Packed programme of entertainment for Rugby Spring Fair

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This year’s Rugby Spring Fair promises a packed programme of entertainment for all the family.

This year the fair returns to Whitehall Recreation Ground on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5.

Organisers have said the event will be “returning to the home of Spring Fair” this year as it moves back to Whitehall Recreation Ground.

There will be the usual attractions including stalls, fun fair rides, display areas and arena entertainment.

The Rugby Spring Fair has been one of the largest social events held annually in the town for the last 36 years, with regular attendances of up to 10,000 people of all ages.

In 2012 the event was held at Caldecott Park, before moving to Oakfield Recreation Ground last year. The popular site of Whitehall Rec was unavailable due to building work on the town’s new leisure centre last year.

There will be a full fairground, arena attractions, local charity stalls, specialist stalls, food stalls, and plenty of opportunity for family fun.

The entertainment in the main arena will be provided by dance, gym, martial arts and other groups displaying their skills.

One of the organisers, Ian Bentlett, of Rugby Dunsmore Rotary, said: “We’ve got an action packed programme full of entertainment to suit all tastes. It will be great to be back at Whitehall Rec as it’s nice and near to Rugby town centre.”

There will be performances from Jaide Ellery’s stage studio, a stilt walker, reptiles, birds of prey, dance groups, classic cars, fun fair, beer tent and various refreshments.

“We are hoping to have 50 stalls too,” added Ian.

“Our usual line up seems to work well so we are keeping to our solid format which really does have something for everybody.”

The Spring Fair raised more than £13,000 for good local causes last year.

“We’re hoping to equal or even beat that,” said Ian.

“We hope to see our usual large crowds at this event and all we are hoping for now is the good weather.”

Rugby Spring Fair runs from 1.30pm to 5pm. It costs £6 for a family ticket of two adults and two children, £3 for adults and £1 for children.

Anyone wishing to hire a stall or who would like more information can call telephone Ian Bentlett on 07730 666691 or Joe Sadler on (01788) 571317.