May 6th 2019 10am - 4pm
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.
Our annual May 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. A sample of our top prizes are:
- 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.
Throughout the day, there will be food and refreshments such as burgers, hot dogs 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 on the River Gwash. 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, there is a 'have a go' dog agility event in the planning and there will also be a set of new carriages for refreshments and street food, and a third carriage acting as a stage for the live music which will be playing throughout the day.
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.
It's still early days in the planning for this year's extravaganza; we will post updates of additional events once they have been confirmed, so keep checking back for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, or call Chris on 07914 138817 for more information.
Stalls and Car Boot plots
If you are interested in booking a street stall, a stall in the church craft market or a car boot plot, please get in touch with Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 always happy to have more dancers for the traditional maypole dancing at the close of the show. We're looking for boys and girls from about 5 years old and upwards and practice sessions are held on Sunday mornings in the village hall. Whether you live in the village or not you're welcome to join the action.
If you're interested, please get in touch - it's great fun for the kids.