Art exhibition opens to mark 800th anniversary year of Loughborough Fair

Published: Thu 14th October, 2021

  • Photo shows Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough at the Fair 800 exhibition.
    Photo shows Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough at the Fair 800 exhibition.

An exhibition showcasing original artwork and sketches by fairground artists has opened at Loughborough Town Hall to mark Loughborough Fair’s 800th anniversary year.

The historic fair, organised by Charnwood Borough Council, is celebrating 800 years since it was first granted a Royal Charter, along with Loughborough Markets.

The Fair 800 exhibition opened at the Sock Gallery on Thursday October 14 and will be on until Thursday November 18.

The Sock Gallery has worked closely with members of the Showman’s Guild of Great Britain and The Fairground Association of Great Britain to create the exhibition which contains Showman’s histories, original artwork and sketches by renowned fairground artists and miniature fair rides.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough said: “We are immensely proud of Loughborough Fair and to think it has been part of the town’s history for eight centuries is incredible.

“This exhibition showcases a range of original fairground artworks and explores the history of the fair showmen. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in putting together the exhibition. 

“Fair 800 offers lots for people to see and I would encourage people to drop-in and have a look at the spectacular artwork.”

Children will also be able to take part in a colouring competition when visiting the exhibition. 

Colouring sheets will be available in the gallery and entrants will have a chance to win a family ticket to this year’s panto at Loughborough Town Hall.

There will also be a free art drop-in workshop on Saturday October 16 where families will be able create their own fairground artwork. The drop-in session will run between 10am-1pm.

For more information about the Fair 800 exhibition, please visit the Loughborough Town Hall website.