Cuckoo Fair 2121 cancelled - here's why

The Cuckoo Fair Committee have issued a press release, explaining the decision:

It is with heavy hearts that the Downton Cuckoo Fair Committee have taken the decision not to hold the Fair in 2021.


With Government guidance relating to Covid-19 changing regularly the Cuckoo Fair Committee has with some difficulty, risk assessed the Fair to ascertain whether it could be run in a Covid safe way. With Safety Advisory Group experts on the Committee we have been very well placed to be clear about what is required but have concluded that there is too much uncertainty, potential risk, additional complexities, and extra cost for it to be a viable, enjoyable event.

We are very aware that the Covid situation and associated guidance will change in the next six months, hopefully for the better, but we would normally be planning, making bookings and outlaying costs now, so needed to make an unambiguous decision based on the current information and guidance. 


More importantly, and at the forefront of our minds, is the welfare of the villagers and people who live locally to Downton, as well as all the volunteers and contractors who make the Fair happen. We are particularly mindful of the potential risks from an influx of people and we want everyone to stay safe and well.


We know that this will not be welcome news for those groups, organisations and societies for whom the Cuckoo Fair is their annual opportunity to raise significant funds. It will undoubtedly also be a blow to all our wonderful performers and stall holders. We would like to assure you that we didn’t take this decision lightly. A Fair with significantly fewer visitors, limited stalls and no entertainment would simply not be one which we are proud to share with you all.


So, in these difficult and uncertain times we also want to bring some cheer to the village where we can and would like to confirm that the Cuckoo Fair will, as ever, be providing Downton with a village Christmas tree. We hope this puts a little bit of sparkle in 2020 and very much hope that 2021 is a more optimisitic year but more especially we look forward to the prospect of welcoming you all to the best Fair ever in 2022!


Downton Cuckoo Fair Committee