Diary Of Events

The below is the current line up of events for Fairford Festival 2017. Sponsored by The Lakes by yoo

See a full list of what’s on below or download a PDF by clicking here

Thursday 1st June 2017

8.00pm – 11.00pm: Open Air Cinema evening, showing Slumdog Millionaire at the FCC (Marquee if raining). Film starts at approx 9:30pm. Entrance fee £3


Friday 2nd June 2017

TGI Festival Friday! – live music and dancing in the main marquee

8.00pm – 9.00pm: Junior Disco

9.00pm – 11.00pm: Live music with The Shadow Monkeys


Saturday 3rd June 2017

** NEW FOR 2017 – Fairford Festival of Fiction – in the Literary Tent**

10am: Sarah McIntyre

Children’s book author and illustrator of such titles as Jampires, Dinosaur Police and Jinks & O’Hare: Funfair Repair. (All ages.)  http://www.jabberworks.co.uk/

1pm: Emma Newman

Emma Newman runs a workshop on ‘Fear and Writing’, that lets the audience identify their own fears and start writing.  Ideal for aspiring authors. (16+) http://www.enewman.co.uk/

2.30pm: Simon Guerrier & Dr. Marek Kukula

Simon and Marek (Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory) wrote The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who.  (All ages who watch Doctor Who.)  http://0tralala.blogspot.co.uk/

4pm: Shagufta K

A Bristolian poet and performer with a unique voice, Shagufta’s debut poetry collection will be out this year.  (12+, some themes may be unsuitable for younger children.)  http://www.shaguftakiqbal.com/

5.30pm: Martyn Waites

Crime author Martyn Waites also writes as Tania Carver.  He’ll be talking about his thrillers and his former life as an actor. (18+) http://www.martynwaites.com/

7pm: Steven Moffat

The creator of Sherlock and the showrunner of Doctor Who talks about his career in TV, and what he’s doing next.  (All ages.)

**Tickets are available from 7a Coffee Shop, The Coffee Post and Fairford C of E Primary School. Or to buy online search for Eventbrite Fairford Fiction. ** 


10am – 4pm: Fairford Art Society Exhibition in the Farmors Room of the Fairford Community Centre.

10am – 4pm: Photographic display by Edwin Cuss with a display by Fairford History Society. In the Heritage Room of the Fairford Community Centre.


12.00 noon: Fairford Festival Parade starts High Street.

12.40pm: Farrell School of Irish Dance – Irish dancing display in the main marquee.

1pm: An audience with the Daleks – answering children’s questions in the main marquee, in the form of splendid mobile props piloted by Terry Smith and his Charity Dalek Squad!

From 1.00pm: “A Have-a-Go afternoon of sports and clubs in Fairford”. An opportunity to find out more and try out some of the many sports and activities on offer weekly here in Fairford.

Come and try…football, rugby, cricket, bowling, tennis and more

2pm: Bollywood dance display – a professional Bollywood dance school will be displaying at the festival followed by a dance workshop for anyone to take part in. In the main marquee.

3.00pm – 5.00pm: Children’s party. In the main marquee.

5pm – 6:30pm: Live music with The Daniel Billing Band

7pm – 8:30pm: Live music with Paul Baker

9pm – 11pm: Live music with The Dirty Smooth


Sunday 4th June 2017

09:45am: 3k Fun Run. Sponsored by Fairford Therapy Centre. Register from 8.30am in the FCC marquee. Entry fee £3 per person. Start in Park Street.

10am – 4pm: Fairford Art Society Exhibition in the Farmors Room of the Fairford Community Centre.

10am – 4pm: Photographic display by Edwin Cuss with a display by Fairford History Society. In the Heritage Room of the Fairford Community Centre.

10.30am: 10k Road Race in association with Running Somewhere Else Running Club. Start in Park Street.

Noon onwards: Car Boot Sale on the Fairford Junior Rugby pitches, enter via Leafield Road. Set up from 11am onwards. Please print out this PDF and display in your car windscreen.

12.15pm -1:15pm: Yoga class

12.30pm onwards: An afternoon of fete fun and games. A mix of traditional games and stalls, and some new ones too!  A table-top sale, entertainment and fun for all!

1.00pm: The Kitchen Club’s Schools Cooking Competition Final – finalists from Fairford, Southrop, Hatherop, and Kempsford Primary Schools will go head to head in a “Masterchef” style cook-off. For more information: www.thekitchenclub.org.uk

1.30pm – 2.00pm: A Splash of Red – ladies choir.

2.00pm: Fairford Festival Cake Bake CompetitionThere will be two categories to enter: Bake a classic Victoria sponge and for the under 12’s, four decorated cupcakes with the theme being India.

To enter, simply bring your treasured bake to the marquee on Sunday 4th June by 1:30pm. Judging starts at 2pm, winners announced at 5:30pm. For full details see our Cake Bake page here.

2.30pm – 3.15pm: Live music – Nikki Petherick – acoustic singer/songwriter

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Live music – IIana Yeshayahoo & Seth Bye


4.30pm – 5pm: Churches Together Service – service cancelled

4.45pm – 5.30pm: Live music –  The Ukey D’Ukes

6.15pm – 7pm: Live music –  The Ukey D’Ukes

7.30pm: Quiz Night in the FCC marquee. Sponsored by Cotswold Guardians. Food available.