Fayre fun is back in South Molton this week

South Molton Olde English Fayre Holly Pidler (front row) is flanked by pageboys Cameron Haynes and J

South Molton Olde English Fayre Holly Pidler (front row) is flanked by pageboys Cameron Haynes and Josh Moule, while crown bearer Courtney Hiscock (back row) is pictured with attendants Ria Tovey and Libby Cook. - Credit: Archant

New and old combine to make the annual Olde English Fayre bigger and better than ever from Thursday (June 13) to Sunday (June 16).

A bumper celebration of music, entertainment and colour is coming to town as South Molton gears up for its traditional Olde English Fayre, which opens on Thursday (June 13).

It runs until Monday and highlights will include the traditional crowning of fayre queen Holly Pidler on Saturday morning, but the first focus will be on an epic community party on Friday evening.

The Friday night revels are a first for the fayre and promise to pack the town centre with entertainment, with live music from the Red Shoes Music Busking Stage opening proceedings at 5.30pm.

A host of local musicians include 17-year-old Abi Scarlett, who has performed with Mama Stone’s House Band, plus singer songwriter Sophie Barker, guitarist Matt Seatherton and many more.


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There will be craft and charity stalls, a hog roast, ice cream, games, birds of prey from North Devon Hawks plus a bustling table top sale. A fairground big wheel and children’s rides will be in the Square on both Friday and Saturday.

The Coaching Inn is hosting a real ale and cider festival on Friday night, with fizzy and frothy delights supplied by West Country breweries.

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From Friday through to Sunday there will be a fun fair in the car park behind the Pannier Market, including a big wheel and the square will be closed to traffic from 1pm Friday afternoon until Sunday morning.

The fayre dates back to the 12th century and on Saturday — Fayre Day — the traditional schedule returns, as the Mayor, fayre royalty and dignitaries make their way to the Square at 10.50am, with the crowning of the queen at 11, followed by floral and maypole dancing at 11.30.

There will be the usual Olde English Fayre Market in the Pannier Market on Saturday with Dave Hendy’s Punch and Judy at 10am and through the day, as well as vintage vehicles in the Square, plus a craft fair in the Coaching Inn, and children’s games, entertainment and free children’s teas in the Pannier Market from 3.30pm. South Molton Choral Society will give a concert in the Assembly Rooms from 7.30pm.

A Saturday Fayre Lunch is being provided by Garfield’s Girls at the Assembly Rooms, call 01769 572897 for tickets.

Sunday starts with a Father’s Day breakfast in the Coaching Inn followed by the Grand Draw and a parade to the Parish Church for the 11am service.

The traditional Beating of the Bounds, organised by walkers group STRIDE, sets off from Hill Village at 2.30pm.

The Fayre finishes with the South Molton Strugglers Children’s Games at the Community College sports field at 6pm on Monday.

Organisers are still happy to hear from anyone who would like a pitch for the Friday table top sale – call Andrew Clarke on 07816 662248 or email clarke1964aj@googlemail.com. For general fayre information, call the secretary on 01769 573558.

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