Bampton Charter Fair
NEXT FAIR: Thursday 28 October 2021
SADLY, THE 2020 FAIR HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY BAMPTON TOWN COUNCIL BECAUSE OF COVID RERSTRICTIONS. They plan to bring the Fair back bigger and better in 2021.
HERE IS A VIDEO OF THE LITTLE CEREMONY TO MARK 2020 FAIR DAY - HERE
Bampton Fair existed even before King Henry III granted it a Royal Charter in 1258 and it is always held on the last Thursday of October. It is one of the oldest surviving Charter Fairs in the country.
For centuries, the fair mainly sold sheep and cattle and was the largest sheep fair in the South West of England. During the 1880's to the 1980's it evolved to become the famous Bampton Pony Fair trading in Exmoor ponies.
Today this traditional Devon fair continues to attract local producers of foods and livestock, crafts and traditional skills from Exmoor and its surrounding villages. The streets, church, pubs and venues of Bampton are filled to over flowing with around 100 stalls, street entertainments and live music including craft workshops, demonstrations, and a funfair.
Podcast of interview about the 2017 Fair - here
One hour long video on History of Bampton Charter Fair made to commemmorate the 750th anniversary - here
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