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Country Fayre Church Knowle 2018

Country Fayre 2018

Country Fayre just got bigger and better with the inclusion of Family Fun Day and Novelty Dog Show, what a day we have in store for you!!!

So come one, come all and don't forget your family dog, we have something for everyone - here's just a taster of the fun to be had ...


Join us on 23rd September from 11:00 - 16:00 for our new super dooper Country Fayre at Church Knowle Rehoming and Visitor Centre for a day full of fun for the whole family, while raising money for rescue animals.

We have some super value Family tickets

Adults £4 / Children £2.50 (up to 12 years old) 

Family Tickets: 

£10 up to 2 adults and 3 children
£12 up to 2 adults and 5 children

Through the day we have animal introductions, where you can meet some of the characters we have here at Church Knowle and find out a little more about them and how to look after them.

Take a Hobby Horse and canter around our agility course in the sand school  to win a rosette, you can choose your steed with our top trump cards, (such fun!)   Or, you could search through Chickenham Palace to find the eggs and win a prize.  Make a cat toy, or maybe play the rabbit game, there really is so much to do.





All day from 12:00

Egg Collecting *

Chickenham Palace

All day from 12:00

Make a Cat Toy *

Cat Cottage


Hobby Horse Gymkhana * 

Sand School (by the stables)           

All day from 12:00

Rabbit Game*

The Warren


Introduction to our Horses

The Stables


Introduction to our Pigs

The Wallows


Introduction to our Sheep

Near Goats Hill


Introduction to Cats

Cat Cottage


Introduction to our Chickens

Chickenham Palace


Introduction to our Goats

Goat Hill


Introduction to our Rabbits

The Warren

 * These are paid activities

Egg Collecting and Hobby Horse Gymkhana just £2 each or 3 for £5

Rabbit Game and Make a Cat Toy just £1 a go

Timetable of attractions

11:00 Distraction Alley Opens                                                                                                Great fun for you and your dog, who will be distracted the most?
11:00 Hobby Horse Gymkhana opens (until 14:00) Take a Hobby Horse and canter around our agility course in the sand school  to win a rosette, you can choose your steed with our top trump cards, (such fun!) 
11:30 Sheep Shearing Show Captivating, expertly performed shearing demonstrations with lively commentary about the history of shearing and the wool trade
12:00 Novelty Dog Show Classes Open Great fun with classes to suit everyone £2 a class or 6 for just £10 (Puppies under 6 months old cannot enter the classes)
12:30 Story Time with Suzie (until 14:00) Fun Storytelling in our Kids Zone
13:00 Music by Kez A popular musician on the local music scene, Kez Hinton is a New Forest acoustic singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music event’s organizer, passionate about live music and connecting with his audience
14:30 Liberty's Birds of Prey Demonstration Enjoy Liberty's wonderful birds of prey demonstration and prepare to be amazed
15:30 Sheep Shearing Show Captivating, expertly performed shearing demonstrations with lively commentary about the history of shearing and the wool trade

Check out our kids zone, with the chance to get hands on with line printing, Coconut Shy and much more fun and games to enjoy

The very best of Dorset will be on offer from local crafts to the finest produce,with plenty of things to do, stalls to visit and refreshments to indulge in as you while away the time seated on the hay bales.

The Wimborne Militia are joining us and will be doing shotmaking and drills through the day, no firing on this one, but you may be encouraged to shout Bang occasionally

Wimborne Militia

Our great friends East Dorset Bat Rescue will be with us, you can see bats up close and find out more about them, and what to do if you find one hurt or disorientated - well worth a visit

Why not take part in our Scarecrow competition? Make and dress your very own scarecrow to bring along on the day and enter into the competition. There's also a jam making and photography competition to take part in too.

CF 2017

 Jaguar Enthusiasts Club - Dorset Region will be joining us, and you will be able to see the cars on display

Vintage cars (2)

Not forgettting  our hugely popular Novelty Dog Show, take a look at the classes you could enter for just £2 a class or 6 classes for £10 (We regret that Puppies under 6 months old cannot enter the classes):




Sponsored by



Best Condition Male




Best Veteran Male (8 years or over)




Most Handsome Male




Best MGAR Male

Top Coat Print Ltd



Best MGAR Rescue winners of classes 4 and 13

 Laceys Solicitors 



Best Child Handler 6 - 11 years

Purbeck Ice Cream







Best Child Handler 12-16 years

Pipper The Springer



Dog the Judge would most like to take home

The Hotel Collingwood Bournemouth



Best Rescue (Open to all Rescue Dogs) 

Damory Vets





Sponsored by                                  



Best Condition Female

Insignia Signs



Best Veteran Female (8 years or over)

Paul & Sally Hutton-Cornish



Prettiest Female

Paul & Sally Hutton-Cornish



Best MGAR Female

Ray Millard Insurance Brokers Ltd



Waggiest Tail

Pipper The Springer







Best Pairs opposite or alike

Collis Animal Therapy



Best Trick

The Roman Group



Most Appealing Eyes


  We even have Dog Olympic with fun classes for everyone opening at 11.30am! One not to miss! 

11:30 Dog Olympics Ring Opens                                                                                                                 
1 Scuffts - Best Scruffy Mutt  
2 Musical Mats  
3 Longest Sit  
4 Egg and Spoon Race  
5 Jumble Dash  
6 Catch the treat competition  
7 Speediest Return  
8 Eat the biscuit relay (team race)  
9 Fastest Bonio Eater  

The Trophys, treats and Medals for the Dog Olympics were kindly donated by CC Moore Pet Store Weymouth and Ann Bond Dog Training

At just £1.50 a class there is fun to be had for everyone, joining in, or watching from the sidelines

Kim Lillington CF 2016 (23) Kim Lillington CF 2016 (21)


Well' that's just a bit of what we are offering, and as last year's event was such a great day so, we can't wait to do it bigger and better! 

Check out more of the photos from last year's event here.

We can't wait to see you there! If you need any further information just contact teamgreen@mgar.org.uk