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May 10, 2022

Abbey Meadow outdoor pool’s future secured for many more summers of fun

Families will be able to enjoy summer holidays at Abbey Meadow outdoor pool and splash pad in Abingdon for years to come, despite spiralling energy costs that have closed pools all around the country. The school holidays are by far the pool’s busiest time, and so Vale of White Horse District Council pulled out the […]

April 13, 2022

Witness the thrill of elite cycling in the Vale on Saturday 11 June

Find out when and where you can see the race and about the road closures on the day.

March 31, 2022

Faringdon leisure centre will be powered by solar energy, cutting carbon emissions in the Vale

A low-carbon, energy-efficient future for Faringdon Leisure Centre became a huge step closer, when work began on installing solar panels and air source heat pump technology this month. The refurbishments will significantly improve the carbon footprint of the building. It will save around 500,000kWh of energy over a year – the equivalent to the annual […]

March 25, 2022

Women’s Tour cycling race set for Oxfordshire finale

The 2022 Women’s Tour, Britain’s biggest and longest running international women’s cycling stage race, will end with a spectacular Oxfordshire finale in June. Stage six (Saturday 11 June) will start in Chipping Norton before culminating in Oxford city centre. As part of race organiser SweetSpot’s three-year partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, and the county’s city and district councils, this stage […]

A group of cyclists cycle through Faringdon

September 30, 2021

Get ready for the Women’s Tour racing through the Vale on 4 October

Find out when and where you can see the race, and about the rolling road closures

September 14, 2021

Get inspired when The Women’s Tour visits the Vale on 4 October

Communities across the Vale of White Horse are being encouraged to line the streets on Monday 4 October, to show off the area and to get inspired when the AJ Bell Women’s Tour cycling race passes through the district.

August 5, 2021

Table tennis facilities available for all ages and abilities in southern Oxfordshire

Table tennis tables will be appearing in locations across southern Oxfordshire over the summer. The tables are part of an ongoing initiative with South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to help residents be active and healthy. The councils are working alongside Table Tennis England, the councils’ Didcot Garden Town project team and […]

July 14, 2021

Fun for all the family as splash pads in the Vale reopen in time for the summer holidays

Splash pads at Abbey Meadow in Abingdon and Wantage Memorial Park will reopen from Monday 19 July with guaranteed fun for all the family.  The reopening follows the announcement from the government that Covid-19 guidelines around social distancing will be relaxed. Vale of White Horse District Council and their leisure contractor GLL, who run the […]

June 18, 2021

Abbey Meadow outdoor pool ready to reopen

Great news for families and swimmers in the Vale – the Abbey Meadow outdoor pool in Abingdon will reopen on Monday 12 July in plenty of time for the summer holidays. Vale of White Horse District Council has been working hard with its leisure contractor GLL to get the pool open and allow local residents […]

The Beacon arts and community centre

June 14, 2021

The Beacon to open again to the public

Vale of White Horse District Council is pleased to announce that it plans to open The Beacon arts and community centre in Wantage to the public again from 6 September.  The Beacon, owned and run by the district council, will open in September following the news that it will no longer be needed as a […]