What to expect from Fair In The Square 2013 in Highgate this weekend

Morris dancing, school choirs and circus skills workshops are among a wealth of attractions at this weekend’s Fair In The Square in Highgate, as Veronia Day, chairman of the organisers explains.

Welcome to 2013’s Fair in the Square, a red letter day in the Highgate summer calendar.

The fair gives people of all ages the chance to support local societies and charitable causes, be entertained by amateur and professional performers, buy an enticing selection of goods, and meet friends and neighbours in Pond Square, the heart of our lovely village.

New for this year is a mini-train, offering free rides from the high street to St Michael’s Church forecourt where we have the unmissable Sheep Show.

We have been overwhelmed with entries for The Country Fair, with people hoping that their French beans, edible necklaces, jars of pickles, Victoria sponges and handicrafts will win best in show.

To complement the traditional fair theme, we are delighted to welcome two groups of Morris Dancers – the Leominster Morris Men and the Whitethorn Morris ladies – as well as Professor Theo C. Cupier with his Punch & Judy shows and the Pearly King and Queen of Highgate and fellow Pearlies.

John Plews, from Upstairs at the Gatehouse, has devised an exciting programme of non-stop entertainment on the stage in Pond Square.

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We are especially delighted that two choirs from Highgate Primary School are performing for the first time.

We have more than 100 stalls, including shops, societies, charities and small traders, selling jewellery, gifts, crafts, plants, alternative therapies, clothes, skincare products, furniture and books.

This will be an action packed fair for children, who can have their faces painted, be creative in the children’s art tent, learn juggling and balancing skills with the So & So Circus, experience London’s highest bungee fly and take rides with Carter’s Steam Fair.

And if you are feeling hungry after all this activity, there’s a delicious selection of food including rotisserie chicken, Southern Street food and traditional afternoon teas and crepes.

The fair is only once a year and we hope visitors will keep supporting our local high street shops which provide such a good service throughout the year.

We welcome our involvement with the newly formed Highgate Village Business Association.

This event could not take place without a dedicated organising group and the 90-strong army of volunteers who help out on the day. If you would like to become one of the team arranging next year’s fair on Saturday, June 14, 2014, please email: thefairinthesquare@gmail.com.

Have a wonderful day!

* For more information about Fair in the Square, taking place from noon to 5.30pm tomorrow, see the eight-page supplement in this week’s edition of the Ham&High.