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A Market Town that still loves its Markets

Abingdon-on-Thames is a market town that still enjoys the unique atmosphere of a lively market. Our town centre boasts one of the most fit-for-purpose Market Places in the country, run by the Town Council. As well as the many community events and stalls that pop up here on a regular basis, there are markets, farmers' markets and craft fairs on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual cycle.

Farmers' Market each third Friday in the diary for local, good quality produce followed by Monday Market Day every week. At a time when we all need to think about where our food is grown, food miles, quantity of packaging markets and local traders are an asset to be supported. Many of the producers have an on line or delivery option. These markets continue with more space between stalls and a respectful request that people keep a distance and wear a clean mask while shopping.

The Market Place is available for use by local community groups to give out information, who have charitable purposes or who operate on a not-for-profit basis. In order to use the Market Place for an event you need to make a booking with the Town Council well in advance. All the forms are here, it is not possible to call in at the Information Office at present. The organiser of any event has to carry proof that the event has a licence to trade and take money in aid of a legitimate cause.

Saturdays are popular with a programme of events so many dates are booked well ahead.

28th November Christmas shopping with the Christmas tree. For this and 5th December there may not be the same amount of music and entertainment, there will be a good atmosphere.

The first Local Excellence Market of 2021 is planned by the Chamber of Commerce on 30th January.

For further information on how to make a booking please click here.


flower stall at the market
By Royal Charter, Monday is the town's traditional market day with a wide variety of good quality produce and goods available weekly.  This is one of the oldest markets in England and one of the busiest.  This market takes place every Monday* from 8.00am to 3.00pm in the Market Place, whatever the weather.   Update: During the Covid-19 pandemic the market has continued as a food market and now...
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Thames Valley Farmers Market
Midsummer Farmers' Market 21st June followed by music events in the evening. The Thames Valley Farmers’ Market visits Abingdon Market Place on the third Friday of each month. This friendly market gives shoppers the opportunity to sample and buy fresh produce from the local area while meeting local farmers, growers and producers. TVFM is a co-operative, run for and by traders who feel passionately...
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colourful vegetables on a market stall
Local Excellence is a market at which local food producers, craftworkers and retailers sell their goods in Abingdon Market Place. The Local Excellence Market gives Abingdon shoppers the chance to sample foods, beers and crafts from Oxfordshire and the nearest counties. The market starts at 9am and packs up at 2pm, sometimes 3pm. Held on a Saturday, it is very popular with people who are at work...
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Abingdon's outdoor Craft Fair at Christmas
The Abingdon-on-Thames Craft Market takes place at Abingdon Market Place. December is the market focusing on Christmas, one week after Christmas lights main switch on and celebration. Summer Craft Market has real style and variety. Local craftmakers showcase and sell their high-quality, handmade crafts, including jewellery, woodturned items, textiles, leather goods, preserves, cakes, photography...
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The Abingdon Country Market is an indoor market which is very popular for excellent home made produce. 10.00 am to 12.30 pm on second Saturday in each month. Note the dedicated cooks and producers need a break in January. So  13th February and 13th March are the first of these tasty events in 2021. Subject to health and safety - the markets may be outside. Look out for the sign in town on West St...
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