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

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June 2022

June 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Beethoven’s Mass in C major

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Beethoven Die Weihe des Hauses Overture, Op. 124 Beethoven Ah! perfido, Op. 65* Beethoven Mass in C major, Op. 86 Eilana Lappalainen soprano* Soloists to be announced Crouch End Festival Chorus David Temple chorus director…

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Speaking Out and Fitting In

Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2LW United Kingdom

A solo show in striking performance poetry and disarming comedy, with flashes of cabaret and burlesque, in which Alice d'Lumiere playfully explores the wonderful, if occasionally counter-intuitive, position of the gender-fluid individual…

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June 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The OW Lecture. Julian Dowdeswell: Human impacts on Antarctica from historical exploration to modern climate change in conversation with Toby Beaumont

Oxford Festival of the Arts, Cowley Place,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1DZ United Kingdom
£5 – £12

We are delighted to welcome the eminent glaciologist, Julian Dowdeswell, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Cambridge. Julian was Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute from 2002…

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