Fair does its bit to keep country traditions alive
As summer draws to a close it's difficult to think of a better way to spend an early September day than out in the beautiful British countryside.
The well-established Frampton Country Fair, within the surrounds of 30 acres of parkland, takes place for the 28th time this Sunday.
Celebrating tradition and all that is great about living and working in the British countryside, the fair is packed full of fun activities for the whole family. Whether you want to spectate or participate, there is something to suit everyone.
There are exhilarating dog shows and a "Tractors Through the Ages" parade. Visiting the native breeds to see traditional livestock such as the Gloucester Old Spot pigs and piglets is a favourite with children, as is the traditional Punch and Judy show.
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While there is lots of fun to be had, there is also the opportunity to learn new countryside skills.
And that is what Frampton Country Fair is really all about – keeping alive traditions and retaining a sense of history in the environment.
Organiser, Cecil Weir, believes there is a decline in the number of people with traditional skills that still have relevance today.
He says "The fair promotes a whole range of crafts and skills which were risking extinction, like dry stone walling."
Hedging, charcoal-burning and apple-pressing are among those traditional skills and crafts that will be demonstrated. There is also ferret racing, equine acrobatics and outdoor pursuits in the rural skills tent.
Gates open at 9am. Advance tickets cost £8 for adults and £3 for children (5-12 years) from the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Call 01242 572573. Tickets are also available at the gate. Adult tickets cost £10 and £3 for children. All proceeds go to a number of local charities, benefiting the countryside and local area.