May Fayre
May 1st 2017 10am - 4pm

Well, it's all over for another year - the ducks are resting, the maypole dancers are resting, the organisers are definitely resting !!
Have a look at the latest news page to see how this year's Fayre went.

Our annual May Fayre is taking place on Monday 1st 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.

There will be live music throughout the day from Fete Accompli, a local folk-inspired band guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

This year we have a new attraction - GT laser shooting in the field behind the churchyard. This promises to be a great activity, all the fun and challenge of shooting but with lasers instead of bullets. The local wildlife can relax !

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 !

There are lots of refreshment options available on the day, from burgers, hot dogs and hog roast 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's a grand raffle with some impressive prizes, including £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 much more. All prizes are generously donated by local companies. Tickets are already on sale so make sure you buy yours for a chance to win.

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's nominated charity is Dove Cottage, Rutland's new day hospice facility located between Braunston and Ridlington.

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.

Check out the Fayre programme with timings of events and full sponsor list.

And of course, the organisers are always looking for volunteers to help out on the day. If you would like to spare an hour or two to help the day go smoothly, then get in touch . Whatever your skills, we have something for you; baking cakes, helping with the car park, putting up posters, running the skittles, serving teas, rescuing the ducks and so much more.

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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