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Residents of Cheam will celebrate the 761st annual Cheam Charter Fair on Saturday 16th May 2020.
The fair is thought to date back to 1259 when Henry III granted Cheam a charter making it a town. Firm historical records of Cheam Charter Fair date back to the 1800s when a fairground accompanied the market.
The fair is steeped in custom, with traders traditionally marking out their stalls with chalk in advance of the fair. Stall bookings are free and bookings are taken from the beginning of February to the end of April from organisations or individuals based in Sutton or adjoining boroughs. See the Stalls page of this site for details.
It is now traditional for the fair to start at 09:00 with our unique opening procession. It is led by The Mayor of Sutton together with the choir of St Dunstan’s Church and children from St Dunstan’s School. The Mayor will attend in the rarely seen red robes of office and the ceremonial badge and chain.
Cheam Charter Week
A series of events in the week leading up to the fair (and some after!) are brought together under the title Cheam Charter Week. Events include the celebration of the traditional Fair day of 15 May in line with the terms of the charter.
You will also find some organisations get into the fair atmosphere and offer and provide special offers on the day of the fair or throughout the week. Details are shown on the Cheam Charter Week page.
If you are part of a local organisation that would like to organise an event as part of Cheam Charter Week please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2012 the fair has been facilitated by a steering group formed of members of the Cheam community and representatives of key organisations in Cheam. The group meets as necessary to make sure the fair continues and operates within current legal requirements. The group also created Cheam Charter Week to encourage and help Cheam organisations to engage with their local community.
In June 2015 the steering group became a sub group of Cheam Chamber of Trade. This change provides a more formal legal structure for the steering group and makes it easier for the two groups to share expertise and knowledge for the benefit of both Cheam Charter Fair / Week and Cheam Traders’ Christmas Fair.
If you would like to get involved with this friendly group please email email@example.com.