More than 600 people attended Newtown Summer Fayre earlier this month bringing a festival-feel atmosphere where local talent and opportunities in and around the town were showcased.

The event on the Oriel Davies green was attended by people of all ages who enjoyed a day filled with free, exciting activities, workshops and music.

A highlight for many was the Rinky Dink bicycle powered sound system, a legendary part of Glastonbury and many other festivals over the years.

People learned about local artists, upcoming projects and were encouraged to try something new while being able to hang out with friends, old and new.


Newtown Summer Fayre on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Picture by Open Newtown.

Newtown Summer Fayre on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Picture by Open Newtown.


Local community groups and organisations which brought stalls and activities included Weaving Wild, Queen of the Cranx , National Theatre Wales, Small World Puppetry, Peddle Emporium, Creative Stuff Newtown and The Textile Junkies to name but a few. Stwff and Things and Hummingbird Food provided delicious refreshments.

Moyra Aston described the fayre as having a "real buzz" praised the organisers for "such a bright festive atmosphere". Meanwhile Sadie Ella added: “Absolutely fantastic family day and all workshops were free. Thank you to all those involved.”

The Summer Fayre was organised by Open Events, a partnership project between Oriel Davies and Open Newtown. The project is supported by the Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being (ENRaW) Scheme.

Jeremy Meade, Open Newtown’s project manager, said: “It was such a pleasure seeing so many happy faces lit-up, and watching our community really getting stuck in with the activities on offer.”

Funding for the fayre was provided through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government until June 2023.