Porlock
Recreation Ground

Porlock Country Fair

Porlock Country Fair 2017

Susie the Harris HawkA record-breaking number of visitors joined in with the fun and festivities at this year's Porlock Country Fair. This year's arena attraction was th ancient art of falconry. Martin Simkins of North Devon Falconry, based near Barnstaple, brought eight birds - falcons, hawks and owls - and had the large crowd enthralled with his two flying demonstrations. The feathered star was Susie the Harris Hawk. The remarkably close bond between man and bird, built up over their 15 years together was a sight to behld.

Something for everybody was the general verdict on this year's offerings. The selection of new cars provided by Beaver Ford of Minehead was augmented by the inclusion of two from their new range of MGs. The old motorbikes on show included such nostalgic icons as Triumph, BSA, Royal Enfield, Ariel, Norton and Jawa.

The pantomime horse races proved immensely popular - reminiscent of Ben Hur all over again, although they didn't boast any six-legged varieties as we did! Unsurprisingly the face-painting was also very popular with some remarkably creative results.

Punch and JudyNot often do we get to see demonstrations of old craft skils such as spinning and thatching, and the audience for the traditional Punch and Judy show ranged from the very young to the fairly 'oldish', undoubtedly bringing back some long-forgotten childhood memories.

Darktown StruttersMusical interludes were again ably provided by that young, up-coming boy band(!), The Darktown Strutters. They should go far...

As a matter of interest, we discovered visitors and holiday-makers form as far afield as San Francisco, Korea, Singapore, New Jersey, Canberra, Liverpool, Preston and Haverfordwest - all descending on the Recreation Ground for this much-loved, annual village event.

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.

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.

Date for your diary - Porlock Country Fair 2018!

The 2018 Country Fair will take place on Sunday 5th August starting at 11.00am.

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Sponsors 2017                                                             

We are very grateful to all our sponsors who this year donated their fees directly to the National Autism Society, in memory of Mrs Susan Taylor.

Sponsors

  • Sheasby Tree Surgery
  • First Design Print Web
  • John Freegard Gas and Oil Burner Services
  • DJ Miles Tea and Coffee
  • Squires of Porlock
  • Maitland Walker Solicitors
  • Chanin and Thomas Estate Agents
  • Beaver Garages

And our thanks to the many individuals and organisations who assist or exhibit at the Country Fair without charge. These include:-

Porlock Ladies – Teas and Cakes
Richard Farmer – Vintage Agricultural Machines
Kim Rowe – Family Fun Dog Show
Nigel & Sue Lamacraft – Children’s Races
Chris Miles – Pantomime Horse Costumes
Devon & Somerset Fire Service
The Classic Car & Motorbike Owners
The Team at Porlock Visitor Centre
Porlock Pantomime Society
Porlock Football Club
Porlock Cricket Club
Derek and Andy of Clive Downs, Butchers of Porlock
Royston Connor of the Top & Bottom Ship
West Country Thatchers
Ian Cape – Groundsman

Also to our amazing team of volunteers who erect & 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.