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. Allow plenty of time before 4.00 pm closure. audio tours are available in English and other languages. 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 2018 the town has a new cinema with screenings daytime and evening of all the top films. Please book tickets and refreshments in advance at or on 01386 425877 as you have to pay by debit of credit card, no cash at the door.

A state-of-the-art sound and projection system in this ninety seat space is a really good experience - and this allows you to admire one of the most beautiful locations for a cinema you will find. This is on Checker Walk in the heritage area. Park at OX14 3JD OX14 3JE or in one of seven town civic car parks.

Theatre productions in the Unicorn Theatre affect the schedule in the cinema. 

Live link ups with the National Theatre and other theatre, music and opera experiences are held in the Amey Theatre of Abingdon School and so are live concerts and Abingdon Operatic Society productions.

ABCD Film Society are weekly Thursday films and Cinema Nag's Head programmes are worth checking out.


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
The town's heated Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool is being redesigned and having a new changing block put in to re-open for Summer 2018.  Opening hours for the Vale of White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre can be found here. There is public swimming in a competition length pool until after10.00 pm on most days of the year. Open through the Summer to end of August (some years later when weather allows)...
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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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