Gold Hill Fair

Gold Hill Fair 2017


Another great success. We were very lucky with the weather which was warm but not so warm as to tempt people to go to the beach! We had a full music programme in the idyllic surroundings of the Abbey grounds and country dance as usual in front of the Town Hall. The Celtic knot performed in front of the Rotary tea-tent, which did heavy business and the Community choir sang close to the War Memorial.
A record number of visitors climbed the Trinity church tower for the best view in town. The Stalbridge Linen van pull again proved a great success with the fire brigade proving worthy winners. The Rotary bottle stall proved, as always, a very popular hit. Face painting and the children’s fairground rides did good business and the Climbing wall and Mad Science attracted both the young and the young at heart.
As usual the parade was led by the town band and large crowds – probably swelled by visitors to the Fringe – enjoyed the wide range of stalls and crafts. The Hog roast and ice-cream van did a roaring trade.
Many thanks to all who made this not just a very successful fundraiser but also a wonderful community day.
Gold Hill Fair 2018 will take place on Sunday 1st July – Booking forms will be available from early March.
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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