Blackberry Fair, the largest event in Whitchurch's calendar, will be in its 11th year this year and is already eagerly anticipated by the local community. The date to remember this year is 6th October 2018!! It has become increasingly popular year on year, as shown in a survey following the 2017 event.
Blackberry Fair is a non-profit CiC and the event cost £17,000 in 2017. We rely on grants and local support to raise this. This year we are fund-raising to bring Mr Wilson's Second Liners, a New Orlean's style band with a modern twist to town! They are guaranteed to bring the Fair alive. We also want to bring Festive Road's recycled, mechanical, pedal powered elephant. Both acts will be very exciting to see in Whitchurch both on the streets and as part of the Carnival of Plenty parade.
Blackberry Fair has kept its roots in the heart of the community and is still run by a small team of volunteers, who have dedicated their time to raise the profile of Whitchurch and improve inter-community relationships. Blackberry Fair's main ethos is one of promoting positive action, as we believe that this helps communities to grow. Blackberry Fair prides itself on promoting local solutions for sustainability and educating on waste reduction, while also bringing internationally recognised artists to a small town, and intermingling them with local musicians, artists and dancers.
Blackberry Fair runs workshops prior to the event at the local secondary school, Sir John Talbot's where students play a creative role and learn new skills. . We believe that involving young people is vital and we designate an area to them through our youth stage, Blackberry Jam, where they play an integral part both on stage and behind the scenes.
Everyone is welcome to become part of the fun at Blackberry Fair, whether on stage, in the audience or behind the scenes. It's You, it's Me and it's Us that make this lively event happen in the small town of Whitchurch, together.