Porlock
Recreation Ground

Porlock Country Fair

Porlock Country Fair 2018

Once again, Porlock ‘s Country Fair on Sunday 5th August was a great success. Over 2,000 people found their way onto Porlock Recreation Ground, Parsons Street, to see a record number of stalls, plus side shows, a licensed bar, and a good variety of food. On show was an impressive array of vintage and classic cars and motor bikes, plus a selection of new MG and Ford models from Beaver Ford of Minehead. In true country fair fashion, West Country Thatchers were present to show us how it is done, and Allerford Forge also drew a lot of attention. This year’s arena attraction was the precision trials motorbike demonstration expertly performed by two champion lads, Tom Hooper and Joe Baker, both local to Porlock.   Plus there was face-painting, children’s races, a dog show, and musical interludes provided by the Darktown Strutters Jazz Band. The whole day was blessed with wonderfully sunny weather, and a really good time was had by all.

The event would not be possible without the fantastic contribution made by all the volunteer helpers both on the day and in the lengthy preparation beforehand. Once again we thank all those who volunteered their time to make the fair such a delightful day.

The whole event was organised by the Porlock Recreation Ground Management Committee, and the proceeds are used to maintain and improve the Rec facilities for the benefit of Villagers and visitors alike. Preparations will soon be under way for Porlock Country Fair 2019.

See you again next year - 4th August 2019!

COUNTRY FAIR SPONSORS

Sheasby Trees Ltd

First Design Print Web

Maitland Walker Solicitors

Beaver Ford Garages

CJ Lynch and Sons

Toucan Wholefoods

Miles Tea & Coffee

Squires of Porlock

A&P Farmer

 

 

About the fair

Porlock Country Fair is probably the best attended annual event in the village with a regular attendance in excess of 2,000 people. The Fair has evolved from a village fete some years ago into a genuine country event with a wide range of activities to enjoy.

The year's centrepiece activity takes place in the main arena supports by the regular and ever-popular family/fun dog show and the children's races.

The country demonstrations vary from year to year but usually include wood turning, Morris Men, bee keeping, a blacksmith and a fascinating collection of vintage working agricultural engines.

Numerous craft stalls fill the marquees offering a wide variety of craft items from locally produced cakes, jams, preserves and chutneys, to books and cards, framed prints, hand carved walking sticks, bowls, animals, driftwood art and wood puzzles, jewellery, plants, shawls, rugs, embroidery and scarves and much more.

The many other stalls offer a wide range of temptations, sweets, plants, games, local cheese, antiques, wood products, bric-a-brac, local chutneys, children’s toys and novelties, jewellery, tools and photography to mention just a few.

There is usually a large bouncy castle, various games to play, classic and vintage cars and motorbikes and a display of Harley-Davidson motor bikes.

A jazz or brass band provides background music, the hog roast, burgers and hot dogs are always popular and the traditional beer tent with local cider and beer invariably has customers forming an orderly queue!

As well as providing a great days entertainment and showcasing local produce and suppliers, the Country Fair is also the main fund raising event for the Recreation Ground and provides most of the income used in maintaining this great resource for the people of Porlock and our visitors.

Regular stallholders regard this event as one of the most enjoyable and productive they attend. Additional stallholders are always welcome to attend and our charges are incredibly reasonable! If you are interested email us through the contact page.

The event would not be possible without the fantastic contribution made by all the volunteer helpers both on the day and in the lengthy preparation beforehand. Additional volunteers are always needed. If you are able to give a few hours either before or on the day of the Fair please get in touch.

 

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Sponsors 2018                                                             

We are very grateful to all our sponsors who help us to meet the costs of running the fair and publicity in the local area.

Sponsors

Sheasby Trees Ltd

First Design Print Web

Maitland Walker Solicitors

Beaver Ford Garages

CJ Lynch and Sons

Toucan Wholefoods

Miles Tea & Coffee

Squires of Porlock

A&P Farmer

And our thanks to the many individuals and organisations who assist or exhibit at the Country Fair. These include:-

Porlock Ladies – Teas and Cakes
Kim Rowe – Family Fun Dog Show
Nigel & Sue Lamacraft – Children’s Races
The Team at Porlock Visitor Centre
Chris Miles – Pantomime Horse Costumes
Porlock Pantomime Society
Porlock Football Club
Porlock Cricket Club
Porlock Bowls Club
Porlock Horticultural Society
Porlock Bay Oysters
Royston Connor of the Top & Bottom Ship
Leanne at The Castle
West Country Thatchers
West Country Blacksmiths @ Allerford Forge
Exmoor Zoo
Snazaroo Face Paints

Also to our amazing team of volunteers who erect and dismantle the marquees, control the entrances, organise the car parking, run the bar and the Pimms stall, set out the gazebo areas and craft stalls, staff the various games stalls, count the proceeds, clear away the rubbish and so much more. Without you this event would NOT be possible.