A summer of sport at Woburn Abbey
"Bring a picnic"
Woburn Abbey and Gardens have delved into their collections and archives, and borrowed some items from the Duke and Duchess, to create a series of interesting displays illustrating the Russell family and Woburn’s close association with many different sports over the centuries.
Children will be able to follow the ‘Summer of Sport’ trail around the Abbey, collecting answers to clues which make a password for a special prize at the end.
Did you know that when Queen Victoria visited Woburn, Prince Albert played tennis at the tennis courts within the Abbey grounds? And that Duchess Mary received a commemorative medal in the 1908 London Olympics for the use of her ice-skating rink during the games?
Among the items on display are an autographed shirt from the 2007 England vs India Test match at Lord’s, a miniature cricket bat signed by England captain Alastair Cook and the Union Jack trousers worn by Ian Poulter, one of Woburn Golf Club’s touring professionals since 2003.
To complete your fun-filled day out at Woburn Abbey, take part in the Gardens Decathlon Trail. Locate the ten hidden trophies which can be found throughout the gardens and enjoy some garden games with your family. Don't forget to have a go at the historic Hornbeam Maze and see if you can find your way to the centre.
Bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens or visit The Duchess' Tea Room for lunch – with some freshly baked sweet treats.
The trails are free (usual admission fees to Woburn Abbey and Gardens apply) and can be enjoyed until 4th September. Visit the website to book your entrance tickets in advance.
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