Like many traditional market towns, Thame grew from Anglo-Saxon roots but has since developed its own individual character whilst preserving its rich history; ancient medieval buildings stand alongside Georgian and Victorian architecture.
The 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 our 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. Located in the Upper High Street Car Park from 9am – 3pm you will be amazed by the variety of stalls available each week.
Thame’s streets are lined with ancient medieval buildings standing alongside Georgian and Victorian architecture. These building house a wonderful selection of independent shops and a short stroll reveals jewellers, gift shops, arts & craft galleries, clothes & accessories boutiques, bookshops, florists, beauty products, specialty food delicatessens, a fantastic toy shop and more.
There is also an array of fabulous local pubs, restaurants and cafes that you can choose from including Jack and Alice and Rumseys Chocolaterie. Rumseys was also used in the famous ITV Murder Mystery Drama 'Midsomer Murders' and they even have a 'Barnaby Bun.' You can take part in Thame's Midsomer Tour which takes you round all the locations in the town where a series was filmed.