Michaelmas Fair

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Centre Abingdon-on-Thames, United Kingdom

The Michaelmas and Runaway fairs take place each year in October and the Michaelmas fair is reputed to be the longest street fair in Europe.  Dating back to the 14th century, the fair covers Ock Street, High Street and the Market Place.

Runaway Fair

Abingdon Market Place Abingdon Market Place, Abingdon, United Kingdom

The Runaway Fair takes place a week after the Michaelmas fair and was so named because it was a chance for anyone who had made a mistake and started work with a master who was perhaps cruel or untrustworthy to literally run away and find another place to work.  The modern Runaway Fair is aimed […]