One of the best things about being in Thame is that there's always something going on in town. As a proud local business we like to get involved in the summer festivities, and summer 2019 is looking to be a very good summer for events in Thame. So let's have a quick run down of some of the events happening this summer and next, to help you get into the summer spirit!
Thame Food Festival
Oh, there's food, and more of it than you can shake a stick at! The Thame Food Festival is a must for foodies, featuring a selection of street food, fresh produce, chef demonstrations, beer tasting and cookery classes. There might even be a book signing by the one and only Mary Berry. The festival showcases local produce, so you can enjoy a range of food from in and around Thame itself. The Thame Food Festival is on 28th - 29th September 2019. Visit www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk for more information. I think it's fair to say that you'll see a few of the Thame Cars team here!
Thame Arts and Literature Festival
Pushing slightly beyond summer to 17th-20th October 2019, the Thame Arts and Literature (TAL) Festival brings a bit of culture to the town. The TAL is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and features an Art Crawl around town (probably far more wholesome than a pub crawl!), a range of art workshops, comedy shows, interviews with authors and concerts. You could even try your hand at learning calligraphy or go on a ghost walk to see the darker and more sinister side of Thame. Tickets are on sale now, so visit www.talfestival.org for more details or to book tickets.
Thame Country Fair
Looking ahead to 5th-6th May 2020 over the bank holiday weekend is the next Thame Country Fair. Held at the Thame Showground on Kingsey Road each year, the Country Fair promises a fun dog show, falconry displays, a range of food and trade stalls, as well as the opportunity to have a go at several activities including shooting and angling, for those looking for a new experience or hobby. There are two arenas at the fair with a range of displays, so there is plenty to see and do for all the family. Tickets are £15 for adults, £14 for seniors, £5 for children, and free for children under 4. The family dog is welcome too. Visit www.thamecountryfair.co.uk to learn more.
Thame Horse and Country Show
There is no Thame Show 2019 as it takes a break for this year, but the Thame Show returns on Sunday 13th September 2020 at Addington Manor. Organised by the Thame Agricultural Association, the Thame Show is steeped in history, with the first official show held in 1888, and events before it as far back as 1855. The Thame Show is a true Thame institution, and comes action packed with a show jumping arena, a dog show, a range of trade stands and a selection of vintage cars, motorbikes and farm machinery. There's also plenty of food and drink to enjoy, including several bars if you fancy a little tipple! In the absence of the Thame Show 2019 you can look forward to the Thame Show 2020. For more information about the attractions coming up, visit the website at www.thameshow.co.uk.
Music In The Park
If you were worried that there is nothing in Thame for music lovers, worry not because the Music In The Park show returns in 2020. With a varied line up to suit all musical tastes, the Music In The Park event has a choice of country, indie, acoustic and rock and roll music, to name but a few. Festival goers are also treated to community dance and theatre events from local groups, at the event held at Elms Park each year. This is a community event run by a voluntary organisation and supported by the Thame Town Council, so it's well worth a visit when it returns next year. Visit www.musicinthepark.org.uk to find out more about next year's line up as more information is released in the coming months.
It's carnival! If you need to inject a bit of colour into your life then the Thame Carnival is for you. Coming up next on 13th June 2020, the carnival features colourful processions through the streets of Thame as well as a fete containing a number of stalls. This charitable event raises plenty of money for a number of good causes in and around Thame, so please go along and show your support next summer. Visit www.thamecarnival.co.uk for more details.
So there's a quick snapshot of some of the events going on in Thame during Summer 2019 and 2020. As you'll see, there's plenty to look forward to! All these events and more are detailed on the Thame Town Council website here, so have a look and see what events take your fancy.