The next Milton Abbas Street Fair will be held on Saturday 27th July 2019
The updated website, stall bookings, etc will go live in late Summer 2018
We hope to see you again.
The Street Fair Organising Committee.

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Milton Abbas Street Fair is an event organised on behalf of the Milton Abbas Street Fair Trust (Registered Charity no. 1162394)


Plans are under way for the 2019 Milton Abbas Street Fair.  Please check back regularly for our latest updates.

The 2018 Trustee AGM will take place on 25 April 2018

2018 Formal notice of MASF Trustees AGM and agenda







Long skirt and blouse

Shawl – use a table cloth/scarf/lace curtain

Apron – a lace edged table/tray cloth

Mob Cap - circle of old sheet 24” diameter elasticated around about 1” to 2” from the edge and trimmed with lace

Straw hat – a sun hat fastened over the crown with a scarf

Footwear – flat shoes with buckles/laces, laced short boots

Accessories – lace, brooches, pockets, basket


A smock – a plain night shirt will do or a collarless plain white shirt open at the neck with rolled up sleeves

Scarf knotted at the neck


Trousers – cord or tweed, tied at the knee with twine or trousers tucked into socks

Flat cap, felt or straw hat, bowler or boater

Footwear – walking boots, buckled shoes or wellies

Accessories – pipe, hayfork, stick, large buckled belt


Don’t forget there are prizes for the 

best woman, man, child, group and stall






The Milton Abbas Street Fair

The Villagers of Milton Abbas invite you to their 18th Century Street Fair

Whatever the weather, we hope you join in the fun of our Street Fair.  We have tried to recreate the flavour of a country occasion using costume, rural crafts, entertainment and craft demonstrations.  We expect to have over 100 stalls, with food and drink venues throughout The Street and Lake Field.  The Lake Field, located at the bottom of the Street has additional stalls, entertainment and activities for children, including a mini fun fair and donkey rides.  The Field also provides an ideal opportunity to relax in a slightly less congested area.

We hope that you will join in the spirit of the day and spend your money freely in support of local good causes which also benefit the communities in the surrounding villages and our nominated charity for this year, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

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.  This fair 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, had this busy town removed in the 18th Century and in 1773 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 villages 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, 28th July, and is held every two years.

The Milton Abbas Street Fair has now become an established event, looked forward to by both residents and visitors alike.

Further information about the Village of Milton Abbas can be found at the Village Website  (


Plan your visit

Opening Times

The Street Fair begins at 11am and finishes at 5pm


There is adequate, free, managed parking for visitors to the Street Fair.

Disabled Visitors

The Street Fair welcomes disabled visitors, but please be aware that the Street is on a hill

Entry Prices



Attractions take place at various sites along the street.  Details and timetable for attractions will be provided nearer the time of the Fair.

Attraction Sites

Hambro Arms (Pub)

Almshouses (Opposite the Church)

St. James Church

Lake Field (Bottom of the Street)

There will also be various demonstrations from Rural Craftsmen throughout the fair.




We have a wide range of Refreshment stalls for you to enjoy.



The Street Fair has a wide range of stalls for your enjoyment, including demonstrations of traditional crafts.

(Click here for contact details of stallholders)


Find us


Located approximately 30 miles south-west of Salisbury, Milton Abbas can be found mid-way between the Georgian market town, Blandford Forum and Dorchester in Dorset.

From Salisbury on the A354
Having passed through the village of Pimperne you will come to a roundabout at which you need to turn left onto the Blandford bypass. At the next two roundabouts go straight over, you will then pass through Thornicombe before the road dips into Winterborne Whitechurch. On entering the village take the second right hand turn (next to the Milton Arms Public House). Follow the road until you reach Milton Abbas.

From Poole on the A350
Having passed through the village of Charlton Marshall, eventually you will come to a roundabout ('Badger' roundabout) at which you need to turn left.  You will then pass through Thornicombe before the road dips into Winterborne Whitechurch. On entering the village take the second right hand turn (next to the Milton Arms Public House). Follow the road until you reach Milton Abbas.

From Dorchester on the A354
Having entered the village of Milborne St. Andrew, you need to take the second left-hand turn (just past the Royal Oak Public House). This is sign-posted Milton Abbas.

From Shaftesbury on the A350
Following the A350, you will pass through the village of Iwerne Minster before eventually reaching Stourpaine and a roundabout marking the intersection with A354. Take the A354 (Blandford bypass) and at the next two roundabouts go straight over, you will then pass through Thornicombe before the road dips into Winterborne Whitechurch. On entering the village take the second right hand turn (next to the Milton Arms Public House).  Follow the road until you reach Milton Abbas.

Approximate Journey Times

London - 3 hours
Oxford - 2 hours
Bristol - 2 hours
Chichester - 1 hour 40 minutes
Salisbury - 45 minutes
Poole - 30 minutes

London to Wareham - 2 hrs 15 minutes
London to Dorchester - 2 hrs 30 minutes
London to Salisbury - 1 hour 30 minutes



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are dogs allowed at the Street Fair?  -  Yes, if well behaved and kept on a lead. It is the owner’s responsibility to clear up any mess made by their dog(s).

Q. If the weather is wet, will the Street Fair go ahead? -  The only reason the Street Fair would be cancelled would be because the Police have advised us to do so due to the impact of the weather on the highway. We have not had to cancel one yet since 1973.

Q. What time does the event start? -  Gates open at 11 a.m. and the Fair ends at 5 p.m. We would advise that you allow at least 2 hours to get the full benefit of what the Fair has to offer.

Q. What about Safety and First Aid -  Ambulances with paramedics on board are stationed at the top & bottom of the main street. There will also be a doctor at the Fair at all time. The Police maintain a low key presence at the Fair. A full risk analysis is conducted prior to the beginning of each fair by the organisers.

Q. What parking facilities are there? - We have adequate, steward managed car parking and it is free.

Q. Can I re-enter the Fair? - Yes, but keep your ticket as evidence for re-entry.

Q. What other costs are there after admission? - Only whatever you decide to buy from the vendors.  The comprehensive programme of entertainment is free for all to enjoy.

Q. What toilet facilities will there be? -  . Portaloos are stationed at 5 locations – four locations distributed down the street at the Fair itself and one further location in the Lake Field at the bottom of the street. Each location will contain a mixture of male, female and disabled facilities.

Q. Is the Street Fair suitable for disabled visitors? -  The Street Fair is located on a hilly street which is particularly steep at the very top. We recommend disabled visitors (particularly wheelchair users) to enter from the South side (Milborne St Andrew) and for car drivers to unload disabled passengers as near to the lower entrance as the Police will allow. The car then be turned around and parked in one of the car parks available on the day.

Q. Can I camp at the Street Fair? -  East Dorset Caravan Club has an arrangement with the local sports club to use their playing field. If you are a member of the Caravan Club then please contact them direct for more information. There is no camping on this site – it is for caravans only.

Q. How do I find out about being an exhibitor/stall holder at the Street Fair? -  Booking forms are available to download here or by contacting

Q. Can I pre-book tickets? - No. We only accept recommended donations at the entry gate on the day of the event.

Q. How much are tickets? -  The recommended donations for entry to the Fair are £6 adults, £5 concessions, £3 children (5-16). There is also a family option - £15 (two adults plus up to 3 children).

 Q. As you are a registered charity, can I gift aid my entry donation? - Yes, if you are a UK tax payer you can complete a gift aid form at the entrance and we would be very grateful for all the extra funding that provides income for some really great charities that we support.

Q. What charities does the Street Fair support? - a list of local charities and organisations will be displayed at each entrance to the Fair. This year our chosen external charity is Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance who will benefit from some of our surplus.



Information for Residents

Please check back later for information on timings, clothing and road closure details.