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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, Abingdon Science Festival, ead of the River Race, April Cycling Festival, May Day of Dance, Abingdon Air and Country Show.
June a 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 for arts, science ans sports locally.

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 properties and guided walks 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.

 
The Town Council provide the Christmas Lights display in Abingdon and the Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce organise the Extravaganza  to celebrate the switching on of the lights. The traditional parade takes place at midday with  the marching band leads the parade from the muster point in Queen Street, up Stert Street, along East St Helen Street, through Lombard Street and back up West St...
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Newest among the annual events in the Abingdon-on-Thames town calendar, the ATOM! Science Festival 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. In 2018 this is a full week of interesting events from the weekend of 10th March to 17th and 18th...
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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
Dragon Boat Day is a long-established, annual charity fund raising event held on and alongside the River Thames in Abingdon-on-Thames. Organisers are The Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper's with support from members of Abingdon Lions Club and other locals. The Dragon Boat races start mid-morning and continue throughout the day,finishing late afternoon. The event has moved from a Springtime position...
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Second weekend in September nationwide, 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,. Part of the unique St Helen’s almshouses which are still in use today are open in certain years along with houses of mediaeval origin in town, picking up on a theme for the year. In...
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