KIDS: River & Rowing and a fab lunchy

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You can always rely on the River & Rowing Museum to provide gloriously silly fancy dress with their holiday activity program. Having elbowed several children out the way to get at the goods (don’t get sniffy, at least one of them was mine) , I threw on this polyester gold lame number.

This little piece of Tutenkhamun loveliness is part of the Epic Egypt family exhibition that’s been running all summer. It ends in two weeks so if you have a chance to go before it closes on 20 September with littlies, go and do it. I’d say it’s really for the under 9s (though my 12 year old ambled along amiably enough). In addition to the little dressing up box, there’s a puppet theatre, ‘what’s the smell’ matching (which I got wrong), and a massive floor image of the Nile that made me realise I should have concentrated much harder in my geography lessons.

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There’s also an extension of the exhibition upstairs, where your kids can peer at a sarcophagus (not a real one), and crawl into a pyramid. My daughter was barricaded in there by her brothers, but if you have kids I’m sure they’re less toxic than mine.

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While we were there, we popped into the permanent Toad of Toad Hall exhibition. No surprises but it’s always very sweet and always worth a look.

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And then it was reward time. A little bit of museuming always deserves a massive lunch in my opinion, and glory be!, the brilliant The Quince Tree is on site (below). You don’t actually need to be in the museum so if you’re in Henley head there anyway – there’s a massive deck to catch the Autumn sun, a lovely relaxed vibe, and the food is fantastic, not to mention aweseomely retro inside.

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You can’t fault the food – it’s a very casual kind of affair, breakfast and brunchy stuff, salads, small and large plates but all beautifully presented…

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… but there’s also a very good kids menu (full English brekky for £4.50!), and there are little-people-friendly hot chocs and babycinos along with ice cream pots and all that jazz.

Once you’re done, you’re seconds away from the river, playgrounds, and the town itself, so it’s a Henley no-brainer, try it and let me know how you get on.

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