Christmas activities at the River and Rowing Museum, Henley

Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTMAS conjures up images of massive turkies, mince pies and wine, or carol singers, Father Christmas and shopping.

But there is so much more on offer for the family this season. Take, for instance, the River and Rowing Museum at Henley on Thames. It has devised a series of events, designed to keep both children and adults amused in the run up to December 25 and beyond.

Read on for more details...

Saturday, December 21 - Children's Christmas Workshop
A Christmas Toyshop, decorate the Christmas Tree - 10.30-12pm, for three-seven years (under 7's must be accompanied by an adult). 2-3.30pm for 7-11 years, £5.
Make small moving toys, all with a river theme, as some last minute stocking fillers, and decorations for the Christmas tree.

Bags of Fun - Saturday, December 21 to Sunday, January 12
For 3-14 years - Free to Museum visitors. Come and try a new Christmas Fun Bag! Dress Teddy in costumes from the galleries or design your own interactive exhibit. Activities are tailored to all age groups, so there is something for everyone from three-year-olds to 14-year-olds.

Story Time - Monday, December 23 - Thursday, January 2
Mondays, 2.30pm & Thursdays, 11.30am, for 7 years and under, Free to Museum visitors. Come and join Teddy for regular Christmas Story Times taking place in the Museum galleries throughout the holidays on Mondays and Thursdays. Stories last about 20 minutes, children must be accompanied by an adult.

For further details on 'Henley in the Frame', call the River & Rowing Museum direct on 01491 415 600 or visit

About the River & Rowing Museum:

The Museum celebrates three themes: the past, present and future of the River Thames, the historic riverside community of Henley-on-Thames and the international sport of rowing. Since it opened to the public in August 1998, it has received numerous awards for its design and architecture, including National Heritage/NPI Museum of the Year.

The Museum is also a recognised centre for the arts and has hosted a number of high profile art exhibitions as part of its ongoing programme of special exhibitions and related talks.

The Museum is open daily, from 10am until 5pm (5.30pm between May and August) and admission costs£4.95 for adults; £3.75 for children, senior citizens, the disabled and the unemployed. Free parking is available for visitors.