Bampton Charter Fair

Bampton Charter Fair

NEXT FAIR: Thursday 27 October 2022

To make up for the disappointment of last year, the Fair Committee is aiming for something special with a nod to Fairs of bygone years and some innovations. It will be bigger and better!

Watch this space which we will update as we receive info for 2022 from the organising committee.



Bampton Charter Fair

Bampton Fair existed even before King Henry III granted it a Royal Charter in 1258 and it is always held on the last Thursday of October. It is one of the oldest surviving Charter Fairs in the country.

For centuries, the fair mainly sold sheep and cattle and was the largest sheep fair in the South West of England. During the 1880's to the 1980's it evolved to become the famous Bampton Pony Fair trading in Exmoor ponies.


Today this traditional Devon fair continues to attract local producers of foods and livestock, crafts and traditional skills from Exmoor and its surrounding villages. The streets, church, pubs and venues of Bampton are filled to over flowing with market stalls, street entertainments and live music including craft workshops, demonstrations, and a funfair.


Podcast of interview about the 2017 Fair - here

Video of the 2012 Fair - available on YouTube (over 3000 views!) - here.
More Fair Entertainments videos - here

One hour long video on History of Bampton Charter Fair made to commemmorate the 750th anniversary - here


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