Annual Country Fair


Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August 2017

Come along to our annual Country Fair  and celebrate the countryside in a fun-filled weekend for all the family – including your family pooch! This amazing event is now a firm favourite in our calendar. With lots of things to see and do there is something for everyone: from our Dog Shows,  Dog Agility and Novelty Classes to Target Archery. There’s so much to see and do – not to mention our wonderful food,  art, craft  and produce stalls, a Beer Tent and Village Cream Teas!

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Craft Stalls can be found in The Gallery,  Refreshments in the Restaurant and Courtyard, Beer Tent and Village Cream Teas on the North Lawn

“It’s unthinkable to have a British countryside that doesn’t have actual functioning farmers riding tractors, cows in fields and things like that”  Bill Bryson

The Great British Tradition Of Country Fairs

From local produce and crafts, to dog shows and target archery, country fairs are just one of the great British traditions which still have the power to remind us of a slower pace of life.

With their origins in medieval times, these old-fashioned fairs would be a meeting place for traders to congregate. Before the advent of ‘proper’ roads and the mobile phone, scattered communities came together to share farming know-how, flirt behind the haystacks and possibly find some work for the coming year.

Access and communication may be easier now but, thankfully, the country fair has retained its place in many rural societies. The machinery and methods of farming may have changed, but the heart and soul behind these events remains.

Whether they are little village affairs or massive county gatherings, a country fair has the ability to give us a glimpse of another world, another era, and take us back to childhood holidays.

Originally held mid-week, country fairs are now largely held over weekends so that everyone can enjoy pursuits once everyday stuff to country folk, yet splendidly alien to many of us. Picton Castle and Gardens has embraced the old with the new, heralding this great British tradition as an annual event within the boundaries of our 40 acres and the glorious backdrop of the Castle.

If you’re bringing along your family pooch, there’s an opportunity for them to strut their stuff in the novelty and pedigree dog show classes.

The only place to head after such energetic participation is our Courtyard Restaurant – Maria @ Picton – where an indulgence of fine food will round off the experience – and then there are the Village Cream Teas…the Beer Tent….The Picnic Box….

 Target Archery

Come along and have a go at target archery, with instruction from qualified coaches and experienced archers from Castle Archery. Almost anyone can take part in this challenging sport, there are even ultra-lightweight bows that tiny tots can shoot, but finding the 10 ring is harder than it looks in the movies!

Beware, archery can be highly addictive!

Visit This Page Again Soon to View The Schedule for the Dog Classes 



Some of the Arts, Crafts and Produce Stalls You Can Expect To See Will Also Be Announced Soon 



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Alison Todd Ceramics

…And For the Child In All of Us…


The Annual Country Fair takes place here, at Picton Castle and Gardens, on

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August 2017  from 10.00am – do join us!

Admission Prices 

Adults  £7.00, Seniors £6.00
Children  £4.00

Family Ticket  £24.50

Under 5’s : Free

Those Little Extras…

Take a Castle Tour and see the controversial ‘Picton Renoir’ as featured on the BBC series of Fake or Fortune

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