Bampton Charter Fair
NEXT FAIR: Thursday 28 October 2021
UPDATE on the 2021 Fair:
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.
HERE IS A VIDEO OF THE LITTLE CEREMONY TO MARK 2020 FAIR DAY - HERE
Bampton Fair existed even before King Henry III granted it a Royal Charter in 1258 and it is always held on the last Thursday of October. It is one of the oldest surviving Charter Fairs in the country.
For centuries, the fair mainly sold sheep and cattle and was the largest sheep fair in the South West of England. During the 1880's to the 1980's it evolved to become the famous Bampton Pony Fair trading in Exmoor ponies.
Today this traditional Devon fair continues to attract local producers of foods and livestock, crafts and traditional skills from Exmoor and its surrounding villages. The streets, church, pubs and venues of Bampton are filled to over flowing with around 100 stalls, street entertainments and live music including craft workshops, demonstrations, and a funfair.
Podcast of interview about the 2017 Fair - here
One hour long video on History of Bampton Charter Fair made to commemmorate the 750th anniversary - here
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