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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.

December  events include Mellstock Band 4th and The Sandy Denny Project 5th December at the Unicorn tickets for both available on the day but may sell out so arrive early or book. Live hook ups from national theatresat Amey Theatre plus all the latest films at the town's cinema. See the diary and social media for Make Music Abingdon particularly the Winter Solstice 21st and Jazzfinder which includes jazz at the Nag's Head and other venues. Music at the Northcourt has some good Winter gigs all on the diary here.

Here is a run through the year.

Come to Abingdon now for all the new release films in the town's new cinema - follow the link from The Abbey Cinema tab above and view all the films there is an opportunity to dress up at Cats and the new Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. There are two cinemas ione at 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.

Abingdon's ATOM Science Festival runs from 14th March to 22rd March 2020. 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 JJazz 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 each month, normally second and fourth gathering before 10.30 am on Market Place.. The water splash park and heated outdoor pool are open through 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.

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 and the Vale of Abingdon and Old Berkshire Downs.  This is a town worth taking time out to explore. The ancient buildings have a character and charm all of their own and the town’s history is colourful and interesting. These pages will help you to plan your exploration in more detail. This month there is...
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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 is a lot happening in Market Place, Museum and Cinema this Autumn. The next town walk will be New Year's Day beating ancient bounds of the old town.  Many townspeople get involved in aspects of the town's history and heritage notably Abingdon Civic Society - caring for the town's past, present and future   gives the immediate...
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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. http://www....
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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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