Beggar’s Fair 2022: Romsey’s free music, dance and street entertainment festival is back

A HUGE celebration of music, dancing and street performances will take place in Romsey this weekend.

The Beggar’s Fair returns on Saturday July 9 for a day of free family fun.

Local musicians will take over the streets and halls of Romsey from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The volunteer-run festival will host a wide range of entertainment, from big bands on the main stage at Cornmarket and Abbey Stage to intimate acoustic music in the gardens, colorful dance performances, a family festival in Memorial Park and sessions of stories in the library.

After being involved with Beggars Fair for the past few years, Romsey resident David Vane took over as chair this year.

He said: “We are a market town so it has always traditionally been a place where people gather. And I think it’s the good thing that people come to join the party and listen to good music.

“There’s everything from jazz to folk to classical. We have four choirs this year. So it’s just a great place to come and spend the day.

“But it’s been hectic as I’m surprised how many acts are still not working after Covid. So it was quite difficult to organize the acts and put them in the right place and some gave up and then new places appear.

This year there are several new venues, including the plaza which will host a number of entertainment acts.

David added: “There’s such a mix of music, it’s a family day out. There are around 15 venues including pubs and churches and the Memorial Park has a stage for young people. It’s a good musical day.

“The day has a great vibe that continues to bring people and artists back year after year and after the pandemic we look forward to a vibrant event after three years.”

Headliners The Soul Catchers and The Tubalibres return to headline the musical event.

When the fair started in 1993, only a handful of musicians performed, entertaining the local crowd from the back of the truck in the Cornmarket.

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Thanks to the support of local people, it has become Romsey’s biggest event.

Currently the festival has around 12 volunteers helping to keep the day running smoothly, but Beggars Fair is still looking for help with organizing Romsey’s favourite.

The Beggars Fair program is available for purchase from the Romsey Visitor Center and other local businesses.

For more information on the festivities, visit beggarsfair.org.uk/.

The city center will be closed to through traffic to ensure visitor safety, but all major off-street car parks will be accessible.

For more details on road closures, visit beggarsfair.org.uk/maps.

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