This year’s Notting Hill May Fair is coming up in a couple of weeks on Saturday 26th between 1pm and 5pm. The fair has been going for more than 20 years and is something I always take the kids along to. But this year for the first time ever, there will be a May pole and May pole dancing, which we are hoping to join in!
It’s a really good day for the children with professional face painters; a bouncy castle, coconut shy, beat the goalie and other games. The highlight of the afternoon for the kids is usually the Fancy Dress Competition and parade (at 3.30pm). The children are judged in two categories, under five and over five . And this year – again for the first time – the winning girl and boy overall will be crowned May King and May Queen, but there are always consolation prizes for everyone.
Grown ups can buy vintage jewellery, books, homemade cakes, and jam. There’s an amazing bric a brac stall that runs the length of the church and a huge plant stall on the church lawn, stocked by an early morning trip to Covent Garden.
There’s also lots of food and drink on offer with a BBQ, Pimm’s and tea and cake downstairs in the crypt.
There’s a raffle, where you can win including a meal at Kensington Place Restaurant, flowers from Harper and Tom’s, tickets to the Electric cinema, sports bags from Virgin and passes to Bramley’s Big Adventure. Tickets cost £1 and are available from the church office before the event as well as on the day. And for smaller prizes there’s a tombola.
If you have unwanted books, beads, or kids toys and clothes you would like to donate you can take them to the Church in the week before but do check in with the office upstairs first so they know what you’ve brought and it doesn’t get lost – otherwise the organisers just ask things are clean and in good condition. Jigsaws with missing pieces don’t sell well I’m told!
Admission costs £1 for adults and children go free. All profits support the work of St. John’s in the community and Christian Aid which gives relief to disaster areas around the world.