What's to Enjoy
 
         

We have a wide variety of things to keep the whole family amused - and if you want to see extensive pictures of previous years then you can see these in the Reach Fair Gallery.

THE TRADITIONAL OPENING

Reach Fair used to take place on Rogation Monday up until 1979 when, upon application to the Home Office, it was moved to the first Bank Holiday in May.  It is a Charter Fair, granted by King John on 8th January 1201 to the Burgesses of Cambridge and the Mayor and Councillors attend, wearing their robes/gowns of office to proclaim it at midday

They throw penny coins into the crowd - make sure you get here for this memorable opening and then go and see them on the Top Field where they will be exhibiting historic documents and hardware, including a copy of the charter of 1201

THE MAYOR

Our Mayor this year is Councillor Pippas, who comes from a large family of nine children, six boys and three girls. He was born in a small village called Paleometokho in Cyprus and is married with three children.

Councillor Pippas completed his primary and secondary education in Cyprus.  After finishing school he joined the army where he served three years as an officer at the rank of a lieutenant.

He came to Cambridge in 1977 and studied Engineering.  For the past 40 years, Cambridge has been home.  Wishing to give back to Cambridge, Councillor Pippas became a City Councillor in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015.  During his six years as a Councillor, he has been involved in Housing, As well as this, he has also served five years as a bailiff and one year as Deputy Mayor.

THE FAIRGROUND

The big wheel is always a huge attraction at the Fair but there are many other fairground rides and games, suitable for all ages

Robert and his Fairground have been coming to Reach Fair now for over 30 years and he knows how to keep us entertained

The Devil's Dyke Morris Men always come along and dance throughout the afternoon - and on the Top Field we have a variety of Inflatables to keep the kids - and grownups amused

Not to mention are brand spanking new Playground with Zipwire

CRAFTS and RETAIL

 

 

Anne's Arrangements (see left) will be showing off their floral services, gifts and accessories and Marylin Burgess offers her delightful, handmade greetings cards for birthdays and special occasions

Cloudberry Designs will be exhibiting their range of handcrafted jewellery using silver, gold, gemstones, crystals, leather and enamel plus handcrafted Swedish wood, leather clogs and sandals

The Craftermath Collective is made up of Emma Sadler Photography, Fallen Leaf Makes, Silver Ashes Jewellery and Dizzydollylou Felt Art who will be offering a range of goods including silver jewellery, photographic gifts and free-motion embroidery - and using some of the proceeds to support their favoured charity Orphaid.

Designs by Fi produce crafted glass jewellery and art panels and Di Cope will be exhibiting her superb oil paintings

Elliot Needham Photography will be showing some extraordinary photographs

Emma Craft produce fascinators, hats, hatpins, cufflinks, feather hat decorations, gloves, scarfs and bowties whilst Jan Boardman and Dorothy Kuhn are offering handcrafted fairies and gnomes

Hestia Mosaics will be showing off their vibrant, colourful mosaics, handmade with love and Joie de Vie offer aloe vera products by Forever Living

Kevin Pigney Photography specialises in wildlife prints(see right), greetings cards, coasters and calendars whilst Stacey Smith from Little Tinkers and Oink Design will be offering kids jewellery, painted wooden items and handmade artisan jewellery

Milina London produce handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewellery plus handwoven pure wool scraves whilst Newton and Maggs offer unique and limited edition aprons, bags and cushions using vintage and recycled fabrics

Nonies Garden Plants will be selling a range of perennials, shrubs and containers plus hand-cut flowers

Skillys Books has reading material from Usborne Books for kids and The Speculating Rook offers a collection of contemporary embroidered textiles created by Anna Osborne using ancient wool blankets, vintage French linen, calico, printed cottons and coloured thread

Unique upholstery will be showing us all types of stools and chairs which have had a complete facelift

Waterland Organics, based in Lode, have successfully run a vegetable box scheme in and around Cambridge since 1994

ENTERTAINMENT

Ashly Harris Amusements will be bringing their Bungee Trampoline Jump along and Newmarket Bouncy Castles will have their hugely popular Last Man Standing activity

There will be a Bottles Stall, a Coconut Shy and a Crockery Stall where you can save the item by buying it or just smash it (always a big favourite!)

The Devil's Dyke Morris Men will be dancing for us throughout the afternoon

There will be a variety of Village Games including the famous Football Game

Performance Without Limits from Burwell will be dancing for us

We also have a Gymnastics Display for you.

Wolfdog Rescue will be organising our Dog Show - to download our poster which includes a list of categories, please click here or on the doggy picture on the right

Musically, we have Lost Hobos Blue Grass Band, Differential, a beatboxer singer and songwriter from Norwich and we are delighted to welcome back Numbers

JezO's will be helping organise everything and JezO himself will be provided his world famous Magic Show

If you want your face painted go and see the excellent Funtasy Face Painting

And Swaffham Prior School will again be entertaining us with their Maypole Dancing

 

FOOD AND DRINK

 

Brownbread offer the very best in breads, pastries and patisseries and the best pub in the world, the Dyke's End will be open for drinks and food

Fen Farm Venison will be selling delicious fresh farmed venison and cooking wild boar sausages, venison burgers and venison steak - and we welcome back the Handy Plaice with their excellent fish and chips

The legendary Reach Village BBQ will be cooking burgers and hot dogs whilst Hoggies will be offering their traditional hog roast

Lord Conrad Brewery will be bringing along a selection of their delightful beers

Gentleman Jim's will be offering cold draft ales, ciders and lagers along with seasonal cocktails all served from a beautifully restored horsebox bar and Gourmet Brownie will be offering sumptuous, luxurious, all-butter brownies

Nanna Mexico will be providing delicious Mexican street food and Lazy Lisas offers fresh doughnuts, waffles, candyfloss and sweets, plus hot and cold drinks

The Old Fen Farmhouse Pantry produce delicious handmade spicy chutneys, chilli jams and fruit jams from fresh home grown seasonal produce and The Sinful Bakery will be bring along a wide variety of their wonderful cakes

And we can all enjoy Simon's Cider!

The village will again be offering delightful teas, coffees and cakes from the Tea Tent and freshly prepared salads from Reach For A Salad

And you can get your ice creams from Hill Farm, Kings or Verrechia's or better still,get one from each of them!

LOCAL INTEREST

The Cambridge Beekeepers Association will have a display observation hive of live bees and be selling honey, wax and polish whilst Cambridge Cats Protection will be selling new cat related items and offering advice on pet care

Burwell Museum and Windmill will have displays, showing what the museum does

Heathlands Animal Sanctuary finds good homes for Rescue Dogs

The Inland Waterways will have information about local waterways plus an interactive display showing how lock gates work whilst the National Trust will be telling us all about their activities and how we can enjoy them

The Reach Riders Group will have a fun stall and the Wildlife Trust will be giving examples of how they monitor and defend wildlife

Loki, K9 Tracker will provide information on what to do if you lose your dog plus education on working and scenting dogs

 

If you want to see extensive pictures of previous years then you can see these in the Reach Fair Gallery

 


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