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Barsham Fair 1975-1986


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   A number of very cool East Anglian Fairs were held at Barsham from the early 70s till 1975 and then once again in 1986 .

We present a few images from the Faires, but no detailed history as the Faires are not really music festivals as such , for more details you had better visit the East Anglian Faires site.

We have no exact dates as to when some of these first photos were taken , we suspect its 1975, but can anyone be more exact ..... ?


    This was one of a series of the classic East Anglian Fairs which paved the way for many other festivals of the 80s . The Faires inspired ( and occasionally were inspired by ) the more anarchic free festivals both in their format and in relation to the free festival attending travellers who invariably turned up when the Faires were under way . There is some evidence that a number of Faires were shelved because of poor behaviour by a minority and its conceivable that the very elements that attracted a goodly portion of the audience by their independence, musical /theatrical entertainment ( TUMT ) value in addition to some of the their "other services "led to the police moving in and busting sites. Drug busts or open selling to the locals gave conservatives plenty of ammunition to oppose festivals and Faires not only in East Anglia , but in the West Country and other rural areas..

You can watch the film " The Last Barsham Faire " by clicking on the link. This relates to the Medieval Faire that was held until 1975 and then revived in 1986 .


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Barsham 1986

By this time the anti-convoy paranoia was at its height in East Anglia , with many of the old 'Albion' fayres cancelled .
This one was organised with minimal publicity .. so pitiful attendance figures .. virtually no space for living vehicles (the huge field inside the festival zone being reserved for the small number of day visitors cars only ) so rigs were strung out for miles along the aproaching roadsides ...but Radio 4 'Woman's Hour' did a live broadcast from it on the Monday afternoon !!


Left : Part of the 'Egyptian theme' of the weekend , that for some obscure reason included camel races ...

© Traveller Dave

© Traveller Dave

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We are proud of the contribution we have made to Andy Worthington's sociological history of Stonehenge and the free festival scene in the UK .This new book gives a fascinating insight into the various counter cultural obsessions with the Stones and provides a variety of new perspectives to many of the key events surrounding the Henge such as the Battle Of The Beanfield and the more recent attempts hold a celebration at the Stones during the Solstice.


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