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Town Festivals & Events

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.
January New Years Day walks, March Abingdon Model Railway Show, Fairtrade Fortnight, Head of the River Race, April Cycling Festival, May Day of Dance, June Historic Mock Mayor Day, Food and Drink Festival. Sports events include national competitions at Tilsley Park and all our river based regattas.

Being near to world-leading scientific research has its benefits. Look out for the dates of the next Abingon Science Festival.

Popular for music and drama all year round, in June there is the Festival of One-Act Plays and Fun in the Park and Music in the Park. July and August events in the Market Place and on the Thames add to the richness of life.

Dragon Boats Day and Heritage Open are features of September in Abingdon-on-Thames.

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair and the Runaway Fair are in early October. Abingdon Marathon is in the Events diary third Sunday in October.

The town makes a lot of the winter festive season with a Christmas Exravaganza Day, Santa and his sleigh touring the town, Abingdon Mummers have a good following on a town tour and local villages tour. MG have their famous Boxing Day rally and run with enthusiasts from all parts of the world.

Our guide to the main festival-type events in our town calendar is currently being added to so let us know if you feel there is a well-established town event that is missing or add it by going to Submit an Event.

Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce are the lead organisation for this event which has now become established as a Saturday event with the parade starting off proceedings in the late morning. Usually the marching band leads the parade from the muster point in Queen Street, up Stert Street, along East St Helen, through Lombard Street and back up West St Helen and the High Street to reach the...
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Newest among the annual events in the Abingdon-on-Thames town calendar, the ATOM! Science Festival has taken place since 2014  and 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.  Abingdon is a favourite place for scientists to choose as their home...
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Started just a few years ago and growing fast, the Spring Rides Cycling Festival put on by the Freewheeling Cycling Club 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 day full of rides...
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Dragon Boating on the River Thames
The Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper's Dragon Boat Day is a long-established, annual charity fund raising event held on and alongside the River Thames in Abingdon. The Dragon Boat races start mid-morning and continue throughout the day,finishing late afternoon. The event has recently moved from a Springtime position on the calendar to now being a September fixture. Dragon Boat racing attracts a...
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Usually held in September, this makes a very interesting weekend to visit Abingdon-on-Thames as many heritage properties are open that would normally be inaccessible or accessible only by appointment, including the unique St Helen’s almshouses which are still in use today. In addition the historical and civic societies of the town provide guided walks, exhibitions, and costumed dancing or...
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