Festivals and Events

Each year Thame plays host to a varied selection of community events and celebrations, from fun-filled festivals to traditional market days – there is always something going on. As well as these annual events, all other community events are listed on our website events calendar.

Annual Town Meeting

21st March 2023

A meeting of the town electors and provides an opportunity to celebrate local activities and debate current issues.

Spring Market

2023 date TBC (usually March)

A vibrant display of food and drink, produce and goods on sale in this 3-day market around Thame Town Hall.

Thame Country Fair

2023 date TBC (usually April)

This event is Oxfordshire’s leading Country Show offering all the best in countryside activities & entertainment, and an unbeatable family day out.

World Village Market

2023 date TBC (usually April)

Showcasing products from around the world with plenty of international hot food and beverage stalls.

Music in the Park

30th April 2023

Thame’s longest running music festival, offering a fantastic line-up of live music across 3 stages featuring everything from country to dance music, bands to acoustic solo acts. Held in Elms Park it is a fabulous family event, with great food and kids activities. 

Coronation of King Charles III

6th May 2023

Details to be confirmed.

Taste of Thame

27th May 2023

Celebrating town centre food businesses and local producers. With opportunities to discover and taste some incredible food and drink, take part in food related workshops and meet local artisan food and drink producers.

Thame Carnival

Saturday 17th June 2022

The town centre streets will be lined with people watching the ‘Queens Jubilee’ themed procession of floats that travel from Elms Park to Southern Road Recreation Ground, culminating in a traditional summer fete.

Duck Race

2023 date TBC (usually the day after Carnival)

Captain Ducky and his pirate crew will take to the water in their not-so-seaworthy boats, to accompany the 2,000 ducks that take part in this annual extravaganza that starts from the bridge on the Old Long Crendon Road.

Thame History Fair

2023 TBC

A range of historical organisations will be represented at this brand new event that aims to be a celebration of Thame’s past. Why not pop along to find out about Thame’s long history? On the evening before, you can enjoy the concert “Frolics of Oxfordshire” by the Oxford Waits.

CPM Thame 10k

2023 Date TBC

Whether you are a club runner looking to improve your PB or a fun runner, this is one for you. This circular race navigates playing fields, Thame’s historic town centre and the traffic-free Phoenix Trail. 

Thame Town Music Festival

2023 – cancelled

A brilliant event which celebrates live, multi-genre music across multiple venues in the centre of Thame. Aimed at promoting live original music with performances from new and established musicians. Entry is free.

Town Awards

Thursday 20th July 2023

Set up to recognise, thank and celebrate people all around Thame who help their neighbours, support local groups or go out of their way for others in their community. Nominations will open in Spring.

Towersey Fringe

26th – 27th August 2023

Comedy, fantastic bands, delicious food, a well-stocked bar, entertainment for the children, and a retail village.

Market Community Fun Day

2023 date TBC (usually August)

Each year the Charter Market hosts a day of fun activities for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to find out more about charities and organisations that serve Thame.

Volunteer Fair

2023 TBC

Discover volunteering opportunities in Thame at this new event.

September Street Fair

2023 date TBC

Don’t miss this spectacular annual fun fair! Thame’s High Street is transformed into a mini theme park with everything from massive fairground theme park-like rides to halls of mirrors and hook a duck stalls.

Thame Food Festival

30th September – 1st October 2023

Held at Thame Showground, this festival features over 120 artisan food producers and stalls alongside demonstrations from many leading chefs and bakers including Master Chef and Great British Bake Off stars plus masterclasses and workshops. With children’s activities, a fun dog show and live music – there’s something to appeal to the whole family.

October Charter Fair

2023 Date TBC

A smaller fair than the one held in September, taking over just the Upper High Street car park with rides, bumper cars and candy floss.

French Market

2023 Date TBC

Stall holders travel to Thame from France selling a range of local crafts, hot food, soaps, and more.

Thame Art Crawl

2023 Date TBC (usually mid-October)

A pop-up art exhibition in the windows of Thame town centre businesses, with an exciting display of artistic talent from professional to up-and-coming artists.

Thame Arts & Literature Festival

2023 Date TBC (usually mid-October)

An inclusive, community-driven arts and literature festival.

Thame Fireworks Display

2023 Date TBC

An impressive annual community fireworks display, raising funds for the PTFAs of the three local Thame primary schools.

Thame Charities Fair

2023 Date TBC

Promoting and showcasing Thame’s charities.

Service of Remembrance

12th November 2023

Thame’s Service of Remembrance starts from Thame Town Hall and then parades to the Memorial Gardens for a short service.

Christmas Lights Switch-On

Friday 2 December 2022

Christmas in Thame begins with the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights.

AgriSocial’s Charity Tractor Run

18th December 2022

An annual event that features hundreds of agricultural vehicles driving through Thame to raise funds for charity. 

Carols Around the Tree

24th December 2022

Sing your socks off around the Christmas tree outside the Town Hall, whilst enjoying mulled wine and mince pies.