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It Shorwell be fun at the summer fair…

It Shorwell be fun at the summer fair…

Looking for a summer fair to while away a sunny day in the grounds of a historic and beautiful manor? Then you need to head to Shorwell, nestled on the Islands south coast, as this pretty village seems to be a hotbed of village fair activity this summer.

We’ve found two events that are coming up that are just the ticket and well worth a visit.

Wolverton Folk Fair Saturday 12th May

After a sell-out successful launch in 2011, Wolverton Manor, Shorwell will once again provide the stunning backdrop to this exciting Island event.

Taking place in the grounds of this beautiful Jacobean house located just outside of Shorwell, the fair is a one day festival of folk music merged with a traditional village fair with musicality.

The live music stage will provide a full programme, featuring the best of the Island’s Folk & Blues musicians, from acoustic duos to full electric bands, including Beachcomber, Lucid, The Whiskey River Band, Scarecrow, MoonShiners, Rachel’s Reason, All Washed Up, David Hughes, The Herd and The DollyMopps.

The family friendly event will include tented cafes, serving an interesting variety of freshly cooked local produce.

With an IW real ale beer tent, BBQ, Tea tent serving teas & cakes plus children’s activities, and even Circus Skills and Zumba Workshops, Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair looks set to be a celebration of all that’s good about our Island’s local food & music talent.

In aid of Leukaemia Research and Brighstone School tickets cost £5, £6 on the gate, and children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available from The Village Shop, Brighstone and Briddlesford Farm Shop, Shorwell Shop and Waterstone’s bookshop, Newport.

Shorwell Midsummer Fair Saturday 23rd June

With no commercial stalls in sight, this quintessentially British village fair transports you back to days gone by with luscious homemade cream teas and Pimms alongside country dancing by local school children and games such as old-fashioned wooden skittles to win a live pig!

The skittles stall is run by David Newnham – a tradition following on from when his grandfather gave the vote of thanks at the first Shorwell Midsummer Fair when a pig was given as first prize too.

No village event would be complete without a raffle and the WI in attendance… though look out for the more unusual activities like the plate smashing stall or have a go at pole boxing – knocking an opponent off a pole.

The event takes place at Northcourt Manor in Shorwell a 16th century manor house with one of the most stunning gardens on the Island.