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.



December 7, 2015


As many of you will know, Old Hall in East Bergholt has been a community since 1974 and hosted 4 fairs: Fire (1979), Moon (1980), Rainbow (1981) and Earth (1982). We were invited to take the exhibition there as part of a Ceilidh organised by resident Dan Wheals, yet again it was like going home for the Archive!

The Fairs Archive’s yurt was set up in the chapel, (now deconsecrated) and fitted perfectly in the area that once contained the altar below an ancient wall painting still resplendent with gold foil. We all jigged the night away to the SOAS Ceilidh band “fiddling in support of refugees”. Everyone had a wonderful time and Old Hall proved to be welcoming and generous hosts.

A fascinating account of Old Hall and chapel can be found at www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/oldhall.htm and you can read about the community at Old Hall’s site:  oldhall.org.uk

With love and light,

The Fairs Archive



November 20, 2015
Hi everyone

We are hoping to get some funding to develop an oral history strand to add to the existing Barsham and Albion digital and physical archive. Need I say that  your memories are our greatest resource!

If you would be interested in participating, could you reply by sending an email to fairsarchive@gmail.com and this will enable me to keep all the replies together. We will then get in touch with you to establish a few more details.

Thanks everyone :0]


October 7, 2015




East Bergholt

Featuring the SOAS Ceilidh Band


The Fairs Archive

+ Mystery Guests

Saturday, 28 November 2015

from 19:00 to 23:00 (GMT)


Looks like it’s going to be a good one,

so be there if you can…