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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
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
The fairground rides light up the Market Place
The annual Michaelmas Fair will be operating on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October, with the Runaway Fair following on... MORE
Bright lights and fairground rides in front of the baroque County Hall building
Michaelmas Fair and Runaway Fair
The town council hosts the annual Michaelmas Fair, which is known as the longest street fair in Europe. By law, the... MORE

Latest News

18 Oct 2014
Colourful textiles at the Contemporary Crafts for Christmas show
The annual Crafts for Christmas show has got under way in... more
13 Oct 2014
One of the scriptwriting talents behind the Vicar Of Dibley will be your quizmaster
The Mayor's Charities Quiz Tickets have been on sale for... more
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
  • Thrupp Lake
    Join us for a guided walk around Thrupp Lake, looking at some of the wetland birds who call it home... more
  • Discover and Play at the Earth Trust
    Forest School for pre-school children. Come to the Earth Trust for a morning of fun and discovery in... more
  • Woodland adventure at the Earth Trust
    An expedition for 5-8 year olds! Join the Earth Trust for playing, building and exploring in the woo... more
  • Family bushcraft at the Earth Trust
    Bring the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors! Earth Trust experts will teach you fire li... more
  • AHS is pleased to present an interesting talk by Geoff Hawkins entitled 'What's going on in the Gard... more
  • Michaelmas and Runaway Fairs
    The Michaelmas Fair returns to town for its annual visit on Monday and Tuesday (6th and 7th October)... more
  • The Annual Blessing Service for the Fair takes place on Sunday
    Pastor Ed Evans, of Abingdon Community Church, will conduct the Michaelmas Fair Service to bless the... 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
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Thursday, 23rd October10:00am-4:30pm
Oxon & Bucks Branch of British Woodcarving Association   An exhibition of wood carvings, with de... more
From Thursday, 23rd October to Sunday, 26th October10:00am-5:00pm
The Abingdon Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Show, now in its 43rd year is an excellent opportunit... more
Ramblers local walks from Abingdon
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 10:30am
A medium length walk, typically 7-8 miles, in the vicinity of Abingdon at a moderate pace. Most rout... more
Thursday, 23rd October7:00pm-9:00pm
FREE Chinese qi-gong meditation classes for stress relief, to energise and gain peaceful feeling. Ge... more
Thursday, 23rd October7:30pm-10:00pm
October is breast cancer awareness month so Dream Doors has asked Pampered Chef's Liz Cooke to come... more
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Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 7:45pm
Come and watch an entertaining and varied programme of new and classic films in a friendly atmospher... more
Authentic Italian Food Market to visit Abingdon
From Friday, 24th October to Saturday, 25th October8:30am-4:00pm
~~So many things can be associated with Italy such as fast cars, sunshine and football, but undoubte... more
Pilates class
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 9:00am
Physio-led mixed abilities Pilates A great class for all abilities and for those with a range of con... more
Friday, 24th October10:00am-4:30pm
Oxon & Bucks Branch of British Woodcarving Association   An exhibition of wood carvings, with de... more
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 9:00am
Rising Aspirations Academy of Performing Arts is opening a new Theatre School in Abingdon! Come alon... 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
The scriptwriter of the Vicar of Dibley will be your quizmaster
Friday, 14th November7:00pm-9:30pm
The Mayor's Charity Quiz raises money for the Over 70s Christmas Party. It's a fun event with celebr... 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
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Home crafted examples of bookmaking with some illuminated letter ideas
From Wednesday, 29th October to Thursday, 30th October10:30am-3:00pm
Join us for a very special workshop for children creating your own medeival book! Kids can help deco... 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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