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Different places and streets to shop

Abingdon-on-Thames's town centre shops have plenty to offer all ages in every season. There are new shops and restaurants including some near the River Thames. The town also has shopping centres on the main arterial roads into town and to serve the local community north and south of the centre.

To save time or make sure you don't miss some particular shops or cafes, our selection of streets and places below will help you work out what you will find and the nearest parking to each.

All shops have websites and many sell on line. Please remember though that as part of the Shop Local initiative you are keeping good traders in business by supporting the town. You can see the quality of goods and notice all the new offers,Independent shops often have offers which are better than those on line. 

Tickets outlets for town events available now
Unicorn Theatre
Monthly Thursday brilliant pro bands
Tickets available from: www.musicattheunicorn.org.uk or Remade Guitars Abingdon
Brief Encounter by Noel Coward |Wednesday 8th to Saturday 16th March
Tickets available from: Online: www.abingdon-drama-club.com email: tickets@unicornboxoffice.org.uk or The Bookstore Abingdon
Said The Maiden, Support: Rory Evans   Thursday 16th March
Tickets available from: www.musicattheunicorn.org.uk or Remade Guitars Abingdon
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen.Translated by Edmund Gosse and William Archer
          Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th March
Tickets available from: The Bookstore Abingdon www.breakalegproductions.co.uk
Film Society – ABCD Film Society
 All films shown at the Health and Wellbeing Centre at 7.45pm Silent Classic in St Nicolas Church 9th March
 Tickets available by membership or turn up early. For more information: www.abfilms.org.uk
 For Heavens Sake   9th March 2017
 Cria Cuervos    16th March 2017
 London Road   23rd March 2017
 Gemma Bovery   30th March 2017
Abingdon and District Musical Society 
 St Helen’s and St Katharine’s School. Tickets available from Mostly Books or at the door.
18th March 2017: Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Dvorak: Symphony No. 7
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5  (soloist, Jackie Campbell, Abingdon Music Festival concerto competition winner)
1st April 2017  Haydn:  Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo
Rutter: Requiem
Abingdon Operatic Society
 Annie 18th to 22nd April
  Tickets on sale from February at www.abingdonoperatic.co.uk and Newbury Building Society
The Northcourt – Music and Comedy
Tickets available online at www.musicatthenorthcourt.weebly.com or at the Abingdon United Social Club from 7.00pm onwards or on the door (if not sold out)
Music:
 Fleetingwood Mac  24th February 2017
 The Boss UK   10th March 2017
 The Stones   31st March 2017
Comedy nights monthly
Abingdon Air and Country Show    14th May 2017
Available on the day unless sold out www.abingdonairandcountry.co.uk on line booking preferred. Local outlets from 20th February include the Information Centre (Cash only)
Music in the Park  3rd June
Tickets (wristband for entry) available on line or from Abingdon-on-Thames Information from April (Cash only)
Book events:
Abingdon Library – No tickets required
Every Tuesday: Computer Buddy Sessions 4.00 – 5.00pm
Every Wednesday: Rhyme time 9.30 – 10.00am and 11.00 - 11.30am
First Thursday of the month: Books Aloud Audio Book Group 2.00 – 3.30pm
First Friday of the month: Children’s Book Club 3.30 – 4.15pm
Saturday: Code Club 10.00 – 11.00am   Story time  2.30 – 3.00pm
Last Saturday of the month: Family History Help desk 10.00am – 2.00pm
Mostly Books Arts - book and reading groups, literary events
The Bookstore - tickets for events

Food events:
Added Ingredients Wine evenings monthly 
For more information: www.addedingredients.co.uk

Café’s
Lounge Café
Museum Mouse Hole
Rosie’s – Pudding nights – Book at Rosie’s Tea Room
R and R Live music
Events in Abingdon Pubs
The Boundary House – Sport, music etc
The Brewery Tap
The College Oak – Sport, music etc
King's Head and Bell
The Midget – Tuesday Quiz, Thursday Disco Bingo. Sport
The Nags Head – www.thenagsheadonthethames.co.uk
Friday night Live Music, Saturday night Soul Sessions, Sunday early evening Jazz
Abingdon Museum prgramme of free talks and events and free entry all year round Tuesday to Sunday
Other Local Activities
Culham High Ropes activity centre Book at www.highropesoxford.com
Snakes and Ladders
 No booking required but inform them if bringing more than 10 children. Under 12’s only
  www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk

Abingdon Bridge Marine - Salters Steamers last weekend in May to Heritage weekend in September boats between Wallingford, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxford. Short trips from Oxford or Reading during other seasons depending on current and rive height.
 

Ticket Suppliers
Abingdon Visitor and Community Information Centre
Abingdon Gift Centre – Studio Theatre Club
Abingdon Information Centre – Music in the Park and Abingdon Air and Country Show
Mostly Books – Abingdon and District Musical Society
Newbury Building Society – Abingdon Operatic Society
Remade Guitars – Music at the Unicorn
The Bookstore – Abingdon Drama Club
The Northcourt – Music and Comedy at the Northcourt tickets

 

 

35 Ock Street Free Mike Brain art and typography

 

Bury Street is Abingdon's pedestrianised area with our largest shops. The refurbushment makeover which was completed in 2013 has made the street feel spacious and light, and a new larger New Look store has now opened right in the middle. It's also a great place to find cards, books, gifts, make-up, toiletries and perfume, jewellery, and health foods. To shop in Bury Street the closest parking is...
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Just a step through from the Bury Street main shopping area is the quieter Bath Street with art, antiques, unusual gifts. Many women and men buying for women head for their "destination" store and come to town for this street's specialities. Whether you're a dressmaker or quilter after a special fabric in Masons or when it's time to top up your wardrobe at Eileen's, Pure Marie or the Shoe Shop,...
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Stert Street is lined with quaint old buildings leading up to the church tower of St Nicolas on the Market Place. There's a quick route through from the Market Place at one end and just a few yards from the Charter Car Park at the other. Also handy if you have parked in any of the Abbey Close Car Parks. Some of our best independents are situated here including Mostly Books and Added Ingredients...
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  The St Helen's quarter forms the heritage heartland of the town, with views of St Helens spire as you walk down West St Helen Street and of the County Hall as you return via East St Helen Street. The medieval merchant houses on East St Helen Street form one of the loveliest streets in the country, especially seen from the County Hall roof. They are described in more detail in the history...
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This ancient street links the two old market areas of the town: the Market Place at the eastern end and The Square at the western end, now the home of the War Memorial. It's the place to come to browse local properties for sale or to get financial advice, but also has some lively pubs, including locally-owned "The Grapes" with good sports coverage, and The Narrows, former name of the spot where...
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The central meeting place for most Abingdon folk, the Market Place is a lively place with markets and events frequently taking place but also a wonderful spot for an open-air coffee in the sunshine with a choice of Costa, Java and the cafe next to the County Hall aptly-named Throwing Buns. Some long established businesses fringe the edges of the space, including Fat Face, M & Co and Gatwards...
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Ock Street runs to the West of the High Street parallel with the River Ock. The name Ock is the middle english word for a salmon. The river with its Ock River Walk are still a haven for wildlife. Independent businesses along Ock Street include a computer training centre with internet access, an independent builders' merchant, food outlets such as a sandwich shop, six takeaway food places,...
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Fairacres is a retail and business park conveniently a mile West of the town centre and also close to the A34. Argos, B&Q,  Homebase, Vineys, AHF, Pets at Home, Topps Tiles and some new stores and food outlets are there. Beales now closed, other stores opening soon. Opposite is the Oxford Abingdon Hotel (formerly The Four Pillars) a large superstore, a wine shop. There is a walk from the town...
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If you are in a hurry and need to get some essentials sorted out, the Peachcroft Shopping Area is a real help. With ample free parking, and shops all close together, this is one of the most convenient hubs in the town. The Christian Centre coffee shop has a play area for kids if you need a short break, or on sunny days there is the park opposite. There's a post box, two cash machines, a duty...
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