May Fayre 2020

2020 has arrived and the first of many May Fayre planning meetings is now scheduled. We'll keep you updated about developments and how you can help get involved in this year's festivities, but the main thing to note is that this year's Fayre will be on Friday May 8th, as that is when this year's Bank Holiday has been moved to.

Meantime to remind you what it's all about, here's the blurb from last year's record breaking event.

Braunston May Fayre
Monday May 6th 2019

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Braunston May Fayre and although we're in the early stages of planning the event, it's already promising to be one of the best ever. We're hoping to make it an even bigger event than last year when we had an estimated 1,200 people join us in our fun and festivities.

The Fayre is taking place on Monday 6th May and is the place to be this May Day holiday. As has become traditional, our usually peaceful and picturesque village will be transformed into a lively whirl of activity with a thriving street market, children's fairground rides, family games, a craft market in the church, classic cars on the village green, games and bouncy castle outside the Village Hall.

There will also be a tombola and a grand raffle with some superb and valuable prizes, all of which have all kindly been donated by local people or companies, such as:

  • A Fortnum and Mason hamper, sponsored by James Kirk Estates
  • Tea for two at "The Ritz" in London, sponsored by Smith Eliot Financial Management Limited
  • Lunch for two at "The George" in Stamford, sponsored by James Sellick's Estate Agents
  • £100 cash prize, sponsored by Murray Estate Agents

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Throughout the day, there will be food and refreshments such as burgers, hot dogs, a hog roast and ice creams from local food companies. In the village hall, there will be homemade sandwiches and delicious cakes, all home-baked; and of course both the pubs will be open!

There are various events scheduled during the day. Early afternoon there will be a dog show, with classes for every sort of pooch, and owner! We are hoping to have the Rutland Morris Men perform for us and there will be the famous Braunston Duck Racing event held at the stream. At 3pm the May Queen will be crowned, followed by maypole dancing by local children, after which the raffle prizes will be drawn.

New for this year, we have a dog agility event in the planning and there will also be a set of new carriages for refreshments, a hog roast and a third carriage acting as a stage for the live music which will be playing throughout the day.

All money raised at the May Fayre goes back into the local community, split between the upkeep of the village hall, the church, and a local charity which is nominated each year. This year we have again chosen Dove Cottage, Rutland's day hospice facility located between Braunston and Ridlington, as our local charity.

As in previous years, the main streets will be coned off and parking will be available at the west end of the village (Knossington Road) for just £1 all day. Free disabled parking is available in the village. Just follow the signs.

As we said above, it's early days in the planning for this year's extravaganza; we will post updates of additional events once they have been confirmed.

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