After the amazing success of the Thame Food Festival, we are really excited about what Thame has in store for us in October!! As usual we bring you our list of events from Thame and the surrounding areas, as well as our “Thame TV Top Three!” Have a look and let us know if you have any more fantastic events to add to our schedule by emailing Enjoy!

Thame TV’s Top Three

1: Thame Arts and LIterature Festival 2012

The first event to spring to our minds this month is the fantastic Thame Arts and Literature Festival, taking place from 12th to 14th October across the town. TAL Festival is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the arts, and meet the people responsible for much of the literature we read. The festival organisers advice is to “Choose at least one thing you know nothing about – risk an hour of your life and discover something new” We couldn’t agree more! The festival kicks off on Thursday 11th when Pam Ayres gives an evening talk around the paperback release of her autobiography “The necessary Aptitude” in the Town Hall. Friday TAL showcases Liz Harris and Gillian Tindhall, and there is a fantastic Tea Concert at 4.30pm in Rumseys with Sarah Goss. Friday’s evening entertainment starts at 6pm with The Book House Founders Lecture, followed by a celebration of Philip Larkin’s fantstic poetry in “Larkin About” at the players Theatre from 8pm.

The TAL Festival really comes to life on Saturday with an array of arts events, and workshops for children. You can aloso see Thomas Mogford & Kay Langdale, Sonia Purnell, Edna O’Brien, Andro Linklater, Mary Berry, Benjamin Wardhaugh, and Chris Behan throughout the day. Why not finish off your exciting satuday with either the beautiful Crendon Chamber Orchestra at St mary’s church, or the brilliant Narnia at Lord Williams – a special rock-opera based on the Chronicles of Narnia.

Sunday’s schedule is just as impressive, sandwiched between the excellent Prof John Sutherland and John Crace  Celebrating 200 years of Dickens, and TAL Festival Keynote Speaker Jonathan Dimbleby at The Spread Eagle hotel at 7pm. You can also see Richard Smith at Thame Museum, Will Gompertz BBC’s Arts Editor , and Harry Mount, both at The Town Hall. There’s also some fantastic performances from Thame Chamber Choir at Lord Williams Schoo, My Life With Dickens at the Players Theatre, and ‘The Sunday Night Show’ grand finale at Thame barns Centre.

In our opinion, the TAL Festival is an unmissable event, so book your tickets early! For full listings, information and timings please go to the TAL website.

2: Chinnor and Princess Risborough Railway Halloween Special

A not to be missed event for kids! This Special spooky Halloween event on the historical Chinnor and Princess Risborough railway on 28th October is sure to provide some thrills for your little ones, and with trains throughout the day it’s easy to fit into your halloween weekend schedule!  See image below for further details!

3: A Proper Grown-Up Party at The Thatch

On Friday 26th October, Frazer and the gang at The Thatch Thame are going to be putting on their very first, extra special, Grown Up Party! Tables will be cleared out of the restaurant to make room for mingling, lovely drinks and a bit of dancing as they put on a fantastic array of live music and some fun and games on a Friday Night!

For full details, or information on how to book go to The Thatch website. We hope to see you there!!

Full Event Listing:

Sunday 7th October

07.10.2012 Rotary Swimathon – 10 am to 13:00

The Ultimate Wedding Show – The Oxfordshire, Rycote Lane, Milton Common, Thame OX9 2PU for more information, go to

Senior Citizens’ Day at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Tuesday 9th October

Thame Housing Benefit Surgery

Farmers Market – 8am to 1pm

Thursday 11th October

St Joseph’s school – Open afternoon

Friday 12th October

Thame October Fair until Saturday 13th October.

TAL, Thame Arts and Literature Festival (See thame tv top three) until Sunday 14th October.

Benson Open Weekend Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October. If you’ve ever wondered about the small pleasure boats you see cruising along the Thames, Europe’s number one boating holiday company invites you to an Open Weekend at its base in Benson. There will be opportunities to get on board a few cruisers to take a look below deck.

The Le Boat Open Weekend takes place from 12th – 14th October, from 10am to 4pm daily, at the Le Boat Waterfront Base on the River Thames at Benson. For more information, click here.

Saturday 13th October

Narnia – (Part of the TAL) at Lord Williams’s .school

Crendon Chamber Orchestra -(Part of the TAL)

Artists & Makers Fair 2012 – (Part of the TAL)

Sunday 14th October

Thame Chamber Choir (Part of the TAL) The Seven ages of Man

Wednesday 17th October

Have Your Say meeting with PCSO Richard Howard at the Co-Op Cafe, High Street, Thame – 13:30 – 15:30

Friday 19th October

Friday night is… Quiz Night – Thame Barns Centre – LINK

Thame Cinema presents: Nostalgia for the Light

Saturday 20th October

Coffee morning & used clothing sale – Towersey Village Hall 10am – 12noon. Tel 01844 214888

St Mary’s Guild Autumn Fayre 10am till 3pm – St Mary’s Church, Thame. Tea & Coffee – Cream Teas served all day with homemade Soup served 11.30am – 1.30pm -Everyone Welcome

Thursday 25th October

Have Your Say meeting with PCSO Chris Hollis at Costa Coffee, High Street, Thame -14:30 – 16:30

Saturday 27th October

The Angels Share at Thame Cinema for all.

Sunday 28th October

Hallowe’en Spooks Express – Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway – see Thame TV Top Three listing for more information.

Wednesday 31st October

Rediscovering Rycote: A symposium on the history of Rycote Park – Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera LINK