Did everyone have a nice bank holiday weekend? Ours was absolutely perfect. We had ice-creams in the sun and played on the park in Wimborne on Saturday, went to Shapwick Country Fair with our friends on Sunday and it was Verwood Carnival yesterday. I also managed to stick some of my bits on eBay. I’m trying to make a bit of pocket money as I’ve got my eye on a few pretty things from Esprit. I’m loving their ‘boho glam’ collection!
I love this time of year. Driving around the countryside near me there are so many signs popping up for local country fairs and carnivals and festivals and I just want to go to them all! Nothing makes me feel more British than standing in a field, clutching a burger, bobbing to some country music and awaiting the suspense of a raffle draw.
This weekend we went to Shapwick Country Fair over near Wimborne, Dorset. Shapwick is a teeny tiny little village with a pub, a school, a church and that’s about it. (We went on a lovely walk there once many moons ago and we had a meal at the pub once too). To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, maybe a handful of stalls and thirty or so people milling around so you can imagine our surprise when we turned up to find traffic queuing to turn down the road to the village!
We parked in a nearby farm and walked down to the fair which was only £2 to get in and were amazed at how many people were there. The fair itself was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. There was splat-a-rat, a coconut shy, hook-a-duck, old fashioned skittles, a ferret race, a raffle, a live band, a cider tent, a Pimms stand and a burger/hotdog stand. The best thing was that all of these stands were run by local people. There were no corporate looking burger vans or fairground rides for the kids. It could literally have been 1950. Everything was so cheap too! The hotdogs & burgers were £2.50 & the cider was £3 a pint. Bargain!
Huxley absolutely loved it. Although I think he got a bit overwhelmed at one point because he was getting a bit stroppy but I think he just couldn’t decide what to go and look at next. He sat and watched the skittles for ages. My heart melted watching him & Lexi holding hands and dancing to the music.
The whole day was absolutely perfect. The only sad thing is that apparently it’s only on every other year so we’ll have to wait two whole years now before we can go again!