Let’s take a trip down memory lane at Summer Fetes InDurham

We’re so pleased to be able to tell you that hot on the heels of Balloons InDurham, celebrations across Durham will continue after the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, with another new event making its debut in the City.
Summer Fetes InDurham will certainly take you on a trip down memory lane, so get your glad-rags on and spruce up your ‘Sunday Best’ outfit, as we’re about to share all the details with you…
From Tuesday 30th May to Friday 2nd June between 11am and 4pm, you will be transported back to the traditions of a by-gone-year, reminiscent of the old-school village fair. You’ll be able to see stall holders in Millennium Place selling handmade goods, as well as being able to turn your hand to crafting activities, while even picking up a vintage fashion find or two.
All in the name of a good cause, profits raised from each stall holder will go to charity, so not only will you be enjoying a great day out this Half Term holiday, you’ll be helping to support local causes too!
During each day of the event, four different stall holders will be stationed in Millennium Place. Yellow Wellies will be selling plants and providing Play-Doh for children to play with as well as fun story-telling sessions. Our Milo will be on hand with its origami products while Bid to Save a Stray will be selling homemade dog treats. In addition, Oaklea Trust will be bringing a tasty treat to the event with its lovingly-made jams, while the Women’s Institute and British Liver Trust will be making an appearance with some hand-crafted goods too.
Also during the event in Millennium Place, you’ll be able to enjoy traditional fun fair rides like spinning tea cups and merry-go-rounds as well as mini competitions like guessing the number of buttons in a jar and street games for all the family to give it a go. Across Prince Bishops Shopping Centre Thursday 1st June and Friday 2nd June, there will also be a mini crazy golf course with proceeds raised from this activity going to Heel and Toe Charity – the shopping centre’s chosen good cause for the year, supporting children with Cerebral Palsy.
And don’t forget, on Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June, there will also be a ‘Best in Show’ competition in conjunction with Oxglam for the best dressed adult and best dressed child. Organised by Oxfam and Durham BID, volunteers across the City will award people who they think are the best dressed with a rosette. If you’re one of the chosen ones, you’ll then be invited to come to the Oxfam stall in Millennium at 2.30pm to take part in the competition ready for judging, with the lucky winners receiving either 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize consisting of shopping vouchers. How exciting!?
It’s set to be a great event with something different happening each day for all the family to enjoy. With entertainment for the children to traditional crafting and vintage wares for adults, this really is a feel-good family trip down memory lane. As there is so much happening in the City on each day of the Half Term break, please do check our website and social media channels for a full breakdown of what’s happening and where – we’d hate for people to miss out on any of the action.
Last but by no means least, we’d like to say a great big Durham BID thank you to Emma Rowely and Stacey Houldsworth – two event management students from New College Durham – in supporting this event and helping to bring it to fruition. We’re certain, just like Christmas InDurham and Fire&Ice InDurham, Summer Fetes InDurham will become a much-loved and hotly anticipated event in the City’s calendar, and we look forward to building on this quintessentially British school fair-themed event over the coming years.
The only question is now, what are you going to wear to enter Oxfam’s competition to scoop up the grand prize?