Owing to the Covid-19 epidemic and the
Government guidelines on mass gatherings, the Feast and Fayre Committee are
sorry to announce that the 2020 event has been cancelled. We appreciate
that many people are looking forward to it and many volunteers have already
put in a lot of work for this event but
this is the only responsible decision that can be made under the circumstances.
STALLHOLDERS:- On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank you for supporting the event and your understanding of this decision. Please be advised that any monies that have been paid can either be retained, along with your booking application, for next years event or refunded at your request. All refunds will be forwarded in the form of cheque or bank transfer"
This traditional event dates back to the 13th Century when the village was granted a Royal Charter to hold a feast and celebration on the last weekend in June.
The Feast and Fayre was revived in 1974 when a descendant of the original squire of the area was asked to preside over a pleasantly warm weekend and about a dozen runners attempted the first ever Horndon 10k. This somewhat gruelling yet very enjoyable challenge has now become a highlight of the weekend's activities and brings hundreds of serious athletes and fun runners back to Horndon for what is a great family day out. See www.horndon10k.co.uk
The entertainment we lay on is designed
to provide fun and interest to all ages and has included:
Street entertainers, Live music, Blacksmith display, Hot and cold food and drinks, Craft displays & sales, Traditional wood turning, Charity displays and sales, Special interest and activity displays, Local history, Astronomy, Falconry, Archery, Bee keeping, Vintage cars, Vintage tractors, Static engine displays, Amateur radio, Climbing wall, etc, etc
The High Road, closed to traffic, is lined with a diverse variety of stalls and entertainment.
Thurrock Art Trail is again coming to this years Feast and Fayre:- St Peter's Way between the Woolmarket and the Church will be transformed into "Art Lane" with a variety of art on show with the opportunity to meet the artists, many of whom will be demonstrating their skills. Other Horndon locations participating in Thurrock Art Trail this weekend include The Well House Gallery and The Ostlers Restaurant. For details click here: Thurrock Art Trail.
The village Feast & Fayre is part of Britain’s heritage and the organisers of this event are committed to keeping that tradition alive and well in Thurrock. The preservation and enhancement of Horndon-on-the-Hill is a high priority. It remains one of the most charming and historically intriguing villages in this area.
Every year the Feast and Fayre has a different “theme”. The theme for 2020 is The Roaring Twenties. Stallholders and volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriate to the chosen theme. Some visitors also dress up, but that is optional. The entertainments are chosen to echo the theme where possible. The bringing together of people of all ages, from all backgrounds, to a village steeped in history, to sell traditional wares, raise money for charity, enjoy all types of entertainment and generally make merry is uniquely and quintessentially British.
All the members of the Feast and Fayre Organising Committee are unpaid volunteers and all money raised goes to local "Good Causes", Charities or is used for Village enhancement. All we ask of our visitors, apart from that they enjoy themselves, is that they purchase a Souvenir Programme and perhaps a raffle ticket to provide funds for our causes.
(Last Revised: 22 03 2020)