Events

Our calendar of upcoming events.

Gloucestershire Fun Day

After the success of the last 2 Gloucestershire Fun Days where over £53,000 was raised for local charities, this years event is being held across Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August and promises to be bigger and better than ever!

“There is plenty to do for the whole family as we have a Circus, Danter’s Fun Fair presented by Edward Danter Snr, Characters, shows, Live Music, Donkey Rides, local car dealerships, helicopter rides (weather permitting), Stalls, Cooking demonstrations using our Locally sourced products, plenty to eat and drink including pizza, burgers, ice cream and a processo van, also the bar will be open all day. There is also a land train on hand to take you round the site”

Information taken from Midcounties Co-operative event web site.

Address

  • Newlands Park Southam Lane, Cheltenham GL52 3PE
  • Open 11am until 5pm Saturday 19 & Sunday 20

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E Danter’s Famous Super Sizzler Ride

19
August
2017

Pride Cymru Big Weekend

Cardiff’s Big Weekend is coming back😉 Organisers Pride Cymru and Sayers Amusements say:

“The Pride Big Weekend will be a mix of the usual Pride celebrations and the return of the much missed Big Weekend. Pride Cymru will host the three-day celebration in the heart of Cardiff over 2017’s August Bank Holiday weekend, 25-27”

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Pride Cymru Parade

Returns to the streets of Cardiff in 2017 on Saturday 26 August.

“An immersive and visually spectacular annual celebration of equality and diversity achievements and community support”

2017’s Pride Cymru Parade will present homage to the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in July 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. The theme of the parade this year will be ‘Icons and legends’ – be that of the LGBT community, the capital or even Wales.

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25
August
2017

The Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Nation Heritage Show is being held over the Bank Holiday weekend this year from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 August 2017.

“If you’re looking for an excellent fun and action packed weekend for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The spectacle covers an enormous showground, at over 600 acre”

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Video from 2016

The Danter family have the pleasure of attending this great event with a number of attractions, with our Extreme Ride making its debut this year.

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24
August
2017

Malmesbury Carnival

The ancient market town of Malmesbury has been home to a Carnival for over 90 years, and the heart of the Carnival is still the procession. Danters Fun Fair presented by James Danter is held in support adding to the Carnival atmosphere.

“The route is up through the town and is always lined with enthusiastic and generous spectators, enjoying the spectacle and invention of the local participants and the wonderful marching bands”

 

Fun Fair opening times:

  • Thursday 31 August to Saturday 2 September
  • Opening weekdays from 6 and Saturday from 2pm
  • Post code SN16 9JT
  • Carnival: Procession 6-8pm

The Extreme Ride & Freak Out will be returning for 2017👍

31
August
2017

The Great Neath Fair

Presented by the South Wales Showmans Guild.

“September once again sees Neath’s famous Fair, Wales’ largest and oldest chartered fair, open to the public. Neath comes alive during the five-day festival each year as thousands flock into the town to enjoy the atmosphere. As entry to the fair is totally free, anyone can come along and enjoy themselves at an event recognised as the fourth largest Chartered Street Trading Fair in the UK”

The Fair is made up of 3 main events:

Fun Fair

New for 2017, The Incredible Ice Jet.

  • 12-16 September
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday open from 6pm until 10pm
  • Friday from 4pm until 10pm
  • Saturday from noon until 10pm

Street Fair

Located in the main streets of Neath Town centre:

  • Wednesday 13th September to Saturday 16th September
  • Open from 9am until late.

Horse Fair

Situated at the Cattle Market on The Green:

  • Thursday 14th September 2016, from 8:300am until 2pm (one day only)

More information

  • Visit Neath & Port Talbot council web site for more information regarding parking, road closures ect

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Neath Fair

 

12
September
2017

The 407th Tewkesbury Mop Fair

The famous Tewkesbury Mop Fair is held on the 9 and 10 October. The Fair dates falling on a Monday and Tuesday this year.

“Gloucestershires Biggest and Best Street Fair”

The Mop Fair is set up in Barton Street from the Cross to the junction of  Chance Street, Nelson Street through to Oldbury Road, East Street and the main nucleus of the Fair built up in Spring Gardens.

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Fun Fair opening times

  • Monday 4pm until 11pm
  • Tuesday 4pm until 11pm

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How the Mop Fair got its name

Farm workers, labourers, servants and some craftsmen would work for their employer from October to October. At the end of the employment they would attend the Mop Fair dressed in their Sunday best clothes and carrying an item signifying their trade. A servant with no particular skills would carry a mop head – hence the phrase Mop Fair.
Employers would move amongst them discussing experience and terms, once agreement was reached the employer would give the employee a small token of money and the employee would remove the item signifying their trade and wear bright ribbons to indicate they had been hired. They would then spend the token amongst the stalls set-up at the fair which would be selling food and drink and offering games to play and riding attractions as they developed.
Michaelmas Day is celebrated on the 29th September but Mop Fairs were tied to the seasons and the harvest, not the calendar. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752 and 11 days dropped from that year events associated with the end of the harvest moved 11 days later to the 10th October. This date is known as “Old Michaelmas Day” and since 1752 has been the date Mop Fairs take place.

 

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Tewkesbury Fair Society

Formed in 1989, the Tewkesbury Fair Society aims to promote and preserve Tewkesbury Mop Fair. The largest street fair in Gloucestershire and one of the oldest fairs in the country with the earliest records so far dating the origins of the fair to the 12th century.

The Society have presented additional traditional attractions at the fair since its formation, be it fairground organs, dancers or showmen’s engines. The most famous and fondly remembered to date being the attendance of the late Jack Wharton’s “Supreme” in 1993. This was indeed the last notable appearance of the engine, reunited with the Deakin family’s equipment, the original owners of “The Finest Engine Built”, last seen together at the Mop fair in 1938.

Web site: http://www.tewkesburyfairsociety.co.uk

09
October
2017

Highworth Mop Fair

The annual Mop Fair falls the week of Tuesday 17 until Friday 20 October this year.

“This historic Mop Fair has been held in the Market place since 1262”

Mop Fair Opening Times

  • Tuesday from 6pm
  • Wednesday from 6pm
  • Thursday from 6pm
  • Friday from 6pm

 

 

 

17
October
2017