Bampton Charter Fair
NEXT FAIR: Thursday 25th October 2018
#Stop Press! To celebrate the 760th Charter Fair, in addition to all the usual attractions we have the 'Meet the Authors' for those who like a good tale, and for the more down to earth a special "Party in the Park" in the evening featuring The Wurzels, 3 Daft Monkeys, and the Bottletop Boogie Band. POSTER HERE. Tickets now on sale!
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, entertainments including craft and music workshops, demonstrations and concerts, and funfair.
Podcast of interview about the 2017 Fair - here
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