Porlock
Recreation Ground

Porlock Country Fair

The next Porlock Country Fair will tentatively be on Sunday August 2nd 2020

This is subject to government advice about the Covid-19 virus advice.

Porlock Country Fair 2019 Report

Our thanks to everyone who joined in the fun on Sunday 4th August 2019 - it was a successful day, blessed once again with lovely summer weather. More than 2,100 people filled the beautiful Recreation Ground and enjoyed a day packed with entertainment. Our main arena show this year was provided by Higher Beings who wowed the crowds with their circus skills including some amazing aerial acrobatics displays. Lots of our younger visitors enjoyed being included in the second show and the talented entertainers kept busy between shows - rising above the masses on their stilts!

Once again, Mr Mommet kept young and old(er!) entertained with his riotous Punch and Judy show, and any excess youthful energy was spent with the hugely popular Children's Races. The herd of Pantomime Horses made a repeat appearance and galloped around the arena to the great amusement of onlookers! Keeping with the animal theme, this year's Dog Show was a great opportunity for local and visiting canines to show off their talents, with a wonderful display from the Exmoor Dog Training Club.

Between Arena Shows, the Darktown Strutters once again provided the perfect musical accompaniment as visitors explored the various food vendors and traders. For those who wanted even more excitement, Exmoor Adventures brought along their fleet of eBikes for everyone to try, as well as axe throwing and tree-climbing (not at the same time!). West Country Blacksmiths demonstrated their smithying skills and other rural skills such as beekeeping, horticulture, thatching and all sorts of arts and crafts were also on display.

Porlock Fire Service, which is at risk of closure this year, had an enormous amount of public support - especially from the amazing team at Porlock SOS who are doing a great job of publicising and helping the community to protest the closure plans.

The Country Fair is a beloved annual event that brings holiday-makers and locals alike to Porlock - many return year after year to this wonderfully traditional village event. The Recreation Ground is run by a charity and the fair is our main method of fundraising. Money raised goes towards the annual costs of £15,000+ that is required to maintain this fantastic village amenity, for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area. This year our total raised towards Rec maintenance was £6,450 and the trustees thank all of the volunteers who helped to organise and run the event (we could not do it without you!), as well as all the traders who return every year, the food vendors who keep everyone fed and watered and, of course, the talented and skilful entertainers.

Our grateful thanks also go to the local businesses who sponsor the event - their donations help to cover the costs of putting on the fair and the marketing and publicity. Please do support these businesses over the coming year!

COUNTRY FAIR SPONSORS

First Design Print Web

Maitland Walker Solicitors

Locanda on the Weir

Beaver Ford Garages

Miles Tea & Coffee

West Country Blacksmiths

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Dog Training Club

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 2019                                                             

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

First Design Print Web

Maitland Walker Solicitors

Locanda on the Weir

Beaver Ford Garages

Miles Tea & Coffee

West Country Blacksmiths

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Dog Training Club

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

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

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. THANK YOU!