The Quality Street Fair is a community event each year held on the first Saturday in July to raise money for the maintenance of the 11th century Parish church of Merstham. It is organised by local residents and is a vintage style fair with lots of traditional stalls and entertainment.
History of the Fair
The Quality Street Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the country with special permission granted in 1339 by King Edward. It was held most years after that with a break during WWII. It is held in the iconic Quality Street which was named after J.M. Barrie's play of the same name, in honour of two of the actors in the play, Ellaline Terris and Seymour Hicks, who for a time lived in the 'Old Forge' at the end of the street. The name of the play inspired Harold Macintosh in 1936 to create the Quality Street sweets.
Stalls and activities
- Stalls: bric-a-brac, plants, jams, vintage clothes, scarves and hats, art and craft stalls
- Food court: traditional BBQ, pancakes, streetfood and a bar with Beer, Pimms and (new this year) Prosecco
- Entertainment throughout the day including a childrens choir, dog show, professional singer and Morris dancing
- NEW: Quality Street bake off competition
- Kids area with many old style activities for all ages including Bouncy castle, bouncy assault course, Wellie Wanging and fun and games and our special Punch and Judy show
Purpose of fundraising
To maximise money going to the local charity we would like to raise funds to offset the rising cost of providing the entertainment for this community event. Traditional entertainment like Morris Dancing and Punch and Judy show are hard to come by and we would like to continue to support them. It would be great if the wider local community in Merstham, Redhill and Reigate area, Surrey, can contribute by buying a pledge from the list.