In 1773 Joseph Damer, also known as Lord Milton and the 1st Earl of Dorchester decided he no longer liked the views of the village near his home, instead preferring a lakeside vista. The entire population of Milton Abbas in Dorset, England were ordered to move their homes further up the road.
More than two hundred years later the biennial Milton Abbas Street Fair is celebrated by the whole village. Everyone dresses in cosumes that were seen in the late eighteenth century and to visit is like stepping into a Thomas Hardy novel.
Whilst pigs roast on spits and local food is sold to hungry visitors there is dancing in the street. Morris men visit and perform traditonal dance. There are bands too, and craft displays. And then there are the games. Old fashioned hook a duck, throwing hoops onto pegs and endless laughter. The best of all has to be how high a bale of hay can be pitched over a pole.
A visit to Milton Abbas Street Fair is a wonderful community experience and an excellent way for visitors to see a very rural celebration. It happens every two years and is quite unique.
Milton Abbas Street Fair is next celebrated in July 2013.