Organisers are praying for sun for the Fair in the Square in Pond Square, Highgate, on Saturday, June 15 from 12.30pm to 5.30pm. For up to the minute details of the event www.fairinthesquare.co.uk
Pond Square is a remnant of the ancient Highgate village green and has been the scene of a Highgate Fair for hundreds of years. John Lloyd’s History of Highgate reprints a notice from July 1744:
“This is to give notice, that Highgate’s Fair will be kept on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next, in a pleasant walk in the middle of the town. On Wednesday a pig will be turned loose, and he who takes it by the tail and throws it over his head shall have it.”
Alas, in June 2013, no pig chasing will take place, although there will be sheep in St Michael’s Church forecourt where the Sheep Show, a humorous educational live stage show about sheep and wool will take place. Also, for the first time this year a land train will give free rides to visitors along South Grove and back.
Many Highgate Village shops are amongst the 100 plus stalls selling plants, books, jewellery, children’s clothes, craft, interiors products, pictures and lots more. There will be a delicious selection of food including Thai, Spanish, Caribbean, cheeses, pates and traditional afternoon teas. Local charities and societies will be well represented promoting their work, raising much needed funds and recruiting new members.
Once again John Plews from Upstairs at the Gatehouse has devised an exciting programme for the main stage with over 100 performers from as young as 3 years old. Choirs from Highgate Primary School are appearing for the first time, as well as members of Theatretrain, the Loop Academy, Highgate Choral Society and Morris Dancers from Leominster and the all lady Whitethorn Morris from Harrow. Sport is also part of the show with Soccer skills expert Ben Carter showing what a whizz he is at ‘keepie uppie’ using his head, knees and shoulders to keep a football in the air.
Children will have a marvellous time with art and model making workshops in the kids tent using materials from Cass Art, there are circus skills workshops organised by the So & So Circus from Jacksons Lane, bungee fly, roundabout rides, Punch & Judy and much more.
Entries have been pouring in for The Country Fair and the Victoria sponges, vegetable monsters, edible necklaces, flower arrangements and handicrafts promise to make an exciting display.
Veronica Day, Chair of the Fair Organisers says, “We welcome The Highgate Hospital as a first-time sponsor of the Fair and are grateful for the generous and consistent support given by regular sponsors – Benham & Reeves, Cass Art, Camden, Day Morris, the Ham & High, Highgate Society and Retail Human Resources. Thanks also to the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, Casablanca Marquees and Gilmartin Ley and for their support. Without these strong partnerships with local businesses, institutions and residents there would be no Fair.”