Chardstock gears up for its big day

Thousands expected to roll up for village street fayre with a circus theme

RESIDENTS at Chardtsock are busy preparing for their big day on Saturday (September 3).

Since it was launched 13 years ago the village’s street fayre has regularly attracted more than 2,000 visitors and raised some �34,000 for local charities and good causes.

This time the main beneficiaries are the Chardstock Park Trust, Chardstock Community Hall Trust, and national charity Shelterbox.

Organisers have put together a fantastic programme which this year with a chance to learn about the thrills and spills of the Bog Top.

The Circus Whiz skills workshop gives people the chance to try their hand at juggling, magic and general slapstick mayhem.

The circus theme continues in the evening when Merlin Cadogan, three times Guinness world record holder, will be performing his underwater escapology act as seen on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

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The street fayre will involve more live music than ever before on two stages. Local acts Out for the Count, Seatrees, Arthur Shaw, Cryostorm, Elliot E Bastin, The Lost and Found, Mick Whitworth, Kelly Osborne

and Transition will be performing throughout the day and into the evening.

The ‘Great Panto Horse Derby’, introduced last year will return by popular demand, hosted by Chardstock Amateur Dramatic Society, and will include show jumping, flat racing, dressage and groomed events,

This is an open competition with free entry - all that is needed is a fellow horsemate. Download an entry form from, email CADS at or call 01460 261141.

Other attractions include classic and competition cars, vintage tractors and stationary engines, birds of prey displays from Mere Down Falconry, Karizma Majorettes, Uncle Ray’s magic show, street entertainment, tug-of-war, alpacas, crafts and exhibitors, the tractor trundle and the infamous

Chardstock Morris Chancers and Prancers .

The Street Fayre opens at 11am and goes on late into the evening. Admission is �2 for adults with under 16s free. Entertainment continues at the George Inn from 6pm, with live music and the Merlin Cadogan show at 8pm.