Get set for a busy five days of activities and entertainment as South Molton Olde English Fayre returns this week.

There will be lots to see and do, beginning today (Thursday) with a coffee morning at 10am in the Assembly Rooms and building up to the big day of Fayre Day on Saturday.

Before that on Friday there is a Tea Dance at the Assembly Rooms from 2-5pm, followed by an under nines disco at 5.30pm and an under 12s disco at 7pm.

Fayre Day sees the crowning of the queen, plus the reading of the proclamation for the fayre, which dates back to the 12th century.

There is a traditional pannier market, fairground rides, go-karts and children’s entertainers all morning, with the crowning at 11am.

This year’s queen is Isobel Carpenter, crown bearer Chloe Brayley, attendants Matilda Dunn and lsla Quick. Pageboys are Alfie Somerwill and Daniel Austen.

This will be followed by the Floral Dance, maypole dancing and the Fayre Luncheon, before the Battle of the Bands in the Square at 2.30pm.

Fayre events continue into Sunday and Monday – pick up your fayre programme at outlets around South Molton.


Thursday, June 7 –

10am-12noon – Fayre Coffee Morning in the Assembly Rooms with primary schools’ choirs and stalls in aid of fayre charities.

Early evening judging of best dressed window competition

Friday June 8 –

In the Assembly Rooms: 2pm-5pm Tea Dance with Bett & Audrey, with a free Senior Citizens’ cream tea at 3pm.

5.30pm-6.30pm Disco for under 9 year olds £2 each.

7-8pm Disco for under 12 year olds £2 each.

7.30pm Open Mic Night at the Coaching Inn.

Saturday, June 9 – Fayre Day

Traditional Pannier Market, Fairground Rides, Go Karts plus:

All morning: Children’s Entertainer in the Pannier Market.

10.30am Music from South Molton Town Band in the Square.

10.50am Guard of Honour & Proclamation.

11am Crowning of the Queen & presentation of prizes followed by The Floral Dance led by South Molton Town Band.

11.30am Maypole Dancing, featuring the Community Primary School followed by music from South Molton Town Band.

12.45pm Fayre Luncheon by M&J Catering in the Assembly Rooms.

Tickets £15 per adult from Amory House or tel 01769 573558.

2.30pm Battle of the Bands in the Square (Parish Church if wet)

3.30pm Children’s Funtime in the Pannier Market + 4.30pm Free Children’s Tea.

8-11pm Rewind Party with DJ and live music in the Assembly Rooms £5. Bar

Sunday, June 10 –

9.15am Fayre Family Breakfast at the Coaching Inn, £6.50 tel: Coaching Inn 01769 572526 to book.

10.50am Civic Parade across the Square to South Molton Parish Church for the 11am Fayre and Mayor’s Service.

Monday, June 11 –

10.30am South Molton Striders ‘Pasty & Cider Walk’

Meet in the Square for a one mile walk followed by optional refreshments £5 at the Coaching Inn

6pm Children’s Races, organised by South Molton Strugglers at the Community Primary School,

North Road. Entry forms from the School, SMCC or tel: 574762