Category Archives: 2024 Feast

Frequently asked questions

Q – Is there a free car park?

Yes, it is accessed off Reading Road from the direction of Rowstock. It is a strictly left turn only entry to avoid traffic build up on the Reading Road. Rowstock roundabout is just a short distance away if you need to turn around.

Q – Is there blue badge parking?

Yes, there is a small amount of blue badge in the main car park near to the pedestrian entrance. There are no parking facilities in the recreation ground car park due to heavy pedestrian footfall.

Q – Do you take card?

Yes, electronc payments can be taken on the entrance gates and at most of the attractions. However, it is advised to bring a small amount of cash as a ‘just in case’. The nearest cash point machine can be found at Asda on Great Western Park accessed via Didcot Road.

Who is at the Feast 2024

We are pleased to share with you the details of the local businesses that are exhibiting at the Feast this year. There is a huge variety both outside and in the marquee.

  • Click on this link to see the full list of craft stalls.
  • Click on this link to find the list of local artists exhibiting.
  • Looking for food ‘to go’ to satisfy your hunger needs, click here.
  • Local community groups have stalls outside, find out more about them here.
  • We also have a selection of charities in attendance both local and national. Click here to find out more.

Driving to the Feast

There is a large free car park accessed by turning left from Reading Road as approached from Rowstock roundabout:

Please do not attempt to turn right into the car park from Reading Road as this will create significant traffic jams at the busiest times of day.

Look out for the large overhead sign marking the pedestrian access point at the side of the field:

The Reading Road vehicle access point is ‘Entrance Only’. Upon exiting the car park you will be directed through the gap in the treeline, through the recreation ground and towards Wantage Road.

Please park and drive safely with consideration to pedestrians and other vehicles, following instructions from our volunteer parking marshalls from Didcot Rugby Club. If the car park is full you may be able to find a parking space elsewhere in the village but please be respectful to local residents and do not block access or driveways.

Pavilion refreshments

The Feast committee want to support families by offering good value refreshments which includes filled rolls, teas, coffees and canned drinks – plus a variety of delicious cakes provided by the ladies from Harwell’s very own WI group.  So come along to the Pavilion and see for yourself.  The pavilion is perfectly placed next to the music marquee and is run by volunteers from Harwell Church.

All proceed from sales at the Pavilion contribute towards the funds we can offer for distribution to local causes.

New Attractions for 2024

New for 2024 we have two activities to tempt you to take part. 

The first new attraction is being hosted by the Harlequin Bowmen.  They are a local club and currently have spaces for new members.  They welcome you to join them at the Feast and have a go at the sport. They will be located near to the craft marquee. More details about the club can be found here.

The second new attraction is aimed at our younger visitors. We have two circus workshops taking place at 12.30pm and 1.45pm next to the bouncy castle and fair rides.  Places are on a first come, first served basis hosted by Storm in a Teacup Circus

Feast Day Road Closure

To enable the safe passage of the parade through the village the following roads will be closed between 10.55am and 11.45am on Monday 27 May 2024.

  • High Street, from the junction with Burr Street to the junction with Wantage Road.
  • Wantage Road, from the junction with High Street to the junction with A417 Reading Road.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

This temporary closure has been granted by VOWHDC. It does not apply to any emergency services vehicles.

Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers

Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers will be joining in the parade which starts 11am at Townsend and proceeds along the High Street to the recreation ground. There will also be performances taking place outside the Harwellian at 12 noon and 2.30pm.

Check out the website for more information.