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Abingdon-on-Thames has lots to do at all times of year. There are activities by and on the Thames, fascinating buildings and history, charming gardens and parkland.

Here is a run through a normal year. Into 2021 life is very diffferent with health and safety considerations affecting everything. There was no Extravaganza and parade or MG rally. Markets are open and have good food and whatever is authorised by tier level and please wear a mask and respect distance fro traders as well as other shoppers - our markets and shops have very good deals.

The town diary includes online activities you can join such as a monthly general knowledge quiz which welcomes teams or part teams.

The Abbey Cinema is at Guildhall and has had £5 deals in school hoildays with all the latest films. Social distance and safety is a priority. is open day and evening whenever they are allowed to.  Other events such as craft fairs are hosted at Guildhall and it is the cinema which takes party bookings.

There are two cinemas, Amey Theatre has theatre link ups, travelling film festivals and shows that complement the films at Abbey Close. The town has an active film society and other screenings suitable for young or old. All offers are when the current restrictions are cleared.

Abingdon's ATOM Science Festival normally runs in mid March and has moved to June. This is a superb festival with nationally-known speakers. The town is a hub for physics, astronomy and many other scientific disciplines and the ATOM Science Society is involved in co-ordinating the events programme with experts.

Classical music the Maestro conducting masterclass in March links in with a competitive music festival in early May. Abingdon Air and Ccountry Show and Abingdon Jazz Festival is mid May.

Markets, festivals and events happen throughout the summer and markets continue all winter even in poor weather, Please look at the diary regularly particularly for the March to October programme. Our guides, information sheets and maps will help you plan your activities while you are visiting the town.

Rverside walks from a network of paths and the national trail on the doorstep are relaxing at all times of year. There are led walks on two Tuesdays and two Thursdays each month, normally second and fourth, gathering before 10.30 am on Market Place.. This year it is essential to register well in advance for these walks so that leaders and social distance measures can be planned.

The water splash park and heated outdoor pool are open every late Spring and Summer until early September with a picnic area and somewhere for children to play nearby. An indoor leisure centre and outdoor sports and athletics facilities of international sports standard attract people from far afield.

Please see the diary. 

Monday is market day each week and Farmers' special markets are on each third Friday. The markets are able to continue, selling fresh produce and essential foods, during lock down measures.

See the Civic Society website  for future events in the Abbey buildings. They have also designed some enjoyable observation trails.


Abingdon-on-Thames 'far from the madding beaches' to quote an interesting book on our region is geographically in the Vale of Abingdon beneath the Old Berkshire Downs.  It is eight miles from the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the East, a similar distance to the Cotswold AONB which is West of us, the Wessex Downs start at Steventon Hill less than five miles away and being on...
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The River Thames flows within a few hundred yards of the town centre, spanned by the medieval bridges which give Bridge Street its name. You can be watching the bustle of the market place over a cappuccino at 11am; striding out along the Thames Path by 11.05am. This is a unique market town where the countryside sits on the doorstep, and the rural riverbanks look across to the medieval wharf of...
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There should be a lot happening in Market Place, Museum and Cinema. The latest health and safety advice has affected the programme with an astronomy viewing evening, sports, walks, entertainment all not able to take place.  Many townspeople get involved in aspects of the town's heritage notably Abingdon Civic Society - caring for the town's past, present and future https://abingdoncivicsociety....
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Lots of people drinking coffee and sitting at cafe tables in the sunshine with market stalls in the background
Abingdon-on-Thames is a market town that still proudly upholds the tradition of the Market Place as a focus of town life. The Market Place is central, easily reached, and is the scene of important occasions and music festivals but also of weekly and monthly markets, fairs and community events. On any day of the week it's a lovely place to drink tea or a cappuccino in the sunshine, catch up with...
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Abingdon-on-Thames has almost every sport you can name either in the town or very close by. First port of call for a lot of people is the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre. This is run by a not-for-profit company on a contract to District and a lot of money has been put back into upgrading facilities. The swimming pool is very good and open from early morning until late evening. During the...
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The beating heart of this historic modern market town is the lively calendar of events that are organised by community groups, partnership organisations, schools and businesses as well as chamber of commerce and councils. Whether your favourite way to chill out is wandering through a market full of local food samples, witnessing an age old living tradition, the web diary here is for you. Prefer...
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