Cuckoo Fair 2020 – Cancelled – Coronavirus

We are so sorry to have to announce that the Downton Cuckoo Fair 2020 will have to be cancelled.

We’re sure this will come as no surprise, in the light of the new government measures about coronavirus announced recently, but this was not a course of action we hoped to take. In times of such unprecedented uncertainty this is now our only viable option.  We can assure you that we have not taken this decision lightly. We have two NHS paramedics on our committee, so we have probably been more informed and up to speed than most. We would like to thank them for the time they have contributed to the organisation of Fair this year, in such difficult and extraordinary circumstances and wish them and their colleagues well in all the work they have yet to come in their day jobs.

We would like to extend our sincere apologies to the people who have already made arrangements to attend the Fair and to let you know that we wanted to make a firm decision with as much notice as possible.  The cancellation of this year’s Fair will no doubt come as a terrible blow to all those local organisations, groups and societies for whom the Fair is the single biggest fundraising opportunity of the year. We are mindful that there will inevitably be severe financial implications as a result of this cancellation – not just for us, but also the Fair’s contractors, traders, local organisations and our village community.

We were so looking forward to welcoming you all to the Fair with some fantastic new bands and entertainers as well as 40 new stalls for you to have enjoyed. Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been taken out of our hands. But we look forward to welcoming you back to Downton next year and until then, we hope you all stay well and look after each other.

For further information please read our Frequently Asked Questions below – click + to see the answers


The Downton Cuckoo Fair is held on the Saturday of the first Bank Holiday in May.  This is usually the first Saturday in May but sometimes can be the last Saturday in April.

In 2021 the Downton Cuckoo Fair will be held on the 1st May 2021

If you are a fair visitor you can still contact your favourite exhibitors and help them with their custom during this difficult time by having a look at the stall holder A-Z directory

Other Events

We appreciate it’s a long way off and that some people are unaware of the link between the Fair and the Christmas Tree but the proceeds of the running the Fair are used to fund the purchase, delivery, erection, lighting and insurance of the Downton Christmas Tree every year.  We also rely on the support of TreeMenders when it is taken down.

We also ran the Partridge Fair but this is now being organised by a different group.

We’ll let you know nearer the time whether we’ll have sufficient funds for the Downton Christmas Tree.

The Downton Motor Club have confirmed that NONE of their events (car show, Motor Run etc) will be held this year.

The Downton Football Club have confirmed that the car boot sale will NOT be held this year.

Downton Band have confirmed that their concert (which would have been held in the afternoon) is now cancelled

Stall Holders

We understand that it is not easy to secure a stall at the Cuckoo Fair, which is why we would like to offer all stallholders the chance to roll their booking over to next year, and guarantee the opportunity to have a stall in 2021. Alternatively you can ask for a refund

As stated in our Terms and Conditions, we wouldn’t normally offer a refund if the Fair is cancelled, but given such likely difficult times ahead we would like to offer a refund to those who would prefer it, minus a £10 admin fee which will contribute to covering the costs we have incurred already this year.

To request a refund please follow the instructions in the email you received.

This option will remain available until the end of April 2020.

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