Bright lights and fairground rides in front of the baroque County Hall building

Michaelmas Fair

The longest street fair in Europe

The Michaelmas Fair was originally a medieval hiring fair for rural farmworkers to find work in the local area around Abingdon-on-Thames. Over the years, more and more stalls and fairground rides were added to make it now the longest street fair in Europe, running a mile down the length of the High Street from the market place and down Ock Street. The three days in October of the Michaelmas Fair are remembered fondly by the older residents even if they no longer head down to the town centre at dusk with the crowds of young people, for whom it remains a highlight of the annual calendar. To find the exact date of the next Michaelmas Fair look up October events on the Town Events Calendar. It is followed a few days later by the strangely named Runaway Fair.

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