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Abingdon-on-Thames has fascinating buildings and history, riverside walks on the doorstep, charming gardens, water park and outdoor pool. The play areas are all open with lots to do and more over the summer hoildays. There are markets, festivals and events going on all the time. It’s a playground for people who love life. Our guides, information sheets and maps will help you plan your activities while you are visiting the town.

Autumn events include a range of Autumn walks, nature events and craft fairs. Following the traditional craft fair in the Abbey buildings in early November there is a special programme of events to mark the centenary of Armistice of what was the Great War, World War 1. Please see the diary and News. A civic bun throw is followed by a freee concert for everyone on 10th November evening. On the 11th of the 11th there is the Act of Remembrance and we join up as a country in the evening with a national peal of bells and lighting of beacons.

The NSPCC Christmas Fair is in Guildhall on the morning of 14th November, a Wednesday. There is the Christmas season of open studios for Artweeks particularly in town on 17th and 18th November  and the St Helen's Christmas market is on 24th November. Organised by the Chamber of Commerce, on Market Place, the next Local Excellence market is 24th November is on their site, also the programme for Saturday 1st December Extravaganza Day and 8th December craft fair.

Monday is market a day each week and Farmers' special markets are on third Fridays so 16th November and 14th December.

See the civic Society website  for future events including the popular beer festival.

For the Christmas Parade and events in most streets in the town centre on 1st December Christmas Extravaganza Day please see the Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce site and media.

Abingdon-on-Thames is a town worth taking time out to explore. The ancient buildings have a character and charm all of their own and the town’s history is colourful and interesting. These pages will help you to plan your exploration in more detail. Map guides are available free from the Visitor and Community Information Centre, currently in the stunningly beautiful Sessions Gallery of County Hall...
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The River Thames flows within a few hundred yards of the town centre, spanned by the medieval bridges which give Bridge Street its name. You can be watching the bustle of the market place over a cappuccino at 11am; striding out along the Thames Path by 11.05am. It’s a unique market town where the countryside sits on the doorstep, and the rural riverbanks look across to the medieval wharf of St...
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The town has an active Civic Society and also the local archaeological and history society which contributes massively with research and information on buildings and people and maintains a section of this site. With around 200 listed buildings in the town centre alone, Abingdon-on-Thames is a fascinating place to stroll around and find hidden gems, interesting vernacular architecture and visit...
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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 town life. The Market Place is central, easily reached, and is the scene of important occasions and music festivals but also of weekly and monthly markets, fairs and community events. On any day of the week it's a lovely place to drink tea or a cappuccino in the sunshine, catch up with...
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Abingdon-on-Thames has almost every sport you can name either in the town or very close by. First port of call for a lot of people is the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre. This is run by a not-for-profit company on a contract to District and a lot of money has been put back into upgrading facilities. The swimming pool is very good and open from early morning until late evening. http://www....
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The beating heart of this historic modern market town is the lively calendar of events that are organised by community groups, partnership organisations, schools and businesses as well as chamber of commerce and councils. Whether your favourite way to chill out is wandering through a market full of local food samples, witnessing an age old living tradition, the web diary here is for you. Prefer...
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