Annual events in Wallingford

Wallingford’s hosts a varied selection of events throughout the year including one of the biggest free-access music festivals in Europe. Find out more about the annual event highlights here or for a more detailed search go to the calendar.

Wallingford Pancake Race - February

Each year on Shrove Tuesday, participants race around the Market Place to compete for the Pancake Race winner title and the prestigious golden frying pan trophy. The event attracts lots of spectators and families as well as some very interesting fancy dress costumes...

St George's Day celebrations - April

On the nearest Saturday to the 23rd April, Wallingford Market Place hosts the town's traditional St George's Day celebrations with music, Morris dancing, Punch & Judy shows and activities for the kids.

Wallingford Classic Car Rally & Parade - May

Hundreds of car enthusiasts and their families turn out each year to witness this magnificent event and celebrate motoring history. More than 250 cars take part in a parade through Wallingford town centre followed by a static display on the Kinecroft with stalls and entertainment. For more information visit

Wallingford Food Festival - May

Wallingford Food Festival attracts food-fanatics from far and wide. With live demonstrations by high-calibre chefs and displays from over 40 local producers, visitors are treated to a full range of quality locally produced food and drink to try and buy! The Festival recently received a Highly Commended award in the Tourism Event category in the Tourism South Beautiful South Awards. Read more here

Blues & Beer Festival - June

Long-running charity beer and music festival featuring great live Blues music and real ales, cider and wine with a barbecue on the side. The festival takes place in the town's former cinema, the Regal Centre, creating a unique atmosphere which is no doubt helped by regular capacity crowds. Find out more here

Carnival Day - June

Wallingford Carnival has been taking place for over 50 years, making it one of the region's longest running summer carnivals. The event features a themed procession through the town centre followed by fun for all on the town's Kinecroft. Find out more here

RugFest - June

Wallingford's Summer Music Festival hosted by Wallingford RFC features an array of music from across the genres. Amazing bands, delicious food, mouthwatering drinks, festival stalls and fastastic entertainment for the kids. Visit their website for more information

BunkFest - August/September

Wallingford's Festival of music, dance, steam and beer. Thousands of people visit each year for a weekend filled with the best folk music in the country along with cracking ceilidhs, real ales, fab food, music on river boats and steam trains and a storytelling fringe. Find out more here

Wallingford Wedding Festival - October

Everything you could possibly need for a wedding all in one town. The Wedding Festival brings together businesses to offer you help and guidance to create your own unique and very special day. From dress shops and milliners to florists and cake decorators, Wallingford has it all. Read more on their website

Wallingford Christmas Festival - December

The annual Christmas Festival takes place on the first Sunday of December with fun for all the family. Kids can visit Santa's Grotto while the grown ups pick up some Christmas treats at the gift and food stalls, plus music and entertainment and the switch-on of the Christmas lights. Find out more here

There are many more events that take place in Wallingford. Click on the Calendar to view in more detail.
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