Wimbledon Guild, members of the Love Wimbledon BID, will once again be hosting one of London’s largest free outdoor event, the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair on Saturday 17 June.
Wimbledon Guild, which this year celebrates 110 years of caring at the heart of the local community in Merton, runs the annual event which attracts more than 35,000 people to Wimbledon Common each summer. The village fair is a landmark in the local social calendar, being a firm favourite with families, foodies and music fans. It offers a fun-filled free-to-enter day for all ages, and raises vital funding for the social welfare charity which helps local people lead a better life by tackling poverty, supporting ageing and encouraging mental wellbeing.
Last year’s star attraction, The Knights of Middle England, will return to Wimbledon Common for a thrilling jousting tournament which, drawing gasps from the crowds with horses thundering and swords clashing in an amazing spectacle.
There will be a full programme of music and other events including children’s and adventure villages, packed with attractions such as bouncy castles, a climbing wall and petting farm, two fantastic food villages offering mouth-watering traditional British and international cuisine, and the Farmers’ Market featuring hand-selected products such as local meats and cheeses.
The Waggy Wimbledon Dog Show is a chance for four-legged friends and their owners to compete for ‘Best Dressed Pooch’ and ‘Dog the Judges Would Most Like to Take Home’ and there will also be egg and spoon and relay races with prizes up for grabs.
The extensive shopping village will have more than 200 stalls featuring treasures ranging from hand-crafted jewellery and designer clothing to colourful hats, homewares and plants. Visitors also have the chance to win top prizes in the Grand Raffle.
Wimbledon Guild Chief Executive Wendy Pridmore said: “We are looking forward to this year’s Wimbledon Guild Village Fair already and working hard to make it the best one yet as we mark this special year in our history.
“Wimbledon Guild Village Fair provides a chance for the whole community to get together for a traditional day out on the Common with their families and friends.
“They can enjoy fabulous entertainment, wonderful food and browse the best of locally produced and artisan goods in the shopping and food villages, all while helping to support our work in the local community.
“We are proud to work at the heart of our community, helping those who need our help most, and look forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s Wimbledon Guild Village Fair, so please save the date in your diary and we hope to see you there.”
Wimbledon Guild works every day to improve the lives of people across Merton. The social welfare charity helps people in crisis, with talking therapy, grants, befriending and activities for older people.
Today there is more demand for Wimbledon Guild services than ever. The Fair will help Wimbledon Guild to continue to assist people across Merton who are facing a variety of difficult situations in their lives.
Wimbledon Guild’s services include counselling, Compass which helps people dealing with bereavement, and volunteer befrienders who visit older people in their own homes, providing a friendly face and some company.
Ageing Well activities for over-50s include exercise classes such as belly dancing, yoga and specialist sessions for people recovering from a stroke.
The HomeFood café at Wimbledon Guild’s Worple Road HQ is open every weekday for healthy lunches and snacks. The charity also provides small hardship grants and has a shop in Mitcham.
For more information visit www.wimbledonguildvillagefair.org.uk