Enjoy a summer of sport with fascinating facts at Woburn

Visitors to Woburn Abbey can celebrate a summer of sport in its grand rooms and lush parkland.

Staff have delved into their collections and archives to create a series of displays illustrating 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. There will be a chance to find out more about the objects on display and discover some fascinating facts about sports enjoyed at Woburn Abbey past and present.

Among the items on display are an autographed shirt from the 2004 Lord’s Test match, a miniature cricket bat signed by current England captain Alastair Cook and the Union Jack trousers worn by Ian Poulter, one of Woburn Golf Club’s touring professionals since 2003.

Visitors can learn about the time Prince Albert played tennis on the abbey’s courts, and Duchess Mary received a commemorative medal in the 1908 London Olympics for the use of her ice rink during the games, among other historical details.

Usual admission fees to Woburn Abbey and Gardens apply. Visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk for details.