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


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
Lots of people drinking coffee and sitting at cafe tables in the sunshine with market stalls in the background
Abingdon-on-Thames is a market town that still proudly upholds the tradition of the Market Place as a focus of civic,... MORE
Download a form for your club to take part in Fun in the Park
Fun in the Park 2015 is going to be a fantastic family fun day with climbing wall, soft play area for little ones,... MORE
Grand CivicDinner
The Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames, Councillor Angela Lawrence, invites you to a Grand Civic Dinner. The dinner will be... MORE

Latest News

29 Jan 2015
Fun in the Park is a great opportunity for clubs and societies
The application forms for Clubs and Societies to take stall... more
28 Jan 2015
Perform at Fun in the Park 2015
Plans are well under way for Abingdon’s popular summer... more
22 Jan 2015
Grand Civic Dinner
Tickets for the Mayor’s Civic Dinner on Friday 13th... more
05 Jan 2015
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council is hosting two exhibitions... more
24 Dec 2014
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council will be open as follows... more
  • Christina Jones presents 'All You Need is Love'
    Celebrate Valentine's Day with popular local author Christina Jones  - 'All You Need is Love' at Abi... more
  • Steve Tilston
    Music at the Unicorn presents Steve Tilston. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths... more
  • The Askew Sisters
    Music at the Unicorn presents The Askew Sisters. Emily and Hazel Askew are fast becoming one of the... more
  • Lady Maisery
    Music at the Unicorn presents Lady Maisery. Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and... more
  • The August List
    Music at the Unicorn presents The August List. Hailing from Dorset and now residing in a small barn... more
  • Louise Jordan
    Music at the Unicorn presents Louise Jordan. Now touring with her third album ‘Veritas’, Louise Jord... more
  • Dan Walsh
    Music at the Unicorn presents Dan Walsh. Touted as the finest banjo player in the UK as well as bein... more
  • Megson
    Music at the Unicorn presents MEGSON. Stu Hanna (Vocals, Octave Mandola, Banjo, Guitar) & Debbie... more
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Your are invited to the first Abingdon Community Wassail, Join the Festival!
Saturday, 31st January2:30pm-4:30pm
Christmas is over so now its time to Wassail!! The first Abingdon Community Wassail will take place... more
Sunday, 1st February3:00pm-4:00pm
The first Abbey Chamber Concert in 2015 features two wonderful string quartets by Beethoven (his Op... more
Pilates class
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 9:00am
Physio-led mixed abilities Pilates A great class for all abilities and for those with a range of con... more
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 10:30am
Regular walks from Abingdon Leisure Centre. We have regular walks on Wednesday mornings starting and... more
St Ethelwold's House
Wednesday, 4th February2:00pm-4:00pm
Come and join the STITCH & SEW group at St Ethelwolds House, 30 East Saint Helen Street Cost £5.... more
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Thursday, 5 February 2015 - 7:45pm
Come and watch an entertaining and varied programme of new and classic films in a friendly atmospher... more
Pilates class
Friday, 6 February 2015 - 9:00am
Physio-led mixed abilities Pilates A great class for all abilities and for those with a range of con... more
Saturday, 7th February9:00am-11:00am
The 30th Abingdon Scout Group is holding a Jumble Sale and Cake Stall to raise funds towards equipme... more
Are you a French-loving animal?
Saturday, 7th February7:30pm-9:30pm
Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" performed by The Radcliffe Chamber Group (Violin, C... more
ISIS Chamber Orchestra and Viola Concert, St Helen's Church, Abingdon, &th February, 7.30pm . Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Abingdon
Saturday, 7th February7:30pm-9:30pm
ISIS Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Paul Cox Viola: Diana Mathews Butterworth: Banks of Green Willow V... more
See Abingdon-on-Thames high resolution map
Download a form for your club to take part in Fun in the Park
Saturday, 6th June11:00am-3:00pm
Fun in the Park 2015 is going to be a fantastic family fun day with climbing wall, soft play area fo... more
See Abingdon-on-Thames high resolution map
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
FULLY BOOKED Join us on the museum roof between 9 am and 11am for an exclusive view of the partial e... more
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