Trade stands for Buckham Fair sold out!


We are thrilled to announce that once again, all possible trade stand and food stand spaces for Buckham Fair 2017 have sold out!  And this year, we have such a huge abundance of new and exciting exhibitors and food producers attending the event that as we sit here, we’re already creating our Christmas Lists while our tummies rumble in anticipation.

From the seafood to the Thai, from the Med to the BBQ, from the Vegan to the Sweet-tooth – we have something for everyone and are so excited to be able to offer all of our visitors a proper selection of some of the best that the South West has to offer.

Our Artisan, Craft and Trade stands are all booked up too – and we look forward to welcoming back some familiar faces, and waving a wonderfully welcoming hello to the new ones.

If your application has been successful, then we will be in touch over the next few months with more information. We will be sending out your trade pack which include everything you need to know about the event, getting here and setting up.


As we know, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan – which means that there may be a situation where a Buckham Fair exhibitor is no longer able to attend the event. That’s when we revert back to our waiting list of exhibitors. If you have missed the chance to exhibit at 2017’s event, but you’d like to be entered onto our waiting list, be sure to get in touch with us, and if an opportunity does present itself, we’ll be in touch.

Huge thank you to all of those who applied to attend Buckham Fair 2017. If it wasn’t for limited space, we’d love to have you all!


Dorset solicitors Kitson & Trotman are main sponsor of Buckham Fair 2017

Photo credit Faye Neal Photography Pam Bowdtich, Ashley Rawlings, Elspeth Jackson, Richard King from Kitson and Trotman, and Martin Clunes

Dorset solicitors Kitson & Trotman are main sponsor of Buckham Fair 2017

Press Release: 5 April 2017

Dorset solicitors Kitson and Trotman are this year’s main sponsor of the popular Buckham Fair, which takes place on Martin and Philippa Clunes’s land near Beaminster in August.

It’s the third year that the firm – which has offices in Bridport, Beaminster, Lyme Regis and Weymouth – has supported the event.

Kitson and Trotman Partner Richard King said: “We’re delighted to be Buckham Fair’s main sponsor again this year. It’s a fantastic event enjoyed by so many people and it raises such a huge amount of money for vital local charities.”

This year’s fair, on Saturday 20 August, is in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The charity receives no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and relies entirely on the generosity of the public for support.

Since its launch in March 2000 it has flown more than 11,000 missions. It is tasked by the Ambulance Service through the normal ‘999’ emergency process and can attend up to eight or nine incidents in a single day during the summer months.

In 2016, Buckham Fair raised a record £90,000 for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Martin Clunes said: “Last year, Buckham Fair saw more than 15,000 visitors walk through the gates. We had 121 traders exhibit and over 100 individuals and businesses who sponsored, volunteered, supplied and supported the event – all for the sole purpose of raising as much money as we could.

“And this year, we intend to grow on that and continue on with our goal to benefit the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance – a cause so incredibly valuable to so many of us and a team of people who are working so hard, every day, to save lives.

“And we could not do this without the generous support of our sponsors, which is why we are incredibly pleased that Kitson & Trotman have agreed to be Buckham Fair’s main sponsor again this year. We have some very exciting things planned for this year’s event – including new display acts, new traders and a host of new ways to get involved.”

Richard King said: “We have been involved in Buckham Fair for several years. We are joint sponsors of the Rescue Dog Championship, which involves a number of contests around the area, culminating in the championship at Buckham Fair.

“Every year, Kitson and Trotman supports various local events, including The Melplash Show, Beaminster Festival, Bridport Literary Festival and The Henry Smith Ball, Cattistock Countryside Show, Bricky Horse Trials and Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.

“Kitson & Trotman have been at the heart West Dorset’s local communities for more than 250 years. The firm has been helping people with legal services since 1756, at all stages of their lives, and we are committed to supporting good causes and events in the area.”

 Photo credit Faye Neal Photography Pam Bowdtich, Ashley Rawlings, Elspeth Jackson, Richard King from Kitson and Trotman, and Martin Clunes

Photo credit Faye Neal Photography Pam Bowdtich, Ashley Rawlings, Elspeth Jackson, Richard King from Kitson and Trotman, and Martin Clunes


Pictured at last year’s Buckham Fair are, from left, Pam Bowdtich, Ashley Rawlings, Elspeth Jackson, Richard King from Kitson and Trotman, and Martin Clunes, judges of the rescue dog championship class. Photo by Faye Neal Photograpy

A sponsorship opportunity worth caring about.


Buckham Fair has been running for a number of years, and every year, we get bigger and better – and it’s all in aid of the incredible charities that we support.

In 2016, Buckham Fair saw more than 15,000 walk through the gates, we had 121 traders exhibit, we had over 100 individuals and businesses who sponsored, volunteered, supplied and supported the event – all for the sole purpose of raising as much money as we could for our 2016 charity, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. And that we did. We broke a record and raised £90,000.

Being part of this huge achievement, and being involved in a cause of so much importance, is probably one of the biggest sentiments shared by Buckham Fair sponsors – both corporate and personal.

Personal Sponsorships:

We recognise that as individuals, many people both near and far (some, as far as the US and Australia) realise the importance of supporting a greater cause, and we are honoured to be their event of choice when it comes to giving back to the community.  That is why we have put personal sponsorship packages together that honours your commitment and investment and provides you with exclusive access to a number of behind-the-scenes activities in and around Buckham Fair.

This year, we’ve added an opportunity to our £150 (or £200 for 2 people) personal sponsorship package – and that is an invitation for 1 (2) to attend the VIP Buckham Fair Sponsors Reception on the Saturday evening before the event. This year, the reception will be held on 19 August 2017.

Click here to download a Sponsorship Form


Corporate Sponsorships:

If you’re a business looking to support a worthy cause, and join the ranks of other businesses already leading the path in growing and developing the community, then a corporate sponsorship package is the one for you.  We are ever-thankful for businesses who believe in supporting local community events like Buckham Fair who help us to achieve our goal in raising as much as possible for the charities that we support.

If you’d like to know more about sponsorship at Buckham Fair, click here.


Classic Car exhibition at Buckham Fair

2016-buckham-fair-052_1For those who have visited Buckham, you would no doubt be aware of our wonderful classic car display. From Moggies to Mopeds, Austins to Anglias – our classic car exhibition, organised by Fair favourite Nick Aplin and his team from the Transport of Yesteryear motor group, has been a much loved tradition for many a visitor – young and old, 2-legged or 4.

And as the event grows year by year, we are often asked by our visitors how they, too, can become part of the classic car display.

As this part of the event is coordinated by Nick and the motoring club – any visitor who has an interest in bringing their own classic car to the event, and be part of this display, can contact the Buckham Fair team through We will then put you in touch with Nick who can coordinate further details with you, and confirm space availability within the display.

As you will appreciate, the fairground has limited space – which means that any interested visitors will need to get in touch before the event.



Applications for stands at Buckham Fair 2017 now OPEN

And they’re off!

kiMnXxGyTAfter many many requests, we are proud to say that applications for trade stands at this year’s event, are now open! Application forms for both the trade stands as well as the food court stands can be downloaded here:

If you want to refresh your memory on our Terms & Conditions, you can view them here: 


Get your forms in quickly. You’ll be notified by 30 March as to whether your application has been successful or not.





2017’s Charity: Dorset Air Ambulance


Buckham Fair 2017 is proud to be held in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance services. As many of our faithful followers know, Buckham Fair is not just a fun day out but rather, a way to influence and support the services in our community who are, daily, making a different to people’s lives. Working on a rotational basis, Buckham Fair chose the 3 charities, namely Julia’s House, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Services specifically because all of us, at some point in our lives, would need the assistance (whether directly, or for someone we love) from one of these charities, and 2017’s event is being held in aid of the wonderful services provided by the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Teams.

Here are a few facts about this incredible charity changing people’s lives, and who depend on our support to keep doing what they’re doing:

Here’s what they say on their website:

“Our operational costs are over £2 million a year and the approximate cost per mission equates to £2,500. With public support we are also able to purchase specialist pieces of equipment that aid our paramedics’ training and help to save lives across the two counties.

Since our launch in March 2000, we have flown over 11,000 missions, many of them life-saving. Every one of the missions we fly is the result of somebody suffering a potentially life-threatening injury of accident and it is not a number that we celebrate. It simply demonstrates the need for an air ambulance that services the counties of Dorset and Somerset.”

“In 2015, we flew a total of 675 missions. Dorset and Somerset Air AmbulanceThis is an increase of 11% on the previous year. A total of 326 missions took place in Somerset and 302 in Dorset. The 47 outstanding missions took place on the borders of our neighbouring counties: Devon, Hampshire, North Somerset and Wiltshire.

60% of our missions were to patients suffering from trauma, 39% had symptoms of a medical nature and we provided 7 hospital transfers.

We flew a total of 162 missions to road traffic incidents (24%), 124 missions (18%) to someone suffering a cardiac arrest, 92 incidents where someone suffered a fall (14%) and 82 sport/leisure incidents of which 43 (52%) were equestrian in nature.

Our busiest days of the week are Saturday and Sunday and the busiest month of the year is normally during the summer. However, during this year, the greatest increase in missions flown was in March. We will have to wait and see if this is part of a general trend.”




Exhibiting at Buckham Fair in 2017


A wonderfully Happy New Year to you. We hope you have had had a joyous start to 2017 and that your plans this year definitely involve Buckham Fair!   With Christmas and the busy season behind us, we now turn our attention to this year’s event, with our first committee meeting of the year taking place within the next few weeks to kick things into action.

We have received several enquiries about exhibition stands at this year’s event – for which we are so thankful! Applications for stands at the event this year, open in February. We will ensure all the necessary forms are uploaded onto the website so do keep an eye on social media and the website for updates.

In the meantime, be sure to acquaint yourself with exhibiting at Buckham Fair by reading more here.  We look forward to being in touch soon.

Until then, we wish you all the very best and look forward to welcoming you to a new and exciting 2017.

Claiming your trade stand for 2017

Buckham Fair

This year’s event has hardly passed and already the excitement for 2017’s event is growing. We have been inundated by requests to exhibit at next year’s event – so we thought we’d explain a little more how you can stand a chance to claim your spot as a trader at a Buckham Fair event.

Buckham Fair takes place on a farm in Beaminster, every year. That means… it’s rural.  But just because it’s rural doesn’t mean you’ll be uncared for.  The Buckham Fair team make every effort to ensure that all of our traders are looked after, have what they need and, to the best of our ability, have the location they wish for.  We may not always get it right – but if we look at how many of our exhibitors have been with us since day 1, and the fantastic feedback we receive, we’re definitely doing something right.

Booking your stand for Buckham Fair is done through application. We are proud to be able to offer our visitors the widest variety of crafts, trades and foods which is why we want to ensure that we have a wide selection of providers exhibiting on the day. We also understand that competition is tough – which is why we want to ensure that we put you, our trader, in the best position to have a truly successful day.

Applications for 2017’s event opens in February. Simply get in touch with us to request your application form. The Buckham Fair committee then reviews all applications, and we let you know whether your application to exhibit at our event, has been successful or not.

Once we’ve confirmed your space at Buckham Fair, you can then make the full payment for your stand.

We are always available at the end of an email, social media or our event mobile phone – all details of which you can find on our Contact page.

If you want to make sure that you don’t miss your space, we do operate a waiting list – so simply send us an email via our contact form, with your contact details, and more information about the type of trade stand you’re after, and we’ll get in touch with you when applications open again.


A magical night for a cheque handover


The Buckham Fair team don’t do anything frivolously – so when it came to handing over the £90,000 cheque to 2016’s nominated charity, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, it had to be done with flair – and what better occasion than to do so at the annual switch-on of the Enchanted Illuminations at Abbotsbury Gardens.

Braving a decidedly fresh Autumn Wednesday evening, we gathered at the Gardens, along with another 300 other brave souls – to watch Martin turn on the lights, and handover the cheque to the Weldmar Team.

But it wasn’t about us. It was about the incredible men and women from Weldmar who work so hard so that we, and our loved ones, are looked after – no matter what our physical or emotional journey.

With the incredible support at this year’s Buckham Fair from all of our sponsors, traders, visitors and volunteers – we were able to raise £90,000. That’s a huge figure. But how does this translate into action for the Weldmar team, and those who benefit from their efforts?

This is what £90,000 provides:

  • 15 patients receiving in-patient care for 10 nights at Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester, plus
  • 25 patients cared for by Weldmar Community Nurses in the comfort of their own homes or community hospitals (based on the average length of care), plus
  • 6 weeks of Wellbeing Services delivered across the county at our centres based in Dorchester, Weymouth, Blandford, Shaftesbury and Sherborne, plus
  • 20 hours of Creative Therapy helping patients and their loved ones complete activities such as writing a book, creating a film and leaving memories, plus
  • 60 hours of Bereavement counselling supporting adults through the bereavement stage, plus
  • Supporting 15 children via our Children’s Support Worker throughout their bereavement process helping them understand loss and dying, plus
  • 40 hours of Physiotherapy to patients ensuring they can stay mobile for as long as possible during their illness plus
  • 6 hours of support for 10 carers helping them to deal with daily routines and coping with pre and post bereavement process

And when you look beyond the camera flashes, and the excitement about this achievement – when you look at the impact that this money truly has for those who need it most – that’s when perspective becomes crystal clear.

That’s when you know that what you’ve done, truly makes a difference.

And that’s why we are so proud to be able to play a small role in helping a charity like the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust carry on serving the community as they have done so tirelessly, for so long.

For more about what the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust do – watch this video. 

Press Release: Buckham Fair raises record-breaking £90,000 in 2016 for charity.

Beaminster, Dorset: Today, Buckham Fair, an annual vintage Fair comprising of Horse and Dog Shows as well as Food, Craft and Artisan exhibitors, held in Beaminster, Dorset, announced that the results of 2016’s fundraising efforts has been the highest ever since the event began in 2008, totalling £90,000.

Of 2016’s success, Martin Clunes said, “We started Buckham Fair soon after moving to Dorset out of a desire to support local charities. The fair, which has been running for 8 years now, has grown stronger each and every year and is well-supported by people all over the world. For us to break our own record in 2016 is a huge achievement and we feel proud to have so much support from sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers, volunteers and visitors from all around the globe. We could not have done this on our own and I’m incredibly proud to be part of it all. We are also especially thankful to the Barclays volunteer team that contributed to this day being such a success.”

Buckham Fair 2016 was held on Sunday 21 August and with superb weather, the day proved to be a huge success, once again. The event welcomed visitors who had travelled from as far as the US and Australia, just to be part of this occasion, and watch some of the many popular spectacles in the Display ring which included the Gatwick Border Force Search Team as well as the Caspian Horse Society display.

This year’s nominated charity to benefit from Buckham Fair’s fundraising effort is the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust based in Dorchester, Dorset. Matt Smith, the Charity’s Community & Events Fundraising Manager said, “On behalf of all of the staff, volunteers and patients at Weldmar Hospicecare I would like to thank Martin, Philippa and their dedicated committee for supporting our services for another year. We are delighted to be involved with this much loved event and even more so when we know that every penny that has been raised will make such a difference to people right here in Dorset. This extremely generous donation will mean that we can continue providing our high quality care, love and support to patients and their loved ones all across the county. We are extremely grateful.”

Next year’s event will be held on 20 August 2017 where all proceeds from the event, surrounding activities and merchandising efforts will be going to The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

About Buckham Fair: Buckham Fair is held in August every year and offers a fun day out for the entire family. With a wide variety of display acts, horse shows, dog shows, funfair activities, exhibition stands and a large food court with some of the best local food producers in the area, Buckham Fair invites visitors to become actively involved by offering something for everyone. For more information about Buckham Fair please visit or contact Event Secretary, Katy Roberts on or 07732 697075.