Whitchurch Village Fete – General Information
Whitchurch Village Fete has become the ‘local event of the year’ and is usually attended by over 3000 people who enjoy a variety of stalls, entertainment & amusement over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Year upon year, the Fete raises thousands of pounds which is distributed to selected local charities by the hard working organisers.
In 2016, year the Fete celebrated its 39th Anniversary & all the usual sections of the Fete were there, including the ever popular Dog Show, the Flower, Vegetable and Handicraft Show and a full programme of arena events. The number of stalls continues to grow selling everything from A to Z and there are the usual rides for younger patrons, who are invited to participate in the children’s sports. A Bar & a refreshment tent is always available.
The Fete started in 1977 when a small event was held to present souvenir plates to all children under sixteen years old to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Over the years it has grown from strength to strength and is now a major event of its type in the South Bristol area, with an increasing average attendance of some 3000 people.
The Fete is organised by the usual ‘volunteer committee’ who meet on a monthly basis, augmented with a large number of regular helpers for the event over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The Fete has various sections each with its own organiser, but coming under the overall umbrella of the committee. Events start on the Saturday evening with a country style dance (including a caller) in the marquee. A car boot sale is held on the Sunday morning.
The Bank Holiday Monday sees the opening of the Fete, usually at 1pm by a local celebrity.
There is a large flower, vegetable and handicraft show, dog show (register at 12.30 judging at 1.30pm) plus over two hours of arena events. A large number of stalls and sideshows are available for people to enjoy. A licensed bar and various food outlets provide sustenance if required, with the tea tent highly recommended. Car parking is free in the Barbarians Ground, Norton Lane.
All profits are given to local groups and charities with thousands of pounds having been raised over the years.
For further details please contact Mr Ashton Broad 01275 832148
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