Country fair returns

The popular annual Thame Country Fair is back again on its new date of Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 May.

There will be the usual blend of family and countryside entertainment; displays in the two busy arenas, or one of the many smaller rings; ‘have a go’ activities for children and plenty to buy, see and do. 

The event at Thame Showground is billed as a family day out, with something to captivate the youngest to the oldest.  There is a lively programme of arena entertainment, with newcomers Tom Henfrey Shires – a shire horse logging display (see picture above) and Steel City Security Protection Dog displays, all mixing with the old favourites.

Another display for 2020 is the new Medieval to Modern Falconry Display with Ben Long and his team.  This takes the audience on a falconry journey from the side-saddle lure training of Tudor times, right up to date with the technological wizardry of ‘RoboCrow’ who will demonstrate an aerial battle with one of the falcons, showing exactly how a raptor hunts its prey – with ongoing speeds and heights all included in the commentary. 

People can meet the stars of the show afterwards in the designated Falconry Marquee, and may even take the opportunity to fly one.

There are the usual craft marquees and demonstrations; ‘Food Glorious Food’ area with delicious food halls, cookery demonstrations in the Country Kitchen and the Piazza area where visitors can sit and relax listening to live jazz and blues.

Thame Showground OX9 3JL on Sunday and Monday 2 and 3 May.

For more information and to save money with advance tickets, visit Tickets will also be available on the gate.

Living Heritage run a series of events across the UK, with a number of game & country fairs, craft shows and two food festivals.