visit their website to book your next culinary class.
Morrow's of Drumbo | 50 Wilmot St N, Drumbo (View Map) |Year-Round
Want to shop till you drop? Morrow's of Drumbo has you covered! This modern-day general store offers 10,000 square feet of retail space to explore. They carry a vast variety of inventory - clothing, beauty & bath, books, furniture, food, hardware, gifts and so much more. Liquidation stores are today's rural department stores. So many deals to explore.
Visit their website to shop their inventory, check our their hours, and more!
Walters Music Venue | 836074 Hubbard Rd, Bright (View Map) |June – September
Join the tens of thousands of visitors who gather to be entertained by top-rated live performances from across the world. Walters Music Venue is a beautifully transformed, 200-year-old, wooden-beamed barn theatre. Nestled in the countryside of rural Ontario, this hidden gem has become an entertainment destination for tourists and music lovers worldwide.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit their website for more information.
Thames River Melons | 775530 Blandford Rd, Innerkip (View Map) |May – October
Thames River Melons is a family owned and operated fruit and vegetable that started with just 1 acre of cantaloupe in the early 1980s and have since expanded to grow over 500 acres of produce. Stop by and experience agriculture firsthand in their Pick Your Own Patches. Berries, vegetables, apples, and pumpkins are available for picking at various times throughout the season. After working up a sweat in the fields be sure to check out their Farm Food Truck. You can look forward to menu items made from scratch, using their own produce, and tasting fresh cut fries, old-fashioned milkshakes, and Smash Burgers featuring their own Black Angus beef.
Visit their website to learn more about their seasonal offerings, pre-book your Harvest Brunch and more!
Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life| 906200 Township Rd 12, Bright (View Map) |Year-Round
A working farm, ice-cream company and an agri-tourism facility with award-winning experiences. Dive into all things animal and agriculture with the immersive Taste of Farm Life experience, enjoy an alpaca picnic or walk. De-stress and laugh with goat yoga or recess or get up close and personal with their micro and full-sized Highland cows. Just want to shop, no problem, enjoy their award-winning goat milk ice cream or products like Goat, sheep and water buffalo cheese to snacks, compotes, preserves and one of a kind finds from over 100 Ontario producers in the farm market store.
Visit their website to learn more and pre-book an experience.
Bright Cheese and Butter | 816503 22, Bright (View Map) |Year-Round
Bright Cheese and Butter was created by local farmers in 1874 to turn surplus milk into cheddar. Over 145 years later, they are still producing award-winning cheese at their 1800s factory in Bright, Ontario. A small heritage cheese factory known for Cheddars, Havarti, Asiago, Curds, and more!
Visit their Facebook page check our their hours, and contact them for all your cheesy needs!
Mountainoak Cheese | 3165 Huron Rd, New Hamburg (View Map) |Year-Round
See what it means to craft cheese from field to table with a tour (book ahead) of Mountainoak Cheese. Enjoy a state-of-the-art facility and taste cheese using milk from their own herd. They have over twenty varieties of goudas, including Black Truffle, Wild Nettle as well as their award-winning Farmstead GOLD.
Visit their website to learn more, pre-book a tour of the facility which usually take place the last Saturday of the month, and visit their farm store.
Snyder’s Family Farm | 936685 Blenheim Rd, Bright (View Map) |September – December
Visitors of all ages have a FARMtastic experience when they visit Snyder's Family Farm. The farm has been creating family memories with over 16 farm attractions including a petting zoo, corn maze, farm shows and hayride. Enjoy campfire experiences, a patio, store full of seasonal fun, and scratch bakery. In October, visit Fear Farm, a full haunted experience for 16 and up. Expect stunt performers, stage shows, and 6 amazing haunts; this is one of Ontario’s biggest Halloween haunts, don’t miss it.
Visit their website to grab tickets or pre-book your campfire experience.
While in the area…
- Need to fill up your tank? Just off the 401 there is a Shell gas station that's got you covered. (View Map)
- Need a place to sit and have a meal? Drumbo offers several diners to eat at, as well as Plattsville and Princeton.
- Looking to explore some more of the freshly grown food and meeting the food producers behind it? Nith Valley Organics, 936754 Blenheim Rd. Plattsville, ON. (View Map); Perry’s Corners Farm, 927417 Oxford Rd. 8, Bright, ON. (View Map)