The eighth annual Alderley Edge May Fair will have a wedding theme to tie in with the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The traditional parade through the village centre will start at 11:00 on Saturday 19th May, with children encouraged to dress up as princes and princesses (or brides and grooms) for the big day.
With a marching band, military vehicles and floats from local businesses, the parade promises to be as colourful as ever, and will be followed by a day of activities on the park and throughout the village. Royal wedding fans won’t miss a thing as the event will be shown live in the park on a giant video screen. The park will also play host to a huge range of activities and entertainment, including the annual dog show, Zorb Balls, hockey and cricket games, inflatable slides and a Ferris wheel. Refreshments will be provided from various food and drink outlets, including a licensed bar.
The afternoon will see the fun fair swing into action, while the National Festival Circus will be putting on three shows during the day (at 1:30, 3:00
and 4:30 p.m.). Visitors can also sample the wares of the many artisan traders who will have stalls at the event. With the FA Cup final kicking off in the evening, various local venues will be hosting events including live screenings. Paul Marshall, Chairman of the Alderley Edge May Fair Committee, said,
“Our main focus this year is to encourage the local and wider community to visit—not just the May Fair on the park but also the traders in the village. Over the course of the day we hope to see more movement of people throughout the village to promote everything we have to offer.”
The build-up to the fair will start on Saturday 5th May with the May Fair Dance, held at the Festival Hall. For the third consecutive year music will be provided by the ever-popular Swing Commanders. Tickets cost £15 each and enquires can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The May Fair weekend will then kick off on Friday 18 th May, with an evening of music and sporting events, including a bowling competition and a 5k fun run (the run starts at 7:00 p.m. with a warm-up at 6:45). Runners are invited to register online at alderleyedgefair.com and all funds raised will go to the East Cheshire Hospice. A five-a- side football tournament will see local companies bid for glory ahead of the following day’s FA Cup final, while live music from local performers will keep the crowds entertained (inquiries are welcome from anyone who would like to perform).
Local traders have plenty of surprises planned for later in the evening as the festivities will continue into the night on Friday.