Bampton Charter Fair

Fair Programme 2017

2017 Programme is a work in progress, being updated as information isreceived. Watch this space.

Thursday 26th October 2017

Everyone is invited to help create a really special atmosphere by dressing up in medieval garb, letting their hair down and joining in a day of music, merriment and magic. This year something special with Dave the Dragon plus Storytelling all day with Exeter Authors' Association.

09.00 onwards

STREET STALLS - over 100 market stalls spread throughout the town selling all sorts of goodies from near and far  - from Mediterranean olives and Peruvian silver to juggling stuff, local sausages and hogs pudding. Take a stroll through  Brook Street/Briton Street, Back Street,  Newton Square, Luke Street, Station Road and the War Memorial area. (see map)

BAMPTON FAIR INFORMATION & SOUVENIR STALL  (by the river) manned by volunteers from The Bampton Society  - raising money for the Bampton Archive Collection from brollies, tea-towels, cards,mugs,cards, prints and booklets! Also available here is the COMMEMORATIVE DVD CELEBRATING 750 YEARS OF THE FAIR which relates the history of the Fair with much archive material with both photographs and early film, and traditional music.

09.00 - 17.00  


(2 DIFFERENT VENUES -  St. Michael's Church & The Riverside Tents)
Visiting both is an absolute must - lots of lovely handmade goodies from our local crafts producers, from pottery, handmade knitwear, silk scarves,wood-turned artefacts, to pearls and jewellery.  Great gift ideas for Christmas.

REFRESHMENTS in two different locations: In the Riverside Hall, and also at the Community Hall where all profits made will go to LARC - in this hall you can also hear stories from the Exter writers.

LOCAL PRODUCERS (in the tents by the river - Riverside Hall Car Park) a delicious selection of locally produced  foods from meats and cheeses to pickles and preserves. Try out the various ciders and sample tasty goodies.

9.30 onwards

BELLRINGING - (St Michael's Church) - The ringers attempt their annual peal of of 5040 changes (about 3 hours continuous concentration, let alone physical stamina!). Video cameras have been fitted to both the ringing chamber and bell chamber so you can watch this amazing feat live and take a look at the display of bellringing material in the church.


PROCESSION: The Bampton Mummers and Dave the Dragon will process from the War Memorial to the River Bridge along with the Town Crier. The Mummers do their first perfomance of their play.


10.30 - 18.30

LIVE MUSIC (At lower end of Castle Street)
A variety of artists  and musicians perform all day.
Schedule to be announced. It will include the wonderful Botteltop Boogie Band, Chucklefoot the one-man band, Stripey Howling Hancock, Ian Idris, Louella Jade Eke, and many others.
For further information about our entertainers and musicians please click here.



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