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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
Reading of the roll at sunset in St Helen's Church
Abingdon-on-Thames is participating in the nation-wide Lights Out commemoration on August 4th. "The lamps are going out... MORE

Latest News

04 Aug 2014
Reading of the roll at sunset in St Helen's Church
Abingdon-on-Thames is participating in the nation-wide... more
13 Jul 2014
River Thames Swans are Royal Swans
This is the week when the annual census of the Queen's... more
12 Jul 2014
The department for Communities and Local Government have... more
11 Jul 2014
Mostly Books on Stert Street
Mark Thornton of Mostly Books in Stert Street has written a... more
05 Jul 2014
Yeah Baby - famous for its great atmosphere
Bands and fun on the Market Place this Saturday. Come and... more
  • Abingdon Drama Club presents the World Premiere of "The Wrong Goodbye" by Stephen Rees A world premi... more
  • Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge
    Party Time!  Our annual fancy dress party at the end of the summer holidays,  to celebrate the Summe... more
  • Mythical Maze activities at Abingdon Library
    Deadly Dinosaurs - search for the Monsters and Dinosaurs in the Mythical Maze.  Stories and activiti... more
  • Follow Griff's trail of objects into a mysterious maze to discover what is in the middle! Join the s... more
  • Stories and games in French and English aimed at 3-6 years.  All activities are part of the  Mythica... more
  • Claire Parkin (violin), Emma Chamberlain (cello) and Bethe Levvy (piano) play trios by Brahms and Re... more
  • The Pavlova Wind Ensemble present their annual Christmas concert with music, mincepies and mulled wi... more
  • Jenny Broome and Marion Ackrill play music for harp and flute in an hour-long concert in the monthly... more
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Photography Competition
From Tuesday, 1st July to Saturday, 20th September12:00am-2:30pm
Abingdon Camera Club is once again running its popular photography competition open to all. It is di... more
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 7:30pm
Bethan Roberts grew up in Abingdon. Her first novel 'The Pools' won a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers’ A... more
Pilates class
Friday, 1 August 2014 - 9:00am
Physio-led mixed abilities Pilates A great class for all abilities and for those with a range of con... more
Saturday, 2nd August1:30pm-4:30pm
Summer Fair with stalls, Games, refreshments, bouncy castle and Live Music  
Storytime every Saturday at Abingdon Library 14.00-15.30
Saturday, 2nd August2:30pm-3:00pm
Stories and colouring for 3 to 8 years every Saturday in the Children's Library 14.30-15.00 parents... more
Sunday, 3rd August6:00pm-7:00pm
Evensong to commemorate the opening of World War 1. The congregation will be given the opportunity t... more
Monday, 4 August 2014 - 10:30am
Regular walks from Abingdon Leisure Centre. We have regular walks on Monday mornings starting and fi... more
St Helen's Church
Monday, 4th August7:30pm-11:00pm
Abingdon-on-Thames is participating in the nation-wide Lights Out commemoration. "The lamps are goin... more
A small section of authentic items used in the trench system
Tuesday, 5th August11:00am-12:00pm
and Tuesday, 5 August, 2:00-3:00pm    Rick Stevens, an experienced Nottingham Schoolteacher and WW1... more
WW1 recruiting poster
Tuesday, 5th August7:00pm-8:00pm
Lions led by Donkeys? Attacks that achieved nothing but slaughter? Then just how was the war won? Th... more
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St Helen's Church
Monday, 4th August7:30pm-11:00pm
Abingdon-on-Thames is participating in the nation-wide Lights Out commemoration. "The lamps are goin... more
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See Abingdon-on-Thames high resolution map
The Guildhall's Comedy Nights now on last Friday of the month
Friday, 29th August7:30pm-11:00pm
We have moved our successful Comedy Club to the last Friday of the month. Its cheap at £12 and the s... more
Comedy Club held monthly at the Abingdon-on-Thames Guildhall LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
Friday, 29 August 2014 - 8:00pm
OUT OF BOUNDS COMEDY CLUB AUGUST 2014 - GERRY K HEADLINES Jason Patterson Compere's tonight, he star... more
The Guildhall's Comedy Nights now on last Friday of the month
Friday, 26th September7:30pm-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, 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
WW1 recruiting poster
Tuesday, 5th August7:00pm-8:00pm
Lions led by Donkeys? Attacks that achieved nothing but slaughter? Then just how was the war won? Th... more
Grenades of WW1
Wednesday, 6th August11:00am-12:00pm
This talk will look at the development of British hand grenades throughout the Great War. Their manu... more
Map of pre-war empires
Wednesday, 6th August1:00pm-2:00pm
The Western Front dominates our thinking of the conflict in WW1, so much so that we often forget it... more
Fabric Frame. How creative can you be?
Wednesday, 13th August10:30am-3:30pm
Drop in family activity. Museum Kempster Room As part of your visit to the new HDR Photos of Abingdo... more
Wartime poster
Friday, 15th August7:00pm-8:00pm
To supplement the opening of our Abingdon at War exhibition (5th August), visitors will have the opp... more
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