With more living traditions than you can shake a handkerchief at, Abingdon-on-Thames is the stage for a number of events that no-one fully understands, but everyone loves. From the community craziness of our unique Bun-Throwing tradition to the day-long Morris marathon of the Election of the Mayor Ock Street, there are hidden meanings from the past in so many of the events that form part of our town calendar.
Counting and checking the royal swans Swan Upping is no tourist gimmick but a genuine tradition in which the swans on the Upper Thames, which are the property of the […]
The fair for “runaways” who wanted a different master The Runaway Fair is the smaller fair on the Monday one week after the Michaelmas Fair in October. Abingdon-on-Thames has a […]
The longest street fair in Europe 8th and 9th October 2018 The Michaelmas Fair was originally a medieval hiring fair for rural farmworkers to find work in the local area […]
A real election for a Mock Mayor The Election of the Mayor of Ock Street, an annual tradition in Abingdon-on-Thames, is held on the closest Saturday to the midsummer solstice […]
Bun Throwing is the iconic, 400 year-old tradition which is unique to Abingdon-on-Thames. The event is a cross between a ceremony and, well… a bun-fight. Bun-Throwings only take place when […]