about the country fayre
We look forward to welcoming you to the fayre on Saturday 24th September 2022! Pitches are being booked up quickly plus we have a brand new feature this year with "Is there cash in your attic?" With Antiques valuer Karen Dalmeny from TVs Secret Dealers and Dickinson's Real Deal! Look out for more details soon...
St Peter's Country Fayre has been a popular annual event in Bishop's Waltham since 2015 (with the exception of 2020 due to lockdown of course!). Every year the fayre has grown, and in 2021 we saw over 2000 people visiting throughout the day, raising a record £8500 for the church.
St Peter's church stands proudly in the heart of Bishop's Waltham and the churchyard is a popular thoroughfare for the whole community. Funds raised by the fayre contribute to the maintenance of the church grounds and buildings, ensuring it remains a beautiful, tranquil place for people to visit.
The fayre is organised by a small team of people from the community who work tirelessly in the months leading up to the fayre to organise stalls, entertainment, health and safety checks, event promotion, liaison with sponsors, and much more. The day itself starts around 7am when the church grounds are prepared for the stallholders' arrival, making sure everything is set out ready for the event to open at 11am.
The time-lapse video below was recorded from the church tower during the 2021 fayre and shows just a small section of the event and the people who came to browse the stalls. Around to the left of the church was the food and drinks area with live music, a real ale bar, BBQ and Prosecco & Pimm's. Through the trees were the Dog Show and Live Ferrets and Kids' Crafts Corner. Inside the church was a busy team providing fresh sandwiches and cakes, with the church choir singing beautifully throughout the afternoon....it was a brilliant day with lots going on for everyone!