It shor-will be fun at the Shorwell Midsummer 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 Island’s south coast, for the Shorwell Midsummer Fair at Northcourt Manor on Saturday 23rd June.

Now in it’s 58th year the event takes place in the picturesque gardens of Northcourt Manor in Shorwell a 16th century Jacobean manor house and the largest manor on the Island. 

Gates open at 1330 until 1700 and admission is £2 for adults, with children under 16 and parking free.

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.

This is one of my favourite Island events as it’s got such a real feeling of old fashioned community spirit and the setting is just gorgeous.

See you there on the 23rd – I’ll be at the skittles winning the pig!

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