Patcham Duck Fayre
The Patcham Duck Fayre was revived in 2019 to great success. Originally the Fayre was run by the 44th Brighton Scout Group. It took place in the shade of the village's 300-year-old Elm trees and along the Old London Road in Patcham, Brighton.
Nobody is quite sure why the Scouts called their local fete a Duck Fayre. Rumour has it, ducks from the pond on the green outside All Saints Church used to wander down Church Hill into the village and be chased back up the hill with brooms; others talk of herding ducks into town to be sold at the market in the Old Steine. Whatever its origins the Duck Fayre is a great name for a great day out. Our aim is to give the people and families of Patcham a fun filled event which celebrates local talent, arts and crafts and promotes business and trade in the area.
The Fayre was revived in May 2019 and was a roaring success. At least 5,000 visitors attended. There were over 60 stalls along the Old London Road, which was closed to traffic for the day, with additional stalls in the Memorial Hall and Scout Hut. We extended the fayre into the adjoining Peace Gardens where there was a dog show (with over 80 entries), free children's entertainment, food stalls and funfair rides. All the elements of the original Duck Fayre were there plus baking and art competitions, a history trail and a flower show at the All Saints Church.
The primary aim of the Fayre is to promote all that is best in Patcham and celebrate its community, but any surplus funds/profit will be donated to the Patcham Community Association fund to distribute to local worthy causes.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the committee, being a stall holder or a volunteer at our annual event please get in touch, visit our website or look us up on Facebook.