Milton Abbas Street Fair

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Milton Abbas Street Fair is an event organised on behalf of the Milton Abbas Street Fair Trust (Registered Charity no. 1162394)


The Street Fair organising committee regret to inform our guests that the planned July 2021 Street Fair will no longer be taking place due to current and possible future restrictions.  We hope to welcome all our guests and traders back in July 2022.

2019 Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will take place at 12 noon.  There will be two processions that will meet at the Almshouses where Kim Newton, founder and trustee of Teddy20 will open the Fair.  The processions will leave from the bottom and the top of the street with music and dancers and will the ceremony will be followed by music and Maypole Dancing


2019 Entertainment Schedule

Hambro Arms Almshouses St James' Church The Street Fair Inn

11:00 Black Sheep Quayside Cloggies (20m) Organ Music Milton Thatchers
11:30   Punch & Judy Local Vocals  
  Antoine & Owena

12 noon Opening Parade - Top & Bottom of street to the Almshouses *      
12:00 Claude & the Cats Steps in Time - Maypole

Chris Fookes
Village History Talk
12:15   Crossway Handbells   Jigfoot
12:30   Sarum Morris Local Vocals  
12:45 Black Sheep   Courtlye Musick Antoine & Owena
13:00   Quayside Cloggies (20m)    
13:15     Crossway Handbells  
13:30 Claude & the Cats Steps in Time - Maypole   Jigfoot
13:45     Organ Music  
14:00   Local Vocals    
14:15   Sarum Morris   Milton Thatchers
14:30 Longdog   Chris Fookes
Village History Talk
14:45   Punch & Judy    
15:00 Black Sheep Steps in Time - Maypole Courtlye Musick Antoine & Owena
15:30   Quayside Cloggies (20m) Local Vocals  
15:45 Claude & the Cats   Crossway Handbells Jigfoot
16:00   Raffle Draw 4pm    
16:15   Sarum Morris Courtlye Musick  
16:30 Longdog     Milton Thatchers
16:45   Local Vocals


Dutch Organ @ the Vicarage (Graham Spencer) Local History Exhibition in the Church all day
Dutch Organ @ St. Aldhelms (Shane Seagrave)  


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2019 Street Fair Raffle

Tickets 50p per ticket/£2.50 per book

Available from The Post Office, The Information Tent (Almshouses) and Raffle Sellers in the Street

Prize Donated by 
Lunch for 2 people & bottle of wine chosen by sommelier Pig on the Beach, Studland
Dinner for 2 people and bottle of wine Hambro Arms
Magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne Giles Wigoder
£50 Voucher Hall & Woodhouse
£50 voucher Royal Oak, Milborne
MOT test Kevin's Garage, W Stickland
Family ticket Swanage Railway
Game of golf for 4 people at Milton Abbey course Linda McLaren
Family entry ticket Abbotsbury Children's Park & Swannery
Hamper Tesco
Hamper Morrisons
Voucher for Riding lesson Luccombe Riding Centre
6 bottles of red wine Jamie Joicy-Cecil
6 bottles of red wine Jamie Joicy-Cecil
6 bottles of white wine Jamie Joicy-Cecil
2 car parking passes Moors Valley Country Park
Family entry ticket Russell Cotes House & Gallery
Family entry ticket Keep Museum, Dorchester
Cream Tea for 2 people Tea Clipper Tea Rooms 


This year, a donation from the monies raised by Gift Aid at the Street Fair will be donated to the Teddy 20 Charity.  This is a Blandford based charity that helps children with cancer and their families.


For the first time at the Fair we will be having Ferret Racing.  This will be put on by Avon Valley Ferrets, a husband and wife team

who have dedicated themselves to looking after and educating people about ferrets.


Please be aware that Milton Abbas is situated in a valley in a rural Dorset location.  With a nod to the 18th Century, cell phones do not always work whilst in the Street, although reception is possible at the top and bottom of the Street.  Credit Card facilities will be available in the Street Fair Inn, but may be limited elsewhere at the Fair.  Cash withdrawals can be made at the Village Post Office, which is situated towards the top of the Village.

Please check back regularly for our latest updates.

Applications are now being taken from prospective Stallholders.  Please see below.






The Milton Abbas Street Fair

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 external charity for this year.

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.

Joseph Damer, Earl of Dorchester, had this busy town removed in the 18th Century and in 1773 started to rebuild the present village in the next valley to make way for new landscaped estates, including a lake on the site of the old town, designed by Capability Brown.

In 1973 the villagers recreated this country fair to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the building of the present day village.  The Fair is on the last Saturday of July, the nearest to the original St Sampson's Day, 28th July, and is held every two years.

The Milton Abbas Street Fair has now become an established event, looked forward to by both residents and visitors alike.

Further information about the Village of Milton Abbas can be found at the Village Website  (


Plan your visit

Opening Times

The Street Fair begins at 11am and finishes at 5pm


There is adequate, free, managed parking for visitors to the Street Fair.

Disabled Visitors

The Street Fair welcomes disabled visitors, but please be aware that the Street is on a hill

Entry Donations

The recommended donations for entry to the Fair are:  £6 adults, £3 children (5-16). There is also a family option - £15 (two adults plus up to 3 children).



Attractions take place at various sites along the street.  Details and timetable for attractions will be provided nearer the time of the Fair.

Attraction Sites

Hambro Arms (Pub)

Almshouses (Opposite the Church)

St. James Church

Street Fair Inn

Lake Field (Bottom of the Street)

There will also be various demonstrations from Rural Craftsmen throughout the Fair.




We have a varied 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.

(Click here for contact details of stallholders)


Find us


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



Frequently Asked Questions

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).

Q. If the weather is wet, will the Street Fair go ahead? -  The only reason the Street Fair would be cancelled would be because the Police have advised us to do so due to the impact of the weather on the highway. We have not had to cancel one yet since 1973.

Q. What time does the event start? -  Gates open at 11 a.m. and the Fair ends at 5 p.m. We would advise that you allow at least 2 hours to get the full benefit of what the Fair has to offer.

Q. What about Safety and First Aid? -  Ambulances with paramedics on board are stationed at the top & bottom of the main street. There will also be a doctor at the Fair at all times. The Police maintain a low key presence at the Fair. A full risk analysis is conducted prior to the beginning of each Fair by the organisers.

Q. What parking facilities are there? - We have adequate, steward managed car parking and it is free.

Q. Can I re-enter the Fair? - Yes, but please keep your pass as evidence for re-entry.

Q. What other costs are there after admission? - Only whatever you decide to buy from the vendors.  The comprehensive programme of entertainment is free for all to enjoy.

Q. What toilet facilities will there be? -  Portaloos are stationed at 5 locations – four locations distributed down the street at the Fair itself and one further location in the Lake Field at the bottom of the street. Each location will contain a mixture of male, female and disabled facilities.

Q. Is the Street Fair suitable for disabled visitors? -  The Street Fair is located on a hilly street which is particularly steep at the very top. We recommend disabled visitors (particularly wheelchair users) to enter from the South side (Milborne St Andrew) and for car drivers to unload disabled passengers as near to the lower entrance as the Police will allow. The car then be turned around and parked in one of the car parks available on the day.

Q. Can I camp at the Street Fair? -  East Dorset Caravan Club has an arrangement with the local sports club to use their playing field. If you are a member of the Caravan Club then please contact them direct for more information. There is no camping on this site – it is for caravans only.

Q. How do I find out about being an exhibitor/stallholder at the Street Fair? -  Please see the Stallholders section of this website.

Q. Can I pre-book entry passes? - No. We only accept recommended donations at the entry gate on the day of the event.

Q. What are the recommended donations? -  The recommended donations for entry to the Fair are:  £6 adults, £3 children (5-16). There is also a family option - £15 (two adults plus up to 3 children).

 Q. As you are a registered charity, can I gift aid my entry donation? - Yes, if you are a UK tax payer you can complete a Gift Aid declaration at the entrance and we would be very grateful for all the extra funding that provides income for some really great charities that we support.

Q. What charities does the Street Fair support? - A list of local charities and organisations will be displayed at each entrance to the Fair and on this website.



Information for Residents

Please check back later for information on timings, clothing and road closure details.