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

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. Check out house painters in Dublin.

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

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.


Save the date for 2018

We’re in event closed-season – but it doesn’t mean we sit by, idly, waiting for the start of 2018 to dawn. Oh no… we’re already getting things ready for our 10th anniversary in 2018.

In the meantime though – be sure you save the date. Next year’s event will be held on Sunday 19 August 2018.


More details to follow soon!


If you’re interested in exhibiting – be sure to check back with us in February 2018 when applications for trade stands open

Buckham Fair 2017 breaks another fund-raising record with £99,000 for Charity

PRESS RELEASE: 19 September 2017

Buckham Fair 2017 breaks another fund-raising record with £99,000 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 2017’s fundraising efforts have again broken the record for the highest-ever funds raised since the began in 2008, totalling £99,000.

Of 2017’s success, Martin Clunes said, “Our intention, through Buckham Fair, was to support local charities in our area who are changing lives daily. Following the huge success we saw in 2016, we were hoping to be able to better the funds raised this year, and we did it. Buckham Fair, which has been running for 9 years now, keeps getting bigger and better and sees support from all over the world. We are extremely proud of the continued support we receive from sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers, volunteers and visitors who give up so much of their time, and money, to join our cause. We are also especially thankful to the continued support from the Barclays volunteer team that contributed to this day being such a success.”

Despite challenging weather conditions later in the day, Buckham Fair 2017 provided visitors to the event with an array of wonderful spectacles such as the Quack Pack and the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, including an appearance by Neil Morrissey and the Welsh Corgi League and their 30-strong corgi team.

This year’s nominated charity to benefit from Buckham Fair’s fundraising effort is the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “Once again, as well as giving the dog and horse fans a real treat, Buckham Fair provided something for everyone and we saw nothing but smiling faces throughout the day.  Of course, by the end of the day, they were wet smiling faces but that didn’t seem to matter.   Given that the average cost of a mission is £3,000, we are incredibly grateful, on their behalf, that this amazing donation will help our Critical Care Team to reach 22 patients.  That’s potentially 22 lives saved.  What a gift!”

 Next year’s event will be held on Sunday 19 August 2018 and we look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary with all who attend. 

 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.

This cat, behaving badly, is out of the bag!

If you watched the BBC’s The One Show on Wednesday night, you would have had the pleasure of seeing Martin with the crew in Cornwall. And if you’d had keen ears tuned into the show, you also would have heard a little secret we’ve been keeping for a while – and that is that we have a very special guest attending this year’s event, and featuring in one of our Dog Show contests – it’s the one-and-only, other Man-behaving-badly, Neil Morrissey.

For many who know Neil, you would be familiar with his antics as character Tony, sharing a flat with his best mate Gary  (Martin), both behaving terribly poorly, drinking way too much beer and generally just being a menace. (If you didn’t see the show, you can read more about it here.).

So we are overjoyed that Neil’s schedule has allowed him the opportunity to attend this year’s Buckham Fair and be the special guest featured in the Dog That Looks Most like Neil Morrissey class.

This class will be taking place in Ring 2 just after lunchtime, so make sure you have maid services for cleaning.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Dorset Search Dog: A Hidden gem worth knowing about!

If you’ve been to Buckham, you’ll probably be familiar with the wonderful attraction that the team from Dorset Search Dogs give! Located just on the hill below the Food Court this year, the team (inclusive of their 4-legged support network) will show us what it truly means to search and find!

Dorset Search Dogs is a non-profit voluntary organisation helping the police, Coastguard, Dorset Search and Rescue and other rescue teams to look for missing people every day of the year.

For the team of dogs that have been trained, and take part in this incredible cause, it’s a huge game of Hide and Seek. But in reality, their involvement represents so much more importance. They have been involved in hundreds of search operations and have played a vital role in saving many lives.

The running of Dorset Search Dogs has to be heavily subsidised by the handlers and the organisation is always looking for donations – which is why we’re so thankful that they continue to support Buckham Fair. We couldn’t be prouder to help spread the word about what this incredible team of 2-legged and 4-legged volunteers do!

Don’t miss them!



A new feature for Buckham this year: The Flyball Display

Photo Source:  Bryning Border Collies


Zipping and wooshing, whirring and swishing, we’re so excited to be able to introduce yet another brand new feature to this year’s event in the shape of a Flyball Activity ring, as we give the Shetland Ponies a year off this year.

What is Flyball?

According to the British FLyball Association, “A flyball race sees two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. There are different tournament formats but each format involves racing between two teams at a time. Within a team, each dog must run over the jumps, trigger a Flyball box releasing a ball, retrieve the ball and then return over the jumps. The next dog is released, in relay fashion, to run the course but can’t cross the start line until the previous dog has returned over the finish line. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course without error wins. Each race comprises up to five legs, and the team that wins the most legs wins the race. Each flyball team consists of four dogs, plus up to two reserves that can be interchanged after each leg. An electronic judging system that uses lights and timing sensors is used on the start / finish line to determine accurate times, and the winner when both teams complete the course in quick succession. Tournaments are run in divisions based on the fastest speed of the team in a previous competition or a time declared by the team captain. Arranging divisions based on speed enables the racing to always be competitive.”


Can Any dog play Flyball?

Flyball is suitable for virtually any breed of dog, as long as he or she is fit and healthy. To keep dog health make sure the dogs living area is kept clean by hiring a cleaning service. Different sized breeds can all take part, as all dogs compete over the same course with a concession made for smaller dogs – the jump height is lowered to the appropriate height for the smallest dog in the team. A small, fast dog can therefore be a huge asset to a team as it enables the larger dogs to run over lower jumps.  The most important thing is to have fun with your dog.

So make sure you come along and take part! You’re not going to want to miss out on the action!  For more details on entry, please download our Dog Schedule here.


Horse tack sale in support of Buckham Fair

Buckham Fair is anything but a 1-day event. In fact, it is a year-round reason to raise funds for worthy causes! Whether you’re buying merchandise from our online shop, or attending a qualifier event for the Best Rescue dog championships – we absolutely love how so many people keep the Buckham Flag flying high!

And here’s another event not to be missed – for all our equestrian friends.

If you’re looking to get your hands on some great horse tack, or whether you’re looking to sell some of your own unwanted equine items – then make sure you attend this Indoor Tack Sale being held in Beaminster on Sunday, 4th June.

When: Sunday 4 June 2017
Time: 10:00 – 14:00
Where:  Chantry Hall, Chantry Lane, Fleet St, Beaminster, Dorset

All sellers will have the chance to set up from 9.30am and the cost per table is £5 – make sure you bring your own table.

For those who are looking to visit and grab a bargain – £1 entrance fee will get you in – and all proceeds from the day will be going to Buckham Fair.

Also up for grabs are some great preloved farmhouse items and an array of clothing!

For more information, or to book your space – call 07791 339303.

More details about the event or to register your interest, visit the Facebook event here.

One man and his Gundogs – back for Buckham Fair 2017

Stephen Harrison and his Gundogs is a firm favourite with many people who visit Buckham Fair – and we’re thrilled that they have chosen to return this year to join the spectacles in our main display ring!

From Stephen’s website:

“Stephen’s story is a simple one: ex-Army, now a Magistrate and an intelligence and security consultant who has a passion for training and demonstrating gundogs. Stephen works as Head Trainer at Mullenscote Gundogs at weekends helping his mentor, Howard Kirby, run 6 courses every weekend for all abilities of Gundog and handler, ranging from puppy courses to Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate. He also offers private, home-based training for dog owners living near his home.

His Shows

A typical show lasts 30-40 minutes and has 3 elements: first, a demonstration and explanation of basic reward-based dog training techniques, including how to address common problem areas such as: pulling on the lead; jumping up; running away; barking etc. This is followed by a demonstration of gundog skills, including: retrieving; hunting; steadiness to shot and flush; distance control using whistle & hand signals; and steadiness to distractions – all accompanied by an amusing and informative commentary.

The final part is the real crowd pleaser: a humorous and comprehensive display of tricks, including balancing a sausage on the dog’s nose, reverse parking, walking on toes, jumping through hoops, dancing, meerkat impressions, saluting, playing dead, marching, and many, many more. The highlight and final trick steals the show: Daisy is placed in a suspended collar while Stephen explains something to the audience. Whilst Stephen’s back is turned, Daisy slips out the collar, steals some food and puts her head back in the collar, leaving Stephen perplexed as to what has happened to the missing food!

Stephen involves members of the audience and invites everyone to come and meet the dogs afterwards and ask questions on any aspect of dog training.

Ideally, the demonstrations will take place in an enclosed grassy arena the size of about 4 tennis courts, a cordless PA system will be available and parking will be possible adjacent to the arena. But Stephen is able to adapt to whatever facilities are available.”


We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Stephen and his team back to Buckham Fair this year! Make sure you don’t miss this one.

Back by popular demand: Who doesn’t love a Golden Retriever?

Who doesn’t feel happy when they see a Golden Retriever?  And it’s for that very reason, and due to incredibly popular demand, that we are so excited to have the Southern Golden Retriever Display Team back at Buckham Fair 2017.

And if you haven’t yet been able to see these beauties in action, this is what they did at Crufts 2016.

“The Southern Golden Retriever Society was founded in 1977 and covers the areas of Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and London, south of the River Thames. It is one of 13 breed clubs dedicated to the safeguard and perpetuation of the Breed. The Society strives always to achieve the ideal of a true dual purpose dog.

The Society exists for the benefit of its Members and the Committee provides a full range of regular functions and other activities to promote the training, showing, breeding and other activities pertaining to the Golden Retriever as well as encouraging good health management for the breed.

The natural instinct of our lovely breed is to retrieve game in the shooting field and this instinct is encouraged by participation in the society’s working tests and field trials.

The Society also encourages members to participate in other disciplines by providing ring craft, obedience and agility training, shows and educational events.” – for more information about them, visit their website.


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