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Welcome to Cirencester’s Fleece Fayre, celebrating Cirencester and the history of the wool trade in our beautiful town. As part of the legacy of the Abbey 900 celebrations bringing the community together, there will be a traditional fair, dancing and entertainment with a modern twist on all things sheep and wool. The event will take place on bank holiday Monday, 6th May, 10.30am to 6pm in the Market Place.


What’s On

• Cotswold Sheep Society Display
• Cotswold Alpaca Display and weaving demonstration
• Bespoke equine dance piece by Barehoof Performance
• Cirencester Bee Keepers display and Activities
• Sheep Theatre- Roving Sheep Puppets
• Face Painting
• Henna Tattoos
• Town Stocks courtesy of the RAU
• Junk Fish Circus skills, junk ball run and giant games
• Style a sheep competition
• Town Crier Competition at 3.45pm
• Maypole Dancing

Performances

• Sabotage Clogs
• Morris Dancing by Gloucestershire Morris Men, Miserden Morris, Stroud Morris dancers.
• Cirencester Dance
• Masqueing Band
• Hurdy Gurdy
• CCDA

Programme and Times of Performances


Who’s Trading….

O'Donnell Moonshine - Liquors
Uk Fudge - Artisan Cream + Butter Fudge
Desert Gypsy - Fair trade self made jewellery, recycled silk/wool
Poody and Berty - Pretty Gifts, Homewares and Accessories
KikiGoga Imports - Panama Hats, leather bags, children cardigans, bouncing puppets and alpaca blankets.
Goofygoatgifts.com -vintage watch movement cufflinks and jewellery, typewriter key cufflinks and jewellery, coin and bullet cufflinks, upcycled lamps.
Emshira Passion for cakes - Cakes, Tray bakes, scones and prepacked cakes
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust - information and membership
Hailey Farm Lamb and Wool -Fresh Lamb and wool products
MW foods T/as Mei's homemade - Artisan Oriental world sauces
Royal Agricultural University - Locally produced white wine
The Queen Bee Shop - Iron, copper and brass hardware, fittings and fixtures
Ethno Folk World - Sheepskin rugs, slippers, gloves, hats etc.
The Pudding Wagon - Handmade Brownies
Chakrapatch - Fairtrade clothing
A Touch of Peru - Alpaca shawls, pima cotton pashminas and bright table cloths
National Trust - information and membership
Little White Rabbit Publishing - Illustrated Gifts
Silver Jacs - Silver/Hats
Skylos Foods -Dog Food and Treats
Mercury Gifts - Mediterranean Pottery/glassware
Hector and Queen - Award winning baby booties/kids slippers, felted rugs & animal toys, sisal baskets, wool throws, handmade beanbags, pouffes, cotton pjs/tshirts/ponchos
Tallulah Blue Design - Mixed Media Dog Art , hand painted Jewellery and Gifts
Handmade Creations - Flamingo paperie cards, gift wrap and stationary and crochet items.
Charlotte Spencer - Hand poured natural wax candles and essential oils

Caterers

Roll me up/KOH KAAO - Stir fried Ice Cream rolls, Bubble Waffles and Thai Street Food
A&D Munchies - Twisters-layers of chips, chicken and sauces with cheese. Beef burgers, Paydas, wraps
Notorious PIG - Pork Rolls, BBQ Pulled pork nachos, bacon rolls, bratwurst sausage, tea, coffee and cold drinks. Fresh Chicken Salad Wraps, Fresh Grilled Halloumi Salad wraps, pulled pork salad wraps cold drinks
The Cafeteria Vintage Coffee Van - serving hot/cold drinks and food
Damascus Falafel - Authentic Syrian Food Falafel Wraps, sweet and savoury Pastries.
Old stag cider and game - draught cider pheasant kebabs and roast lamb
Anscombe and Hay Bars - mobile bar, local produce
Corinium Ales - Real Ales-on and off sales
British Polo Gin - 100% organic and multi award winning British Polo Gin
Madgetts Game - Raw and cooked free range poultry game


Did you know?

St John Baptist Church, located on the Market Place, often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the Cotswolds’, was largely rebuilt in 1515-1530. This was funded by the wealth attained by the local wool merchants. Sheep, wool sales, weaving and cloth-making were the main strengths of England's trade in the Middle Ages, and many of Cirencester merchants and clothiers gained wealth and prosperity from the national and international trade. 

With the church rebuilt and the Market Place adjacent to it, you can imagine market days as a bustling and thriving place to be. With the new Market Place the Fleece Fayre aims to give a nod to this bygone era and with a focus on the present and future providing a celebration for the town. The event will include an eclectic wool and sheep themed market; local food and drink; morris dancing, community entertainment and lots more. 


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