Jason Allen 22/08/23
Bartholomew Fair | A thousand year old festival gets revived
The original Bartholomew Fair opened in the year 1133, and was held every year at the end of August for centuries until it was banned in 1855 for being too fun.*
Well, now it’s back.
And frankly, it’s been long enough. For an event with such a storied history (Ben Jonson wrote a play about it, Samuel Pepys went regularly, Daniel Defoe namedrops it in his novels, etc.), its return is well overdue. And of course now they’ve updated some of the acts in ways that Big Sam Peyps could only have dreamt about.
It’s going to take place over the course of just over a fortnight from the end of August until the middle of September in & around The City. It’s all free (at least, there are no tickets we could find) and here are a few of the more notable happenings:
And there’s a ton more stuff besides, ranging from Phileas Fogg’s hot air balloons making their way through the streets, to a steampunk style ‘Flycycle’ (that’s flying bicycle to you and me) weaving in and out of traffic, and majestic giant slinky walkabout, all of which sounds very fun indeed.
But hopefully not too fun.
*Seriously. The city authorities shut it down because it encouraged “debauchery”, which as we all know is a synonym for fun.
NOTE: The Bartholomew Fair is taking place between 31st August – 16th September in and around The City. You can find out more at their website right here.
The Bartholomew Fair | The City of London
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