markets & market towns
East of England
Thame is a thriving, award-winning market town, perfectly situated in beautiful South Oxfordshire, within easy reach of Oxford and the Chiltern Hills The town has a rich history deriving from Anglo-Saxon roots: ancient medieval buildings mingle with those dating from the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras, right through to the modern day.
Thame’s iconic boat-shaped high street stands as testimony to the historic market place for which it was originally designed, but there is nothing historic about its markets which continue to thrive today.
Thame was granted a market charter in 1215 and markets have been held on a Tuesday since that time. A trip to the market guarantees you a vibrant display of produce, gifts, homeware, clothes and more with friendly traders always ready to help. On the second Tuesday of each month, the regular market is joined by a Farmers Markets, with stalls displaying an incredible range of produce grown and made within a 50 mile radius of Thame. Thame also hosts a range of specialist markets throughout the year, including:
French Market: Stall holders travel here from France selling a range of local crafts, music, artwork, bags, hot food, soaps, and more.
World Village Market: This market is a unique street market with a festival feel featuring exotic world cooking, homemade, healthy and traceable foods together with ethical traded, handmade, eco-friendly arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, accessories and original ideas.
Craft Fairs: Thame Town Hall hosts regular Arts & Craft fairs throughout the year.
Alongside our markets, Thame has lots of exciting attractions and activities for all the family. Thame Museum is a must see, packed with displays covering over 5000 years of history in and around Thame. Or why not pick up one of the many free walking trails available from the Information Centre, to explore Thame’s History, the countryside around the town and its strong connection to the ITV television series Midsomer Murders (paid guided tours are also available). The town also boasts a packed calendar of Music, Arts & Literature and Food festivals, running alongside traditional community activities including an annual Carnival and traditional Summer Fetes.
fact fileMore information on all of the above can be found by visiting. www.thametowncouncil.gov.uk/visit-thame/ or calling 01844 212 833