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.

Food Festival

A haven for foodies from far and wide featuring stalls overflowing with fresh produce, demonstrations from renowned chefs, beer tasting and cookery workshops. Inspired by the abundance of quality food produced in Thame and the surrounding area, Thame Food Festival is perfect for food lovers!


Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th September 2021.

Photo credit: Thame Food Festival

Food Festival 2017 - credit TFF
tal 2016 - tal

Arts and Literature Festival

A weekend of workshops and events taking place across the town to celebrate the arts in all their forms, including a town-wide Art Crawl.

Due to Covid-19, TAL Festival will be available live on the internet in October with all the vibrancy and life of the normal physical Festival.


2021 date TBC


Photo credit: Thame Arts and Literature Festival

Country Fair

Thame Country Fair takes place at Thame Showground with three arenas ranging  from display teams, country sports and attractions all day long.


2021 date TBC


Photo credit: Living Heritage Country Shows

country fair - living heritage events
MitP 2011

Music in the Park

Thame’s very own music festival featuring a fantastic line-up, great food and family entertainment all in the grounds of Elms Park.


Cancelled for 2021 due to Covid-19.

Sunday 1 May 2022

Christmas Lights Switch-On

Ring in the festive season to Thame at the popular Christmas Lights Switch-On! Join us for an evening of festive entertainment, a Santa’s Grotto, lantern parade, gift stalls, refreshments, carol singing and much more.


Friday 3 December 2021 (subject to Covid-19 guidance).

Find out more:

Christmas In Thame

Christmas Crowds 2017
Thame Fair

Fun Fair

Don’t miss the annual fun fair which transforms Thame’s High Street for three days in September always starting on the third Thursday, followed by the smaller Charter Fair in October, into a mini theme park with rides, bumper cars and candyfloss.


September Fair – third Thursday in September for 3 days

October Charter Fair – 2021 date TBC


Be a part of lining the streets to watch the themed procession of floats followed by the fete on Southern Road Recreation Ground. Fun for all the family and free entry!


Cancelled for 2021 due to Covid-19.

June 2022.


Photo credit: Sonja Francis

Carnival 2017 - Sonja Francis
Thame Town Music Festival

Thame Town Music Festival

This brilliant two day event celebrates live, multi-genre music across multiple venues in the centre of Thame. Free entry to the main festival.


Saturday 10 July 2021