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Summer Fair at Forde Abbey

Annual Charity Summer Fair

July 27

The Forde Abbey Summer Fair is an annual event raising money for local charities in the area, and an action-packed fun day out for all the family.

Attractions include: a huge classic car show, live music, farmers market, 60 shopping stalls, ferret racing, dog scurry and dog agility, fly fishing, and a whole area for the children – a mini fun fair, trampolines, hands on activities and the Juggler magician.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Summer Fair in 2016, which proved a great success, raising the grand total of £30,000 for our two local charities.

We hope you will join us this year on Thursday 27th July 2017 (always the last Thursday in July).

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.

To Buy Tickets, Click Here.

Admission Prices 2017:

Family: £14 (2 adults and up to 3 children up to 15)
Adult: £6.50
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 26th 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:

Please send details of your name, address, contact phone number, vehicle make and model number to:

Bev Bailey
Lower Tytherleigh Farm
EX13 7A2
(t) 01460 220240

Please be aware that places are always heavily over-subscribed and application by return is recommended.

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:

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