Raft of fun planned for Penryn Fair Day
Penryn’s ever popular Fair Day returns for its 34th annual outing next week with a raft of attractions, games and stalls planned across the town.
This year’s event, on Saturday August 25, will have an extra special Diamond Jubilee theme as Penryn’s very own “royalty” - whose identities are a closely guarded secret – open the proceedings.
Before the official opening, at 1pm, a short service in memory of those who marched for the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549 will take place on Quay Hill at 12.30pm followed by the grand procession, which leaves the Memorial Gardens at 12.50pm.
Then once the fun is in full swing fairgoers will be spoilt for choice with a variety of sights to see and things to do.
Thrillseekers can try out the giant inflatable slide near Divas hairdressers, a human gyroscope (as used to train astronauts) by the One Stop Shop and for the first time ever a climbing wall in Saracen Car Park, on loan for the afternoon from Stithians Lake.
Swamp Circus will be providing the entertainment in Lower Market Street, where wannabe performers can try their hand at juggling, hula hooping and walking on stilts, whilst the Lemonaires Choir will be singing during the intervals outside of Penryn Methodist Chapel.
Inside the chapel will be a craft fair with refreshments. Hungrier visitors can treat themselves to a Jubilee-themed cream tea across the road at the Temperance Hall.
Fish Cross, at the bottom of St Thomas Street, will boast the Chair-O-Planes children’s chair swing ride while palm reader Ann Lee promises to give the curious predictions of their future.
At the Kings Arms brass and vocals will be brought to the fore as the Falmouth Soul Sensation Band performs outside and visitors to the back of the pub will discover a bouncy castle alongside more stalls.
Elsewhere in town, Broad Street plays host to the Highway Church and their performing puppets as well as the “MG Explosion”, who will have a special selection of cars on show to celebrate a landmark anniversary.
Entertainment for all ages will take place in the Memorial Gardens, with the Penwith Concert Band providing the soundtrack for an afternoon of poppy-making with the royal British Legion and a Punch and Judy display courtesy of children’s entertainer Professor Goodvibes.
More stalls and displays will be set up outside the gardens in addition to local fire engine “The Famous Duck” and martial arts experts Sandokai.
Finally, in the courtyard at Jubilee Wharf will be live music, a small petting zoo (featuring goats and sheep) open between 11.30am and 3pm, a “punk it up” bring-your-own clothing design workshop from 11.30am until 1.30pm with a “best dressed” competition at the end and a bar serving snacks and light refreshments throughout.