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 https://www.thametowncouncil.gov.uk/visit-thame/

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October 2019

October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957) is best-known for his gunpowder explosion events staged in public spaces worldwide and, in particular, for his firework display for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This exhibition focuses on the artist’s smaller-scale works, exploring the presence of Chinese culture in his art through the mediums of painting, drawing, and gunpowder on canvas, paper and silk. Learn about the significance behind the materials Cai Guo-Qiang chooses to work with, as…

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November 2019

November 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’ Humour in Times of Conflict

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street
Woodstock, Oxfordshire 0X20 1SN United Kingdom
£2.50 – £4.50

An exhibition that explores the ways in which humour and fun were used to spur on both troops and the people back at home - before, during and after war. Objects, music, posters, art, and testimonials from Oxfordshire people all illustrate how some of those who lived through times of conflict still managed to put a smile on their faces. Museum open Tuesday-Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm and Sunday 2pm - 5pm. Last admission 4.15pm each day.…

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November 16, 2019 - April 25, 2020

Turrill Sculpture Garden Christmas Quarter Selling Exhibition

Turrill Sculpture Garden, Through Summertown Library, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom

Seven Oxfordshire women artists in metal, glass and ceramics show enticing offerings for Christmas and beyond from 16 November to 25 April. Julie Grose and Sophie Thompson work in metal, Harriet Coleridge, Sally Dorrity and Laura Laub in ceramic and Anne Arlidge and Judith Berger in glass. Add an outdoor element to your Christmas gift-giving for long-term delight. 16 November - 25 April Through Summertown Library, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

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