Our market town was invaded last week, roads closed, parking restricted and it will be again this week, as it plays host to local events & festivals. It’s feels somewhat homely to think our children are now part of these local traditions, too.
Last week was the Thame Horse & Country Show – horse displays, show jumping, cattle & sheep classes and the like. This has been going on for 130 years, but it’s only on a Thursday.
This part of the tradition I don’t get.
Why Thursday? Surely most people are at work & kids are at school. I’d love to go but I can’t give up a day’s work or take the children out of school, even if the locals did a hundred years ago!
Then it’s time for the Street Fair, which rolls into town Wednesday evening, and stays until Saturday.
It’s not our normal route, but one day a year me & the Little Shires cycle through the closed off roads on our way to school to see the fair being set up. They love to marvel at the rides they want to go on, get squeamish at the ghost rides and excited at the number of candy floss stalls!
This cycle ride has become our local family tradition, and the children love it. For me the fair also triggers the start of Autumn.
Now this weekend (24 September) is the Thame Food Festival, which is one of my favourite local events! They’ll be cookery demonstrations from the likes of Raymond Blanc OBE, this year’s Masterchef Champion Natalie Coleman & Sophie Grigson to name but a few – and they’re all local, who knew?!
Nadiya Hussain will also be in town, signing her book at the Pop-up BookShop (although she’s not local!). That’s a Christmas present sorted, then!
I love this festival. The fact I can graze my way around my own town trying lots of new, local, foods is my idea of heaven!
Local is my word of the week because we’re luck – we live within 10 minutes walk of the town, which is close enough not to need a car, but far enough away to not hear the roar of the fair or deal with the going home crowds.
Often in London we hear our friends – and we did it ourselves – saying we want to live in an area with a ‘villagey feel’ – well, we have it here in abundance. At times it feels good to be local.
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.