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Annual Charity Summer Fair

July 27

Set in the beautiful grounds of Forde Abbey, the annual charity Summer Fair has something for every member of the family (and your dog too!)

Where else can you find, classic cars, model boats, a dog show, scurry and flyball, falconry display on horseback, fun fair, fly fishing, a food court, lots of fabulous street food and so much more besides!.

The Fair will be open from 11am to 4pm with free parking and allocated parking for registered disabled Blue Badge visitors. Dogs are very welcome on a short lead.

Admission Prices 2017:

In advance (from the Forde Abbey Gift Shop)
Family: £14 (2 adults and up to 3 children up to 15)
Adult: £6
Child: £2 (5 – 15)
Under 5 free.

On the gate
Family: £20
Adult: £8
Child: £2.50
Under 5 free.

Reduced-price advance-purchase tickets will be available to buy in person from our Shop from 1st June until 25th July. Please note that the Fair is held in aid of charity, so no membership cards or other offers may be used for this event.

Dogs at the Fair 2017

We will again be running the popular Dog Show and Scurry classes at the Fair, so please do bring your dogs along and have a go.

Registration will take place on the day itself from 11.30am. There will be 15 assorted classes, for both pedigree and novelty breeds (including best mover, most attractive dog and bitch, best child handler) running throughout the day. There will also be a refreshment stall adjacent to the dog show area thanks to RABI, and some dog-related stalls.

The Chard & District RDA Group, Stella Haywood RDA Group and the Forde Abbey Carriage Driving RDA Group will have a stand at the Fair, where you can meet Forde Abbey’s wonderful Shetland pony, Twiglet – and some lovely old rocking horses too. Carriage driving will take place around the Arboretum between 1pm and 3pm, from their base at the top of the lawn, by the big oak tree.


We are now fully booked.

Entry for the Classic Cars:

We are now fully booked.

There are also some photographs, taken at previous Summer Fairs by our visitors, on our Photo Competition pages, and we hope to see lots more photos this year – so do please send us pictures you take. Details are on our Photography Competition page.

We are very grateful to all our sponsors:

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Mole Valley Farmers

NFU Mutual Insurance (Beaminster)

Beviss &

Read Woodruffe

Creative Solutions



July 27


Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey
Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU United Kingdom
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01460 220231