By Dan Thompson
One of the biggest events in Ramsgate returns this Sunday, with the annual May Fayre in Ellington Park.
The free event attracts a crowd of thousands to watch live music on the bandstand, look at classic cars, enjoy a visiting fun fair, and shop from local traders at a market across the park.
The popular Ellington Park Bookshop is open all afternoon. After a stockroom clear out to make way for new stock, they will have books starting from 50p. Their regular stock includes art, cookery, gardening, history, and a whole shipping container full of fiction.
There will be a variety of food on offer, including pizza, burgers, and vegan options. There will also be a beer tent, and the Ellington Cafe – built as part of the 2021 restoration of the park – is open all day.
Members of The Ramsgate and District Model Engineering Club will be running their 5″-gauge locomotives and offering rides. There will be a variety of fairground rides for children, too.
On the bandstand through the afternoon will be performers including singer-songwriter Luke Dorman, Daisy Dorman, Akadem, and The SuperMicks, who take their influences from Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Oasis, The Beatles, and Queen.
And Great British Carnival’s samba drummers Samba Ya Wantsum will make an appearance.
Admission to the park is by donation, with funds raised covering the costs and supporting other community projects around the park. Rides and other activities may be charged for.
The Friends of Ellington Park May Fayre runs from 11am-6pm on Sunday 14th May. Join the Friends of Ellington Park group on Facebook for more about this and future events.
Let’s hope the funfair isn’t charging £5 a ride like the last time.