VALE & DOWNLAND

At the Vale & Downland, you’ll discover so much more than a museum! From fossils to a Formula One racing car, we have objects and stories to fascinate all ages.

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

Our vibrant and frequently changing programme of exhibitions and events ensures there is always something new to see and do for families and schools.

CAFÉ & SHOP

Whilst you are here you can also enjoy delicious home-made cakes and lunches served in the Café. Our shop also stocks a range of books, gifts, toys and souvenirs.

Welcome to the Vale & Downland Museum

We are open Monday to Saturday 9.30am • Last admission to the Galleries is 3.30pm • Admission is free.

The Vale and Downland Museum is located in the busy market town of Wantage in Oxfordshire, UK.

The museum has been nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership.

The range of services is very broad ranging, from galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region, to a café with a delightful terrace and garden.

It also acts as a springboard for residents and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside around Wantage.

Admission to the museum galleries is free but we welcome donations. (suggested donation of £5)

We have lots of exciting events taking place at the museum throughout the year.

See below for our upcoming and current events. For a calendar of events, check out our ‘What’s On’ page!

Week of May 27th

  • - Family Weaving Workshop
    Family Weaving Workshop

    Family Weaving Workshop


    27th May 2024

    Weaver Angela Pawlyn is back this Easter with another Family Weaving Workshop.
    Families of up to 4 people will learn how to use small loom and then create a family weaving to take home.
    £10 per family.
    Maximum of 4 people per family and must include at least one adult.
    Please book in advance online or pop into the museum.
    Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    Recommended age 7+
    Please note the Museum Café will be closed, you are welcome to bring a drink along with you as the workshop will be taking place in the Café area.
  • - Super Heroes Family Day
    Super Heroes Family Day

    Super Heroes Family Day


    29th May 2024

    Join us this May half term as we delve into the exciting world of Super Heroes with crafts, storytelling and more!

    Children (and grown-ups) are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Super Hero or Super Villain.

    Wednesday 29th May

    10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm.

    £6.50 per child.

    Please book in advance online here or pop into the museum

    Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • - Children's Art Workshop
    Children's Art Workshop

    Children's Art Workshop


    30th May 2024

    Children will turn themselves into a Superhero or create an artistic selfie using paints and collage. Each child will take home their finished master piece at the end of the session.

    Thursday 30th May  10 - 11.15am

    £10 per child. Must be booked in advance.

    Book online here or pop into the museum.

     

    Suitable for children aged 7 years upwards.

    This is a taught workshop, so please arrive promptly.

    We shall be using paint, so you may wish to wear something old or bring an apron or old shirt to protect clothing (optional)

    Parents/guardians will not stay with the children.

  • - Traditional and Modern Exhibition
    Traditional and Modern Exhibition

    Traditional and Modern Exhibition


    1st June 2024

    A collection of artworks from contemporary Chinese artists.

    On display in the Squires Gallery

    Saturday 1st - Thursday 27th June

    Free admission but donations to the museum welcomed.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.