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Abingdon Air & Country Show

Abingdon Airfield/Dalton Barracks, Oxfordshir

The 19th Abingdon Air and Country Show will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and showcasing local organisations, there's plenty to see and do for kids and adults alike!

At Abingdon Air & Country Show

Abingdon Airfield/Dalton Barracks, Oxfordshir

The Abingdon Air and Country Show began in 2000 as a local fete organised by Neil Porter, a landscape gardener by trade. Created with the desire to put something back into the community, to provide a family day out at an affordable price.

The 2000 event barely broke even, but through perseverance, the show has steadily grown into one of the area’s largest annual events and established itself as a highlight on the airshow calendar.

Unlike the majority of the UK’s airshows, everyone involved in the show’s organisation is a volunteer. This has meant that, over the past 17 years, we have been able to donate over £89,000 to charity, including £72,095 to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, £14,000 to Douglas House Respite Centre, and a further £3,000 to other local charities.

Aerial view of Abingdon Air and Country Show 2017

By 2001, the cost of organising the show was £4,000 and only around one fifth the size of the event of today. Fast forward to 2017 and it costs over £80,000 to stage the event. Undeterred, every year we hold the event and pay the bills that go with it - some of which you can see below - and then make a donation to charity, being mindful that we need to keep some money in reserve in case we have to cancel a show because of the weather.

Herman de Ridder

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