May 2018

November 9, 2017

Ok time to mark your calendars …and to get those photos you’ve been promising to lend us out of the loft…



The Fairs Archive have teamed up with Andy from Hare and Tabor and a t shirt has been produced using some of the distinctive art work from the pool of original graphics in The Archive. A percentage goes to The Archive expenses fund.

It is a rather fine looking garment and is available in two colours, grey/green or oatmeal/brown here:


There is, apparently, according to legend, a mysterious fourth poster in the faux-woodcut series for Barsham ’74. It’s rumoured to feature either an elephant or a bear.

Up to now it has remained completely elusive, but maybe someone could at least confirm there is a fourth or even better, reveal that they have a copy languishing in an attic? If so, it would fabulous to reunite them as a set. We only need to borrow it for a short while to take a a good scan, although if you want to donate it, it would go to a safe home.

Contact us through the website, (where there are also pictures of the new t-shirts in the shop). –









April 30, 2017

Firstly, many apologies to anyone vainly trying to access our website, despite the optimism of the previous post, we are still having problems. Hopefully they will be resolved soon..

A belated thanks to Cally and all for the warm welcome to the Folk East benefit at The Cut on the 1st April. A lovely evening was had by all.

Meanwhile, here are the dates where the exhibition will be popping up in 2017. (And they’re all getting better every year) :



words straight-u1494 (The Weird and Wonderful Wood Fair – 13th and 14th of May)

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fdca85_71a9135d76f84669ad66002f786cf12e~mv2_d_2767_2429_s_4_2(25th to the 27th August)

Hopefully we’ll see you there…

Much love from The Archive.

(Here’s a small mix of pics from previous years)..:







February 19, 2017

Just to let you know, the website is finally back online.

So change your bookmarks and links, the new address is –

Thank you for your patience…:)




December 15, 2016

You might have noticed that the website is and has been unavailable for some time. This is due to a technical glitch related to the domain name. Hopefully it will be back soon…

Black Bart has left the field – R.I.P. Paddy Fletcher

October 10, 2016




One thing that made the fairs fairs, rather than festivals, was the dominance of theatre and Incubus were the first among many fine troupes who brought street theatre to the fields of East Anglia. And Paddy was the constant, the writer and the director and the finest and funniest foul mouthed beggar, goblin and alien punk to be found in those fair fields.

He will be missed.

The Grand Tour 2016

April 27, 2016


Hello all, here’s where we’ll be this year.

Hope you can make one or some…


The Weird and Wonderful Wood Fair – 14th and 15th May

Harlequin Fayre  – 4th to the 7th August

Folk East  – 19th to the 21st August

Maui Waui  – 2nd to the 4th September

(For more info, follow the links).


In a previous post it was stated that this year the Weird and Wonderful Wood Fair was going to be the last one, this was incorrect. Thankfully it will continue next year as usual. Apologies..



(Fairs Archive at Harlequin Fayre, 2015)

With love, as always, The Fairs Archive crew..



RIP Bruce

February 20, 2016

Bruce Lacey, has died, aged 88.

Jill and Bruce - Elemental Co-ordination at Barsham in   1976

Jill and Bruce – Elemental Co-ordination at Barsham in 1976

Bruce and Jill first came to the fairs for the Last Barsham in 1976, and they became a regular fixture from then on, moving to Wymondham two or three years later. In 1981 and 1982, they organised the fair at Lyng, under the name the Faerie Faire.

Much loved by many many people, he will be missed.