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It’s hard to believe that we have less than two weeks before the renowned Blackberry Fair takes place. The fair is set for next Saturday in Whitchurch on the 7th of October 2023. If you’ve never attended, or if you’ve recently moved to the area, let us introduce you to the Blackberry Fair and explain why it’s a must-visit event.

Origins:

The Blackberry Fair was established in 2007 by Steve Chapman, assisted by a team of brave and dedicated volunteers. Their aim was to bring art to the streets of Whitchurch, Shropshire. Starting out in the council’s market hall with a modest budget, this initially small event—characterized by bright flags, local food, live music, and an infectious energy—quickly grew to its current scale. The primary goal? To share uplifting stories, unite the community, and champion sustainability. Blackberry Fair prioritizes human connections over materialistic values, reminding attendees that meaningful experiences don’t hinge on luxury items. All we truly need is the company of positive people in a joyful atmosphere!

What To Expect:

Now, sixteen years on, the Blackberry Fair has earned a reputation as one of Shropshire’s most celebrated festivals. With support from the community, people from across the UK converge on Whitchurch to partake in this yearly festivity. Attendees can expect live music, entertainment, locally-sourced food, handmade crafts, and vibrant festival celebrations—making it a perfect family outing. While more specifics will be unveiled soon, festival highlights include a faery market (where costumes are encouraged), a rustic bramble market showcasing sustainable products, and live performances by well-known bands. And there’s much more to look forward to on the day!

How To Find Out More!

The team behind Blackberry Fair is passionate and dedicated, always welcoming volunteers to help elevate the festival’s experience. For the latest updates on Blackberry Fair, and to learn how you can get involved, visit their website.

https://www.blackberryfair.co.uk/

Article written by Gregory Ebbs of Raven Antiques, Whitchurch

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