Regrettably for the second year running, Horndon-on-the-Hill
Feast and Fayre will not take place this year.
With the Government's earliest
possible date for the removal of Covid restrictions only five
days before the 2021 event, the Feast and Fayre Committee feel
the risk of cancellation is too
great to consider organising an event in 2021. Events proved this decision
to be right as lockdown was extended into July.
The Committee hope to see you for the weekend of 25th/26th June, 2022 for a bumper return of Feast and Fayre with all of the usual festivities and much more!
This traditional event dates back to the 13th Century when the village was granted a Royal Charter to hold a feast and celebration on the last weekend in June.
The Feast and Fayre was revived in 1974 when a descendant of the original squire of the area was asked to preside over a pleasantly warm weekend and about a dozen runners attempted the first ever Horndon 10k. This somewhat gruelling yet very enjoyable challenge has now become a highlight of the weekend's activities and brings hundreds of serious athletes and fun runners back to Horndon for what is a great family day out. See www.horndon10k.co.uk
The entertainment we lay on is designed
to provide fun and interest to all ages and has included:
Street entertainers, Live music, Blacksmith display, Hot and cold food and drinks, Craft displays & sales, Traditional wood turning, Charity displays and sales, Special interest and activity displays, Local history, Astronomy, Falconry, Archery, Bee keeping, Vintage cars, Vintage tractors, Static engine displays, Amateur radio, Climbing wall, etc, etc
The High Road, closed to traffic, is lined with a diverse variety of stalls and entertainment.
Thurrock Art Trail is again coming to this years Feast and Fayre:- St Peter's Way between the Woolmarket and the Church will be transformed into "Art Lane" with a variety of art on show with the opportunity to meet the artists, many of whom will be demonstrating their skills. Other Horndon locations participating in Thurrock Art Trail this weekend include The Well House Gallery and The Ostlers Restaurant. For details click here: Thurrock Art Trail.
The village Feast & Fayre is part of Britain’s heritage and the organisers of this event are committed to keeping that tradition alive and well in Thurrock. The preservation and enhancement of Horndon-on-the-Hill is a high priority. It remains one of the most charming and historically intriguing villages in this area.
Every year the Feast and Fayre has a different “theme”. Stallholders and volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriate to the chosen theme. Some visitors also dress up, but that is optional. The entertainments are chosen to echo the theme where possible. The bringing together of people of all ages, from all backgrounds, to a village steeped in history, to sell traditional wares, raise money for charity, enjoy all types of entertainment and generally make merry is uniquely and quintessentially British.
All the members of the Feast and Fayre Organising Committee are unpaid volunteers and all money raised goes to local "Good Causes", Charities or is used for Village enhancement. All we ask of our visitors, apart from that they enjoy themselves, is that they purchase a Souvenir Programme and perhaps a raffle ticket to provide funds for our causes.
(Last Revised: 15 03 2021)