Kingsbridge Fair Week, which runs this year from 15th to 22nd July 2017, is a popular family-focused event which puts a strong emphasis on community involvement. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the town and its friendly people, as well as to listen to some live music and taste some delicious local street food.
Here’s a little information about Kingsbridge Fair Week.
The (very!) long history of Kingsbridge Fair Week
Every spring and summer, South Devon plays host to a huge array of annual events, from agricultural shows to regattas, music festivals and more. Some, like the Dart Music Festival and Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival are relative newcomers, but one local event has a history spanning over 500 years. That’s right: Kingsbridge Fair Week dates back as far as the 15th century.
For most of the fair’s history, it was a one-day event. It began in 1461 when John Matthew applied for a Royal Charter to hold a fair. The decision to turn it into a full week’s programme was made almost 40 years ago, and the rejuvenated event has remained popular ever since.
This year’s Fair Queen
Lauren Grant has been chosen as this year’s Fair Queen, while Imogen Williams and Freya Weeks are the two princesses. Lauren will be crowned on 15th July in the town square.
Where to get the Kingsbridge Fair week programme
In order to support Kingsbridge Fair Week, the organisers invite attendees to purchase a programme of events rather than making detailed information available online. You can buy one for £2 from any of these retailers in Kingsbridge:
- Martin McColl, Fore Street
- Martin McColl, The Promenade
- Kingsbridge Tourist Information Centre
- Ilbert Road Filling Station
- Ashby Easy Stores
Here’s some at-a-glance information to tide you over until you can pick up an official guide.
It’s not about the winning…
Kingsbridge Fair Week gives kids and adults alike a chance to indulge their appetite for competition. Last year’s contests covered sports, games, quizzes and races, in addition to a dog show and baby competition.
Fair Week Raft Race
On Sunday 16th July at 12.30 pm, there’ll be a raft race which is well worth watching (or even entering if you’re feeling bold).
The rafts must be lashed together with rope and made from everyday materials like timber and barrels. But while most of the vessels look rather makeshift, the highly competitive spirit of the rafters is always there for everyone to see.
Take a look at this page on the official Kingsbridge Fair Week website for further information and to enter.
The colourful carnival will take place on Saturday 22nd July. There are plenty of places to see it from the roadside, with the procession taking in Fore Street, Duncombe Street, Bellevue Road, Church Street, Bridge Street, the Promenade and Embankment Road. Look out for this year’s the Lantern Parade too (for details see the programme).
Live music at Kingsbridge Fair Week
As always, several local music acts will be helping to bring about a carnival atmosphere at Kingsbridge Fair week in 2017.
The line-up will be announced soon so check back regularly for updates.
Accommodation in Kingsbridge
Kingsbridge is a picturesque market town in a beautiful estuary location. As well as offering a fantastic selection of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants, it’s an easy drive to the harbour towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth. It’s also close to a huge range of beaches and other beauty spots.