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 with the uv counterfeit detection 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

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 with the learn more. 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 of the process which are with the trampoline park mesa 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 with the toddler birthday party peoria 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 www.buckhamfair.co.uk or contact Event Secretary, Katy Roberts on info@buckhamfair.co.uk or 07732 697075.


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