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Homepage  |  Fun, Food and Family Entertainment at The Gooseberry Pie Fair
31/05/2016

Fun, Food and Family Entertainment at The Gooseberry Pie Fair

18313-Galmpton-Gooseberry-Pie-Fair“In eighteen hundred and seventy three, the people of Galmpton did agree, to hold a Gooseberry Pie Fair.”

And so according to the tales that have been told, in 1873, the tradition of Galmpton’s Gooseberry Pie Fair began – although records show it may well have been even earlier than this! The Fair hasn’t run consistently each year, it was revived in 1923, and then again in 1951 for the Festival of Britain celebrations. It was then held every year from 1968 to 1985 on the Memorial Recreation Field opposite Churston Grammar School, before another break in the proceedings which led to it’s re-launch as a Street Fair in 1995. Now in its 21st year as such, it returns once more for 2016.

Traditionally held on the first Sunday of July each year, The Gooseberry Pie Fair is a great, family-friendly fun day out, with Live Music, stalls selling all sorts of crafts, old Victorian rides and load more to see and do besides. This year’s event takes place less than half a mile away from Galmpton Touring Park, at The Manor Inn on Sunday 3rd July and looks set to be one of the busiest and best yet.

Each year, a HUGE Gooseberry Pie travels by steam train into Churston Station, where it is met by the villagers (and visitors) of Galmpton, and carried via procession into the heart of the village where it is blessed and the fair set in motion.

Why gooseberries? No one knows, but the tradition is so instilled into the heart of Galmpton that the reason behind the fruit is no longer important. The network of roads is closed off for the day and it really is a wonderful way to bring everyone together for an afternoon of fun. Stalls, activities and events that run on the day raise money for local charities with any surpluses from the fair itself being put back into local good causes for the community.

Access to the Village is restricted after 11.30am on the day of the Fair, and if you’re staying at Galmpton Touring Park, The Manor Inn is just a short walk away. Those travelling for the event have access to car parking on the outskirts of the village.

Staying at Galmpton in June? Why not check out some of the fantastic events going on while you’re here…

1st June

ROCK ON THE BEACH
The Ferry Boat Inn, Dittisham

1st, 8th, 15th
and 29th June

BMAD BIKE NIGHT
Paignton Sea Front

2nd June

PIRATE DAY
Brixham Quay

3rd – 4th June

THE OCCOMBE BEER FESTIVAL
Occombe Farm

3rd – 5th June

KINGSBRIDGE FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Kingsbridge Town Centre

4th June

CLASSIC CAR MOTOR SHOW
Newton Abbot

4th June

LEMONFEST
Newton Abbot Racecourse

4th June

WRITER IN RESIDENCE
Greenway House

4th June

UKULELE FESTIVAL
Babbacombe Cliff Railway

10th – 12th June

THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FESTIVAL
Mill Marsh Park

10th – 12th June

TORBAY AIR SHOW
(Including the Red Arrows on 12th June)
Paignton Green

11th June

ARMED FORCES DAY
Paignton Sea Front

12th  – 24th June

ROYAL TORBAY YACHT CLUB TRIANGLE RACE
Beacon Quay, Torquay

15th June

BABBACOMBE ROTARY FAYRE
Babbacombe Downs

17th – 19th June

TEIGNMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL
Various Locations – Teignmouth

18th June

BRIXHAM TRAWLER RACE
Brixham Harbour

19th June

UDO SOUTH WEST STREET DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Riviera Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay

19th June

CLASSIC MOTORCYCLES
Cockington Court

26th June

FOOD & CRAFT MARKET
Cockington Court

26th June

TORBAY HALF MARATHON
Paignton Green

26th June

DARTMOOR CLASSIC SPORTIVE
(Departing from) Newton Abbot Racecourse

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