This is the season of the English village fete and there are three to add to your calendar in the next couple of weeks.
Gittisham kicks off the festivities with their annual fete and evening barbecue this Saturday, 1 July (2–5 p.m.) with traditional stalls, prize draw, cream teas (not to be missed!) and even promises of magic and music.
Organisers will be relieved to see the forecast of glorious sunshine and are ready to welcome visitors to what must be one of the most stunning locations for a fete anywhere in the country.
If that weren’t enough excitement for one weekend, Feniton hosts its annual Fun Day on Sunday, 2 July. Visitors to this event throng to the playing fields in the heart of the village to enjoy Morris dancing, music, a myriad of bouncy castles, plant stalls, and much, much more.
For the third year in succession, I will be helping the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group man their stall. This year, the group is proudly showing off the draft Neighbourhood Plan, which will shortly be going out for the 6-week pre-submission consultation.
Feniton Fun Day is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event. While you’re enjoying the usual merriment on the sun-soaked playing fields, come along to the Neighbourhood Plan stand and have a chat.
Last, but by no means least, Buckerell hosts its annual fete on Saturday, 15 July, at Splatthayes. Every conceivable stall will be there … White Elephant, Plants & Produce, Cakes (yum!), and lots and lots of village games. A few years ago, I spent some considerable time trying to balance a 20p piece on a whole lemon floating in a bowl of water. And yes, it’s much trickier than it sounds!
One of the highlights, for me, of this truly special event, is cream tea in Doug’s Shed.
Summer isn’t summer without visiting a village fete on a glorious, sun-drenched afternoon, and enjoying the forbidden delights of a Devon Cream Tea.