Abbas Street Fair - Saturday
29th July 2017
am to 5pm
Plans are now well under way for the 2017 Milton Abbas Street
Fair. Please check back regularly for our latest updates.
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.
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 villages 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 (miltonabbas.org.uk)
Fair begins at 11am and finishes at 5pm
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
The recommended donations for entry to the Fair are £6 adults, £5
concessions, £3 children (5-16).
There is also a family option - £15 (two adults plus up to 3
Attractions take place at
various sites along the street. Details and timetable for
attractions will be provided nearer the time of the Fair.
Hambro Arms (Pub)
Almshouses (Opposite the Church)
St. James Church
Old Bank House (No. 56/57)
Tailor's Cottage (No. 2/3)
Lake Field (Bottom of the Street)
There will also be various demonstrations from Rural Craftsmen
throughout the fair.
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
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).
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 time. 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 keep your ticket 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
Q. How do I find out about being an exhibitor/stall holder at the
Street Fair? - Booking forms are available to download here
or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Can I pre-book tickets? - No. We only accept recommended
donations at the entry gate on the day of the event.
Q. How much are tickets? - The recommended donations for
entry to the Fair are £6 adults, £5 concessions, £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 form at the entrance and we would be very grateful for all the extra
funding that provides income for some really great charities that we
Q. What charities does the Street Fair support? - a list of local
charities and organisations will be displayed at each entrance to the
Fair. This year our chosen external charity is Dorset & Somerset Air
Ambulance who will benefit from some of our surplus.
Please check back later for information
on timings, clothing and road closure details.