A blues festival, St George's Day celebrations, the annual Bunk Fest folk festival and a carnival are popular annual events.
In recent years, the town has been used as a location for filming, notably Midsomer Murders which has also featured the Parish Church Choir.
As such the place was besieged a number of times and the Treaty of Wallingford ending the conflict was concluded there in November 1153.
The Member of Parliament is Ed Vaizey and the County Councillor is Lynda Atkins, one of five Independent members of Oxfordshire County Council.
As with the rest of the British Isles and Oxfordshire, Wallingford experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters.
Wallingford is run by a town council consisting of 16 councillors.
It is part of the South Oxfordshire district and the county of Oxfordshire having formerly been represented by the Municipal Borough of Wallingford.
Wallingford Castle was built soon afterwards and became a key strategic centre for the Empress Matilda's party during the civil war that began after her father Henry I's death.
After the fall of Oxford Castle to Stephen in 1141, Matilda fled to Wallingford, according to some historic accounts in the snow under a moonlit sky.Nonetheless the town's Priory produced two of the greatest minds of the age, the mathematician Richard of Wallingford and the chronicler John of Wallingford.Wallingford is on the west bank of the River Thames downstream of Oxford and lies at the foot of the Chilterns.Some of the castle rubble was used to construct a tower for the church of St Mary-le-More.Wallingford flourished as a trading centre throughout most of the Middle Ages, and Wallingford Priory produced two of the greatest minds of the age, the mathematician Richard of Wallingford and the chronicler John of Wallingford.There are some alleyways and a number of historic inns.