Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When is Thame Food Festival?

The Thame Food Festival is held on the final weekend of September. In 2020 the festival will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September.

Where is the festival?

Thame Food Festival takes place at:

The Thame Showground
Kingsey Road

What are the opening hours?

On Saturday, the festival opens from 9.00am – 6.00pm, and on Sunday the festival will be open from 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Where can I buy tickets? 

Entry is £6 per adult and children under 12.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

All children under 12 are Free. .

You can purchase tickets in advance online here. 

Last day for buying tickets and receiving by post is Friday 20th September 2020.

Please note, you can still book your tickets online after the 20th September but you will need to pick them up at the entrance on the day. Advance booking of tickets finishes on Thursday 24th September.

Family discounted tickets can only be bought in advance and online. 

What does the ticket price include?

The ticket price includes a free shuttle bus to and from the town centre, free programme, access to cooking demonstrations, the music and lots of other festival fun!

Am I allowed to bring my dog to the festival?

Once again we’re having our Fun Family Dog Show and dogs are of course very welcome.

However, we do ask that they remain on their leads at all times and you use the dog bins provided.  

There will also be water buckets available for your thirsty companions.

Do I have to pay for parking?

There is FREE car parking at the show ground, just a moments walk from the festival, so you can keep popping back to drop off your booty.

We are also offering a FREE shuttle bus running every half an hour from Thame Town Hall to the show ground and back all day, so hop on and off. 

I’m walking to the Festival – where do I go?

We have a Pedestrian Entrance by the Chinnor Rugby Club end of the Show Ground (further along the bypass and next to a mini roundabout). You will need to cross the road at the mini roundabout, please be careful as there will be a lot of Festival Traffic. Your safety is important to us, but it is also your responsibility to stay safe.

Please enter the show ground by following Pedestrian signs.

Please see map for more information.

This will take you down the outside of the Festival and around to the front Main Entrance where you can buy or pick up your tickets. Please note that is the only entrance that the Public can get into the festival – other entrances are for stall holders and Festival staff ONLY.

Walking in by the Rugby Club prevents you from having to walk on the grass by the bypass. It is safer, so please use it if you can.

At the festival can I pay by credit or debit card?

Please bring cash with you on the day as there will be no ATM’s on the show ground.  But do bring your cards as many of our stall holders do accept card payment.

However, please remember the majority of our stalls are run by small artisan producers so cash is always preferable.

Will there be seating?

There will be plenty of seating, both covered and uncovered, at the festival.  But please feel free to bring your picnic blankets and fold up chairs with you if you fancy.

Is there Disabled Parking?

There is Disabled Parking right by the entrance to the Festival gate – please ask a member of our security to direct you there as you drive in.


We also have accessible loos at all the banks of loos within the festival ground.

All areas are accessible but this is a grass covered area which is firm under foot and uneven in places so it may hinder movement at times.

Is it wheelchair accessible?

Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter access is good around the Festival Show Ground and at entry, however please bear in mind that the festival is on a green field site and therefore may be slightly hard to navigate at times.

Disabled/Carer tickets?

All disabled visitors attending Thame Food Festival on a paid for adult ticket are entitled to bring one carer free of charge. 

To apply for a carer ticket, please email with your order reference number and proof of disability, ie that you are in receipt of the middle or higher rate care component of the disability living allowance (DLA) or personal independence payment (PIP). 

Once agreed a free carer’s ticket will be added to your order and will be sent to you along with your other tickets.

Can I smoke at the event?

Yes, smoking is permitted.

Will there be free drinking water?

There will be various water points clearly marked around the show ground.  With this in mind, please bring your reusable and refillable drink bottles with you and fill up at one of our FREE water stations.  

 Please see our environmental approach.

Please also bring your ‘bags for life’ to do your shopping.

What happens if it rains? 

We will be ready for you come rain or shine but it’s always best to dress for the weather! Whilst we’re hoping for sunny spells, it’s an outdoor event and we all know British weather can be a bit changeable… Please bring sensible footwear and a brolly so you’re prepared.

Is it a family friendly event?

Yes, adults, children and babies can attend although it might be worth bearing in mind that due to government rules only people of the age of 18 and above can drink alcohol. 

We can’t wait to see you all there,

What are the dates for The Thame Food Festival 2020?

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2020.


When you enter Thame Food Festival at Thame Show Ground you enter an area where photography, drone photography, audio, video and drone video recording may occur.

By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Thame Food Festival and its affiliates and representatives. 

Thank you for your co-operation

Thame Food Festival