REMINDING YOU
TO LOVE LOCAL

About Us

Set up in 2012, inOdiham is a not-for-profit organisation run by a friendly group of local residents, who believe in the benefits of a close-knit community and work together to enrich the village experience for everyone.

As a registered Community Interest Company, our team consists entirely of unpaid volunteers – meaning no shareholders and no members of the Committee receive payment for their services.

inOdiham is closely supported by various local authorities and companies – all of whom share the joint aim of delighting visitors and helping bring the admirable Odiham community closer together.

Odiham Parish Council
Odiham Parish Council

What we do

As well as the 3 annual events below (and the occasional one-off event) we also arrange the Friday Grocery Market, the Christmas Lights along the length of the High Street, the street-level planters in the High Street as well as the mass bulb-planting in the grass verges approaching Odiham … we’re a very busy bunch!

A family-friendly day with food, drink, live music and dancing.

Enjoy over 50 artisan food and drink stalls, talks and live music.

A festive evening with the switch on of the Christmas Tree Lights!

A fantastic family-friendly day with food, drink, stalls … and of course plenty of live music and dancing.

Enjoy over 50 artisan food and drink stalls, talks from the expert local producers and exciting live music.

A festive, fun-filled evening which?includes the switch on of the Village Christmas Tree Lights – and Santa!

A fantastic family-friendly day with food, drink, stalls … and of course plenty of live music and dancing.

Enjoy over 50 artisan food and drink stalls, talks from the expert local producers and exciting live music.

A festive, fun-filled evening which?includes the switch on of the Village Christmas Tree Lights – and Santa!

Reasons to Visit

Other than the fabulous events, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Saxon village of Odiham, including the wide Georgian High Street with it’s eclectic mix of independent shops and eateries, as well as one of the last surviving Pest Houses in Britain … and the Village Stocks!

Odiham and the surrounding area also boasts some of the best rural and canal walks in Hampshire and the local stretch of the Basingstoke Canal is home to the start of the Magna Carta Trail at King John’s Castle and runs along the site of a royal Deer Park.

So come and take a stroll through the village, across open countryside, along either the Basingstoke Canal or the River Whitewater or over expanses of common – all of which give the opportunity for great views and to see nature at its best.

For more information on the heritage that Odiham has to offer check out either visitodiham.org.uk or odiham-society.org, but in the meantime, here is a gallery to give you an idea of what to expect when you visit our lovely village, including various events throughout the year, plus the bi-annual Armed Forces Day celebrations organised by RAF Odiham and the Parish Council. 

You can also get a fascinating bird’s eye view of the village via the interactive aerial map by local photographer Luke Meldon.

Latest News

Coronavirus Update – Freedom Day and Onwards 

Sadly, due to ongoing Covid concerns and problems in securing a date, inOdiham has been unable to host the popular Bands in the Bury event this summer. We know what a great disappointment it was for everyone to miss out this year on this wonderful afternoon of music and fun. All we can do is promise to try and deliver the event to you next year even bigger and even better. Please watch this space for news on Flavourfest. We are trying hard to get this organised for this year.

Our Friday Market has been there for you throughout the pandemic with thanks to all the market stall holders. Our priority has always been, and will continue to be to keep everyone safe – so we ask you to please continue to be respectful of social distancing whilst in the market. Masks are now your choice, however we would encourage their use.

Coronavirus Update – Freedom Day and Onwards 

Sadly, due to ongoing Covid concerns and problems in securing a date, inOdiham has been unable to host the popular Bands in the Bury event this summer. We know what a great disappointment it was for everyone to miss out this year on this wonderful afternoon of music and fun. All we can do is promise to try and deliver the event to you next year even bigger and even better. Please watch this space for news on Flavourfest. We are trying hard to get this organised for this year.

Our Friday Market has been there for you throughout the pandemic with thanks to all the market stall holders. Our priority has always been, and will continue to be to keep everyone safe – so we ask you to please continue to be respectful of social distancing whilst in the market. Masks are now your choice, however we would encourage their use.

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Oct 15th, 2021
It’s Market Day Odiham! From 8am you can buy your weekend fruit, vegetables, bread and cheese. All fresh and local. See you there!

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Oct 14th, 2021
Missing Cones! Has anyone seen our market cones? Three have gone missing and when you only have 5 that makes quite a difference! Please message InOdiham if you know where they might be. Thanks

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Send some students out on the lash for the night, you'll have plenty the next day!

I saw some up king street opposite the dentist saving a space but I can’t remember if they are the same xx

There were a couple stacked closer to the traffic lights earlier.

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Oct 7th, 2021

Tomorrow at the Odiham market we have a full house. Not only do we have our three weekly stalls of fruit and veg, cheese and bread, we have Two extra stalls for you. Richard from Butler Country Estates will be joining us with his smoked fish stall and we are welcoming Ethel’s Pies. Why not pop along and have a look! ... See MoreSee Less

Oct 7th, 2021
Tomorrow at the Odiham market we have a full house. Not only do we have our three weekly stalls of fruit and veg, cheese and bread, we have Two extra stalls for you. Richard from Butler Country Estates will be joining us with his smoked fish stall and we are welcoming Ethel’s Pies. Why not pop along and have a look!

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No pies today. Car trouble…..

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Oct 1st, 2021

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Sep 30th, 2021

Extravaganza Update
Hold the date!

A big thank you to everyone who fed into our thinking around the date for this years Christmas Extravaganza!

Our inOdiham volunteers are now in full planning mode to hold the Extravaganza on Sunday the 28th of Nov. We decided to move the event to a Sunday based on a lot of feedback from our local businesses who were finding the Saturday road closure detrimental. However we also wanted to keep it on a weekend to ensure we can hold it at a time that is family friendly, with kids having school the next day.

The team now have a lot to do to get the event firmed up, so will update you all in the next couple of weeks once we have more info and full timings. And we would love to hear from anyone who would like to help us make the event a success.

8 weeks and counting!!!
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Sep 28th, 2021
Extravaganza Update
Hold the date!  A big thank you to everyone who fed into our thinking around the date for this years Christmas Extravaganza!  Our inOdiham volunteers are now in full planning mode to hold the Extravaganza on Sunday the 28th of Nov.  We decided to move the event to a Sunday based on a lot of feedback from our local businesses who were finding the Saturday road closure detrimental.  However we also wanted to keep it on a weekend to ensure we can hold it at a time that is family friendly, with kids having school the next day.  The team now have a lot to do to get the event firmed up, so will update you all in the next couple of weeks once we have more info and full timings.  And we would love to hear from anyone who would like to help us make the event a success.  8 weeks and counting!!!Image attachment

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How an earth is Sunday the best outcome??

Sunday is a good idea, not sure why parents with children are saying the kids wont be going to school the next day, last time i went it was a small xmas event, not a rave....

Can’t see many kids going to school Monday 😂

While it good to see it back ...Surly a Saturday is way better

Love the village event, however one observation from 2 years we went to it being run (obvs a hiatus due to COVID)…Can the “gates of hell” ride not be the opening event though? Pharmacy end? One year it was opposite the fire engine and it scared my little child senseless and it took until the very end to find the nativity scene!!…..just an observation to the organisers.

Surely it was better for businesses on a Saturday more people out enjoying the weekend now on a Sunday less people because of work on Monday

I can see y Sunday but what about Sunday opening rules x

Let’s just give it a go and see how it pans out.

Looking forward to it. Always an enjoyable event no matter what day it is. Well done and thank you to all involved for organising it.

Looking forward to it

Far better to have on sat I feel

One way to celebrate a birthday ! 😆

Melanie Bosworth ?

Jenna Pammy

Paul Baker, Tracy Fureverfriends Baker

Mark Freestone Nichol Freestone

Jamie Mitchell

Alex Parker Yrana Perry Abbie Scanlon Phil Johnston

Diana Bands 😊😊

Amazing 🤩. Looking forward to it .

Helen Prince put the date in your diary 😁

Jonny Fox Elle Fox Mason Reid Day put the date in your diaries!!😂🎄🎅🏼

Alicia Lewis 😉 xx

Logan Smith what a lovely way to end the year after the amount of events that have been cancelled in Odiham with lockdown etc, very much looking forward to you buying me copious amounts of warm alcoholic beverages ;p xxxx

Inodiham posted asking peoples opinions on having it on a sunday, it appears only people who wanted it on a sunday saw it and commented 😂

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Sep 24th, 2021
We have sunshine today for the Odiham market ☀️. Stalls today are fruit and veg, cheese and bread. Butler Country Estates will also be here with the smoked fish stall. See you there from 8am.

Good evening.
We need your thoughts.
The inOdiham team are in a meeting right now (730pm on Monday) and are thinking that we should hold the Christmas extravaganza on a Sunday.

Why……..
Many of our local shops find the road closure on Saturday negatively impacts trade (which we don’t want to do)……..however the weekend let’s the Extravaganza open over a longer family friendly time.

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Sep 20th, 2021

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Thanks - it used to be on a Thursday night (to be a late night shopping), however moved to the weekend to help families attend. However the road closure (has to be shut for some time to set up) isn’t great for the shops.

I prefer the weekend to the previous Thursday night because it does already start earlier as a result to allow different age groups to pass through in their own time. However personally I prefer a Saturday, so it’s not work the next day. I’m surprised overall the trade in the shops is down as I’d have thought the event brings in buying traffic

We are thankful that it’s on at all and we will be there to support whichever day - I’m sure my daughter can stay up for one school night, it gets dark early enough. Looking forward to it 😊

I would have thought the footfall in the evening makes up for their lost trade during the day. I’m not sure a Sunday will work for the children.

Surly the trade that’s lost during the set up period is made up two fold during the event! Sunday isn’t ideal and I feel it out more pressure on families due to school night

I believe the Saturday works well and the footfall into the shops is the most I’ve ever seen on one given day.

Sunday good idea, maybe start a little earlier so the younger children can enjoy themselves?

Sunday would be better for me with a business in the High Street as it’s difficult for people to get to us when it’s being set up.

Sunday is a school Night so the little Ones will be in school Bedtime routine

I would much prefer a Saturday so the kids can enjoy and have a late night without impacting school

Week nights are not good for those working late, or on shift patterns. I think a Sunday is a good idea, and those who want to come will make the effort, for near or far.

I’ll be there whichever day. Maybe an earlier start because it was quite tricky seeing some things on stalls last time - and if Sunday an earlier start would be good. Grateful the inOdiham team are planning it 🎅🏼 🎄 much prefer weekend to Thursday evening

It's a compromise really between the impact to business on a day they are busy, and the footfall for the event that would undoubtedly dissuade families/children going on a Sunday (school night). The idea of a Friday seems a good compromise, if that's the quieter of the two days for retail.

Sunday trading issues? school night issues? Friday or Saturday would be a better option potentially

I would like to see if would be a all day So you can see the stalls the stall lights are not bright ……

Sticking with Saturday gets my vote thanks - any footfall travelling from further afield would struggle with a Sunday evening event .... plus it seems from many comments here folks would not find Sunday so family friendly

If it’s during the day Sunday would work. If in the evening needs to be a Saturday

How about a Friday evening?

Could a Friday not be considered instead?

What was the decision please?

Good idea

If it's not broken, don't fix it ❤

I’ll be there regardless… will be amazing if you manage to organise the event. Thank you for all your hard work

Many of the retailers are not open in the afternoon/ evening so it would have to be worth while with them also

I would prefer a Saturday

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It’s Market Day Odiham! From 8am you can buy your weekend fruit, vegetables, bread and cheese. All fresh and local. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less

Oct 15th, 2021
It’s Market Day Odiham! From 8am you can buy your weekend fruit, vegetables, bread and cheese. All fresh and local. See you there!

Missing Cones! Has anyone seen our market cones? Three have gone missing and when you only have 5 that makes quite a difference! Please message InOdiham if you know where they might be. Thanks ... See MoreSee Less

Oct 14th, 2021
Missing Cones! Has anyone seen our market cones? Three have gone missing and when you only have 5 that makes quite a difference! Please message InOdiham if you know where they might be. Thanks

Comment on Facebook

Send some students out on the lash for the night, you'll have plenty the next day!

I saw some up king street opposite the dentist saving a space but I can’t remember if they are the same xx

There were a couple stacked closer to the traffic lights earlier.

... See MoreSee Less

Oct 7th, 2021
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Join Us

We have a wonderful group of volunteers, but could always do with an extra pair of hands and we’d love to have you on the team, even if it is only to occasionally help distribute leaflets and/or marshal events!

Our current chair-person is Jon Hale and the other active committee members are Becci Friend, Sue Williams, Rachel Watt, Callum Campbell, Jim Coomber, Ralph Cook, John Lodder, Shane Avery, Anna Macready, Julia Freeman, Mandy White and Sue Hockey.

A big thank you also goes to all previous committee members including Delly & Francis Howard, Jan Baker, Jo Kelsey, Min Broughton, Amanda Coomber, Emma Jones, Melanie Harper, Netty Warnakulasuriya, Sarah Golley, Richard Harris, Mark Kellie, Jenny Atherton & Therese Lawlor.

We realise that time is precious and we would only ask you to offer a few hours every now and then, as the need arises, entirely at your convenience. If you’d like to be involved, just drop us an email and we’ll add you to our team of volunteers and let you know what help is needed and when.

Get in Touch

We’d love to hear from you, so just drop us a line – to ask about volunteering and general enquiries please either use the form below or email us directly – info@inodiham.co.uk or if you’d prefer, our postal address is inOdiham, c/o The Cross Barn, Palace Gate Farm, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1JX.  For applications or details about having a stall, please see the relevant event above.