It’s Fair Time! Barnes Fair Sat 11th July 9.30 – 5.30

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It’s Fair Time

Do any of you live near or in London?  Or perhaps you are wondering this Saturday what you and or the children might do?

If you have answered yes to any of these then I have the answer for you.

Come to the Fair!

Barnes Fair is on tomorrow, Saturday 11th July 2015,  9.30 – 5.30.

It is a fabulous event, not only hosting over 300 stalls, attracts around 25,000 visitors each year but has events for children, entertainment and much, much more.

Barnes Fair 2015

The stalls have absolutely everything you could think of, lots of arts and crafts, accessories, food, homeware, jewellery, the list is endless.

I have been going every year as a customer and it is one of my highlights of the diary, but this year I am exhibiting, woohoo I am so excited.

I will be in the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, 49 Station Rd, London SW13 0LF

OSO Arts Centre Barnes

OSO Arts Centre Barnes

 

If you do pop by, please make sure to come in the Old Sorting Office and say hello to me.  There is a cafe inside, so you can take some respite, have a cuppa and peruse the many artisan stalls away from the blazing sunshine as it is proposed to be a sunny, sunny day.

On a side note the Eclectic Odds n Sods shop will be closed for the day, as I will be taking a lot of my stock down to sell.

I invite you to take another peek at the shop just incase you want that essential item, many items being one off that I won’t be able to get again:

Eclectic Odds n Sods

If any of you have had your eye on something and cannot get down there, waste no time and drop me a comment or email at eclecticoddsnsods@gmail.com before tomorrow (Sat), if you want me to set it aside, because it might have gone by Sunday!

If you want to read up on 2014 Barnes Fair to see what it was like, please click here:  Barnes Fair 2014

If you wish to see a full post of what I sell (though I will do one on here later), please click here:

Eclectic Odds n Sods shop post

Eclectic Summer Fresh Blog post

Click this badge to go directly to Eclectic Odds n Sods Shop

I really, really hope I might get to see some of you down there, Happy Days!  Justine xx

 

 

 

Local Summer Fairs & Fetes 2015 ~ dates for diaries!

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Local Summer Fairs & Fetes 2015

Local Fairs & Fetes in SW13, SW14, & SW15

Local Fairs & Fetes in SW13, SW14, & SW15

There is a plethora of activities in and around East Sheen that local residents can make good use of.  There are plenty of calenders regularly updated on various websites & if you take a look at my Contributors Page you will see links to various magazine and online contributors to information in and around this area, plus a couple of calender links.  The list grows each day and is constantly being upated.

Here is a list of the most common local Fairs and Fetes but there are plenty more if you scout around.

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Richmond May Fair ~ Saturday 9th May 2015 ~

all day

You can read up on the 2014 Richmond May Fair here:  Richmond May Fair 2014

Where – Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene and The Green, Richmond, Surrey,

What

  • Over 100 charity stalls. Quality Craft Marquee.
  • Vintage carousel & helter-skelter.
  • All day free entertainment.
  • Crowning of Richmond May Queen.
  • Maypole dancing.
  • Food!

How much – appears to be free!

Event contact details:

No commercial stall applicants, please

 Chairman Liz Carran 02089484464

Craft Marquee bookings to:

Angela@Johnpickles.co.uk.

For further more detailed information click here

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Hands Charity Fair ~ Bank Holiday Monday May 25th 2015 ~

10am – 3pm

You can read up on last years Hand’s Charity Fair here:  Hand’s Charity Fair 2014

Where – Twickenham Green

What – There will be plants, crafts, gifts, things for children, home-made items, BBQ and the  Mayor of Richmond is invited to begin a tour of the stalls at 11am.

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

For further details see handscaregroup@btconnect.com

For further more detailed information click here

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Kew Midsummer Fete ~ Sat 20th June 2015 ~

11am – 6pm

Where – Kew Green

What

  • Traditional Victorian Fairground – Reuben Bond will be bringing his traditional fairground to the Kew Midsummer Fete.
  • The Stage – a great line-up of local based entertainment.
  • Stalls – Over 100 stalls, with approximately 80 outside and 25 in our Craft Marquee.
  • Food Court – Over 12 stalls selling a variety of tasty meals and drinks.
  • Dog Show – the ever popular Kew Fete Friendly Dog Show.
  • Tug of War – enter your team, for our relaxed Tug of War competition.
  • Charity Raffle – over 20 great prizes.

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

If you would like to contact the organisers of Kew Fete, please e-mail admin@kewfete.org.

Thank you.

For further more detailed information click here

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Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~

12 – 4pm

You can read up on the 2014 Mortlake Summer Fair here:  Mortlake Summer Fair 2014

Where – Stag Brewery Playing Fields, Lower Richmond Road, SW14 7TH

What

How much – £2 for adults, £1 OAPs and U16s free.

Event contact details:

Owen Hughes
Email: mortlakesummerfair@gmail.com
Phone: 07768 880 478

For further more detailed information click here

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Barnes Village Fair ~ Saturday 11th July 2015

This year the Barnes Fair will be being held on Saturday 11th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary.

Though it is a little time away it’s good to get ones diary organised as July tends to be a busy month leading up to the end of the Summer Term sometimes dates like these amongst the many other things going on get missed.   You can also see my write-up fro the 2014 Barnes Fair here:  Barnes Fair 2014

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That’s all for now, thank you for reading, all comments and feedback appreciated!

© Justine Nagaur @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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Barnes Fair wow what an affair, come take a look at what you missed if you weren’t there!

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Barnes Fair, wow what an affair!

This year the Barnes Fair was held on the 12th July, 2014 and I have been lucky enough to attend the last 3 years.

The first year was a wash out as in the heavens opened and literally tried to wash the stalls away however it didn’t dampen my spirits, excuse the pun!

The second year was blisteringly hot, to the point of wishing to pass out or nearly doing so and this year though not blisteringly it was blazingly hot, though it did not deter my presence.  However I was chasing shadows rather a lot for some brief respite.

Barnes Fair is organized by Barnes Community Association and it did not disappoint this year at all.

It’s a relatively small space of land for how overwhelmingly large it feels at fair time, the sheer amount of stall holders they pack in to the space and the maze of weaving around makes it feel immense, giving one that lost feel that one often gets in Ikea, however unlike Ikea I didn’t have the “HELP GET ME OUT OF HERE” thoughts.

I was on a mission this year to get some good photos and to find local craftsmen, in the heat and trying to be prudent with my voice I would generally jump in immediately asking “are you a local?”  Some unsurprisingly thought it was a trick question and furrowed their brows in thought before answering.

There didn’t seem to me to be as many local craftsmen as I would have liked however, before there are protests though I was there for hours I didn’t get alllll the way around nor question every single stall holder.  However it was fairly irrelevant to me as a shopper in the end as every single person held the same passion for what they were selling whether it be handmade or sourced from somewhere else.

I would advise all local boutiques who like to stock something individual to scour the Fairs and Fetes because in the crafts area you would be surprised what gems you can find in the form of jewellers, textile designers and so forth.

As well as a wealth of things to buy and lighten ones pockets, there were also lots of childrens activities.

There was the merry go round which my 8yr old went on.  As he spun around I saw a great big beam of a smile on his face having thought that perhaps he might be a bit too old for it.  When he got off I asked him if he enjoyed it and he said in almost teenager fashion “NO” just as a matter of course.  I asked why and was answered with a “It was boring” number.  This is the same answer I now get for most things, including dinner, is this the same for you?

There were also a number of food providers, there was the Samosa man who I was tempted by.  Upon asking if his samosas were hot he hesitated and said “not really” that was enough for me and I ended up having a burger.  Though I am sure the samosas were lovely I was not sure if my poor heat riddled sun baked body could cope with an internal bake too!

We popped over to The Sun Inn for our burgers having tasted their delicious meaty surprises when The Boat Race was on.  Not really being a burger girl myself I am now converted, but only to the tune of if it is is cooked in The Sun which causes a few problems if in Devon for Easter.

I will say that I met someone in the Ladies loo queue, I am not quite sure why I said Ladies because it is not as if I queue outside the mens.  However I digress, I met a woman in the long queue.  Why is it that there is never a queue at the mens loos?

However, she had a paper bag in her hand, I had asked her if she bought anything.  She answered that she had bought some samosas for her family, suffice to say the fact she was carrying them in to the loo might predetermine that I was right in thinking they were in fact rather hot!

As I arrived I found my feet thumping a tune to the sound of a very good band playing, though I didn’t get their name they were awfully good, isn’t that quite frustrating.  However they said they were playing somewhere later on, though I didn’t quite catch that either, probably due to the fact I was desperate to get some good photos of them before they finished, of which I did catch!

I accosted the young chap who was selling pimms on his rather home made pimms carriage attached to a bike.  Unfortunately the lemonade had run out so I had not only a discount but an extra shot to take up the lemonade free space.

This was even after my youngest had decided it would be rather fun to push said carriage that was on wheels in the direction of the pond!  What a charming chap, the seller that is, not my son.

I also sent my son in the the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ having been enticed by the rather brightly attired man who had been selling his wares with booming voice for quite some time.  After my son had disappeared in to the depths of this mystical place I asked the seller if he didn’t get a sore voice.  He assured me that after 40 yrs of attending the best Fairs there was no way he was going to be getting a sore anything.

I took his word for it as my son appeared,  I asked him if he enjoyed it and guess what he said?

Suffice to say after the helter skelter I did not bother to ask him anything at all.

So i finish off with a little viewing pleasure as always.

A few lovely sellers I found of whom I can remember their details:

Beyond Biasa – click name for website

Beautiful colours, slight ethnic yet not obvious feel to them, simply stunning!

Ruby Rock Jewellery

Ruby Rock Jewellery

cgMACARON – local seller – click  name for website

We had a lemon macaron mmmm it was delish!

Ruby Rock Jewellery – click name for website

I found some absolutely stunning pieces here.  I make a point of not buying when I first arrive somewhere and her stall was right where I walked in.  Had she been later on when I was waning I would have bought something off her.  The pieces had a very different look to them, very unusual, slightly rocky and wow the Deer Head Necklace was amazing!

Chris Bell Photo Gallery – A local photographer – click his name for the website

I have nothing to show you apart from the man himself because of copyright issues, however I got one of his photographs that blew me away.  It is of a boat, I don’t even really like boats, but it was one of those photos that you just want to stand and watch, yes watch, because it really took you there.  He is in Mortlake, has a studio, go and check him out a lovely chap!

Chris Bell Photography

Chris Bell Photography

Coral & Bone – a local mummy – click business name to get to the website

Now I know the Owner of Coral and Bone,  a lovely mummy who shares the same schools as both my sons.  Her passion for finding unusual items is great to see and feel.  You will see that she has an eye for putting things together in just the right way, the pink glass candlesticks curtaining beautiful flute edged almost joss stick grey pottery was divine.

I am half hoping the candlesticks didn’t sell so I can have them.

Nearly last but not least a boar, yes a boar, I saw him at Mortlake Fair and he gave me quite a fright when I turned the corner and there he was again.  Does not anyone want to buy him?

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Finishing off because I am from East Sheen, London, near Richmond Park I must have a deer.  I’ve  no eye deer (sorry had to do it), who was selling him, a large metal deer nonetheless he was rather stunning in the sunlight don’t you think?

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As always thank you for reading/viewing, Justine xx

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

 

 

Barnes Fair Saturday 12th July 2014 9.30am – 5.30pm no entry fees

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Barnes Fair Saturday 12th July 2014   9.30am – 5.30pm no entry fees

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Barnes Fair

This year the Barnes Fair at Barnes Green will be being held on Saturday 12th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary.

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Fun at Barnes Fair

I have been a few times now, it is good for all ages including children.

My children have a great time, always by chance meeting up with other friends from school, saving up their pocket money and bartering with the stall holders.  I taught them unfortunately at quite a young age to haggle and now they do it everywhere, sometimes much to my embarrassment.

This is their 40th year for this event & they are taking on the Olympic theme, please come and take a peek at their official website ~ Barnes Fair

Barnes Fair starts off with a fabulous parade, decorated floats to give Nottinghill Carnival a run for their money and are flanked by vintages vehicles.

Following on from this is of course entertainment, fairground rides, quiz’s, live music, food, drink, shopping, did I say shopping?

The eclectic variety of stalls is wonderful ranging from crafts giving opportunity to meet local craftsmen and women, see how things are made, vintage stalls, antiques, modern and so forth.  There is something for everyone and always a bargain to be had.

Monies raised go to the Barnes Common Association as well as local schools, community groups and schools.

Make a date you really won’t be disappointed!

Barnes Fair Fairground Map

Barnes Fair Fairground Map

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Summer Fairs & Fetes ~ dates for diaries!

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Local Fairs & Fetes in SW13, SW14, & SW15

Local Fairs & Fetes in SW13, SW14, & SW15

Upon researching information on local Fairs and Fetes it became apparent to me that there is a plethora of activities in and around East Sheen that local residents can make good use of.  There are plenty of calenders regularly updated on various websites & if you take a look at my Contributors Page you will see links to various magazine and online contributors to information in and around this area, plus a couple of calender links.  The list grows each day and is constantly being upated.

But for now lets concentrate on Fairs and Fetes

There will be I imagine various Church Fetes & other types cropping up but please see detailed below some major ones that will be being held over this next Summer Term.

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Barnes Fair ~ Saturday 12th July 2014

This year the Barnes Fair will be being held on Saturday 12th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary.

Though it is a little time away it’s good to get ones diary organised as July tends to be a busy month leading up to the end of the Summer Term sometimes dates like these amongst the many other things going on get missed.  Please click this link to preview my prior post on this event.

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Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 28th June 2014 ~

12 – 4pm

Where – Stag Brewery Playing Fields, Lower Richmond Road, SW14 7TH

What – The fair apparently will have the band, the Carnabys playing along with gladiator jousting.  Along with this will be a yummy BBQ, bar, tea tent, raffle, wheel of fortune & various other activities.  An ideal opportunity also to mix and mingle with other local residents.

How much – £2 for adults, £1 OAPs and U16s free.

Event contact details:

Owen Hughes
Email: mortlakesummerfair@gmail.com
Phone: 07768 880 478

For further more detailed information click here

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Richmond May Fair ~ Saturday 10th May 2014 ~ all day

Where – Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene and The Green, Richmond, Surrey,

What – Lots of charity stalls and quality crafts, vintage carousel & helter skelter for the children, crowning of Richmond May Queen, food & Maypole dancing, now I have not seen that in years, is a must!

How much – appears to be free!

Event contact details:

No commercial stall applicants, please

 Chairman Liz Carran 02089484464

Craft Marquee bookings to:

Angela@Johnpickles.co.uk.

For further more detailed information click here

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Hands Charity Fair ~ Bank Holiday Monday May 26th 2014 ~ 10am – 3pm

Where – Twickenham Green

What – The Fair will be visited by the Major of Richmond who will peruse the 75 charity stalls at 11am.  As well as there will be home-made cakes, refreshments, another yummy BBQ a Summer must and amusements for children.

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

For further details see handscaregroup@btconnect.com

For further more detailed information click here

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Kew Midsummer Fete ~ Sat 21 Jun 2014 ~ 10am – 6pm

Where – Kew Green

What – A dog show! Over 100 stalls, Victorian Funfair, craft arquee, beer tent, food, live music and much much more, sounds like the place to be!

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

If you would like to contact the organisers of Kew Fete, please e-mail admin@kewfete.org.

Please note that general stall applications for Kew Fete 2014 will be available from this website February 2014.

Thank you.

For further more detailed information click here

That’s all for now, thank you for reading, all comments and feedback appreciated!

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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Barnes Fair Saturday 12th July 2014 – a must for your diary!

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Barnes Fair

A date for your diary!

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Barnes Fair

This year the Barnes Fair will be being held on Saturday 12th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary.

Though it is a little time away it’s good to get ones diary organised as July tends to be a busy month leading up to the end of the Summer Term sometimes dates like these amongst the many other things going on get missed.

Image

Fun at Barnes Fair

I have been a few times now, it is good for all ages including children.  My children have a great time, always by chance meeting up with other friends from school, saving up their pocket money and bartering with the stall holders.  I taught them unfortunately at quite a young age to barter and now they do it everywhere, sometimes much to my embarrassment.

This is their 40th year for this event & they are taking on the Olympic theme, please come and take a peek at their official website ~ click here.

Barnes Fair starts off with a fabulous parade, decorated floats to give Nottinghill Carnival a run for their money and are flanked by vintages vehicles.

Following on from this is of course entertainment, fairground rides, quiz’s, live music, food, drink, shopping, did I say shopping?

The eclectic variety of stalls is wonderful ranging from crafts giving opportunity to meet local craftsmen and women, see how things are made, vintage stalls, antiques, modern and so forth.  There is something for everyone and always a bargain to be had.

Monies raised go to the Barnes Common Association as well as local schools, community groups and schools.

Make a date you really won’t be disappointed!

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk