Sheep show lined-up for this year’s Fair in the Square in Highgate

Preparations for Highgate’s annual Fair in the Square are well underway with organisers promising a bigger and better event than ever.

More than 100 charities, societies and high street businesses have already signed up to run stalls at the event in Pond Square, while the central stage will be hosting music, theatre and ballet performances from children and amateur groups.

One highlight of this year’s event on Saturday, June 15 will be a sheep show. A New Zealand farmer will be showcasing some of his flock on stage and performing a live shearing demonstration.

Traditional activities, including Punch and Judy shows and Morris dancers, have also been lined up while applications are now open for the popular Country Fair arranged in conjunction with Highgate Horticultural Society.

This year there are 20 categories for adults and children including the best Victoria sponge, vegetable or fruit monster, flower arrangements, six French beans, and handicrafts.

Fair in the Square spokeswoman Jacquie Richardson said: “The fair is the highlight of the summer. It’s a community event and brilliant for local societies and charities to raise funds and talk about their work.

“A lot of stalls have been taken by high street shops which is terrific, they are so supportive.”

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Onstage performances will be given by a steel band from Hornsey School for Girls and Highgate Choral Society.

The cast of hit West End musical Avenue Q will also be making an appearance at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre and visitors will have the chance to try their hand at circus performing at workshops.

Handmade jewellery, clothes and crafts will also be on sale while food from around the world will be available.

The Fair in the Square, which is more than 300 years old, is organised by 10 volunteers and supported by the Highgate Society.

“There will be lots of familiar and lots of new events this year,” said Ms Richardson.

“There are about 80 volunteers on the day to help set up and welcome people, but we still need more.

“We are also delighted to welcome Highgate Hospital as a first-time sponsor of the fair and grateful for the generous and consistent support given by regular sponsors, without which there would be no fair.”

* To volunteer at the fair, email Full programme details can be found at