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Blandford's May Day Georgian Fayre

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by Cressida Ryan (subscribe)
Classicist and traveller
Rediscovering the eighteenth century
Blandford Forum is one of the UK's finest Goergian towns, and in the past few years it has started to revel in this with a Georgian Fayre to mark the first May bank holiday. As Britain moves towards its next King George (VII), and commemorates that OTHER centenary of 300 years since the accession of King George I, it seems only fitting for Georgian themes to pervade celebrations. In its 21st year, this will be a glorious event, with as many as 20,000 people expected to descend on Blandford.

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Blandford of old

There will be re-enactments and recreated scenes, market stalls, food, rides, and everything else you need. Do you know your brunswick from your caraco or your bonnet from your cap, and why was a Georgian birthday suit not as rude as a modern one?

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Blandford today

The beautiful Georgian town hall will provide a focus for the events, with an exhibition on local railways. In addition, the Model Railway Exhibition in the Corn Exchange will be open for visitors to quiz local enthusiasts who have built up the exhibits.

This year the event takes place on Monday 5th May, sponsored by Hall and Woodhouse, the owners of the Badger Brewery. Badger is a good eighteenth-century beer in its own right, and the brewery is an attraction in itself, as well as producing a fine range of bitters and ciders.

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Fun on a merry-go-round

The idea is for there to be something Georgian themed for all the family. For 2 you get a programme (and a chance to win 500), with music, events and stalls running all day.

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Music in Blandford

Come and indulge in our fondness for re-enactment and historical revelry, for a good fun family day out. Sadly Blandford is not easy to reach by public transport, but situated between Poole and Salisbury, it is at the junction of a number of main roads, making it simple to get to by car.

All images taken from the official website.
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Why? Fun for the bank holiday
Where: Blandford Forum
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