Gold Hill Fair

Gold Hill Fair 2019

This will be on Sunday July 7th. As usual we will have free music in the Abbey, and dance, stalls, children’s entertainment and much more.

If you like to have a stall or supply catering, our forms will be out shortly. If you were expecting to hear from us about this and have not heard by the end of March please email us at


Would you like to join our Parade – “CELEBRATING SHAFTESBURY area volunteers at Gold Hill Fair”               

Are you a member of the Shaftesbury Area Community, perhaps involved with a Charity, Sports or Social Club, School or Community Group? If so we would like you to join us at Gold Hill Fair 2019, by taking part in our Parade on the morning of Sunday 7th July.

You will have the opportunity to promote your organisation and have the chance of winning one of three £100 awards sponsored by Shaftesbury Rotary for your group.

Gold Hill Fair will attract approx. 5000 visitors and you will have a great opportunity to grandstand your group.

If you would like your organisation to join in the parade, please ring Trish Lever on 07970  011580.                



Gold Hill Fair 2018

Gold Hill Fair has once again come and gone adding to the successes of Shaftesbury Rotary Club.

We were very lucky with the weather with only a slight shower to cool everybody off in the middle of the day.  Many stalls attended and the High Street and Park Walk was a bustling place with crafts, music games and of course Donkey Rides.  The Van Pull was held in the High Street but unfortunately only three teams took part this year.  We hope to publicise this better next year and get a good turnout.

The Fair again brought in a good profit, this year in the region of £4500, this will be donated to many good causes within the local community and some going further afield. Some of the recipients are listed below.

Record crowds enjoyed a full music programme in the idyllic surroundings of the Abbey grounds and country dance as usual took place in front of the Town Hall along with The Tibetan Monks who joined us again this year. The Celtic Knot this year performed in the Rose Garden and proved a great success with more people sitting and listening for longer periods and also buying refreshment from the Rotary tea-tent.  Also joining in the fun of the fair were the Community Choir and the Arts Centre who were publicising their forth-coming show.Trinity church tower was once again open for visitors prepared to climb the many steps to get one of the best views of the town and surrounding countryside.

The many attractions made the Fair well worth a visit. It was a great day for bringing together the community spirit of Shaftesbury and for the many visitors who attended.

We were very happy to work together with the “Fringe”. We believe the two events complement each other well. Between them they made Shaftesbury a great place to come to for the weekend.

Many thanks go to all who made this a very successful fundraiser.

A note for your diary, Gold Hill Fair 2019 will take place on Sunday 7th July – Booking forms will be available from early March or contact us via our Website for information.

Main Charity (Pending)Jazzercise
Abbey MuseumLouise Plumridge
BrowniesPolice Benevolent
Carnival CommitteeRotary Club of Sturminster Newton
Dorset MarshallsShaftesbury School
Electricity SupplierShaftesbury Silver Band
Fireman’s’ CharityTrekkers Disabled Camp
Gillingham and Shaftesbury LionsTrinity Trust
Girl Guides 



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