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The River Thames laps at the foot of the medieval wharf of St Helens

Abingdon-on-Thames

Welcome to the one-town website for Abingdon-on-Thames, the historic, modern market town set in rural Oxfordshire.  Browse our pages to discover the ancient streets, the riverside walks, the gourmet delights and the annual festivals of the town famous for its Bun-Throwing, the 250 year-old moment of Market Place mayhem which is our way of celebrating some royal occasions.

Come and witness one of our living traditions, taste something new at one of our markets, dance with our Morris dancers or simply sit by the river with a picnic. Abingdon-on-Thames proudly claims to be the oldest town in the country, but with a genuine community spirit and lively events driven by local people, it feels energising, alive and kicking!

 This website contains all the information you need to discover this beautiful, lively market town for yourself. It’s also your one-stop resource to find out all you need to enjoy community life to the full if you are already lucky enough to live here, or work here.

Helping young and old; reducing waste
The Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames announces the Mayoral charities for the year at the Annual Meeting. This year's... MORE
Photography Competition
Abingdon Camera Club is once again running its popular photography competition open to all. It is divided into two... MORE
Main Fundraising Events
The Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames will be welcoming guests to the following events in the next few months; Friday 14th... MORE

Latest News

22 Sep 2014
The fairground rides light up the Market Place
The annual Michaelmas Fair will be operating on Monday 6th... more
13 Sep 2014
Stalls of vintage loveliness at Ruby's Fair in the Guildhall
Heritage Weekend has started in great style. The 1914 re-... more
12 Sep 2014
Signal School - one of the many events available to view throughout the day
Abingdon is ready for its very first WW1 family activity... more
10 Sep 2014
The Union Flag on the bridge
Residents and businesses alike have told the Town Council... more
06 Sep 2014
Dragon Boats will be competing up and down the river... more
  • Abingdon Silver Group Open Day
    Meet the creative people at the Abingdon Silver Group at our free Open Day and find out how you coul... more
  • Langtree Sinfonia
    The evening starts with the sections of the orchestra performing separately, to display their indivi... more
  • Photograph of Osman Aldworth in WW1 uniform, his cap badge and medals
    Inspired by the great heroes of WW1, the diaries and postcards they wrote and the medals they earned... more
  • Tile from Abingdon's medieval abbey
    Learn the secrets of medieval clay tile and stained glass making. Using special techniques taught by... more
  • Christmas Baubles
    Come along and enjoy a very creative Christmas this year, making beautiful decorations, mobiles, pap... more
  • Beautiful illuminated letter from Abingdon's 1556 Charter
    Join us for a very special workshop creating your own medeival book. Learn some simple binding techn... more
  • Experience a view of the partial eclipse from the iconic roof viewing platform
    Join us on the museum roof between 9 am and 11am for an exclusive view of the partial eclipse of the... more
  • The fully restored Monks' Map - on display in the Museum galleries
    Painting Conservator Ruth Bubb gives her expert insight into conservation techniques with a particul... more
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Pilates class
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 9:00am
Physio-led mixed abilities Pilates A great class for all abilities and for those with a range of con... more
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 9:30am
Rhymetime for babies and children under 5 9.30-10.00 and 11.00-11.30
Abingdon Silver Group Open Day
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 7:30pm
Meet the creative people at the Abingdon Silver Group at our free Open Day and find out how you coul... more
Thursday, 2nd October7:00pm-9:00pm
FREE Chinese qi-gong meditation classes for stress relief, to energise and gain peaceful feeling. Ge... more
Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 7:30pm
The Rev. Ian Browne lived in Abingdon from 1954-78 and went to Abingdon School. He was ordained, and... more
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Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 7:45pm
Come and watch an entertaining and varied programme of new and classic films in a friendly atmospher... more
Pilates class
Friday, 3 October 2014 - 9:00am
Physio-led mixed abilities Pilates A great class for all abilities and for those with a range of con... more
Storytime every Saturday at Abingdon Library 14.00-15.30
Saturday, 4th October2:30pm-3:00pm
Stories and colouring for 3 to 8 years every Saturday in the Children's Library 14.30-15.00 parents... more
Earth Trust Autumn Water Festival
Sunday, 5th October11:00am-4:00pm
A celebration of Autumn, harvest, water and wetland landscapes at the Earth Trust - lots of family f... more
Sunday, 5th October3:00pm-4:00pm
Carolyn King, Chris Britton and Malcolm Pearce play music for oboe, flute and piano in a n hour-long... more
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The Museum at Night
Friday, 31st October7:00pm-9:00pm
Join the museum for a special late opening of the galleries, attic and cellar. The Museum will play... more
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The Guildhall's Comedy Nights now on last Friday of the month
Friday, 31st October7:30pm-11:00pm
We have moved our successful Comedy Club to the last Friday of the month. Its cheap at £12 and the s... more
The Guildhall's Comedy Nights now on last Friday of the month
Friday, 28th November7:30pm-11:00pm
We have moved our successful Comedy Club to the last Friday of the month. Its cheap at £12 and the s... more
The Guildhall's Comedy Nights now on last Friday of the month
Friday, 26th December7:30pm-11:00pm
We have moved our successful Comedy Club to the last Friday of the month. Its cheap at £12 and the s... more
map
See Abingdon-on-Thames high resolution map
Beautiful illuminated letter from Abingdon's 1556 Charter
From Wednesday, 29th October to Thursday, 30th October10:30am-3:00pm
Join us for a very special workshop creating your own medeival book. Learn some simple binding techn... more
Thursday, 20th November7:30pm-9:00pm
A collection of talks by Edward Wates, Ewan Clayton, Peter Halliday and Janet Boulton, celebrating t... more
Christmas Baubles
Saturday, 6th December10:30am-3:00pm
Come along and enjoy a very creative Christmas this year, making beautiful decorations, mobiles, pap... more
Tile from Abingdon's medieval abbey
Saturday, 17th January10:30am-3:00pm
Learn the secrets of medieval clay tile and stained glass making. Using special techniques taught by... more
Photograph of Osman Aldworth in WW1 uniform, his cap badge and medals
From Wednesday, 18th February to Thursday, 19th February10:30am-3:00pm
Inspired by the great heroes of WW1, the diaries and postcards they wrote and the medals they earned... more
WW1 British mess tin and equipment - Abingdon Museum attic gallery
Friday, 27th February7:00pm-9:00pm
Back by popular demand, BBC historical advisor Gareth Howell brings his captivating talks on The Gre... more
Rick Stevens presenting a German Pickelhelm
Saturday, 28th February11:00am-3:00pm
Back by popular demand, Rick Stevens presents his fantastic collection of WW1 ordnance, from Thompso... more
The fully restored Monks' Map - on display in the Museum galleries
Wednesday, 18th March7:00pm-8:00pm
Painting Conservator Ruth Bubb gives her expert insight into conservation techniques with a particul... more
Experience a view of the partial eclipse from the iconic roof viewing platform
Friday, 20th March9:00am-11:00am
Join us on the museum roof between 9 am and 11am for an exclusive view of the partial eclipse of the... more
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