A look ahead to Buckham Fair 2017

PUBLISHED: 11:38 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 20 June 2017

Martin showing one of his Clysdesdales in the ring at Buckham

Martin showing one of his Clysdesdales in the ring at Buckham


With a novelty dog show judged by Martin Clunes and Clydesdale horses dancing to music Buckham Fair certainly puts the fun into fundraising, which all goes to local charities as Helen Stiles discovers

Hosted by Martin and Philippa Clunes on their gorgeous farm near Beaminster, Buckham Fair is a good old-fashioned vintage fair that raises funds for local charities. This family day out offers a wide variety of things to see and do: from rides on the big wheel, helter-skelter and dodgems at the traditional funfair to browsing local artisan creations and indulging in some delicious local food and drink. The highlight has to be the many dog and pony show activities. It certainly is a fun-filled way to raise money, and since Buckham Fair started in 2009 it has given £413,500 to local charities. Last year it raised £90,000 for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, and this year it is raising money for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Service.

Part of Buckham Fair’s appeal is that you can just pitch up on the day and enter your dog for classes such as Waggiest Tail, Best Trick, Fancy Dress and Dog Most Like Its Owner. All novelty classes are judged by Martin Clunes in person. Buckham also hosts the heart-warming final of Best Recue Dog of the Year.

Alongside the waggy dog tails are the ponies and horses. New for this year is a display by the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre featuring their six Camargue horses. Martin is a Patron of this amazing inner city community riding school for children and young people, many of whom have learning difficulties and physical disabilities. The display has been organised by the founder of the Pony Centre, an inspirational nun called Sister Mary Joy. Other displays include the Clydesdales dancing to music and the popular Heavy Horse Show featuring Martin’s increasingly famous Clydesdales duo - Ronnie & Bruce.

Why not become a Buckham Fair sponsor? Sponsorship starts from £25. You can download a sponsorship from buckhamfair.co.uk where you will also find details of all the dog and pony events. Sunday 20 August, gates open at 9am. Tickets £7, under 16s free.


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