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 , 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.

The famous Braunston Duck Racing.

Throughout the day you can pick a duck from our superbly trained team, and cheer it on as it races over the weir.
For even more excitement, you can buy your own duck for the day and if it's at the top of the leader board by close of play there is money to be won.
Or the ultimate - select your duck for the second annual Quack National, a longer more testing course, with prizes ( TBA ) for the victors.
But hurry - the ducks are selling fast, buy yours while you still can from the Blue Ball or the Old Plough.

There will be live music throughout the day
and this year there will also be Morris Dancing in the afternoon

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.

Raffle tickets are on sale both before the event ( watch out for local volunteers keen to sell ) and on the day. Local businesses have been very generous with donations of prizes, and some of the top goodies on offer this year are:

and there will also be other smaller prizes up for grabs. There is a complete list of prizes which we will update as it grows.

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.

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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