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Abingdon Michaelmas Fair 2022

10 & 11 October
Abingdon Town Centre
Abingdon Town Centre
Abingdon-on-Thames
OX14 3HG

10 October to 11 October

Abingdon Town Centre
Abingdon-on-Thames, OX14 3HG
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Abingdon Michaelmas Fair

About Abingdon Michaelmas Fair 2022

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair takes place annually on the Monday and Tuesday falling first before the 11 October from noon to 11.00pm on both days (10 and 11 October 2022).

The Michaelmas Fair is the longest street fair in Europe, running from Market Place, through the High Street, The Square and the entire length of Ock Street.

This historic street fair has its origins in the shortage of labour following the Black Death of 1348/9. The Fair was a hiring fair, the equivalent of today’s employment agencies and online job websites.

The Michaelmas Fair starts setting up on Sunday, after which there are road closures and diversions to enable the traditional street fair to take place. There are also closures and diversions the following week for the Runaway Fair.

As with previouse years, to mark the start of the Fairs, we expect the Town Council will be organising the traditional Fairground Service of Blessing and Dedication to take place at 7.00pm on Sunday 09 October 2022 on the Galloping Horses in the Market Place.

All are very welcome.


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