Relax by the River Thames in one of our town parks

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Leisure and Pleasure

Places to enjoy in Abingdon-on-Thames

Abingdon-on-Thames has wonderful outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed by the brave and sporty visitor, but it also has plenty of places that are great to just relax, stroll in, or watch the river go by from a comfortable bench! Take your pick and have the kind of day that suits you, in our parks, riverside areas, Market Place cafes or at our swimming pools and sports centres.

From Tuesday to Saturday for most of the year you can get a spectacular view of the town by calling at County Hall Museum and asking to go to the roof viewing area. See the course of the Thames, town parkland, the tudor, medieval and later buildings. This is a good place for photography.

Get Oxfordshire Active and Active Women information has suggestions and there is a Park Run on Saturdays.

This is a good time to visit the county for events in our town centre. There are gardens and heritage buldings open, lots of live music.

In July, after events such as the Vintage Fair and Yeah Baby the Unicorn Theatre has Noel Coward's popular play Blithe Spirit. Have a look at the dairy as this will sell out.  

The town will welcome the livery companies involved in swan upping this week. A loyal toast to Her Majesty the Queen is the final act of the traditional census of swans on the Thames. The time on Friday afternoon 21st July is dependent on the number of swans so can be any time afternoon or early evening though on their timetable as 5pm   Picnics by the bridge a customary, without disturbing wildlife and please take litter home.


Family Water Park
Families love the Abbey Meadow Water Park which provides a safe environment for youngsters to enjoy water fun on a hot day. Parents can relax at the side and watch the screaming and the giggling as the kids run around the spray fountains. With the play area alongside it makes a day of fun that will keep the kids busy in the holiday without breaking the bank. Pets have to be kept out of the play...
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The Hanson Way is part of the National Cycle Network (Route 5). It passes right through Abingdon town centre, stretching out to Abingdon in one direction and Didcot in the other.
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The outdoor swimming pool in Abingdon
Please Note - the Outdoor Pool is now closed until May 2014. Opening hours for the Vale of White Horse Leisure Centre can be found here. Much safer than swimming in the Thames itself, and just a few yards away, you can enjoy all the benefits of sunshine and fresh air as you swim at the Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool. Open from May to end of August each year, and free for under-16s, the pool is loved...
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Routes that alternate between riverside towpaths and high hedgerows
The Thames Path passes within a two minute walk of the town centre. Walkers often stop to make their journey more interesting or to reload their rucksacks with goodies from the independent shops close to the Market Place. It's a major National Trail and whether you plan to go for the whole route in one hike or, like many local people, you prefer to do the Thames Path from time to time in bite...
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