Maytime in Abingdon

With spring well and truly here, there are lots of events happening this month in Abingdon. There are four big organised events plus plenty more activities to enjoy at your leisure.

The Big Four …

Abingdon Jazz Festival: 12 and 13 May

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Abingdon Jazz Festival, a series of jazz events is once more coming to town with a selection of choices from afternoon concerts for the whole family to late-night jam sessions. Featuring youth big bands, local musicians and special guests, the festival will be centred in the beautiful Abbey Buildings and Market Place, with some events absolutely free.

Abingdon Air & Country Show: 14 May

So much more than an air show! The Abingdon Air & Country Show presents a varied programme in a relaxed atmosphere at Abingdon Airfield, with a fly-in of both modern and vintage airplanes and the associated air display. Gates open 10am and parking is free.

Museums at Night: 19 and 20 May

The third Abingdon Museums at Night event presents two evenings of art, artefacts, music and activities, taking place 7–10pm. There is free admission to the family orientated ‘All about Art’ event on Friday 19 May; 'Minstrels in the Galleries' on Saturday 20 May is just £7 for an evening of live performances on all four levels of the museum.

Abingdon’s Farming Festival: 28 May

The late May bank holiday weekend sees this popular annual event take place on Sunday 28 May, hosted by Oxfordshire Young Farmers. Expect attractions in the main ring, rural craft demonstrations, trade and food stands, a farm animal corner and a fun dog show for all the family to enjoy. 

… And Lots More

Discover Historic Abingdon

Soak up Abingdon’s history with visits to such delights as: Abingdon County Hall Museum in the town centre; St Helen’s Wharf and Gardens in its beautiful spot overlooking the Thames, once a hive of activity and a source of wealth for the town; the fascinating remains of the medieval Abbey Buildings; and St Nicolas Church, part of the Abbey complex built for the lay servants.

Walk Abingdon

Seeing Abingdon on foot is a great way to appreciate all the town has to offer. Check out the visitabingdon.co.uk or www.abingdon.gov.uk websites to find out more about the walks that take in Abingdon, including the 90-minute guided ‘Walk.About.Abingdon’, the 8-mile circular ‘Abingdon Waterways Walk’ and the fascinating ‘Lost Abbey Trail’ which highlights the history of the town’s Abbey via an easy to follow downloadable guide.

Take to the River

It’s fun to be beside the water but also good fun to be on the water. Whether you choose to take a boat trip or hire a rowing or motor boat, contact Abingdon Bridge Marine by the bridge for details of what they have to offer.

Try Something Scrummy

Treat yourself to afternoon tea at Throwing Buns in Market Place, open seven days a week. Their special spring offer means you can enjoy scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches, cakes and tea or coffee for the just £9.50 per person (booking advised). Or visit a proper English pub on the river: the Nag’s Head is situated in the peaceful setting of Nag’s Island at Abingdon Bridge, its riverside setting providing plenty of comfortable areas to dine al fresco.