After three long years, Richmond’s much-loved community fair will return to Richmond Green on Saturday 13th May 2023.
Visitors can look forward to all the things they love about the fair – including children’s rides, the Scouts’ barbecue, the dog show, the craft marquee, local performers and musicians, and a wealth of stalls hosted by Richmond-based charities – which will take over Richmond Green between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 13th May.
The Richmond May Fair has been a firm fixture on the local calendar for 50 years, taking place on the second weekend of May every year since 1980. Three years ago, the town was gearing up to celebrate its golden anniversary – until the Covid-19 pandemic forced the organisers to cancel.
For 2023, a committee of local volunteers has worked hard to reinstate the fair, and will take it back to its roots as a true community event. Pamela Fleming chairs the 2023 May Fair committee and said:
“We are delighted to be bringing back the May Fair. It provides a key opportunity for our local charities to raise vital funds – which are needed more than ever, at the moment – and we know that people have missed coming together to celebrate our community in such a special way.
Borough residents have told us that the May Fair is part of their family history – those that once looked forward to coming with their parents or grandparents are now bringing their own children to ride the helter skelter.
The fair plays such an important role in bringing the people of Richmond together to support good causes and enjoy a great day out. We are also pleased that the glamourous Richmond May Ball will also be returning the previous evening, Friday 12th May.”
Be Richmond, which represents over 300 businesses in the town centre, organised the fair in 2018 and 2019 and will sponsor the 2023 fair. Be Richmond’s manager, Ellen Amorina Storrar, said:
“On behalf of the business community, Be Richmond is thrilled to support the 2023 May Fair. Town centre events such as this often bring new visitors to the area, who we hope will return time and time again to support the local economy and explore all that Richmond has to offer.”
Local charities, organisations and schools are invited to apply for a stall on the Green. To find out more, please visit the Richmond May Fair website.
Craft businesses, designer-makers and those selling food that do not require cooking facilities are invited to apply for a stall inside the marquee. Please apply here.