Haslemere Charter Fair 2014 prepares for May Bank Holiday fun
PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:01 04 March 2014
Roll up, roll up as Haslemere's much loved, traditional Charter Fair comes to the heart of the town centre on Bank Holiday Monday May 5.
The final preparations and countdown are underway for all the residents of Haslemere and the surrounding towns and villages to enjoy a fun-filled Bank Holiday afternoon.
Haslemere town centre will be once again be transformed into a colourful spectacle when the historic fair with its traditional fairground rides, stalls and amusements for people of all ages, packs into the High Street and West Street.
The Fair, which is open to the public from 1pm to 5pm, always attracts thousands of visitors to the town.
There are no admission charges and many local charities and organisations benefit from the tremendous feeling of goodwill and joy that has been the essence of previous Charter Fairs.
Alongside the charity stalls, arts & craft stalls, fairground rides, town band and much more, there will be live music to entertain the fair goers.
With a rolling programme of performances throughout the afternoon there is something for all the family to enjoy including a rotating set of acts, dancers, singers and demonstrations from local groups.
The Fair would not be complete without morris dancing with various performances throughout the afternoon and wandering through the stalls, stilt walkers and clowns which will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Of course, the fabulous fun fair will have with lots of rides for young and old along with an opportunity to see a steam cars and steam tractors from a past era.
There will be train rides, tombolas, balloons and lots of new exciting rides too.
It is not just the rides which make a traditional fair great, however, it’s also the food and there will stalls along the High Street and West Street filled with the sights and smells of traditional fairground food including hamburgers, hot dogs, and of course candyfloss too!
For the second time, the fair sees the return of the Town Criers Competition to add to all the revelry. Town Criers will compete for the Tennyson Trophy, which is a dramatic bronze statue of a 17th Lancer of the Light Brigade - a famous military action immortalised in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem The Charge of the Light Brigade.
The competition will take place in the beautiful gardens of the Haslemere Educational Museum, where the public will be welcome to take refreshments and see and hear some of the country’s top criers in action.
So whether you have visited the Charter Fair before, not been for sometime or are reading about the Charter Fair for the very first time, this wonderful community event taking place in the heart of Haslemere is one not to be missed.
For more information, visit www.haslemere.com/charterfair
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