Thame

Thame is a thriving market town, perfectly situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, just 14 miles from Oxford. From historical buildings to beautiful parks, the Thame Museum, The Players Theatre, a vibrant High Street, and regular events – Thame has lots of exciting attractions and activities for all the family.

Like many traditional market towns, Thame grew from Anglo-Saxon roots but has since developed its own individual character whilst preserving its rich history. Ancient medieval buildings stand alongside Georgian and Victorian architecture and the iconic boat-shaped high street stands as testimony to the marketplace for which it was originally designed. The beauty of the town offers a quintessentially English experience and is the reason that Thame is one of the most frequently used filming locations for the popular ITV series, Midsomer Murders.

Although Thame is a ‘historic’ market town, there is nothing historic about our markets which continue to thrive today with regular markets throughout the year. Regular Arts and Craft fairs are also hosted in the Town Hall. True to its tradition as a market centre, the streets of Thame are also home to a whole variety of fantastic independent and well-known shops, eateries & pubs. There is always something going on in Thame’s buzzing events calendar. This includes a Country Show at Easter; Music Festivals in May and July; a vibrant Carnival and Fete in June; Towersey Music Festival in August; a Horse & Country Show, a Food Festival and a Street Fun Fair in September; an Arts & Literature Festival in October, and of course our fun-filled Christmas Lights Switch-on.

For visitors and locals alike, a friendly and helpful team are on hand in the Town Hall Information Centre to provide you with all the latest information about the town and surrounding area. Whether your interests are in walking, cycling, history, or Midsomer Murders, there’s an abundance of trails available in and around Thame. To help you explore, leaflets are available from the Information Centre or download them from www.thametowncouncil.gov.uk/visit-thame

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May 2022

May 3 @ 10:00 am - May 21 @ 4:00 pm

Imogen Rigden: Wilderness Bewilderness

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Summertown
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

Fresh air, bird song, silence. In 2020 we noticed our natural environment with renewed clarity. As our horizons narrowed in lockdown, Imogen Rigden's Look Outside project called for brief written observations…

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May 7 @ 11:00 am - May 29 @ 6:00 pm

Oxfordshire Artweeks: artists’ open studios and pop-up exhibitions

Oxfordshire Artweeks, Admin only, 8 Hazel Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 9LF United Kingdom
Free

Oxfordshire Artweeks is the UK’s oldest and biggest artist open studios & pop-up exhibition event and they are delighted to be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. From 7th-29th May…

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May 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - May 31, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Ridgeway Adventures: Axe Throwing & Archery

Oxford Oxfordshire United Kingdom
£ per person25

Join us at our activity centre for some cutting edge entertainment. Learn the medieval art of axe throwing, you can even book for knife throwing as well as our warrior…

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