Events and Attractions 2018
All our old favourites, plus some new ones for 2018! A full day of ring events goes from 9.30 am, beginning with horse judging in the Main Ring and finishing up in Ring 5 with the Tug-o’-War at 7pm.
Our main attraction this year will be a Farming Through the Ages display- a look at how agriculture has evolved from times ancient to the present day. This year the Dartmoor Hill Pony Display Team, Dartmoor Hawking and the ever-popular Terrier Racing will be back and better than ever, but it's not just spectator events; for those of an athletic disposition, the Uncle Tom Cobley Downhill Race heads up this year's list of ‘be seen’ events, and for those into extreme sports, there's the Bale Tossing at 5pm, followed by the Tug O' War, all to the soundtrack of some great musicians, both on the Fair Field, down on the Green and in the Garden at the Rugglestone (click here for a full line-up).
If you keep your eyes peeled you might spot Uncle Tom Cobley (hopefully) on his grey mare, and merry (very) entourage, lending a hand about the field.
Going on throughout the day you’ll be able to go and watch the sheep shearing competition, visit the sheep and cattle pens, as well as the vintage machinery, or take a look around the Local Handicraft and Produce tent at the best of what the residents of Widecombe (and beyond) have come up with as part of their yearly attempts to out-bake (or grow) each other! For a full list and timetable, click the link below.
The ever-popular ‘Folk at the Fair’ returns to the beer tent ‘main stage’ this year with great local artists of a folk-y persuasion playing from 10am through to nearly midnight—a great soundtrack to the day.
Also, during the day, there’ll be music in the garden at the Ruggle to entertain those who get down that way.
New this year! In addition to the great lineup on the Fair Field, down at the Ruggle, and on the Green, some of our musicians will be providing a soundtrack for those moving from one part of the fair to another. During the day you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic music from our new Acoustic Stage (under the chestnut tree). Click the link below for the lineup.
Food and drink
There’s always plenty to eat (and plenty of variety) at the fair. In the village there’s The Rugglestone, The Old Inn, and The Cafe on the Green serving up delicious fare, and in the field there’ll be a great range of local food producers from all over Devon, offering everything from hog roast to Thai cuisine.
Back for 2018: Kenniford Farm, Thai Style, Big Pot Kitchen, Dartmoor Farmers with Chunk of Devon, and some newcomers: Marion’s Deli, Two Coast County, J&L Donuts and more. There’ll be something for everyone here.
If its a pint you're after, the beer tent will be in the normal place serving a range of good local ales and ciders, as well as wine, spirits and soft drinks.
rural pursuits & AGRICULTURE
With its roots set firmly in the agricultural traditions of Dartmoor, Widecombe Fair remains to this day true to its origins.
From its beginnings as a popular Fair, dealing mainly in local breeds of cattle, sheep, ponies and the odd intransigent spouse, it’s become over the years a showcase for the cream of locally-bred Dartmoor stock, as well as being the premier event of the moorland social calendar.
During the day you'll be able to witness and take part in a range of interesting and amusing rural pass-times, such as Ferret Racing, Hawking, Hay-Making and Bale-Tossing, as well as the famous Uncle Tom Cobley Downhill Race (not for the faint-hearted!).
ARTS & CRAFTS
We’ve always been keen to promote local craftsmen and women at the Fair, both those pursuing a more traditional line, as well as those more contemporary, from photographers, jewellers and potters, those working with leather, wool, wood, slate and so on, through to thatchers, bakers and wheelwrights, also, this year the Devon Guild of Craftsmen will be back on the Green exhibiting, demonstrating and providing perhaps the odd early Christmas present! There will be an amazing range of different people displaying such a variety of skills-not to be missed, both on the Green and in the Craft Field. With more local artists and makers than ever this year, there's sure to be something that catches your eye.