Are you going to Strawberry Fair, Cambridge?

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This offer has expired. What is it? Remember when every town seemed to have their own summer carnival with floats and parades through the streets and which seemed to be attended by every member of the population. The numbers of these have dwindled, party due to the lack of people willing to volunteer to organise them however some still persist and Strawberry Fair is the annual Cambridge Community Fair. A free family day out show casing the best of Cambridge including bands, films and arts held on Midsummer Common on Saturday June 2nd 2012. This year's theme is Fairy Kings and Queens and dressing up is encouraged especially as there is to be a world record breaking attempt at 3:30pm for the largest gathering of fairies in one place. If you are stuck for ideas then children can join in a fairy costume making session in the marquee, the local costume shop is also offering 10% discount on fairy costumes.

What's on?

The fair really starts on Friday night when at 7:30 pm prompt the short film festival 'Strawberry Shorts' starts in the Cambridge Festival Theatre which is just across the road from the common. The programme will be announced on the 25th May 2012 as the submissions are still being short listed. Previously Strawberry Shorts has been held in a tent on the common so the organisers are urging everyone to dress up for the occasion and make it gala night. The audience gets to vote for the 2 best films and admission is limited to 150 people so you need to book your tickets in advance. On Saturday there is a parade through the town led by 'Arco Iris' Cambridge's own samba band. The parade starts at 11am and promises to be a feast of colour and outlandish costumes. It lasts about an hour finishing at the Common where the Cambridge Community Circus will be showing off their skills including juggling and high wire shows. The community circus was established in 1994 to promote, teach and promote circus skills so the performers are all local community members. There will also be stalls promoting community groups, showcasing their activities and looking for new members so there is plenty of opportunity to try something new and start learning a new hobby. There will also be food stalls and stalls selling locally made craft items. If it's music you're after then the winners of the Cambridge Band Competition will be performing throughout the afternoon. Grace Sarah was the overall winner. She is only 14 and has a haunting voice reminiscent of Ellie Golding. In complete contrast the runners up, Lamb Dogs, will also be performing and they are a more traditional  rock band. If you fancy something a bit quieter then there will be poetry readings by the twelve finalists of the poetry writing competition - the Strawberry Slam. Designed to showcase young talent the competition was open to 13- 25 year olds and was judged by the Point Blank Poets Collective, members of which will also be reading on the day. The whole thing has been organised and manned by volunteers - affectionately named for this year as the Strawberry Fairies. So if you are in Cambridge on June 2nd why not pop along and better still why not dress up for it and release the hidden fairy inside of you.

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