If you’re gunning for some great entertainment then the Leighton May Day Fayre never fails to deliver.
This year’s event, run by the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade, takes place on Monday, May 4 and as ever the action will be split between the High Street and Parson’s Close Recreation Ground between 10am and 4pm.
The main attraction for 2015 will bring back memories of The Royal Tournament.
The Portsmouth Royal Navy Field Gun Display will see teams race to dismantle a field gun, charge with it in pieces over ramps and chasms, finally reassembling it and firing it to show they have completed the challenge successfully.
Nearly 40 stalls or gazebos will line the High Street, giving local charities, schools, playgroups the chance to raise money or their image.
Back this year will be the popular helter skelter near the Market Cross. Here also, will be lots of local groups putting on displays of dancing, keep fit, as well as musicians and singers. The traditional maypole dance will, as always, be performed by pupils of Mary Bassett Lower School.
There’ll also be the chance to see Tempest Two (the boat that James Cracknell and Ben Fogle tackled the Atlantic Ocean in), plus fairground rides, the chance to test your driving skills in Central Beds Council’s car OSCAR.
On the recreation ground there will be more rides and slides – and, for the first time at the fayre, dodgems.
Throw in the Birds of Bray, Jo Jefferson’s Shire Horse, MK Dons’ skills sampler on the grounds of Leighton Middle School, and Greek warriors camped out at Pulford School, and there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.
Programmes for the event can be picked up free from The White House in Hockliffe Street, the library and many cafes around town.