Bampton Charter Fair 2017
Thursday 26th October 2017 at Various Locations Around Bampton
9am to 6.30pm
Everyone is invited to help create a really special atmosphere by dressing up in medieval garb, letting their hair down and joining in a day of music, merriment and magic. This year something special with Dave the Dragon plus Storytelling all day with Exeter Authors’ Association.
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, entertainments including craft and music workshops, demonstrations and concerts, and funfair.