Celebrity Booked to open Street Fair
We are thrilled to announce that this year the Street Fair will be opened by the famous Author and Broadcaster Kate Adie, well known for her long service as the BBC's Chief News Correspondent. Kate Adie presents "From Our Own Correspondent" on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of several bestselling books. She became a familiar figure through her work as BBC Chief News Correspondent. She is considered to be among the most reliable reporters, as well as one of the first British women sending despatches from danger zones around the world. Kate was awarded the OBE in 1993. You can read more about her achievements and the books she has written by visiting her website at http://kateadie.co.uk
Photograph © Ken Lennox
New for this year - Jamie Jigsaw - Children's EntertainerCome and join Jamie Jigsaw at Milton Abbas Street Fair! It'll be fun for the whole family throughout the day. The Jamie Jigsaw Magic and Juggling Show features some amazing juggling and fun magic tricks suitable for both the children and the adults. There will be a circus workshop on the field where you can try juggling, diabolo, plate spinning and many more circus skills. He'll also be walking high amongst the crowd on his stilts.
18th Century Costume Fittings
Come and have great fun trying on some 18th Century costumes at one of our Costume Fitting days. As in past years we hope everyone will enter into the spirit of the Street Fair and come in 18th Century costume. If you would like to buy or hire costumes (for a small fee) from us then come along to the Reading Rooms (opposite St James Church) on Saturday 17th June or Saturday 8th July between 10am and 12 o'clock when we will have all the costumes for you to try on. Don't forget there are prizes for the best dressed lady, man and child.
The Villagers of Milton Abbas invite you to their 18th Century Street Fair
Whatever the weather, we hope you join in the fun of our Street Fair. We have tried to recreate the flavour of a country occasion using costume, rural crafts, entertainment and craft demonstrations. We expect to have over 100 stalls, with food and drink venues throughout The Street and Lake Field. The Lake Field, located at the bottom of the Street has additional stalls, entertainment and activities for children, including a mini fun fair and donkey rides. The Field also provides an ideal opportunity to relax in a slightly less congested area.
We hope that you will join in the spirit of the day and spend your money freely in support of local good causes which also benefit the communities in the surrounding villages and our nominated charity for this year, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
The ancient town of Middleton was founded in 934AD and was clustered around the Benedictine Abbey, nestling in the Delcombe Valley. King Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, granted the old town a market and a fair. This fair took place on St Sampson's Day. St Sampson was the patron saint of the ancient town and the Abbey.
Further information about the Village of
Milton Abbas can be found at the Village Website (miltonabbas.org.uk)
Fair begins at 11am and finishes at 5pm
There is adequate, free, managed parking for visitors to the Street Fair.
Fair welcomes disabled visitors, but please be aware that the Street is
on a hill
We have a wide range of Refreshment stalls
for you to enjoy.
The Street Fair has a wide range of stalls for your enjoyment, including demonstrations of traditional crafts.
Located approximately 30 miles south-west of Salisbury, Milton Abbas can be found mid-way between the Georgian market town, Blandford Forum and Dorchester in Dorset.
From Salisbury on the A354
Having passed through the village of Pimperne you will come to a roundabout at which you need to turn left onto the Blandford bypass. At the next two roundabouts go straight over, you will then pass through Thornicombe before the road dips into Winterborne Whitechurch. On entering the village take the second right hand turn (next to the Milton Arms Public House). Follow the road until you reach Milton Abbas.
From Poole on the A350
Having passed through the village of Charlton Marshall, eventually you will come to a roundabout ('Badger' roundabout) at which you need to turn left. You will then pass through Thornicombe before the road dips into Winterborne Whitechurch. On entering the village take the second right hand turn (next to the Milton Arms Public House). Follow the road until you reach Milton Abbas.
From Dorchester on the A354
Having entered the village of Milborne St. Andrew, you need to take the second left-hand turn (just past the Royal Oak Public House). This is sign-posted Milton Abbas.
From Shaftesbury on the A350
Following the A350, you will pass through the village of Iwerne Minster before eventually reaching Stourpaine and a roundabout marking the intersection with A354. Take the A354 (Blandford bypass) and at the next two roundabouts go straight over, you will then pass through Thornicombe before the road dips into Winterborne Whitechurch. On entering the village take the second right hand turn (next to the Milton Arms Public House). Follow the road until you reach Milton Abbas.
Approximate Journey Times
London - 3 hours
Oxford - 2 hours
Bristol - 2 hours
Chichester - 1 hour 40 minutes
Salisbury - 45 minutes
Poole - 30 minutes
London to Wareham - 2 hrs 15 minutes
London to Dorchester - 2 hrs 30 minutes
London to Salisbury - 1 hour 30 minutes
Q. Are dogs allowed at the Street Fair? - Yes, if well
behaved and kept on a lead. It is the owner’s responsibility to clear up
any mess made by their dog(s).