Bampton Charter Fair
Update April 2021:
After the disappointment of having to cancel the Fair in 2020 owing to the Covid pandemic, the Fair Committee are now working on plans for the 2021 Fair which will take place on Thursday 28 October.
There are likely to be changes, including timings on the day with a later start time and continuing into the evening. We are also working on an idea of a Food Court and music stage centred on Newton Square together with other forms of street entertainment throughout the day. The funfair in the Station Road car park should also be in place.
Look out for further updates as the plans start to take shape.
Our Club now plays a large role in the organisation of this annual event. So what is it all about?
Bampton Charter Fair is one of the oldest charter fairs in the country - it has been running continuously for over 750 years. The event takes place on the last Thursday in October - close to the Feast of St. Luke.
Since 2009, Exmoor Rotary Club has become highly involved in the organisation of the Fair both as part of its service to the local community, and to raise funds for charity. The Fair is 'owned' by the Lord of the Manor but this has been handed in trust to Bampton Town Council - who in turn organise the collection of tolls, the Fun Fair, the traffic, car parking, toilets, insurance, Police, First Aid, etc. Below is shown what extra facilities our Club provides.
Bampton Fair Committee
Two of our members sit on this small group run by Bampton Town Council. We give the advantage of management skills and experience in all aspects of the running of the Fair, especially in potentially problematic areas such as Health & Safety and Risk Assessments.
Organisation of the entertainments is a big task - live music runs all day from a variety of different groups such as a steel band, concertina players, folk groups, and young music students. Also street entertainers mingle with the crowds and provide fun and a scare or two.
Craft & Gift Fair
The Craft & Gift Fair is packed with stalls offering very enticing artefacts form jewellery to ceramics, fabrics, etc. Always very popular, a good place to find that elusive Christmas gift!
Local produce is available to sample and buy in a tent at the riverside. Local cheeses, meats, pies and cakes, cider, fish, preserves, and wines. Mouth watering.
The chance to see local craftsmen at work. Jewellery making, leatherwork, fishing fly tying, and spinning, to name but a few.
Community Hall Cafe
A Cafe is run in the Community Hall. Teas, coffee, and good food supplied all day long provides a chance for visitors to rest their feet awhile. This has run for Cancer Research UK and also for LARC
FIND OUT MUCH MORE AT www.bamptoncharterfair.org.uk