Over 50 things to do in and around Thame

The Arts

1. Take in a show at The Player’s Theatre

2. Attend Thame Arts & Literature Festival in October

3. Visit home studios & galleries to see works by local artists based in and around Thame as part of Oxfordshire Arts Week

4. Explore the arts scene in Thame by taking place in our Art Crawl

5. Attend a comedy night at The Cross Keys

6. Watch a film with Thame Cinema


7. Go to the family friendly Music in The Park Festival in May

8. Soak up the atmosphere at Thame Town Music Festival in July

9. Take in  local talent at the regular First Thursday Music Club

10. Be entertained by one of the many live music events held each week in Thame. The Birdcage; The Swan; The Cross Keys; The Rising Sun; The Spread Eagle


11. Attend a talk at Thame Museum, covering topics such as history, the environment and culture.

12. Visit Thame Museum to learn more about our town’s heritage

13. Follow one of our Historic Town Trails for walks of 1-2 hours around the centre of this historic market town

14. Discover the famous people who have been part of Thame’s history, following the Commemorative Plaques Trail

15.  Visit Rycote Chapel, an historic fifteenth-century Chapel with exquisitely carved and painted woodwork and many intriguing feature


16. Take a walk around Cuttlebrook, and discover the rich diversity of wildlife in this award-winning nature reserve (Cuttlebrook leaflet [PDF])

17. Follow one of our walking & cycling trails to take in some of the beautiful surrounding countryside.

18. Take part in the Chiltern Hills Walking Festival in the Autumn, or visit this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty any other time of year

19. Visit Waterperry Gardens  home to 8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, tea room and garden centre.


20. Explore Thame’s ‘Great British High Street’ with it’s wealth of unique, independent shops

21. Make sure you don’t miss one of  Thame’s markets – regularly on Tuesdays as well as throughout the year

22. Come to one of the regular craft fairs held in the town throughout the year

23. Buy a souvenir of Thame from the Information Centre

24. Catch the bus into Oxford for all your favourite high street shops

Midsomer Murders

25. Take a guided Walking tour around Thame, exploring the filming locations in the town centre

26. Pick up a Midsomer Murders leaflet [PDF] to explore further in your own time

27. Take a selfie with the Causton Town Hall Plaque (available from the Information Centre from Monday – Friday)

28. Explore further afield with a Midsomer Murders self-driving tour (leaflets available from the Information Centre)

29. Buy a Midsomer Murders souvenir from the Information Centre.

Food & Drink

30. Visit Thame Food Festival in September

31. Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in one of the many tea rooms and cafes 

32. Explore Thame’s delicious independent food shops and delis

33. Watch chocolate being made at Rumseys Chocolatier

34. Quench your thirst at one of our award winning pubs

Family Fun

35. ‘Scream if you want to go faster’ at our September & October fairs

36. Have a picnic in one of our parks & play areas

37. Hunt for clues in the Global Treasure Trail App (download app and search ‘Thame’)

38. Visit Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

39. Spot the fish in our Memorial Garden ponds

Children & Young People

40. Play to your hearts content at Whizz Kids

41. Attend one of the many children’s activities that run each week around the town – check out the ‘Groups’ section on Little Ankle Biters website for more information

42. Find a set of wheels to try out the Skate Park

43. Get involved with one of the many activity & hobby groups listed in our Community Directory

44. Watch a film at the Children’s Cinema


45. ‘Pay and play’ a game of tennis at Thame Tennis Club

46. Have a swim at Thame Leisure Centre

47. Cycle or walk the Phoenix Trail and enjoy the local countryside

48. Watch a game of cricket on the Church green

49. Enjoy a drink at The James Figg, named after the Thame-born prize-fighter and boxing champion who used this inn as his headquarters


50. Visit Thame’s thriving weekly  Charter Market on Tuesdays.

51. Don’t miss our monthly Local Produce Market, showcasing local farmers and producers selling all they have grown or made.

52. Come to our World Village (April) or French (October) markets held around the Town Hall.

53. Attend Thame Farmers Auction Market to see one of the busiest auction markets around live in action.

Community Events

54. Come and join in the parade at Thame’s annual Carnival in June

55. Get festive at Thame’s Christmas Light Switch On and gift market

56. Take part in one of the many Charity Events that run throughout the year, including the Duck Race, Swimathon or Tractor Run.

57. Don’t miss out on anything else by checking out our events calendar for a full listing of what is on in and around Thame when you are here.