I’ve been away this week so didn’t get to write my usual Saturday post. However I did manage to pop along to Didcot Summer Fayre yesterday.
This was Didcot’s second summer fayre. Organised jointly by Play2Give and Sustainable Didcot it ran from noon until 11 pm.
I visited twice. Firstly in the afternoon when it was very much a family event and again later in the evening.
The daytime event comprised of stalls from many of Didcot’s organisations and charities along with several local businesses.
There were lots of stalls aimed at families, from face painting, to henna and tombola stands. There were craft stands too; children could paint a pebble or take part in a colouring competition.
There was plenty of opportunity for kids to get active. The Scouts had their climbing wall plus there were go karts and a large inflatable darts board.
It was a warm day so great to see this water refill station – for humans and dogs!
There were a few food stalls, a busy ice cream van and a tent for afternoon tea. If I’m being picky it would have been good to have a takeaway place to buy sandwiches; I’m not one for eating large meals at lunchtime.
As well as the stands there was entertainment on the main stage. This included dance, song and martial arts from local groups. There was a small silent disco area next to the stage for brave dancers!
I enjoyed watching the Dog Show. There were 12 classes, including waggiest tail, golden oldies and dog the judge would like to take home.
The local donkey sanctuary brought along a couple of residents and there was also a tent with reptile handling.
Later in the evening I popped back to listen to a couple of bands. The stalls had shut down but the bar and main stage remained.
There weren’t as many people, which was a shame, but the band we listened to, Who Stoned Who? was great. The lead singer, emulating Mick Jagger, probably needed a larger stage though!
The funfair was also in town, lighting up the opposite side of the park. It was a good idea to combine the funfair and fayre, a win win for both events.
My overall thoughts? An excellent event for Didcot, well supported by local organisations and residents. Well done Sustainable Didcot and Play2Give!
Did you visit? If so, what did you think?