Hadstock Fete looks set to attract the crowds

Hadstock Village Fair ANL-140506-163040001
Hadstock Village Fair ANL-140506-163040001

A tiny village with just 300 residents is putting on its popular summer fete which attracts more than 1,000 visitors.

There will be so much to do at this year’s Hadstock Fête with traditional fairground attractions, games and sideshows.

The fête takes on the Village Green, where the Hadstock Silver Band will entertain during the afternoon, the churchyard and neighbouring gardens.

The annual festivities will include colourful stalls, swingboats, bouncy castle, face painting, tombolas, games and a car show.

You can try your hand at metal detecting, golf or egg throwing.

Teas and cakes will be sold in the Village Hall and the ever popular auction will take place on the green at 3.30pm with lots which include, a case of wine, festival tickets, prints by local artists, a day at the races and much more. This year you will also be able to sample the exclusive Hadstock Fete Ale from the Mighty Oak Brewing Company.

The fête regularly attracts over 1000 visitors and raises much needed funds to support the maintenance of the Church of St Botolph and the Village Hall.

The fete has its origins in the horse fair which was established by Royal Charter in the time of Henry II.

This was held annually at Fair Hill on St Botolph’s Day until the 19th century when it was banned by the rector!. In the 1960’s the church was in desperate need of funds for repairs and the idea of reviving the fair in the form of a church fete was born.

It has been held most years since and has now grown to be an event organised and supported by the whole village.

The fete regularly raises over £6,000. Distribution of the proceeds is administered by Trustees with the bulk split between the church of St Botolph’s building fund and the Village Hall. Other village organisations can also apply.