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 calendar at www.thametowncouncil.gov.uk/events.

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 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018.

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Photo credit: Thame Food Festival

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.


Thursday 18 October to Sunday 21 October 2018.

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Photo credit: Thame Arts and Literature Festival

Country Fairs & Shows

Thame hosts two country shows each year – the country fair takes place on Easter Sunday & Monday with three arenas ranging  from display teams, country sports and attractions all day long. Thame Horse & Country Show (formerly Thame Show) takes place on the third Thursday of September and features top showjumping and showing, as well as trade stands and refreshment outlets.


Easter Sunday & Monday, April 2019 (Thame Country Fair)

Third Thursday of September, 2019 (Thame Horse & Country Show)

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Photo credit: Living Heritage Country Shows

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.


Sunday 5th May 2019 (exact date to be confirmed)

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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 30 November 2018.

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Fun Fair

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


September 2019

Friday 12 October & Saturday 13 October 2018


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!


Saturday 15 June 2019.

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Photo credit: Sonja Francis

Thame Town Music Festival & Convention

Back for its second year – but bigger and better! Now a two day event which celebrates live, multi-genre music across multiple venues in the centre of Thame. Free entry.


July 2019  (exact date to be confirmed)

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Towersey Festival

At Towersey Festival it’s all about great music, dance, art and song all set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.


August bank holiday weekend 2019

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Photo credit: Towersey Festival