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Enjoy the Marketplace

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 friends or plan a day out in the town and surrounding area.

To find out more about the many markets and which days they are on follow this link

There are activities all year round, more in the May to October period.

1st September on Market Place the local Memory Club will be responding to questions and assisting people or relatives of anyone with a demential issue. The Club opens on Monday 24th September and Mondays and Thursdays it will be a place where people can meet in a safe, supportive environment after a diagnosis of any form of dementia. Conditions can arise at quite young ages and there will be interesting activities to suit individuals.  Also at club sessions lunch options will be available on both Mondays and Thursdays.

Find out more or offer support to the Club between 10.00 am and 1.30 pm this Saturday. There will be some assistance for anyone who supports and helps a person with memory loss. 

Autumn events ijnclude live music and stalls on 22nd September Splash of Pink Day in aid of the breast cancer charity. Local Excellence on Michaelmas Day 29th September and after Abingdon Fair 8th and 9th October there will be October and November events in commemoration of the 1918 end of war. This had such an impact on town and nation. In the Museum there is a fascinating film of the Market Place with the homecoming of troops and the welcome by families - this is worth several viewings just to look at the faces of the children,some meeting their fathers for the first time. Their clothes from a century ago in this same place are notable but most of all see Abingdonians being very, very happy.

27th October dress in red for an event organised by The Poppy Appeal with support of a lot of townspeople who care about our veterans and current serving staff including local regiments. There will be live music.

Saturday 10th November a commemorative weekend of World War One on Market Place and in the Museum has a reading of the Roll of Honour in the parish church at 9.30 am. Townspeople will gather in Market Place after 1.00 pm for a town tradition of a Bun Throw at 2.00 pm. St Helen's hosts a concert at 7.30 pm.

Sunday 11th November following the Parade to the Remembrance Day service, there will be a Civic Act of Remembrance and two-minute silence at 11.00 am exactly one hundred years on from the 1918 Armistice. This will be at the war memorial at The Square. At 11.10 am the Parade marches to Market Place for the Salute. National events include a nationwide Peal of Bells and an evening nationwide chain of beacons.

Christmas Extravaganza, organised by the Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce is on Saturday 1st December 2018. Information on the parade late morning, special shopping deals and a few surprises will be announced on 

Local clubs and societies are encouraged to use the area to promote their groups. Sort out your date, when this is agreed obtain a licence to fundraise. Click here  for further details on how to book the Market Place for your event. You need agreement and proof of having insurance before applying for any licence please.

Please plan in advance and call in at  Abingdon-on-Thames Information for more information or to check dates.
The office is now  in the Sessions gallery of Old County Hall Museum, open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 3.00pm. This is during building improvements at Guildhall.

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