We are thrilled to announce that Downton Abbey actor, Hugh Bonneville, will be officially opening the Milland Rural Fair, at noon on Sunday the 5th of June.
In our 20th year, we will again welcome the thousands of visitors expected at this year’s Fair. The 850-strong village will play host to the local area's biggest rural event which, when it was last held two years ago, attracted around 3000 people.
Our aim has been to make this Rural Fair an event no-one will forget – a happy day out like no other. Coming at the end of the half-term week, the Fair provides an economical day out with Family Tickets for just £16 if bought in advance. Gates open at 11am and this will give our visitors time to browse the stalls before the main ring programme gets underway at 12pm.
We have kept the strong country flavour of the Fair, which has proved a winner with families - with lots to see and take part in the many activities. There will be plenty to do, to see or join in, plus excellent demos, original gifts and marvellous food and drink.
The Rural Fair provides a non-stop Main Ring Programme, a large number of woodland and rural craft demonstrations and lots of animals to meet and touch. These include cows, goats, sheep, poultry, llamas, donkeys, miniature ponies, hound puppies, rabbits, ferrets, pets and our native reptiles and amphibians. There will also be many different animals in the Miller’s Ark Children’s Farm.
More than 100 Millanders are involved in the event's organization. The Rural Fair is organised entirely by a group of village volunteers to give all its visitors an enjoyable day and to help Milland’s many community groups, in particular to support its own paper, Milland News.
Milland’s community shop and café, in the front corner of the field, will be offering cream teas and a full range of café items including fresh Italian coffee, snacks, light lunches and a full shop range including fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, home baked bread, newspapers and magazines.
Highlights of the 2012 fair can be found here