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Local Excellence Market Saturday 26th September please be thoughtful on distancing and mask wearing where appropriate.
Abingdon-on-Thames has a lively community life. Day, weekend and week long festivals are held throughout the year. Individuals and town societies contribute to the calendar with support from the town administration.
Annual events are affected in 2020 and 2021
January New Years Day walks, March Abingdon Model Railway Show, Fairtrade Fortnight, Abingdon Science Festival, Young Enterprise, April Head of the River Race, Freewheeling Cycling Festival, Festival of the Thames, St George's Day MG and Scouting events. Abingdon Air and Country Show, Abingdon Jazz Festival, Bank Holiday walks, English Music Festival, June Fun in the Park Day, Election of Mayor of Ock Street tradition, Abingdon Food and Drink Festival, National Make Music Day, July Sailing Regattas, Swan Upping week, August Oxfordshire Chilli Festival. Children's Activity Days, September Dragon Boat Day, Heritage Open Days and weekend, October Abingdon Fair, Abingdon Marathon, November Fireworks, Christmas Crafts, Shopping with carols, Abingdon Mummers Play tour, Santa's tour, Celebration of Abingdon and MG.
Sports events include national competitions at Tilsley Park, Thames Path charity walks and the weekly Park Run and all our river based activities.

Being near to world-leading scientific research has its benefits for arts, science and sports locally. The ATOM Science Festival is inspirational keep an eye on plans for March 2021.

Summer events in the Market Place and on the Thames add to the richness of life.

MG have their famous Boxing Day rally, cars come for the run into the countryside with enthusiasts from all parts of the world.

Please add any event for this or next year by going with date and a photograph or image to Submit an Event. Anyone in town is able to do this for the whole of the coming year.


Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council provide the Christmas Lights display in the town centre. A large Christmas tree is erected by staff with contrubution from loyal Monday Charter Market traders. Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce then undertake a lot of the organisation of a Christmas Extravaganza  to celebrate the switching on of the lights. With the Chamber of Commerce, a decision will be...
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Newest among the annual events in the Abingdon-on-Thames town calendar, the ATOM Abingdon Science Festival celebrates the concentration of scientific companies and organisations in the surrounding area, as well as encouraging young people to think positively about scientific subject choices and careers.   The Festival has moved to July 2021 from its dates in March so near the time see http://www....
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The Spring Rides Cycling Festival welcomes everyone. It is put on by the Freewheeling Cycling Club and involved Abibike and keen cyclists. This is an April fixture which always seems to catch the first days of perfect springtime weather. The group’s ethos is to encourage all ages, abilities and people to have a go at cycling, or expand their horizons if they already cycle a little. They offer a...
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Dragon Boating on the River Thames
Dragon Boat Day is a long-established, annual charity fund raising event held on and alongside the River Thames in Abingdon-on-Thames. Organisers are The Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper with support from members of Abingdon Lions Club and other locals. For this to go ahead in future years a few more volunteers will be needed so if you live in town or a nearby village and are sociable please get...
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September   The Festival in our town is co-ordinated by the town's civic society.   In 2020 walks were more self guilded and some of the events went on line. A lot of fascinating film and heritage can be viewed on you tube and Abingdon Heritage social media.   Heritage Open Days are held in September nationwide and in other parts of Europe. Due to its popularity some towns and heritage locations...
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