Well, it's all over for another year - the ducks are resting, the maypole dancers are resting, the organisers are definitely resting !!
It was a great day, with what certainly seemed like a record number of visitors keeping the car park marshals and the refreshment volunteers in the village hall on their toes all day. The weather was kind, and we hope that everyone enjoyed the activities, the music, the games, the shopping opportunities and the great variety of food on offer.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the event - many, many people, helping out in all sorts of ways, before, during and afterwards, we couldn't do it without you.


May Fayre
May 2nd 2022 10am - 4pm


After a Covid-induced break of two years, the Braunston May Fayre is back!   At the last May Fayre in 2019, we had around 1600 people join us in our fun and festivities and we're sure that the 2022 Platinum Jubilee event will repeat that success.

Our peaceful and picturesque village will once again be transformed into a lively whirl of activity with a thriving street market, children's fairground rides, family games, a craft market in the church, Games on the Green outside the Village Hall including a bouncy castle, coconut shy, skittles and the return of the Nerf Gun Range.





Win, win, win

There will be two tombolas, one for adults and one for children, and a grand raffle with some superb and valuable prizes, all of which have kindly been donated by local people or companies.  Top prizes include:

Have a look at the full list of prizes for details of other great things to be won, together with a list of our generous sponsors.  Tickets are already on sale but if somehow you miss out they will also be available on the day, remember, you have to be in it to win it!

Eat and drink

Throughout the day, there will be food and refreshments including burgers, a hog roast, Mexican themed food and ice creams from local food companies.  The Blue Ball will be open for drinks, and will also be offering traditional Dhaba-style Punjabi Street food.  The village hall will serve teas and coffees, sandwiches and, of course, Braunston's delicious home-baked cakes.


Entertainment and events

The Street Stage has various events scheduled throughout the day.  As well as showcasing local bands, the uplifting Cottesmore Military Wives Choir will be performing their repertoire, and Pheobie Key-Warburton, fresh from her success on the TV show 'The Voice Kids', will also be doing a set.

The Rutland Morris Men are going to be dancing, and they will also have a couple of workshops where they will introduce Morris dancing to anyone who would like to learn.  Come and give it a go!

At the other end of the village on the Village Green, there will be a selection of classic cars on display.

The ever-popular Dog Show takes place in the early afternoon in an enclosed area near the village hall, and this year's new event is a scurry competition.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their four-legged friend and participate in what has always been a high point of the day, with tasty prizes for the competitors.


Throughout the day the famous Braunston Duck Racing event will be held at the river, with the Quack National paddling taking place at 2.45pm.  The ducks are already in training !


At 3pm as the day draws to a close, the focus switches to the Village Hall, with the crowning of the May Queen, followed by maypole dancing, and finally the drawing of the Grand Raffle prizes.

Charities

All money raised at the May Fayre goes back into the community, and this year most will go to the church fabric repair fund.  Our external supported charity is the Somerby branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association who provide life-changing experiences for disabled children and adults across the UK.

Parking

As in previous years, the main streets will be coned off and parking will be available at the west end of the village (Knossington Road) for just £2 all day.
(https://what3words.com/driver.tonic.enthused or grid reference 482826,306772).
Free disabled parking is available in the village in Hanbury Gardens, and parking for stallholders will be on the Brooke Road playing field - just follow the signs.

Street and Church Stalls

Booking for Street Stalls and Church Stalls are already being taken.  If you would like a Street Stall, please contact Sue at susan125081@aol.com or for a craft stall in the church, get in touch with Mike at miketamsin@btinternet.com.

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Braunston May Queen 1925
The Braunston May Day tradition dates back many years – this is the May Queen and her attendants back in 1925 . . . .

. . . . and the tradition continues to this dayBraunston May Queen