Visit Nunney takes a look at what you can expect at the 40th Nunney Street Market & Fayre, which takes place on Saturday 1 August 2015.
Nunney Street Market & Fayre is always a great event for both exhibitors and visitors from across the southwest of England. Up to 10,000 visitors flock from far and wide, and stalls at the event are 2-3 times oversubscribed every year.
With over 120 stalls, live music in front of the moated 14th century Nunney Castle, street entertainers, exhibitions, fairground attractions and lots of food and drink, Nunney Street Market & Fayre is truly a great day out for the whole family.
This year all the elements that make Nunney Street Market & Fayre a success will be back: a great variety of stalls and music, delicious food and drink for every taste and budget, a children’s entertainer, woodland crafts demonstrations, morris dancing and a fantastic atmosphere.
Nunney Street Market & Fayre will be officially opened at 10am in the Market Place by our newly elected local MP, David Warburton.
Mr Warburton is currently involved in talks to find a solution to First Group’s plans to cut Nunney’s bus services.
The official opening will be followed by a reception for sponsors of Nunney Fayre in The George at Nunney, a reception that is itself sponsored by Visit Nunney.
Nunney Fayre secretary Jeremy Gaunt told Visit Nunney, “This year is the 40th running of the fayre in its modern form and an appropriate time to remember all the contributions made by villagers past and present who have made the fayre such a success.”
“They are too many to be named individually, but my thanks go to them all and I hope to live up to their example.”
“This year we have a wide range of stalls including the return of the popular Pimms stall. Catering ranges from burgers to paella, with the Wrennals doing their usual splendid job on the hog roast (Tip: don’t leave it too late in the day, as they have a tendency to sell out). We also hope it will be a successful day for the pub, the café and the SPAR.”
“Music will be provided by some old favourites, like the Frome Swing Band, and some newcomers, like Mominettes who apparently play French folk – could be interesting. There will also be band marching through the fayre (Frome Street Bandits, Honk Monster) and – who could have thought otherwise – the Bathampton Morris Men.
The history of the Nunney Street Market & Fayre goes back to a royal charter granted in 1260 to the local Lord of the Manor. The modern-day event was revived in 1975 and is now in its 40th year.
Nunney Street Market & Fayre is organised by the Nunney Community Association, a registered charity, and benefits community groups and initiatives. The event is promoted by Visit Nunney.
Here’s what you need to know about visiting Nunney Street Market & Fayre:
Date and time
The 2015 Nunney Street Market & Fayre will be officially open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 1 August 2015.
Nunney is located 3 miles southwest of Frome on the border of Somerset and Wiltshire (A361/Nunney Catch roundabout). If you are using sat nav, the postcode is BA11 4LW.
Roads through the centre of Nunney are closed from 8.00am to 6.00pm. Driving through the fair during the event puts lives and our licence to organise events at risk.
There are three large car parks clearly signposted for visitors on the day of Nunney Fayre. Parking costs £5 per vehicle, regardless of the number of passengers. Admission to Nunney Fayre itself is free.
The organisers are reguarly asked why there is a charge for parking. The answer is simple: there is no charge to visit the fayre. The money from parking is the only income for Nunney Community Association – a registered charity – and is vital to pay for everything from insurance, event licences, the bands, sound system, street entertainment and everything else that makes Nunney Fayre such a fantastic day out.
If you park outside the designated car parks, your vehicle may be removed without warning if it blocks access for emergency services at any time.
Parking for drivers with a fisability blue badge is available at Nunney village hall. This is organised by the Nunney Village Hall Committee and not by Nunney Community Association.
Service 161 heading toward Wells will divert from Nunney Catch Roundabout via Green Pits Lane, Catch Road, Nunney Catch roundabout, Holwell Hill, turning right and heading northward toward Castle Hill & Whatley
Service 161 heading toward Frome will operate the reverse route but will operate the same way around at Green Pits Lane and Catch Road.
Passengers wishing to use service 161 are advised to use the southbound stop outside Nunney School which will be served for journeys to and from Wells.
Stops at Dallimore Mead and The Market place will not be served during the closure. There will be no alterations to the timetable.
First Bus has confirmed to Visit Nunney that buses will follow the normal timetable as much as possible. This timetable is available at http://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/plan-journey/timetables/?day=2&source_id=2&service=161&routeid=12253591&operator=3&source=sp
For more information please contact First Bus Customer Services or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network charges).
For all enquiries for this year’s event, please phone Jeremy Gaunt on 01373 836 949 before submitting your application form. Further details for stallholders are available here.
If you are interested in having a stall at next year’s fayre, please follow @VisitNunney on Twitter or keep an eye on this website. Booking forms are available on our website from the end of March 2016.
This is Jeremy’s fifth and final year as Nunney Fayre secretary. If you are interested in helping the Nunney Community Association organise future fayres, please get in touch with Jeremy.
Organised by the Nunney Fayre Committee on behalf of the Nunney Community Association (NCA), a registered charity (#283631). The event is promoted by Visit Nunney, an independent, regulated community interest company (CIC) that promotes tourism, business and the arts in Nunney.
Note The organisers instructions must be followed at all times. Thank you for your help in making the 2014 Nunney Fayre a success.
Arts and crafts
Arts and crafts stalls are always popular at Nunney Street Market and Fayre. Nunney village hall is dedicated to it entirely during the event, providing protection whatever the weather to often fragile items on sale or display.
Please note that this particular venue is organised and hosted by Nunney village hall itself and not by the Nunney Fayre Committee.
Nunney Street Market & Fayre includes live performances throughout the day from a variety of bands to suit everyone’s taste. The main stage is located in front of Nunney Castle, with the audience seated around the other side of the moat.
Experienced sound technicians are at hand to control the sound installation, make changes required for each performer and ensure that visitors to the Nunney Street Market & Fayre can hear the music properly.
There are also bands that stroll around the fair, and an open mic stage on the corner of Church Street and Donkey Lane.
We welcome buskers, street theatre and living history groups and other performers to enliven Nunney Fayre day with performances throughout the street market area. Please contact us for details.
Buskers now have a dedicated busking stage, located on the corner of Church Street and Donkey Lane.
Artists performing at Nunney Fayre are handpicked by the organisers of the fair. They look for quality, popular appeal and a range of musical styles for the programme.
Nunney Street Market & Fayre would not be possible without the support of a large number of sponsors – both named and anonymous. Sponsoring opportunities range from donations to paying for specific things, such as street entertainment or a band.
Sponsors are invited to reception at The George at Nunney at the start of the fayre, sponsored by Visit Nunney. If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2015 Nunney Street Market & Fayre, please contact [email protected] or phone 01373 836 949.
If you have any questions about booking stalls at Nunney Street Market & Fayre 2015, please contact Jeremy Gaunt, Nunney Fayre secretary, on 01373 836 949 or email [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 1 August.