Royal Wedding Bun Throwing
Abingdon Museum, as mentioned in our Navigator Area Guide, has an accessible roof top, which gives panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The roof top is also the venue for Abingdon’s traditional ‘bun throwing’ ceremonies to mark Royal occasions.
The last ‘bun throwing’ took place in September 2006 as Abingdon celebrated the 450th Anniversary of the Charter of Incorporation granted by Queen Mary in 1556. The roof and interiors of Abingdon museum are now being renovated as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund Project and when the Royal Wedding date was announced at the end of last year, the bun throwing was in doubt.
Good news last week then, when Adela Thomas from the Abingdon Museum announced: “We’ve been assured that people will have access to the roof. Four thousand currant buns will be thrown to the waiting crowds below.”
With the scaffolding that is currently surrounding the outside of the museum, it may take a good throwing-arm to make sure the buns reach the people below. People don’t always just throw the buns though – previous events have seen buns being propelled using tennis rackets and catapults!