Nunney Community Association’s 41st Nunney Street Market & Fayre will take place on Saturday 6 August 2016 from 10am to 5pm.
Nunney Street Market and Fayre has raised over £40,000 for local charities and community groups since 2010. The majority of this money benefits projects like the children’s playground, village hall, Nunney Players, local heritage and community groups.
The fayre is organised by Jeremy Gaunt on behalf of the Nunney Community Association. Whereas similar events have large committees, Jeremy prefers to work alone. The event has become so successful in recent years that he has been asked to advise other village fêtes and country fairs as far away as Staffordshire.
Jeremy Gaunt said, “Last year’s event broke all records, with over 10,000 visitors. It’s the biggest fundraiser for our community, so we are working hard to make this year’s Nunney Street Market and Fayre even bigger and event better – a great day out for the whole family.”
“We are delighted to welcome lots of new stallholders as well as popular one who have attended for decades. Scales and Tails’ animal handling experience and education with snakes and lizards was a huge hit last year – particularly with children – and I’m glad to say they’re back.”
Nunney Street Market and Fayre will have over 120 stalls this year and will be officially opened at 10am by comedy legend John Challis, best known as Boycie in Only Fools and Horses.
As well as the huge number of stalls, Nunney Street Market and Fayre offers lots of food and drink for all tastes and budgets. Live music in front of the castle includes the Frome Swing Band and French folk group the Mimonettes.
“The roving bands are a huge hit every year,” Jeremy continued. “So the Frome Street Bandits will be touring the fair again. Mells Community Choir will perform on the acoustic stage. Magic shows for children, the Bathampton Morris Men and crafts demonstrations ensure a great day out for the whole family. Nunney Village Hall will host an arts and crafts market.”
The 41st Nunney Street Market & Fayre will be officially opened at 10am by comedy legend John Challis, best-known as Boycie from Only Fools and Horses. He will also sell and sign his books all day.
The fayre will be open until 5pm, when an after-party with live music will take place at The George.
Entry is free. Parking costs £5 per vehicle, which is spent on insurance, music, marketing, licenses and other necessities for putting on the event. Disabled parking is available at Nunney village hall.
For regular updates on Nunney Street Market & Fayre 2016 for both stallholders and visitors, follow @VisitNunney on Twitter and check this website.
Nunney Fayre secretary Jeremy Gaunt told Visit Nunney, “This year is the 41st 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. Catering ranges from burgers to paella, with the Wrennals doing their usual splendid job on the hog roast . 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 play French folk. 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 41st 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 2016 Nunney Street Market & Fayre will be officially open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 6 August 2016.
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 disability blue badge is available at Nunney village hall. This is organised by the Nunney Village Hall Committee and not by Nunney Community Association.
Like every year, Nunney Street Market & Fayre 2015 is now fully booked and has a long waiting list for cancellations.
For all enquiries for this year’s event, please phone Jeremy Gaunt on 01373 836 949.
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 2017.
This is Jeremy’s sixth 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 2016 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 2016, please contact Jeremy Gaunt, Nunney Fayre secretary, on 01373 836 949 or email [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 6 August.
Nunney Fayre secretary
Telephone 01373 836 949
Email [email protected]