Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Discover hidden gems in town’s long history

WALLINGFORD has been the market town for the local area for more than a thousand years, having been designed by King Alfred as one of his ‘burghs’ which provided well-defended settlements around his kingdom.

It is full of history, with lots of hidden corners where our past is still visible, from the Castle Gardens with its picturesque ruins and the mound where the keep once stood, to the Kinecroft and Bullcroft where the former town walls, and the ditch which lay outside them, are still clearly visible.

There are lots of reasons to visit Wallingford — or to stay in the town rather than going somewhere else for recreation or to shop.

Events flourish in and across the town. From St George’s day each April, followed by the classic car rally through the Blues and Beers Festival, our carnival and Rugfest to BunkFest — the largest free festival in the UK — at the start of each autumn and countless other celebrations through the year, there is something for everyone.

If sports are more your thing than festivals or events, there’s still lots to keep your attention, with a fantastic bowls club based in the Bullcroft and hockey, rugby, football and all sorts of other sports available at the Hithercroft on the edge of town.

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