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.

Taste of Thame

Saturday 27th May 2023

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

Thame Carnival

Saturday 17th June 2023

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

Duck Race

Sunday 18th June 2023

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.

CPM Thame 10k

Sunday 25th June 2023

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. 

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.

Market Community Fun Day

Tuesday 22nd August 2023

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.

Towersey Fringe

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August 2023

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

September Street Fair

Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd September 2023

Don’t miss this spectacular annual fun fair! Thame’s High Street is transformed into a mini theme park with everything from rides to games to candy floss!

Thame Food Festival

30th September – 1st October 2023

Held at Thame Showground, this festival features over 120 artisan food producers and stalls, with demonstrations, and masterclasses from leading chefs and bakers.

French Market

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October 2023

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

October Charter Fair

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October 2023

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.

Thame Art Crawl

Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st October 2023

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.

Autumn Market

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th October 2023

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

Thame Fireworks Display

Saturday 4th November 2023

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

Service of Remembrance

Sunday 12th November 2023

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

Thame Charities Fair

Saturday 18th November 2023

Promoting and showcasing Thame’s charities.

Thame COP28

Thursday 30th November – Tuesday 12th December 2023

Thame COP is a local version of the global COP climate summit. Thame COP researchers are out and about inviting organisations to share their perspective on the environmental crisis and make commitments to reduce emissions and increase biodiversity on their patch.

Christmas Lights Switch-On

Friday 1st December 2023

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

AgriSocial’s Charity Tractor Run

Sunday 17th December 2023

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

Carols Around the Tree

Sunday 24th December 2023

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