May Fayre
May 7th 2018 10am - 4pm

Our annual May Fayre is taking place on Monday 7th May and is the place to be this May Day holiday. Our usually peaceful and picturesque village is transformed into a lively whirl of activity with a thriving street market, children's fairground rides and family games ( including the famous Braunston Duck Racing ), a craft market in the church, classic cars on the village green, bouncy castle, tombola and raffle, and includes the crowning of the May Queen followed by maypole dancing.

We're just beginning to plan out this year's extravaganza and will update this page with details of all the activities as they get added to the list.
However, of some things we can be sure.

There will be live music throughout the day.

The dog show will take place as usual in the afternoon, with classes for every sort of pooch, not to mention every sort of owner. Is your dog special enough to win a prize?? This incredibly popular event sees people coming back year after year, particularly for the sausage eating competition !

Refreshments ?? Oh, yes !! From burgers, hot dogs, hog roast and ice creams from local food companies along the street, to homemade sandwiches and delicious cakes in the village hall. Braunston's home bakers are a match for any bake-off champions - come and sample their scrumptious goodies.

There will be a grand raffle with some impressive prizes. We don't know what they are yet, but previous years have included £100 cash (from Murrays Estate Agents), a meal with drinks for six at The Old Plough, a meal for two at The Blue Ball in the village, a family ticket to the Rutland Show, and many more. All prizes are kindly donated by local companies and we're sure that they will be equally generous this year. Tickets will be on sale before the event, watch this space.

At 3pm in the afternoon the May Queen is crowned at a ceremony which concludes with traditional dancing around the May Pole by the local children.

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

Parking is available at the west end of the village ( Knossington Road ) for just £1 all day, and free disabled parking is available in the village. Just follow the signs.

Willing volunteers needed !

We are, of course, always looking for volunteers to help make the day a success. If you're in the village and would like to help out, either in the pre-fayre organisation, or on the day itself, please get in touch . It's a great way to meet people and get involved in village life. Whatever your skills, we have something for you; baking cakes, drumming up raffle prizes, helping with the car park, putting up posters, running the skittles, serving teas, rescuing the ducks and so much more.

And we're also in need of some more dancers to take part in the traditional maypole dancing at the close of the show. We're looking for boys and girls from about 4 years old and upwards; practice sessions are held on Sunday mornings in the village hall and you don't have to live in the village to take part, we're happy to have children from anywhere around the area.
If you're interested, please get in touch - it's great fun for the kids.

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Braunston May Queen 1925
The Braunston May Day tradition dates back many years – this is the May Queen and her attendants back in 1925 . . . .

. . . . and the tradition continues to this dayBraunston May Queen