Shop local with unique shopping, foodie treats, crafts
Abingdon-on-Thames is a town that thrives on its independence. With good, small independent shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs, it’s a town full of hidden gems – shops with whole product ranges hidden in back rooms, places where you can still get repairs done, little cafés in quiet back streets or on farms, amazing roast lunches served in unassuming pubs.
The town’s Market Place hosts weekly Monday markets, monthly farmers markets and quarterly local food and craft markets.
Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce and town businesses of all sizes support the Shop Local initiative.
A FairTrade town
Abingdon-on-Thames was one of the first in southern England to formalise a Fair Trade initiative. Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce has a listing of businesses involved in fair and fairly-traded merchandise and food. Volunteers are needed to assist with Fair Trade particularly in the March Fair Trade Fortnight.
Abingdon-on-Thames is a market town that still enjoys the unique atmosphere of a lively market. Our town centre boasts one of the most fit-for-purpose Market Places in the country, run by the Town Council. As well as the many community events and stalls that pop up here on a regular basis, there are markets, farmers’ markets and craft fairs on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual cycle.