Easter in Abingdon

With Easter fast approaching, there are lots of events planned in and around Abingdon in the coming weeks. Particularly exciting this year is the first-ever World Championship Egg & Spoon Race which comes to town on 15 April – see below for details.

Abingdon Artists Spring Exhibition
Monday 3–Saturday 8 April
St Nicolas Church in the Market Place is the venue to enjoy a wide range of original work by talented local artists. The artworks are perfect as a special gift or as something new for your home this season. There will also be a selection of unframed items and beautiful cards, plus an exhibition raffle with a chance to win an original watercolour painting by Margaret Horton. Open daily 10am–4.30pm (5pm on Saturday) and entry is free. Further details about the artists’ group at www.abingdonartists.org.uk.

Abingdon Spring Head Race
Sunday 9 April
Early-birds can watch rowers compete in Abingdon Rowing Club’s Spring Head 2017. Starting at 9am, the event is held at Rye Farm Meadow, alongside the Thames at Abingdon Bridge. Organised by Abingdon RC under British Rowing Rules and raced over four division, the race is 2,000m upstream and represents the perfect warm-up to the regatta season for competitors. Closing date for competitors has now passed, but anyone interested in competing next year should get in touch with Abingdon RC: www.abingdonrc.org.uk.

Easter Egg Hunt
Wednesday 12 April
Hosted by Abingdon NCT, this lovely event for children means fun for all the family and takes place in Abbey Gardens, 10–11am. Seek out the colourful laminated eggs, record what you find on an answer sheet and hand it in claim a chocolatey prize! Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers, with babies and older siblings welcome, the cost is just £2 per participating child. Tickets must be purchased online before the event from www.nct.org.uk/branches/abingdon. Please note ticket sales close 9 April.

World Championship Egg & Spoon Race
Saturday 15 April
This has to be THE Easter event of the year so grab your spoons, the first-ever World Championship Egg & Spoon Race is coming to Abingdon! Taking place in Abbey Gardens from 10.30am, this event is ideal for all the family and is inspired by Paul Gustafson, the award-winning local author of the children’s ‘Eggbert’s Adventure’ books.

For a chance to become an Egg & Spoon Race champion, complete an online registration form or simply turn up on the day. Remember to bring your own spoon! Races start at 11am prompt and race categories are as follows:
• Age 4–6 (Small Folk)
• Age 7– 9 (Small Folk)
• Age 10–12 (Small Folk)
• Teenagers
• Superstars (Small and Big Folk with additional needs )
• Adults (Big Folk )
• Big Folk over 65

If you’re not running on the day, it will be great fun to watch and there are plenty of other brilliant activities happening too: inflatables, creative activities, including an Easter art workshop, colouring and puzzle activities, face painting, donkeys, Easter chicks … and Paul Gustafson himself will be making an appearance at the event and will be sharing his books with an enchanting reading. There will be refreshments available as well. Details and race entry forms: www.eggbertsadventures.co.uk.

Easter Sunday Lunch at Oxford Abingdon Hotel
Sunday 16 April
Why not treat a loved one or even the whole family to lunch on Easter Sunday at Oxford Abingdon Hotel in Marcham Road? A delicious three-course carvery lunch is available from 12noon, £16.95 per adult and £9.95 per child under 12 (under 5s eat free) – and there’s even a special gift for the children. To book: 01235 553456; events@oxfordabingdonhotel.com; ww.oxfordabingdonhotel.co.uk.

National Drive-It Day: Meet and Vale Run
Sunday 23 April
​Who remembers Morris Minors? These cars always raise a smile, and there will be Morris Minors aplenty to see at the Morris Minors Owners Club Meet and Vale Run which takes place on the Sunday after Easter, which is ‘National Drive-It Day’, celebrating the UK’s transport heritage at its finest. Meeting in Abingdon Market Place 11am–1pm, club members will display their iconic vehicles and be pleased to answer any questions. At approximately 1.15pm the cars will depart on a ‘Run’ around villages of The Vale.

Abingdon Music Festival Concert
Sunday 30 April
The Easter holidays may be over but there is still fun to be had in April at this ‘festival with a difference’. The 20th Abingdon Music Festival is a friendly and informative festival that takes the shape of a workshop in St Helen & St Katharine School in Faringdon Road over the weekend of 28–30 April, followed by a concert performance at 7pm on the final day. Although entries for the workshops themselves are now closed, find out more about the concert, or how to take part in the 2018 Festival, at www.abmusfest.org.uk.