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A Market Town that still loves its Markets

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.

Farmers' Market on Fridays 21st June and each third Friday in the diary for local, good quality produce followed by Monday Market Day every week. At a time when we all need to think about where our food is grown, food miles, quantity of packaging markets and local traders are an asset to be supported. Many of the producers have an on line or delivery option. Local Excellence is the Saturday market next one on 29th June.

The Market Place is available for use by local community groups to give out information, who have charitable purposes or who operate on a not-for-profit basis. In order to use the Market Place for an event you need to make a booking with the Town Council well in advance. All the forms are here, or please call in between 9.30 am and 3.00 pm including Saturday. The organiser of any event has to carry proof that the event has a licence to trade and take money in aid of a legitimate cause.

Summer 2019 the Information Centre which takes bookings is upstairs at County Hall Museum, any member of staff will assist you at ground floor level on request.

Saturdays are popular with a programme of events so many dates are booked well ahead.

For further information on how to make a booking please click here.

flower stall at the market
By Royal Charter, Monday is the town's traditional market day with a wide variety of good quality produce and goods available weekly.  This is one of the oldest markets in England and one of the busiest.  This market takes place every Monday* from 8.00am to 3.00pm in the Market Place, whatever the weather.   Update: During the Covid-19 pandemic the market has continued as a food market and now...
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Thames Valley Farmers Market
Midsummer Farmers' Market 21st June followed by music events in the evening. The Thames Valley Farmers’ Market visits Abingdon Market Place on the third Friday of each month. This friendly market gives shoppers the opportunity to sample and buy fresh produce from the local area while meeting local farmers, growers and producers. TVFM is a co-operative, run for and by traders who feel passionately...
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colourful vegetables on a market stall
Local Excellence is a market at which local food producers, craftworkers and retailers sell their goods in Abingdon Market Place. The Local Excellence Market gives Abingdon shoppers the chance to sample foods, beers and crafts from Oxfordshire and the nearest counties. The market starts at 9am and packs up at 2pm. Held on a Saturday, it is very popular with people who are at work all week and...
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Abingdon's outdoor Craft Fair at Christmas
The Abingdon-on-Thames Craft Market takes place at Abingdon Market Place. 7th December is the market focusing on Christmas,, one week after the Christmas lights main switch on and celebration. Look out for indoor craft events and note the date 27th June 2020 for the next really good outdoor event with lots of creative stalls 9 am to 3 pm. Local craftmakers showcase and sell their high-quality,...
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The Abingdon Country Market is an indoor market which is very popular for excellent home made produce. 10.00 am to 12.30 pm on second Saturday in each month. Note the dedicated cooks and producers need a break in January. So  9th February is the first of these tasty events in 2020 Look out for the sign in town on West St Helen Street alongside the Salvation Army coffee shop and hall. This is...
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