What better place to be than Abingdon with the school holidays stretching out in front of you, and so much to see and do?
Free Children’s Activities at the Museum
9 and 23 August
Abingdon County Hall Museum in Market Place is hosting two brilliant activities in the Kempster Room in the basement during the summer holidays. There are morning and afternoon sessions for both events (10.30am–12.30pm and 1–3pm) and they are FREE but donations will be gratefully received. The activities are:
Veni. Vidi. Vici! Become a ‘Rotten Roman’
Wednesday 9 August
Step back hundreds of years and become a Rotten Roman! This is a chance to make shields, mosaics and more!
Wednesday 23 August
Get creative and make something truly spectacular! What will yours be?
The museum is a great place to visit at any time of year. With its aim to present the history of Abingdon and the surrounding locality in an informative, exciting and accessible way, there is a host of exhibitions for all to enjoy, many with an educational significance. Entry is FREE but donations are most welcome.
And while you’re there, why not pop in to the delightful Mouse Hole Café next door for a drink and snack or delicious lunch or afternoon tea? Choose to dine in the basement cafe or go up to the rooftop terrace for spectacular views over the town.
Splash and Disney Film at Abingdon School
Have a splashing good time in a fun swim session in the swimming pool at Abingdon School Sports Centre in Park Road, then watch the aquatic-themed animated Disney movie ‘Moana’ in the Amey Theatre at the school. The swim session is 9am–10.30am and the film starts promptly at 11am. Snacks and refreshments are available at both the Sports Centre and Amey Theatre.
Abingdon Treasure Hunt Trail
A treasure hunt is always fun! This circular route is just 2.5 miles long and you go at your own pace, so it is ideal for all ages and abilities. All correct answers to the treasure hunt questions are entered into a monthly £100 prize draw, so there is even real treasure to be won! The downloadable PDF costs £6.99 or the route can be posted to you – see website for details: www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/oxfordshire/abingdon.
Abingdon Bridge Marine
Enjoy some family funtime on the water! Hire a boat from this family firm where rowing boats and 6/8 capacity diesel day-boats, and even a 12 capacity, can be hired hourly or for up to a full day. Or sit back and relax on one of their organised boat trips which take in some of the most beautiful scenery in England; their Salter’s Steamer rides are also a great way to get to Oxford and Wallingford. Discover the beautiful reaches of the upper Thames from their town-centre base by the bridge at Abingdon, near the Nags Head.
Abbey Meadow and Splash Park
Pack a picnic and head for Abbey Meadow where there is loads of fun to be had at the fantastic new play park which features a Grand Abbey climbing area, Abingdon Lock river scene, sensory area and play garden, and an area for ball games as well as lots of traditional play equipment. The Splash Park for young children remains open for the summer, while the outdoor pool is closed as a brand new one is being built. It’s a great place for the little ones to splash about on a hot day, while parents relax and watch them.
Another great picnic spot and a wonderful place to let the children run free. Last year Abbey Gardens were judged one of the best parks in the country and awarded Green Flag status for the eighth year in a row, which recognises it as a well-managed, well-maintained area with excellent facilities. While you’re there, have a look at the mysterious ruins – not relics of the abbey as some may suspect but actually Trendell’s Folly, created in the 19th century when this was a private garden.