Kew Fete is GREAT

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned funfair?

I am a fan of fetes. I know it’s not cool to admit this, but I can’t help it. Ever since I was a kid, I have felt a sense of anticipation the night before the local fete and can barely sleep with excitement. The games, the food, the random stalls selling quirky nick nacks, the meeting up with everyone you know. I LOVE FETES.

Kew Fete is now my local exciting summer event. And it is a BLINDER of a fete (one of the “Top 101 things to do in London with kids”, according to Time Out, don’t you know). It just has everything you could ever dream of in a fete. Let me list the attractions quickly.

  1. A brilliant fun fair. The proper old fashioned kind with a helter skelter, ferris wheel, carousel and little cars for tiny tots.
  2. A mobile farm. A farm! At a fete!! Basically a few animals to occupy kids, such a fab idea.
  3. A dog show. The people of Kew love their dogs and I’m sure this will be hotly contested in some serious classes — best puppy, best old dog and best trick. Even more rosettes than polling day!
  4. A giant inflatable slide — which I and the other parents from the Barn Nursery are going to be running on the day. For kids only, sadly.
  5. More than 100 stalls from ceramics, glassware and woodwork to photography, art, adult and children’s clothes. Lots of retail opportunity.
  6. An amazing food court. Don’t eat at home on the day, the food is WAY too good. All sorts of different cuisines, plus a lot of CAKE.
  7. A raffle with prizes you’ll actually want to win — like a GoPro. If I win it, I’m taking it down the helter skelter like an action movie.
  8. MOST importantly, this fete raises huge amounts of money for local charities. The fete is in its 8th year, and this year, will pass the £100,000 mark for the money it’s raised for charity. Charities supporting cancer patients, providing help for the young unemployed, local elderly care, mental health support, assistance for young mums, equipment for the Scouts and local foodbanks are amongst those who have received assistance thanks to funds raised at Kew Fete. The orgainsers should be really proud of this achievement.
Love the straw bale podium!

So have I convinced you to come along? I hope so! Kew Fete is on 17 June, 11–6, on Kew Green. See you there!

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