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Abbey Play Area Opens and Abbey Buildings Opened

Abbey Opens
Over the weekend the Abbey Play area was opened, and proved very popular. Although 3 or 4 times the size of the previous play area, it was full at times.
Abbey Opens
On Bank Holiday Monday the Abbey Buildings also opened with a number of activities. The Oxford Waites performed in the Long Gallery, and different theatre groups rehearsed, and music was performed in the Unicorn Theatre, .
Abbey Opens
Also in the Long Gallery food and drink was being served, and societies had stalls.
Abbey Opens
Eight different walks set off from the Market Place, some in the morning and some the afternoon.
Abbey Opens
New was the Abingdon Rivers Walk led by Martin Buckland,
Abbey Opens
and the Saint Edmund Walk led by Anne Dodd. Both were well researched and very interesting. The Friends of Abingdon have launched a St Edmund project to give more prominence to St Edmund, and are linking up with other places where he is well remembered. The plaque above is in the St Edmunds Chapel in Our Lady and St Edmund’s Church, Abingdon.

P.S. The Abbey Buildings are open to the public from May 1 to September 30, between 2pm and 4.30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, but not usually with so much going on.

3 Comments May 30, 2017

New Play Area almost complete

New Play Area
The new enlarged play area at the Abbey Meadows is almost complete. Over the last three or four months children have been watching it take shape.
New Play Area
The Vale of White Horse District Council said when work began that the £320,000 play area would open early summer (weather dependent) and would feature a Grand Abbey climbing area and an ‘Abingdon Lock’ river scene.
New Play Area
Some features from the past have survived. The trusty rocking horse was getting a coat of red paint over the weekend.
New Play Area
The well and some of the walls from the Crazy Golf have also survived in the new design.
New Play Area
There is lots of new equipment, for a wider age range than before. The tennis courts are now a kick about area.

The only thing I can see missing is the children.

17 Comments May 22, 2017

Egg and Spoon Races

Egg and Spoon Races
Paul Gustafson, the author of Eggbert’s aventures, devised a special day of Egg and Spoon Racing for Easter Saturday. Visit Abingdon (The BID) helped organise the event.
Egg and Spoon Races
There were races throughout the day starting with 4-6 year olds at 11:00.
Egg and Spoon Races
The winners of that were presented by Eggbert with medals and an Easter Egg.
Egg and Spoon Races
There followed a variety of other races including the army cadets’s crawling egg and spoon race.
Egg and Spoon Races
At 12:00 was the race for 7-9 year olds, and then other age categories. The final race was for big folk over 65 at 15:00, and a special run by Paul Gustaffson with an enormous egg and spoon.
Egg and Spoon Races
The event was very popular with young families who needed something to keep their children occupied in the middle of the Easter holidays. There were also bouncy castles, donkeys from the donkey sanctuary, welly wanging, puddle jumping, an obstacle race, painting and crafts, and free fruit.

5 Comments April 15, 2017

Half Term – Playground Progress

Play equipment
Children going to the Abbey Meadows this half term may not be able to play in the play ground.
Play equipment
But it is very exciting seeing the new equipment being constructed, and watching the big diggers.

13 Comments February 14, 2017

Work begins on new Abbey play area

Abbey Play Area
Work began this week in clearing the ground for the new Abbey play area, and so the old play area, tennis courts and mini golf are being dug up.

The red rocking horse is the one piece of playground equipment that survived when the play area moved from the Abbey Gardens to the current location, and should still find a place alongside all the new equipment.
Abbey Play Area
The new play area is expected to be open early summer (weather permitting).
Abbey Play Area
Later in 2017 new public toilets, changing facilities and an accessible pathway will be installed.

1 Comment January 18, 2017

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