This summer celebrate everything that is quaint, eccentric, traditional and British by heading to a really good village fete. There’s everything from cake stalls and bric-a-brac to face painting and local produce, with a few unexpected oddities in between. We’ve picked some really good ones that are well worth a visit.

South East

Kingsclere church fête
Newbury, Berkshire; August 31st  – Held in the churchyard of St Mary’s church. Highlights include a dog show, a knobbly knees competition, climbing the church tower, and a bucking bronco.

Overton village fête
Hampshire, July 11th –Held in the Old Rectory garden, in a truly beautiful setting; surrounded by the Hampshire Downs, and within a stone’s throw of the River Test. Highlights include a teddy bear hunt, pole-jousting and an army assault course.

Tandridge village fête
Surrey, July 11th – Held in the Glebe Field, on Tandridge Lane. Highlights include the national egg-throwing championships, terrier racing and ‘slippery pole fights’.
Bury village church fete
Held in Bury, West Sussex in the walled garden of Dorset House school. Highlights include tombola, a while elephant stall and a raffle with fab prizes – proceeds go towards a new church spire!
South West

Gittisham village fête
Devon, July 11th – Held through the whole village. Highlights include a duck race, a scarecrow competition and a ceilidh.

Bishops Lydeard school fête
Somerset, July 4th – Held at and around the primary school. Highlights include morris men, cream teas and maypole dancing.

* Find out more about the humble village fete on a new Website dedicated to saving the village fete

East

Stiffkey village fête
Norfolk, August 30th – Held along Stiffkey high street. Highlights include dog races, Punch and Judy and ‘soak-a-bloke’ or ‘drench-a-wench’.
Crowfield village fête
Ipswich, Suffolk, July 18th – Held all through the village. Highlights include a flower show, a fancy dress competition and children’s races.

West

Six Ashes vintage vehicle rally and village fête
Shropshire, July 5th – Held at College farm, Six Ashes Road. Highlights include vintage motorbikes, tractors and cars galore.

Avon Dassett village fête
Southam, Warwickshire, August 1st – Held on Lower Field. Highlights include falconry, dressage and a treasure hunt.

North

Marton Wakes fête
Near Macclesfield, Cheshire, July 18th – Held across the village. One of the oldest fetes in existence, highlights include a craft fair, donkey rides and morris men.

Oxenhope village fête
West Yorkshire, July 18th  – Held on the Millennium Green. Highlights include a ‘beat the goalie’ competition, cream teas and an egg-and-spoon race.

Wales

Gwyl Y Felinheli
Gwynedd, July 5th – Held on the village green. Highlights include a lumberjack show, singing on the beach and a parade.

Tircoed village fête
Near Swansea, July 11th – Held across the village. Highlights include live music and dancing, and local foods.

Scotland

Middleton village fête, Midlothian, August 22nd – Held at Middleton village hall. Highlights include fancy dress competition, cake stalls and children’s games.

Celebration in the Park, Dundee, August 8th – Held in Baxter Park. Highlights include belly dancers, fairground rides and the local heat of the ‘Sprint Dundee Challenge’.

Are you having a village fete this year? Emailholly_kirkwood@ipcmedia.com and we’ll add it in! * Find out more about the humble village fete on a new Website dedicated to saving the village fete

 

 

  • Frances Gale

    Could you add our village fete to your list please?

    Bostock Green Cheshire CW10 9JL Sunday 20 May 1-5 pm

  • Stuart Rippon

    You did an Article last year on Village Fete’s in which you very kindly mentioned our Fete in Barton Stacey. This year it will be held on Saturday 28 June. It s a very key year for us this year as we are moving the Fete after 25 years in the same location and now have all the challenges of a new set up. So as well as celebrating the wonderful family who have given us a home to 25 years we will this year be looking forward to the fete continuing with a new group of friends. If you are running the article again this year we would be very pleased if you would include us. We experimented with a studio quality photographer last year to capture the event so have some high quality photographs available should you like them.

    Regards
    Stuart Rippon
    Fete committee Chair