Yarm Fair

Where: Yarm, North Yorkshire - town centre
When: Mid October (Tuesday to Saturday night)
Time: 6pm weekday evenings, 11 am Saturday

 

A century ago the fair at Yarm was particularly famous for cheese trading and livestock sales, but nowadays it’s largely a funfair. Up to 500 tons of cheese was sold each year and it was the highlight of the third day of trading, after horses and sheep had their turn. It’s still a focus in the calendar of travellers, though most livestock sales ceased in the 1970s. The travellers begin to arrive on the Tuesday to set up with the official opening on Thursday and the main fair day being the Saturday. The Blessing of the Fair takes place on Saturday morning at 10.45 am next to the Dodgems, with the Riding of the Fair at 11 am when a large eighteenth century horn is blown and horses are still paraded up and down the High Street.

Helpful Hints

Be careful of the horses racing up the High Street as they move at speed!

In 2013 it ran from Thursday 17th October with the Riding of the Fair on Saturday 19th – 2014 date is yet to be confirmed.

There are town centre road closures during fair week and a free park and ride service is operated for visitors.

Click here for the website link : http://www.yarmtowncouncil.org.uk/pages/fair.html


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