Warlingham Flute Band
Enter a team of eight in the Tug o' War tournament
I predict a riot from Historia Normannis
Warlingham Dance Studio

A family day of excitement at Warlingham Fair

Ridgeside 13

Headlining this year’s Warlingham Fair arena events, on June 15, will be Ridgeside Falconry the largest mobile falconry display team in the country.

The fair, as always, will take place at Blanchman's Farm Local Nature Reserve, Limpsfield Road, Warlingham, opposite Bond Road. The official opening will be at 11am and the fair will close at 4pm.

Opening the Fair this year, together with the Chairman of Tandridge District Council, is Catherine Southon, a regular on Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt and Flog It! They will unfurl the Fair’s four flags, helped by Cllr Charles Lister, Chairman of Warlingham Parish Council and Warlingham May Queen, Lola Milioto.

catherine southonCatherine Southon who regularly holds valuations and auctions at Farleigh Golf Club and will be at the Fair until 1pm to value visitors’ items, so bring them along.

Catherine will also be judging the Fairies Fancy Dress at 11am, after which all fairies can have photos taken at the Blanchman’s Farm Fairy Tree, especially decorated for the day. Everyone entering the Fancy Dress competition will get a gift and the winners a  medal. Fairies can walk with the parade from Redvers Road or come straight to the arena for 11am. Of course, Superheroes can fly, so they can enter the competition as well.

Ridgeside’s birds of prey demonstrations consist of spectacular free flying displays involving the audience and a static chance for an encounter with approximately 15 birds of prey from around the world; including owls, falcons, hawks, eagles and vultures.

Other arena events include mini-ruby and Rugby Fit from Warlingham Rugby Club, dance displays from Warlingham Village Primary School and the wonderful Warlingham Dance Studio, plus the North Down Drummers and the hugely popular Dog Agility and Dog It’s a Knockout from Valgrays Pet Rescue.

In a separate arena, will be the ever popular Valgray’s Fun Dog Show. If you have a pet dog, you stand a real chance of winning one of the categories, such as: Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Best Junior handler, Scruffiest Dog etc.

New this year in Valgrays’ side arena will be your chance to have a go at dog agility with your own dog. There, as everywhere at the Fair, well behaved and controlled dogs are very welcome.

Also, in the main arena will be the annual Tug o’ War tournament; for which we desperately need adult teams of eight. The prize is the equivalent of a firkin of beer (72 pints).

The fun starts with the parade around The Green at 10.45am to lead the crowds to the field for the 11am opening. The parade will include a 52ft long Land Train, which will later give rides around Blanchman’s Farm Nature Reserve.

On the stalls side there is something for all the family, including the traditional children’s rides, reptiles and small animal encounters, craft marquee, beer tent and barbecue, with plenty of places to sit and watch the fun, including straw bales all around the arena.

To encourage people to stay at the fair throughout the day and buy a £2 programme, which helps defray the increasing cost of staging the fair, there will again be an hourly lucky programme draw, with the chance to win £25 in cash – sponsored by CR6 magazine. You have to be on-site to win. In the final draw, you can win £100.

Other support has come from local funeral directors Rowland Brothers, which sponsors the publicity leaflets, CR6 Magazine, which distributes them for free, and estate agents Park & Bailey, which sponsors the banners around The Green and the banner at the main entrance

Says fair chairman Jeremy Pursehouse: “As you can see from the number of Warlingham organisations taking part, this is the village’s main event of the year.

“As always, our aim is to stage an all-day event for all the family. We hope families will spend the whole day at the fair, as there is plenty to see and do and lots to eat and drink. We have planned as much fun into the day as we can.

“The one thing we can never plan for is Tug o’ War teams. To make the tournament a success, we need people to enter. We are looking for teams of eight adults or children that would like to enter.”

To enter call Jeremy Pursehouse on 01883 623025, or check in at the control caravan as early as possible on the day.

As always, the organisers are looking for volunteers to help on the day and before. They are particularly looking for people to join the clean-up crew between 4pm and 7pm. To volunteer, or for further information, send us a message using our contact form, call 01883 623025, Follow us on Twitter or join the Warlingham Fair Facebook group.