Gold Hill Fair

Gold Hill Fair 2017

We will be back again next year for another fantastic day on the 2nd of July. Our lead charity is Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Shaftesbury Gold Hill Fair Fringe will also be taking place all over the weekend so there will be plenty to do in town. We have music – from 12.00 Sunday in The Abbey Grounds with free entry. There is a dance programme from 10.00 in front of the town hall. There will be stalls on Park Walk and in the High Street and also crafts and refreshments. There will also be an opening parade at 11.00 and a Van pull from 11.30 in the High Street. Not forgetting the Rotary Bottle Stall along Park Walk and the Rotary Tea Tent in the Rise Garden. You can also climb the Trinity Tower for £3 and enjoy the highest view in town! We have a wide range of activities for children:

  • Face Painting – Lizzie Miles – Rose Garden
  • Craft Activities (from noon approx.) – Flying Start Nursery – Rose Garden
  • Mad Science – Park Walk
  • Climbing Wall – Adults welcome too! – Park Walk
  • Donkey Rides – Park Walk
  • Fairground Rides – High Street

If you are interested in booking a stall, please feel free to drop us an email!



Gold Hill Fair 2016


Shaftesbury Rotary’s new President Bernard Skam was delighted with the success of Gold Hill Fair on Sunday 3rd July. After cool wet days the sun shone on a glorious summer’s day. The large crowd enjoyed day-long activities, starting with the parade of children and voluntary groups up the High Street, led by the Mayor and Shaftesbury Silver Band.  Five groups each received £100 awards, donated by Rotary and Shaftesbury Task Force.  They were the Silver Band, the Twinning Organisation, Shaftesbury Snowdrops, The Girl Guides, and the Tibetan Monks, whose unusual musical instruments and dancing intrigued onlookers.


A French Market, Camelot Craft Market, and countless stalls on the High Street and Park Walk including Rotary’s Tea Tent, and Bottle Stall, offered a wide variety of goods and foods. Younger children could enjoy the donkeys from Weymouth, face painting and fairground attractions.  Stalbridge Linen organised a Van Pull in the High Street. Morris Dancers and musical performers entertained throughout the afternoon.


President Bernard said ”This is our major fund raising event, and all of the profit is donated to charities, many in and around Shaftesbury. Our lead charity this year is the Dorset Deaf Children’s Society. We encourage local charities to have a stall to promote themselves. This year the Scouts had a novel Golden Cobble event on Gold Hill. The new Shaftesbury Fringe took place the same weekend, and we shared a free joint programme.  As always, Rotary thanks our advertisers, stallholders and all who contributed to a successful event. Please check out our gallery page for more photos!


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History of Gold Hill Fair

Gold Hill Fair has been a prominent part of Shaftesbury’s community life for almost 30 years. Initially started by Rotaract it has been run by Shaftesbury Rotary for over 20 years. It takes place on the first full weekend of July in the town centre over one or two days