Wimbledon Village Fair announces exciting line-up

Strawberries anyone? Irene Demadtia and Simon Hibbins at last year's fair

Strawberries anyone? Irene Demadtia and Simon Hibbins at last year's fair

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Horse shows, dog show, two live music venues, the Wimbledon Village Fair is set to engulf The Common in a wave of carnival colour.

Attracting more than 20,000 visitors the fair, organised by charity The Wimbledon Guild, is one of the biggest events on the south Wimbledon calendar.

Visitors can take in sights such as a day full of horse riding challenges, canines competing in the dog show, and live music and performances on the main stage.

Delve deeper and you'll also find almost 200 shops represented over a series of stalls offering everything from clothing and jewellery to art and craft work, gardening equipment and all manner of food stuffs.

Freshly cooked food will also be in abundance with the scents of hog roasts, sausages, sweet donuts and burgers coming from the British Food Village in contrast to the heavily spiced aromas of jerk chicken, Lebanese shawarma and curry, Moroccan tagine and Thai food floating from the International Food Village.

All this will no doubt work up a thirst, ready to be met at the Surrey Craft Beer, Bar and Jazz tent, serving speciality ales, lagers and stouts to the sounds of jazz blues and folk.

Wendy Pridmore, chief executive of the Wimbledon Guild, said: "The fair brings people together from across the community and surrounding areas to enjoy a fun-packed day.

"The fair raises funds and awareness for the Guild and this year is set to be the best yet. By joining in the fun you are also helping us provide support in the local community."

Family activities, brought by Morrison’s Solicitors, include Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Hook-a-Duck and there will be face painting offered by a team from Emmanuel Church.

Wax Hand, a brand new addition to the village, will give a treasured memory of children’s mitts in wax moulds.

For a seaside tradition, see the Punch and Judy show every hour from noon to 3pm with Andrew Scott-Robertson. Or try your luck with the Eddie Catz Lucky Dip.

The Wimbledon Guild will have its own marquee on the day to aware people of some of the services it provides to the community, such as Ageing Well.

The charity reaches out to people in the borough of Merton and offers a diploma course to all ages on its Counselling Training Programme.

Ms Pridmore said: "Our aims are simple: tackling poverty, supporting ageing and encouraging mental well-being."

Wimbledon Village Fair; Wimbledon Common; Saturday June 21, 10:30am - 5pm; free; wimbledonguild.co.uk

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