Bampton Charter Fair

Bampton Charter Fair

Rotary Club of Exmoor

Fair Programme 2016


2016 Programme is a work in progress, being updated as information isreceived - there could be changes! Watch this space.

Thursday 27th October 2016

Everyone is invited to help create a really special atmosphere by dressing up in medieval garb, letting their hair down and joining in a day of music, merriment and magic.

09.00 onwards

STREET STALLS - over 100 market stalls spread throughout the town selling all sorts of goodies from near and far  - from Mediterranean olives and Peruvian silver to juggling stuff, local sausages and hogs pudding. Take a stroll through  Brook Street/Briton Street, Back Street,  Newton Square, Luke Street, Station Road and the War Memorial area. (see map)

BAMPTON FAIR INFORMATION & SOUVENIR STALL  (by the river) manned by volunteers from The Bampton Society  - raising money for the Bampton Archive Collection from brollies, tea-towels, cards, prints and booklets! Also available here is the COMMEMORATIVE DVD CELEBRATING 750 YEARS OF THE FAIR which relates the history of the Fair with much archive material with both photographs and early film, and traditional music.

09.00 - 17.00  


(2 DIFFERENT VENUES -  St. Michael's Church & The Riverside Tents)
Visiting both is an absolute must - lots of lovely handmade goodies from our local crafts producers, from gothic wooden mirrors, stained glass, demonstrations on fly tying to glass bead making.  Great gift ideas for Christmas from handmade soaps and willow baskets to stunning jewellery and pottery.

REFRESHMENTS in two different locations: In the Riverside Hall, and also at the Community Hall where all profits made will go to Cancer Research UK.

LOCAL PRODUCERS (in the tents by the river - Riverside Hall Car Park) a delicious selection of locally produced  foods from meats and cheeses to pickles and preserves. Try out the various ciders and sample tasty goodies.

9.30 onwards

BELLRINGING - (St Michael's Church) - The ringers attempt their annual peal of of 5040 changes (about 3 hours continuous concentration, let alone physical stamina!). Video cameras have been fitted to both the ringing chamber and bell chamber so you can watch this amazing feat live and take a look at the display of bellringing material in the church.


PROCESSION: The Bampton Mummers and Musicians will process from the War Memorial to the River Bridge along with the Town Crier.


10.30 - 18.30

LIVE MUSIC (At lower end of Castle Street)
A variety of artists  and musicians perform all day.
Schedule to be announced. It will include the wonderful steel band, Chucklefoot the one-man band, Stripey Howling Hancock, Ian Idris, Louella Jade Eke, and others. .
For further information about our entertainers and musicians please click here.


After the Fair

Bampton After the Fair We are sorry but there will be no 'After the Fair' event in 2016.

After the Fair Pop-up Music shop
Following its success last year in spite of the short notice Martyn Babb has volunteered to repeat this venture in 2015
It will be in the Riverside Hall on Saturday from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.
He offers the opportunity to bring and buy, sell, swap or exchange anything to do with music, song, dance, stories etc.
Examples may be CD’s, instruments, books, musical accessories and generally anything you haven’t used for ages and you are tired of  moving  around. (for deals done a donation to festival funds appreciated)
If it is a valuable item you will be expected to stay for security reasons and to demonstrate it and negotiate its sale. Items of small value may be left with the people running the stall. Please collect property/sale money promptly from the stall at 12.00 noon.

Call for songs, tunes, dances or Stories you have penned or composed about Bampton Fair or ‘After the Fair’ festival.
Contributions will be gathered into a folder and made available for everyone to see at the coffee morning, so don’t send us anything you are not prepared to share!

After the Fair, Bampton



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