Date Set For Wimbledon Village Fair

Organisers promise a bigger and better event for 2016

Wimbledon Guild Village Fair – one of London’s biggest free annual events - will this year take place on Saturday June 18 on Wimbledon Common.

Organisers of the Fair, which last year attracted more than 40,000 people, promise a bigger and better programme and attractions.

Two food villages, offering traditional British and international cuisine, a main live music stage, jazz tent and a farmers' market featuring hand-selected artisan meats and cheeses will tempt visitors to the event.

The Fair, which is run and organised by social welfare charity Wimbledon Guild, will again include attractions for children and families, horse and dog lovers.

Highlights for 2016 include a dog show giving owners and their pets the chance to take part in fun classes throughout the afternoon, while in the children’s zone, a mini-funfair will provide lots of attractions for youngsters and families, including the chance to try zorbing and other exhilarating activities in the Fair's Adventure Village.

More than 200 stalls will offering handcrafted goods, while visitors will also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes in the grand raffle.

Wimbledon Guild was established in 1907 and works throughout the Borough of Merton, providing practical help for people in crisis, hardship grants, talking therapy, befriending and activities for older people. Money raised on the day will go towards helping the charity continue its work supporting the local community.

Chief executive Wendy Pridmore said: “The fair has become a landmark community event in Wimbledon’s summer calendar and one of the biggest free events in London.

“It is a fantastic, fun-filled day out which has something for everyone. We really appreciate how the community rallies round and comes together to support this event which is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

“We are currently providing more services to more people than at any other time in our history and the money raised will help us to continue our work assisting local people lead a better life by tackling poverty, supporting ageing and encouraging mental well-being through our services across Merton and Wimbledon.”

Entry to the Wimbledon Village Fair is free and the event takes place at Wimbledon Common, Southside, from 10.30am to 5pm, on Saturday, June 18. For more information visit or follow #wgvillagefair on Twitter @wguild.

February 19, 2016