Thame is a charming, bustling market town with a rich sense of history. In the town centre, you’ll discover a selection of award-winning butchers, bakers and delicatessens along with specialist retailers and High Street names. The town is home to a branch of Waitrose, Boots the Chemist and M&S Simply Food. There’s even a branch of Rumsey’s Chocolaterie in Thame. If you’re eating out, there’s something to suit every taste from Italian to Indian and Chinese cuisine.
For an evening of local entertainment, the 132-seat Players Theatre hosts the Thame Players who produce five shows a year and welcome new members willing to act, direct, produce or build scenery. The theatre is also home to Thame’s regular cinema and the Town Hall hosts events including arts and craft fairs.
The award-winning Oxfordshire Golf Resort, Hotel and Spa in the nearby village of Milton is considered one of the country’s most exciting courses and the spa has been awarded four ‘bubbles’ by the Good Spa Guide. Thame has its own tennis club with a range of membership options and a programme of social events. Racquets Fitness Centre has a gym, studio, fitness classes and squash courts and there’s also Thame Leisure Centre with gym, pool and fitness studio. Thame Cricket Club welcomes new players of all ages and abilities.
For walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers, Thame is perfectly placed to make the most of the beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside. Cuttlebrook, Thame’s award winning nature reserve, offers a rich diversity of wildlife and a network of footpaths to explore. The picturesque Phoenix Trail, running along the old railway route from Thame to Princes Risborough, is a pleasant place for an afternoon stroll but, for longer walks, it’s possible to join the Ridgeway Path.
Offering exquisitely carved and painted woodwork and a long history, the 15th century Rycote Chapel at Rycote Park just west of Thame is worth a visit. About seven miles from Thame, Waterperry House and Gardens are a delight with eight acres of ornamental gardens, a garden shop, gift barn and gallery, museum and tea shop.