A RIGHT ROYAL FAIRY FESTIVAL
Fairy Queens and Kings of all ages will be parading over to Midsummer Common on 2 June to join the jubilations at this year's Strawberry Fair.
The Fair is encouraging all Fair-goers to embrace the theme and dress up as their favourite fairy, whether a gothic creation from the brothers Grimm, a mischievous forest sprite, a twinkly tutu fairy and anything else the imagination inspires.
Calling all Fairy Godmothers and fathers
Kids are the big news for Strawberry Fair 2012. Following the phenomenal popularity of the Kids Area last year, Strawberry Fair is expanding the area and introducing more activities, the highlight of which will be a very special Kids Parade, which will join the main parade on the Village Green.
Younger kids will have the opportunity to shine in a royal fairy procession of their very own, wearing the costumes they've made in the Kids Marquee. The we are going for a World Record Attempt for the most people dressed as fairies (more info).To make sure the kids get a really great day out, we're looking for 40 Fairy Godmothers and fathers to steward the children's activities. 40 Fairy Godparents spending just an hour or two in the Kids Area will make all the difference to the children.
If you would like to give local children a great day out, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wardrobe Costume Hire is offering 10% discount on Fairy Queen and King costumes and accessories to anyone going to Strawberry Fair as Fairy Queen or King. Vouchers will be in the Strawberry Fair programme on sale in May.
The Village Green
Central to the fair is the Village Green, featuring an open air arena with a range of displays reminiscent of community celebrations from a by-gone age (but all done in a Strawberry style). The Village Green welcomes the Strawberry Parade back from its tour of the town. There are battle re-enactments in full regalia and some classic TV with It's a Knockout inspired antics.
In the Mad Hatters community cafe you can relax and have a cuppa and a slice of cake and watch the madness on the Village Green unfold. Meanwhile the Kings Head Tavern crams a week of pub type activities into just one day (including speed dating, Karaoke, musical duos and a pub quiz). Around the Village Green there are several Community Pavilions where community groups can give displays, talks or offer information about the kinds of things that are on offer throughout the city all year round.
The Cambridge Community Circus performs there
Colonel Mabey's Mechanical Menagerie
A steam punk town music area offering a variety of performances throughout the day.
Wild Strawberry Cabaret
The cabaret and burlesque stage will provide an electric, eclectic mix of dance, music and burlesque arts. The vibrant programme features Can-Can dancers, Jazz music and chanteuse, saucy comedy and tantalising burlesque. The Cabaret starts at 7pm, and is recommended for over 18s only.
The Green Area returns with all the favourites including information and campaigns around green issues, yurts and herbalist.
The Kids Area (12 - 6pm)
The Kids Area, housed in a safe fenced off part of the common, promises a world of entertainment for big and little children alike.
Youth Theatre and Slam Poetry
In the evening the Kibs Area marquee is transformed into a performance space for young people.
The Acoustic Tent features instrumental jam sessions, great folk and acoustic performances.
Every year the spectacular parade marks the official start of the Strawberry Fair, showcasing costumes, dance, music, culture, and involving hundreds of local people. Come and see the fabulous pied piping parade through the street of Cambridge from 11am - 12noon.
The Wigwam Stage celerbated 20 years at Strawberry Fair by bringing its usual eclectic and hectic range of music sweeping from traditional rock and roll to classical quartets.
Strawberry Shorts Film Festival
Cambridge Cinema shorts have teamed up with Strawberry Fair to present an evening of film.