Wellington Midsummer Fayre 2022

The next Fayre will take place on Saturday 4th June 2022 to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – a historic event that we’re determined to mark in style. This year we’ve got a packed programme – singers, bands, choirs, folk dancers, skateboarders, and a costumed procession led by the Shropshire Bagpiper! Click here for the 2022 Programme

About the Midsummer Fayre

The Midsummer Fayre is a fire-eating, foot-tapping, feel-good spectacular that usually takes place annually on the second Saturday in June, 10am – 3pm around Wellington’s Market Square, All Saints Church and Market Hall. Organised by Wellington H2A and All Saints Church, it is funded with support from Wellington Town Council and local businesses, and sees thousands of people coming out to enjoy the town. With around 40 stalls set up outside the parish church, music and dancing throughout the day and a costumed procession first recorded in 1773, its a day no Wellingtonian should miss.

Becoming a business sponsor

We’re very grateful to Anthony’s of Wellington Butchery and Farm Shop, who have signed-up to be this year’s main sponsor (£500) for the Fayre and Sounds in The Square. We’re also grateful to our supporting sponsors DB Roberts Estate Agents and ChadStone Accountants. If your business would like to be one of our four supporting sponsors in future, £250 will get you the following:

  • a third of a page advert in our event programme (c.3000 hard copies printed plus online PDF shared widely)
  • article and photo of you on the H2A website
  • mentions in our press releases before and after the event
  • mentions via our Facebook and Twitter accounts (combined followership of 1,500)
  • a 3m x 3m stall space at the event where you can display banners, hand out literature etc.

Photo gallery: scenes from the Fayre since 2008

These photos from past events will give you an idea of what the whole thing is about…

Origins

June fayres were taking place in Wellington at least as far back as the 13th century, when the town’s Market Charter of 1244 sanctioned a fayre to take place on the Vigil, Feast and Morrow of St Barnabas (10th-12th June). An important commercial event in Wellington’s calendar, it is likely that street entertainers would have been there to make the most of the large crowds and long hours of daylight – just as they are today.

Five hundred years later in the 1770s, the June fayres were still taking place, but the town’s most colourful annual celebration seems to have been the Wellington Jubilee. This was staged slightly earlier in the year at Whitsun, and was advertised in the newly established Shrewsbury Chronicle newspaper from 1773 – 78. Described then as an ‘ancient festival’, it perhaps dated back much further. It comprised ‘a breakfast of tea, coffee and chocolate’ on The Green (the area just north of the parish church), followed by a costumed procession through town and, at night, a ‘Ball and Assembly’.

It is from these past fayres and Jubilees that today’s re-vived Midsummer Fayre takes its inspiration, stirring together six centuries of festivities and folk culture from the 13th to the 19th centuries, when Wellington’s June fayres disappeared.