We’re taking a break in 2019

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What an amazing 2018 has been. A triumphant celebration of 10 years of Buckham Fair greatness. A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in making our event spectacular. So, just to answer a few of the questions we’re receiving at the moment, we thought we’d let you know a few things.

 

Amount Raised for Charity

We are in the throws of all the final calculations and hope to announce the total amount of funds raised for the Dorset County Hospital Charity Appeal soon. Make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instragram to hear the news as it happens.

 

Attempt at a Guinness World Record

For those of you who are asking about our attempt at a Guinness World Record – you’d better keep your eyes peeled too. We are in the process of submitting all our evidence to Guinness for them to verify the final result. We are as keen as you are to hear the final outcome – and as soon as we know, we’ll let you know too!

 

2019 Dates

After 10 wonderful years of Buckham Fair, we have decided to take a break in 2019, which means there will not be a Buckham Fair next year.  We have decided to do this to give the land, our amazing townspeople, and ourselves a break. Organising an event like Buckham is a big job – and we couldn’t do it without the support received from SO many people in and around our community. And before you ask whether we’ll be back in 2020, well, you’d better keep an eye on our website and social media for more info!

 

Thank you, again, for being part of such a special year this year! And if you’ve supported for many years, thank you too!

 

Winner of our Memory Wall competition announced!

We recently ran a contest where Buckham Fair fans sent in their favourite memories of Buckham over the 10 years – and we were inundated with GREAT photos and memories taken of our event, since starting in 2008.

From muddy fields, to Corgi cuddles, to slobbery Clydesdale kisses, to  drenched smiles in the beer tent – we’ve seen it all over the years – and only because you have made it wonderful.

So, to celebrate the memories shared, we’ve created a memory wall created out of a selection of the photos sent in.

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And we’re honoured to announce the winner of our Memory Wall competition…..

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Congratulations to PAM BRUCE for sending in, what we like to call, the 5-second Corgi Calm. (Even Jim has been caught under their spell… what’s THAT all about? He’s always Mr Alert…. They must be some special Corgis!)

Well done, Pam. We’ll be in touch to get you some Buckham Fair Merchandise in time for this year’s show!

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Putting on a show with the Stunt Dogs of Film & TV

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To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Buckham Fair, we’ve called in the help of some seriously influential 4-legged legends – of screen that is.

The Stunt Dogs of Film & TV will be back at Buckham Fair this year with their usual enthusiasm and paper-shredding dramatics. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Dodger, also known to many of us as Buddy – Doc Martin’s not-so-best friend. As well as annoying the poor Doc, he has also appeared in the Disney feature film Beauty and the Beast, Lotteries Age UK advert and with Paul O’Grady on For The Love of Dogs Christmas Special.
Joining Dodger is Paddy. He stars in the latest Dogs Trust “ Little Balloon Doggy” advert, and is the Barnabys new dog in Midsomer Murders. Hopefully no dead bodies around today as he and his mates shows off their talents in the main display ring. If you enjoyed the Kingsman Secret Service movies, you can come and shake the paw of Sonny the Pug, who played JB in both films. He also plays Horace; the very spoilt pet of Caroline in Poldark. Beautiful Beau will be here, and she played the love interest of Harvey in the very popular Thinkbox Adverts, and will also be seen in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts – called The Crimes of Grindelwald. First time visitor to the show is Biscuit – a rescue all the way from Cyprus who was in a very sorry state on her arrival in UK, but with patience and care she is now a bundle of hair and fun. She also worked on the last Doc Martin series, and played a street dog in Fantastic Beasts. Battersea rescue Wylie was on your screens in the chilling TV series Woman in White, and will also be seen in the forthcoming film Mary Queen of Scots, and newcomer to Buckham Ernie has appeared in one of the Clearscore adverts and has just finished working on a film called The Reluctant Landlord.

There will be a special display from the multi talented German Shepherd Anti, who will demonstrate controlled “ Bite work ” – very exciting !! She used this very specialised training when “chasing and attacking” the Doc in a past episode of Doc Martin. She has appeared in several films, including The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society and London Has Fallen, plus TV series Father Brown, Midsomer Murders and several TV adverts.

The stunt dog team have extensive experience working on a wide range of films, including Kingsman, Paddington 2, Transformers, Darkest Hour, Mama Mia – Here we go again, and TV favourites such as Poldark, Midsomer Murders and of course Doc Martin.

Learn more about how these amazing trainers work with the dogs to create the perfect scene, all in our main display ring.

Don’t miss the Ladies Cart Demonstration

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Based on the stallion carts of north America and Canada, and also the English gigs, these single-horse vehicles provided newcomers with another route into the heavy horse sector, and established owners with a new objective.

Compared with the expense of acquiring a dray and show harness for a single or pair, it was relatively cheap to buy a two-wheeled cart, often imported from north America or Europe, and to adapt English harness or purchase American harness, and gave single horses who might otherwise be under-used an additional purpose. The competitors have to adhere to a strict set of rules to compete in these classes.

We’re thrilled to have the team showing us how it’s done, at this year’s 10th anniversary event.

Can you hide from the Dorset Search Dogs?

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Dorset Search Dogs is a charity assisting the Police, Coastguard and other Search and Rescue teams look for missing persons across the South, and we are proud to have the team back at Buckham Fair 2018. 

The charity relies on generous donations from members of the public and local companies to enable them to perform such a critically needed service to our local community.
Their dedicated team of dogs, handlers and operational supports make themselves available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As members of Lowland Rescue, they also work closely with neighbouring Lowland Rescue Search Dog teams. All of the members are trained to levels specified by Lowland Rescue and each dog and handler is individually assessed to the high standards agreed by the Lowland Rescue Committee.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to hide away from the Dorset Search Dogs, don’t miss their display on the hill below the food court. Try as hard you may, we are almost certain they’ll find you!

For more information about them, visit http://www.dorsetsearchdogs.org.uk/

Morris Dancing up a Storm at Buckham this year

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The South West wouldn’t’ be the same without Morris Dancing – and this year, we’re honoured to have Dr Tuberville’s Morris troupe perform at Buckham Fair.

Dr Turberville’s Morris is a mixed Morris team originally from Crewkerne in Somerset, UK. The team perform a variety of dances, mostly consisting of English Cotswold Morris, heralding from the villages or “traditions” of Wayford, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Ilmington, Bampton and Wells, as well as a selection of Border Morris dances including some from Dartmoor, Shropshire and more.

During the Summer months, the team can be seen dancing most Tuesday evenings somewhere in South Somerset and North and West Dorset, sometimes even Devon, often at friendly local pubs, and are liable to appear at events such as fêtes and fairs, where they are usually recognised by their crisp costumes of white, with green and maroon baldrics and ribbons.

For a true taste of some Morris greatness, don’t miss their performances in the Food Court this year. Bring your bells, bring your ribbons, and you may even be inclined to join in.

For more information about them, visit http://www.turbs.co.uk/index.html

2018 Trade Stands Sold Out

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We still receive enquiries from businesses who are looking to take a stand at this year’s 10th anniversary event. Unfortunately, we are now all sold out and fully-booked!

We are, however, running a waiting list – and if you are interested in a chance at exhibiting a this year’s event, get in touch with us, and we’ll add you to the waiting list.

Email us on info@buckhamfair.co.uk

SEND US YOUR MEMORIES!

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As you know – this year marks the 10th anniversary of Buckham Fair. And although we’re ALMOST a teenager, we’re celebrating this 10 year with an event that’s even more exciting and jam-packed with memory-making displays and reasons to be involved!

So, to celebrate this year – we’re inviting all of our loyal followers – those who have been with us from the start, those who have joined along the way – to send us their memories! Here’s how it works:

We’re compiling a memory page to celebrate our 10 years of Buckham and we need you to send in one or two of your photos from past Buckham Fair events. We’re looking for the quirkiest, happiest memory – that depicts the spirit of Buckham, best!

Here’s what you need to know

  • Photos need to be good quality where possible (ie: they need to be good enough to print and promote)
  • Tell us what year they were taken
  • By sending your photos in, you give us permission to use them in our marketing and promotional activity – and where possible, we will credit your amazing photographic skills!

What’s in it for you?

Get your hands on some great Buckham merchandise! We’ll send you a little Buckham Fair surprise, for your efforts!

Email your photos to info@buckhamfair.co.uk by 30 June 2018. 

Good luck! 

 

Press Release: Buckham Fair returns to Beaminster for it’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

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Martin & Philippa Clunes and the Buckham Fair Committee have enormous pleasure in announcing their 2018 Fair. This will be the tenth Buckham Fair and we are determined to make it an extra special one. This year we have chosen the Dorset County Hospital Charity Cancer Appeal as our beneficiary and our target is to hand over a cheque for over £100,000 towards building a brand new cancer centre in Dorchester. This will save thousands of cancer patients having to travel miles to get radiotherapy and other essential care for the first time. Martin says “We are so proud to support this appeal through Buckham Fair. Many of us have been affected by cancer, either personally or through those we love, so to be able to contribute to the brilliant work that the team at our own Dorset County Hospital is doing is a huge honour for us.”

Since the first Buckham Fair in 2008 we have raised £512,500 for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. To mark our tenth anniversary we are introducing a host of new spectacles and attractions, including a World Guinness Book of Records attempt to have the largest number of dogs sitting simultaneously on a command where anyone with enough confidence in their dog can get the chance to create a Brand New World Record. For the first time we are proud to announce that The Devil’s Horsemen Display Team will be performing in the main ring and after a two year absence we are delighted that the Stunt Dogs of Film and TV will be returning with a brand new display – not to mention the Quack Pack duck herding display. Whilst over in the Novelty Ring we are thrilled to be able to announce the return of Neil Morrissey who, after the slight wash-out of last year will now be judging The Dog even more like Neil Morrissey competition.

Apart from all of the wonderful displays on offer visitors will also have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of artisan, craft and other trade stands from local suppliers as well as a Food Court with locally produced food and internationally inspired dishes. There’s a classic car display, a funfair and the opportunity to take part in all kinds of horse, pony and dog classes on the day. Yes we still provide free parking close to the field and Yes there are plenty of food options that include vegan and vegetarian food and Yes there is a Beer Tent.

We are also thrilled to be able to welcome back the support of main event sponsor Kitson & Trotman to this year’s event. Without the support from all of our sponsors, visitors, traders and suppliers, Buckham Fair simply wouldn’t work.

Year-on-year the Buckham Fair team constantly look to improve and provide a happy family day out for all those who visit whilst raising as much money as possible for local charities. As a result of the traffic challenges we experienced in 2017 we have taken new measures to improve and greater facilitate all traffic movement and signage for 2018.

After ten glorious years we have decided to take a break after this year’s Fair and re-group. Not just to allow the land to recover but to give our neighbours and the good people of Beaminster a break from the incredible patience they have shown us over the last decade.

Our aim is to hold an event that is fun for everyone, whilst raising money for local charities. We open our gates at 09:00 on Sunday 19th August. The entrance fee is £8 for adults and children under 16 go free.

Buckham Fair looks forward to welcoming you back to its Very Special 10th Birthday event.

For more information about visiting or sponsoring Buckham Fair 2018, please visit the website at www.buckhamfair.co.uk


The committee: Martin & Philippa Clunes, Caroline Godwin, Bhavani Hogarty, Caroline Nickinson, Katy Roberts, Vanessa Voegele-Downing and Rosemary Young.

We attend the West Country Equine Fair

When the show is done, and everything is packed away – that’s when the team saddle up and get ready for the next season. And 2017 was no different. That’s why, to build momentum on a fantastic show in 2017, Caroline Godwin represented the Buckham Fair team by exhibiting at the West Country Equine Fair.

And so, armed with signage and bunting, flyers and more, she positioned herself in between some very handsome chaps who looked on eagerly at the wonderful sights that Buckham had on display.

Martin and Jim also popped in to the stand to say hello.

Here are a few photos from the day.

 

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