Milton Abbas Street Fair - Saturday 29th July 2017

11 am to 5pm






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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)



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Plans are now well under way for the 2017 Milton Abbas Street Fair.  Please check back regularly for our latest updates.

 

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 Entertainer

Come 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.






        


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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 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)




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Plan your visit

Opening Times

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

Parking

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 Prices

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).





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Entertainment

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

Lake Field (Bottom of the Street)


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



   

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Refreshments

We have a wide range of Refreshment stalls for you to enjoy.




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Stalls

The Street Fair has a wide range of stalls for your enjoyment, including demonstrations of traditional crafts.




(Click here for contact details of stallholders)

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Find us

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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

Road
London - 3 hours
Oxford - 2 hours
Bristol - 2 hours
Chichester - 1 hour 40 minutes
Salisbury - 45 minutes
Poole - 30 minutes

Rail
London to Wareham - 2 hrs 15 minutes
London to Dorchester - 2 hrs 30 minutes
London to Salisbury - 1 hour 30 minutes



     

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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 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 caravans only.

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 unityjoy4@aol.com

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 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. This year our chosen external charity is Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance who will benefit from some of our surplus.


 

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Information for Residents

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