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Jennifer Aldridge | 11 August 2011

All the Fun of the Fair at Downham!

Downham is holding its traditional Victorian Fair 15 – 21 August. Based around the railway station, which is preserved as part of the Blackberry Line, the event recreates the simple recreations of bygone days.

Mutton chop whiskers, frock coats and bustles abound, as the stallholders wear period costume. Visitors are invited to follow suit and there’s a daily prize for the best visitor’s costume.

The swing boats and original Carousel are always popular. Children (and adults too0 can try their hand at traditional sideshows including Hoop-la and Coconut shy.

The less energetic can enjoy Displays include Thatching and other craft demonstrations, Punch and Judy, Morris dancing and Barbershop singing (check for times)

And what better way to visit a Victorian fair than by arriving on a steam train? Services run between Hollerton Junction and Upper Croft on the Blackberry Line. Break your journey at Downham station for a trip back to the Victorian era!

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