The Summercourt fair is a Charter Fair traditionally held annually during the last week of September each year. It is one of the largest fairs in Cornwall and is over 800 years old.
Charles Henderson, a noted a historian and antiquarian of Cornwall, researched the fair in the early years of the twentieth century and discovered that the fair evolved from “The Long Fayre” held in Bodmin which dated back before the 11th century. The fair moved west to St Enoder parish where it was held throughout the early middle ages, first at Penhale before moving to Summercourt in the reign (1307–1327) of King Edward II.
The fair was traditionally held on 14th September until 1752 when Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar. The change involved correcting the calendar by 11 days so the fair day changed to 25th September.
The modern fair runs from the third Thursday in September with the main market day the following Monday. Apart from the market, the principal attraction is the funfair provided by travelling showmen of The Showmen’s Guild’s western section.
This year the Fair will be held on Tuesday 25th September 2012.
For more information:
Contact Mr Ray West 01872 510807