What is the Forest Fair?

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Wychwood Forest Fair

The Wychwood Forest Fair is a popular annual event celebrating the richness and diversity of the natural world and the activities of people living within the historic Wychwood area. Founded in 1796 as a peaceful counterpart to the Witney Feast, the historic fair became increasingly raucous. In 1853 the Forest Fair was shut down for good as the land it was held on came into private ownership. 

The Wychwood Forest Trust revived the fair in 2000 to highlight conservation work, crafts and community in the historic Wychwood area. It has since developed into the enjoyable family-friendly event it is today. Proceeds from the Forest Fair support our work to conserve wildlife and landscapes in the historic Wychwood area. 

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The Wychwood Forest Fair 2021 will take place on Sunday 22 August at Foxburrow Wood, Witney. With heaps of entertainment including falconry, ferret racing, pony rides, rural crafts, food stalls, a bar, a tea tent, live music and more, it's a fun way to enjoy a summer Sunday while supporting your local conservation charity. 

This year's Forest Fair will be largely open-air and attendees will have plenty of space to spread out.

 

We're encouraging advance bookings so that we can keep an eye on numbers. Tickets booked in advance are £8; tickets on the door are £10. Under-16s are free. 

Forest Fair 2021

Getting there

This year's Forest Fair will take place at Foxburrow Wood, Witney, OX29 9XL.

Walk-ups are very welcome, so if you are able to walk to the Fair please consider it!

General parking and parking for stallholders will be at Witney Rugby and Football Club, just up the road from the wood. Many thanks to Witney RFC for supporting the Fair.

Bike parking and disabled parking will be available at Foxburrow Wood's carpark. 

Accessibility

Foxburrow Wood is a nature reserve so the ground may be uneven. The paths in use at the Fair are well trodden and will be mown down to facilitate access. Unless it is wet, the reserve should not be muddy or rutted. The reserve is on slightly sloping ground and has a small bridge.

If you have any concerns about access, please email miranda@wychwoodforesttrust.co.uk

Some stalls will be accepting contactless payments but please bring cash if you can.

Supporting the Fair

We are grateful to any volunteers willing to help us run this well established and popular local event, whether by manning the entrances, helping set up and pack up, helping with the bookstall, or working behind the scenes. We would also appreciate donations of books for our famous second-hand bookstall.

 

If you would like to volunteer at the fair or offer donations of books please email miranda@wychwoodforesttrust.co.uk.

Information for Stallholders

We are currently accepting applications for stallholders at the Forest Fair! If you would like to enquire, please email us at info@wychwoodforesttrust.co.uk for an application form and further information.  

 

When contacting us please provide details of the type of product, craft, community group or activity you would like to bring to the Fair. 

Support us

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You'll receive occasional updates on our work. 

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Help local wildlife with a regular donation. 

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Make a one-off donation to support our work.