Feast of fun for all the family at village tradition
Carousel from Downton Abbey among many attractions at free family day
And organisers of the annual Feast of St Peter are hoping to raise close to £10,000 for local good causes through it.
Taking place on Gold Hill Common, Saturday, the summer fair will feature a variety of entertainment for the whole family, including an arena dog show, gymnastics display and coconut shy and medival knights dancing and fighting, among others.
And for the first time the carousel used in the hit TV series Downton Abbey will make an appearance.
“All the fun of the fair,” said Mike Day, one of the organisers. This will be Mr Day’s last event as is stepping down from his role after nearly 10 years on the organising committee.
But he is hoping for this year’s event to be better than ever, especially considering the event is free to enter: “You can have a fantastic family day out for nothing.”
He added: “We’re a bit at the mercy of the weather but I would certainly expect several thousand people.
“That’s what we’ve always had. There’s as many stalls as there’s ever been. There’s all this stuff you would expect for a good day.
“Families can go there for a good three to four hours and have a thoroughly good time and, in theory, spend nothing.”
Asked what he looks forward to the most about Feast Day, Mr Day said: “The joy of the day comes from seeing people in the local community enjoying themselves.”
And added: “We don’t set ourselves a target. It’s about it being a great community event, but it’s nice to do that and raise some money for local good causes on top.”
Feast Day takes place from 10am-5.30pm. There is no parking on the field unless you are disabled but there will be free parking at Church Lane car park.
Organisers have also put on a shuttle bus to ferry people to and from the common.
Volunteers are still needed to help. Contact forenqu ir ies@ feastofstpeter.org.uk for more information.
High flyers had a great view at last year’s fair and, below, organiser Mike Day with a Dalek