Cheam Charter Fair
The Fair Residents of Cheam will celebrate the 758th annual Cheam Charter Fair on Saturday 20 May 2017.
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 1 February to 31 April from organisations or individuals based in Sutton or adjoining boroughs. See the Stalls page of this site for details.
Activities In addition to around 80 stalls we also ask local groups and businesses to provide demonstrations or entertainment on the corner of Park Road in the heart of the fair. Email email@example.com if your organisation would like to perform during the fair.
- 09:00 Opening procession. Led by The Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton Councillor Richard Clifton and Mrs Gloria Clifton together with the choir of St Dunstan’s Church and children from St Dunstan’s School.
The Mayor will attend in robes and the ceremonial badge and chain.
- 12:00 Pennyroyal Clog Dancers
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.