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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
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 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 Fair - another of... MORE

Latest News

22 Nov 2014
Abingdon's own Local Excellence Market is back
The array of great food, drink, craft and community stalls... more
09 Nov 2014
Remembrance Day in Abingdon-on-Thames
The Annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service will take... more
03 Nov 2014
New Town Crier Magazine now being delivered
The latest edition of the Town Crier magazine is now being... more
30 Oct 2014
The Museum is all set for a special Halloween themed late... more
30 Oct 2014
The Science of Art lecture, by painting conservator Ruth... more
  • Over the past 18 months, we have been working on a plan to set out where new housing should go in th... more
  • There will be a talk on 'Ponds and Wildlife' after the business of the AGM. The event is open to the... 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
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From Friday, 31st October to Monday, 15th December10:00am-4:00pm
Cards from over 30 different national and local charities plus advent calendars, wrapping paper and... more
Monday, 24th November9:00am-4:00pm
The Go Active Get Healthy programme is offering free functional fitness check ups and activity advce... more
Monday, 24 November 2014 - 8:00pm
Beginners welcome, casual dress Come alone or bring a friend Contact Hilary 01235 528154
Pilates class
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 9:00am
Physio-led mixed abilities Pilates A great class for all abilities and for those with a range of con... more
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 9:30am
Rhymetime for babies and children under 5 9.30-10.00 and 11.00-11.30
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 7:30pm
  PARENTING IN THE TEENAGE YEARS A DVD by popular speaker Rob Parsons, preparing parents for the tee... more
Ramblers local walks from Abingdon
Thursday, 27 November 2014 - 10:30am
A medium length walk, typically 7-8 miles, in the vicinity of Abingdon at a moderate pace. Most rout... more
ESC presents the Musical: Little Shop of Horrors
From Thursday, 27th November to Saturday, 29th November7:30pm-10:00pm
EUROPEAN SCHOOL CULHAM PRESENTS “The amazing musical from the west end” “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” 27,... more
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Thursday, 27 November 2014 - 7:45pm
Come and watch an entertaining and varied programme of new and classic films in a friendly atmospher... more
Pilates class
Friday, 28 November 2014 - 9:00am
Physio-led mixed abilities Pilates A great class for all abilities and for those with a range of con... more
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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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Extravaganza Crowds watch the fireworks. Photograph by Lawrence Harman
Saturday, 29th November12:00pm-6:00pm
Abingdon's annual Christmas celebration includes the street parade setting off at 12 noon, an aftern... more
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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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