at St John's Notting Hill
Entrance: Adults £1, children free
A typical village fair in the heart of London.
The Notting Hill May Fair has been running for more than 25 years and is known and loved for its traditional village games and stalls, music, Maypole dancing, Fancy Dress competition and Dog Show.
It’s a real family event with a vintage coconut shy, face painting, and a bouncy castle.
Regulars queue outside to be first to browse the fantastic bric-a-brac, second hand books and vintage jewellery stalls – while others make a bee-line for the home-made cakes, jams and marmalade. There’s also a wonderful plant stall selling flowers bought direct from Covent Garden and a children’s area selling toys, books and good as new kids clothes.
Bring your poodle or pug along to the Dog Show, impress the judges and win a rosette and some treats. Even if you don’t have a dog it’s always worth watching, so grab some food from the barbecue or a drink from the Pimms stall and enjoy the show.
Another extremely popular event is the Fancy Dress parade and the crowning of the May King and Queen. There are prizes for every one, but judges will be looking out for the most creative home made costume, as well as other impressive or quirky outfits in both the under fives and five years and above categories. (Everyone is welcome and there’s no upper age limit!)
After so much excitement you may want to sit and have your likeness drawn by portrait artist Jodie Broaders. Or relax with a cream tea or home-made cakes and sandwiches downstairs in the crypt. There you’ll also find charity craft stalls selling unusual and colourful handmade goods, made by people in some of the poorest parts of the world.
The odds are always good on the tombola and the raffle – with fantastic prizes from local businesses including meals at some of Notting Hill’s top restaurants. If you can’t be there on the day, raffle tickets will be on sale beforehand at St John’s church office or at Strutt and Parker on Westbourne Grove.
Notting Hill May Fair Raffle 2015
1st Prize: Meal for 2 with Wine at Shed Restaurant in Notting Hill
2nd Prize: £100 voucher for lunch at Mazi
3rd Prize: The Paddington Experience with First Great Western Trains
Other Prizes include:
Meal for two at The Walmer Castle
Bottles from Jeroboams
Afternoon Tea at GAIL’s Artisan Bakery - Cath Kidston item
Sailing taster sessions with Welsh Harp Sailing Club
Singing lesson with Laurel Neighbour, St John's Soprano Choral Scholar
To be drawn on Saturday 9th May 2015, 4.45pm at St. John’s Church May Fair
Private Draw/Members Only
• Tickets £1 each •