Jubilee fete bannerIn association with the Newbury and District Agricultural Society

MERL’s annual Village Fete has a Jubilee theme this year, so come along and enjoy fun activities, traditional games, face painting, morris dancers and much more. Vintage and modern tractors. Beer tent, ice cream, hog roast and Jubilee teas…

Watch the video below for a taste of last year's Village Fete:

MERL Village Fete

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Come along and join in the fun!

  • play traditional games
  • see modern and vintage tractors, and a threshing machine in action
  • watch Morris dancing (and join in, too!)
  • listen to a local brass band
  • see a bodger from Sealed Knot using a pole lathe in his camp
  • make your own unique MERL Jubilee fete print
  • watch a willow weaving demonstration, and have a go yourself!
  • take part in a paper-making workshop
  • test your aim at the village stocks
  • try your hand at milking a cow (not a real one!)
  • meet our guest chickens
  • try your luck on the tombola and raffle

There will also be a wide variety of stalls, including beekeepers, Redlands Women's Institute, Reading and District Fuschia Society, Newbury & District Agricultural Society, 5-a-day garden, Bucklebury History group  and many more.


Refreshments will include Jubilee teas of scones with clotted cream and jam, served on crockery donated in response to our 'Any old china?' campaign (see below), plus a beer tent (from 11am) serving local ales and cider, hog roast, vegetarian meals and ice cream.

You'll also be able to cycle your own smoothies!


Victoria SpongeCake competition

Could you be crowned MERL King or Queen of cakes?! Find out more at our Jubilee Fete cake competition page. Adult and child categories and great prizes to be won!




Roy_with_the_Queen'Your Sense of Place' at the fete - your photos wanted!

Do you have any historic photographs of the village of Bucklebury or any photos of the Queen or other royals which you could bring along to the Village Fete as part of our Sense of Place project? Visit the Your Sense of Place page to find out more.



Tea cups'Any old china?' campaign

Thank you to everyone who has donated crockery over the last few months. We have been overwhelmed by the public's generosity. We hope you will all use your free tickets and come along to the fete!

We are now washing and organising the crockery in preparation for the fete and are therefore unable to accept further donations.


Help us serve our 'Jubilee Teas' at the fete this year in crockery fit for the celebrations!

We’d love to be able to serve delicious teas, cakes and scones on crockery suitable for the celebrations! Usually at our events we use disposable cups and plates, but these are not very environmentally friendly or aesthetically pleasing. So we’re launching our 'Any old china?' campaign; make a donation of your unwanted cups, plates, sugar bowls, milk jugs and even tea pots and cake stands between now and the end of May and receive a free ticket to the fete!

So, clear out your cupboards, browse the charity shops or raid a car boot sale and help us kit out the café! Just bring your donations to the Museum during normal opening times and collect your ticket voucher!

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