All the fun of the May Fair
This year's May Fair fell on May Day, the 1st of May, and it felt like we were in a charmed circle of sunshine as stallholders looked at images on their phones of rainclouds surrounding Bristol.
This year's May Fair fell on May Day, the 1st of May, and it felt like we were in a charmed circle of sunshine as stallholders looked at images on their phones of rainclouds surrounding Bristol. The Ambling Band got things started at 1pm as they ambled onto Redland Green (minus pink rain gear this year) and the May Fair was soon busy with fair-goers coming to explore the stalls, meet friends and enjoy everything the May Fair has to offer.
As befits May Day, in the main arena there was Morris dancing from Rag Morris dancers complete with hankies, bells and a hobby horse, and maypole dancing by pupils from the Steiner School. There were fun-fuelled games for kids with the irrepressible team from Sharky & George, and Mr Brown's Pig's puppet show, Fez the Jester and storytelling with Cassandra all attracted happy audiences.
The church halls, bowling club and tennis club were kept busy providing refreshments and a chance for fair-goers to recharge before heading back to the stalls – and shelter when the skies darkened and the rain came around 4 o'clock. Thunder and rain didn't deter Sharky & George who had kids catapulting water bombs in the rain or Bristol Samba who drew an appreciative audience to watch their dancing and drumming – and by the time they had finished their performance the sun was out again.
Overall it was a lovely day (particularly given last year’s drenching) and the bucket collection came to £1,543.27 which plus Gift Aid will be given to this year's nominated charity, Caring in Bristol – a small, local charity which helps homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol.
The Redland May Fair is a free, not-for-profit community event and is organised by the Redland & Cotham Amenities Society for everyone to enjoy. We’re grateful to all the volunteers who make the fair possible and we can never have too many so if you'd like to find out more about getting involved either on the organising committee or on the day itself please email RedlandMayFairVolunteers@gmail.com. Or if you think you might like to have a stall at next year's fair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch nearer the time.
On behalf of May Fair Committee