Events and Attractions
All your old favourites, plus some new ones for 2017. 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 ‘til whenever it finishes!
This year the Dartmoor Hill Pony Display Team will be back and better than ever, heading the lineup in the Main Ring, but it's not just spectator events; for those of an athletic disposition, the Uncle Tom Cobley race (3.45pm) heads up this year's list of ‘be seen’ events, and for those into extreme sports, there's the Bale Tossing at 5pm, compered by the incomparable Geoffrey Partridge.
If you keep your eyes peeled throughout the day you might spot Uncle Tom Cobley, complete with grey mare (if we can catch her), and merry (very) entourage, lending a hand about the field.
NEW THIS YEAR! Village bobby in the Stocks (if we can catch him!).
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 flower 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 schedule, see the Timetable of Events.
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 midnight—really worth a look-in.
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 stuff going on on the Fair Field and down at the Ruggle, this September there will be music on the Green too! During the day you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic music from our new Acoustic Stage (under the chestnut tree). Watch this space for a full line-up.
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 2017-some firm favourites: 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, Hornbrook Kitchen and more. There’ll be something for everyone here.
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.
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 we’ll have the Devon Guild of Craftsmen 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!