Cuckoo Fair 2020 – Saturday 2nd May

The Fair is traditionally held on the Saturday of the first May Bank Holiday and for 2020 the Cuckoo Fair will be held on the Saturday 2nd May 2020 so add that date to your diaries.  That’ll leave the 8th May free to commemorate VE Day.

Introduction

The Downton Cuckoo Fair is friendly, fun and free to enjoy – and 2019 was our 40th year as the best family day out in Wiltshire!

With a family-friendly festival atmosphere, the fair is held on the village greens in the picturesque village of Downton, six miles south of Salisbury on the edge of the New Forest on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border.

In 2019 we held our fortieth anniversary with a cavalcade of Downton minis and opening by the mayor of Salisbury.  In 2018 we welcomed an over 20,000 visitors to our fair, with more than 300 craft, gift, homeware and food and drink stalls on the greens and in marquees along The Borough.  The Downton Cuckoo Fair offers fun for all the family including rural craft demonstrations, Punch and Judy, clowns, fairground stall and roundabouts in the Memorial Gardens and a produce market in the car park behind the Co-op.  The perfect day out in Wiltshire!

We have a wide range of entertainment during the fair including Maypole, Morris & traditional dancers, street entertainers, Downton Brass Band, and a host of live music being performed at The Bull Hotel, White Horse Inn and in the Memorial Gardens.  Click for more information

There is also a wide selection of food and refreshments, along with facilities for the disabled – see our On Site Facilities

Downton comes alive for the whole weekend and anyone staying on holiday in the area will be interested to know that there are a number of excellent associated events leading up to the Cuckoo Fair, and over the rest of the ‘Mayday’ Holiday – see our Weekend Programme

There are ample car parks available, run by voluntary organisations and charities, with mini-buses running a Park and Ride service.  To make the most of the your visit to the fair see the Visiting Menu options above.

New Forest School of Dance at the Procession
New Forest School of Dance at the Procession
New Forest School of Dance at the Maypole
New Forest School of Dance at the Maypole
Visitors at the Fair
Visitors at the Fair
Visitors at the Fair
Visitors at the Fair
A Stall at the Fair in 2019
A Stall at the Fair in 2019
A Stall at the Fair in 2019
A Stall at the Fair in 2019
Princess at the Maypole in 2019
Princess at the Maypole in 2019
Visitors at the Fair in 2019
Visitors at the Fair in 2019
Visitors at the Fair in 2018
Visitors at the Fair in 2018
The Plonkers at the Memorial Gardens in 2018
The Plonkers at the Memorial Gardens in 2018
Fidgety Feet at the Fair in 2018
Fidgety Feet at the Fair in 2018
Circus and Entertainers at the Memorial Gardens in 2018
Circus and Entertainers at the Memorial Gardens in 2018