Milton Abbas Street Fair 29th July

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Richard Watkin

This is our first time at this renowned street fair where the Villagers of Milton Abbas try to recreate the flavour of a country occasion using costume, rural crafts, entertainment and craft demonstrations. There will be 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 fair supports local good causes which also benefit the communities in the surrounding villages and the nominated charity for this year, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. This year the Street Fair will be opened by the famous Author and Broadcaster Kate Adie. Please note we will not be able to take card payments as there is no mobile or internet signal.

Find out more about the fair here >

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.

 


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