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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.

In 2021 life is very diffferent with health and safety considerations affecting everything. St George's Day MG rally has become enthusiasts driving without a gathering, May Day events are not happening, some hostelries have live music with band inside customers outside. Markets are open and have good food, produce and now welcoming back other traders. Please wear a mask and respect distance for traders as well as other shopper even as the Summer progresses. Our markets and town independent shops have very good deals.

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

Good news, The Abbey Cinema is at Guildhall opens on Monday 17th May and has price deals, with all the latest films. Social distance and safety is a priority. Other events such as craft fairs are hosted at Guildhall and it is the cinema which takes all the meetings and party bookings.

Amey Theatre has live concerts, theatre and cinema link ups, travelling film festivals and shows as an alternative to those at Guildhall and at the Unicorn Theatre. The Banff Film Festivals are popular, these are still online and not live in Amey Theatre until Autumn. Mountain Film Festival, Oceans Film Festival and Top Dog Film Festival.

Abingdon Museum has a phased opening commencing in Abingdon Artweek 18th to 23rd May. Book during opening hours 01235 523703 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. If passing ask through the intercom to request entry if there is space.

The town has an active film society and other screenings suitable for young or old. October to April.

Abingdon's ATOM Science Festival normally runs in mid March and has moved to 12th June. This is a superb festival normally with nationally-known speakers. This year the Festival will be all outdoors with good science and a geocache hunt. There  will be an enquiry point on Market Place without the usual range of hands-on science.

The town is a hub for physics, astronomy and many other scientific disciplines. The ATOM Science Society is involved inrunning monthly talks and co-ordinating the events programme with experts.

Classical music the Maestro conducting masterclass links in with a competitive music festival in early May. Abingdon Air and Country Show has changed its date from May to 11th September get your tickets in advance and they are inexpensive.

Markets, festivals and events happen throughout the year. Our guides,the diary,  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 trails on the doorstep are relaxing at all times of year, all on separate pages here.

The heated outdoor pool is normally open every late Spring and Summer until early September with a picnic area and somewhere for children to play nearby. It is likely that aquasplash will be restricted. The indoor leisure centre and outdoor sports and athletics facilities of international sports standard attract people from far afield. Booking online or get the phone app.

Monday is market day each week with fresh fish, a butcher, good quality fruit and vegetables, tasty food to eat.  Farmers' special markets are on each third Friday. 

See the Civic Society website  have 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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