Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre set to have Victorian flavour

POPULAR: Sutton Poyntz Street Fair

POPULAR: Sutton Poyntz Street Fair

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Trainee Reporter

THOUSANDS of visitors are expected to flock to Sutton Poyntz for a taste of Victorian life.

The biennial Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre has been running since 1994 and in that time it has raised a staggering £75,000 for local and national charities.

The popular event, based throughout the village of Sutton Poyntz, has attracted more than 6,000 visitors to events in previous years.

The 11th fayre takes place this year on June 29 and organisers hope it will be bigger and better than ever.

David Langridge, media and communications manager for the event, said: “It is a day of family fun with craft stalls, live music, lots of children’s entertainment, cream teas, Pimms and strawberries, a barbeque and a farmers market.

“A grand charity auction will also take place and proves to be popular during every street fayre.

“As well as this, villagers and stallholders will be dressed in period costume to keep the Victorian tradition alive.”

Two entertainment stages will be running throughout the day, hosting a variety of acts including drumming band Taiko Evolution, male voice choir the Mill Singers, the Andy Grant Trio, Preston Pantomime and The Weymouth Ukuleleans.

There will also be craft stalls showcasing quilters, a stained glass artist and potters alongside a farmers market, gardening stall and furniture stall.

The event is free for children to attend and on offer is a play area, bouncy castles, special activities and a storyteller.

Mr Langridge said: “The street fayre is always a fantastic day and proves very popular – the villagers love it.

“The whole village was delighted that the 2012 event was able to raise about £15,000, despite all the problems caused by the weather.

“This year, we would encourage everyone who is interested to pop down on the day and have some fun.”

Entry for adults is £3.00 and parking is free.

Proceeds will go to charity. For information about what’s happening visit the fayre’s Facebook page victorianstreetfayre

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