Saturday 17th May, 1pm
A typical village fair in the heart of London. The Notting Hill May Fair, which has been running for more than 25 years, is known and loved for its traditional village games and stalls, music, Maypole dancing, Fancy Dress competition and Dog Show.
It’s a real family event with a vintage coconut shy, face painting, and a bouncy castle.
Regulars queue outside to be first to browse the fantastic bric-a-brac, second hand books and vintage jewellery stalls – while others make a bee-line for the home-made cakes, jams and marmalade. There’s also a wonderful plant stall selling flowers bought direct from Covent Garden and a children’s area selling toys, books and good as new clothes.
Bring your poodle or pug along to the Dog Show, impress the judges and win a rosette and some treats. If you don’t have a dog it’s always worth a watch so grab some food from the barbecue or a drink from the Pimms stall and enjoy the show.
Another extremely popular event is the Fancy Dress parade now in its 6th year and the crowning of the May King and Queen. There are prizes for every one, but judges will be looking out for the most creative home made costume, as well as other impressive or quirky outfits in both the under fives and five years and above categories. (Everyone is welcome and there’s no upper age limit!)
After so much excitement you may want to relax with a cream tea or home-made cakes and sandwiches downstairs in the crypt. There you’ll also find charity craft stalls selling handmade goods, made by people in some of the poorest parts of the world.
If you are feeling lucky, the odds are always good on the tombola and the raffle – with fantastic prizes from local businesses including meals at some of Notting Hill’s top restaurants. If you can’t be there on the day, raffle tickets will be on sale beforehand at St John’s church office or at Strutt and Parker on Westbourne Grove.