When: 5th October 2016
Where: Callington, Cornwall
What is it?
The 38th annual Callington Honey Fair will take place on Wednesday 5th October in Cornwall. The fair is organised by the Lions Club of Callington, and has become one of the largest fairs in Cornwall.
Around 100 stalls will line the streets, and the town hall will be filled with honey and honey products, as various competitions take place. The town hall will also be serving cream teas (with honey of course).
Bee-sides, the ever popular Cornwall bee keepers, will be displaying their live bees and honey products. There will be live music, street entertainment, a fun fair, an owl display, charity stalls, ‘Teas with the Bees’, and a Children’s Art Competition. Visitors can also follow the trail of the Honey Fair shop window displays, where the theme this year is ‘A Decade in our Queen’s Reign’.
This year, the fair will be hosting a Town Crier Competition, and visitors are encouraged to head along to cheer on the criers.
The fair has been taking place since 1978 when local businessman John Trewithick decided to resurrect the event which originally began back in the 13th century. In 1267 Henry III granted a number of market charters to help fund the re-building of Westminster Abbey, permitting Callington to hold weekly markets and an annual fair. The Honey Fair itself became properly established in the 19th century when fairs of this kind were common in towns across the South East of Cornwall. The Callington Honey Fair is now the last remaining fair of this type.
More info: callingtonlions.org.uk/honeyfair