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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.
Annual events see the diary
January New Years Day walks, March Abingdon Model Railway Show, Fairtrade Fortnight, Abingdon Science Festival, Young Enterprise, April Head of the River Race, Freewheeling Cycling Festival, Festival of the Thames, St George's Day MG and Scouting events. May Abingdon Music Festival, Abingdon Air and Country Show, Abingdon Jazz Festival, Bank Holiday walks, June Fun in the Park Day, Election of Mayor of Ock Street, Abingdon Food and Drink Festival, National Make Music Day, July Sailing Regattas, Swan Upping week, August Oxfordshire Chilli Festival. Children's Activity Days, September Dragon Boat Day, Heritage Open Days. October Abingdon Fair, Abingdon Marathon, November Fireworks, Christmas Crafts, Shopping with carols, Abingdon Mummers Play tour, Santa's tour, Celebration of Abingdon and MG.
Sports events include national competitions at Tilsley Park and all our river based activities.

Being near to world-leading scientific research has its benefits for arts, science and sports locally. The ATOM Science Festival is inspirational next year's commences 14th March 2020.

Unicorn Theatre popular for music and drama and cinema all year round, in June there is the Festival of One-Act Plays and Kevin Dempsey on 13th June. Summer 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. The Heritage Festival will be 21st and 22nd September 2019.

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair this year is 7th and 8th October with the Runaway Fair Monday 14th October. Abingdon Marathon is in the Events diary third Sunday in October.

The town makes a lot of the winter festive season with craft and gift fairs, 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 cars come for the run into the countryside 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. Please add any event for this or next year by going to Submit an Event. Anyone in town is able to do this.

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council provide the Christmas Lights display in the town centre. A large Christmas tree is erected by staff with contrubution from loyal Monday Charter Market traders. Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce then undertake a lot of the organisation of a Christmas Extravaganza  to celebrate the switching on of the lights. A traditional parade takes place at midday with live...
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Newest among the annual events in the Abingdon-on-Thames town calendar, the ATOM Abingdon 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.   There are monthly talks on scientific subjects as well.   Get 14th to 22nd March 2020 in...
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The Spring Rides Cycling Festival welcomes everyone. It is put on by the Freewheeling Cycling Club. This 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 radiating out from the...
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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 all depending on weather and current on this...
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22nd and 23rd September 2019   Heritage Open is mainly in September nationwide and in other parts of Europe. Due to its popularity some towns and heritage locations are varying or increasing the length of their period of special events. In 2019 the town's highly experienced civic society Friends of Abingdon will be co ordinating events. This society is open to anyone who loves Abingdon and its...
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