The villagers of Milton Abbas will be staging their famous biennial street fair on 28 July from 11am until 5pm.
The Street Fair aims to recreate the flavour of a traditional country occasion using costume, rural crafts, entertainment and craft demonstrations.
There will be more than 100 stalls, with food and drink venues throughout The Street and Lake Field, located at the bottom of the Street, where there will be additional stalls, entertainment and activities for children, including a mini funfair and donkey rides.
The Field also provides an ideal opportunity to relax in a slightly less congested area.
The ancient town of Middleton was founded in 934AD and was clustered around the Benedictine abbey, nestling in the Delcombe Valley.
King Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, granted the old town a market and a fair which took place on St Sampson’s Day. St Sampson was the patron saint of the ancient town and the abbey.
Joseph Damer, Earl of Dorchester, demolished the town in the 18th century and started to rebuild the present village in the next valley to make way for new landscaped estates, including a lake on the site of the old town, designed by Capability Brown.
In 1973 the villagers recreated this country fair to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the building of the present-day village. The fair is on the last Saturday of July, the nearest to the original St Sampson’s Day.