Country fair set to return to Melbourn

Pig racing at the Autumn Show

Pig racing at the Autumn Show - Credit: Archant

After the success of quirky pig racing last year, Melbourn Sports Centre and Community Pavilion will once again host a village country fair next weekend, featuring the unique event.

The fair, next Sunday, will be held between 12pm and 4pm and the aim of the bonanza is to raise awareness of the countryside as well as gain important funds for Melbourn Sports Centre and various charitable organisations in the community.

The event will raise money for many community initiatives including Wood Green Animal Charity – which has a base in Heydon, The East Anglian Air Ambulance and The Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital.

Hedgehogs are brought into the hospital by members of the public orphaned, injured or sick.

They are nurtured back to health in the hospital and then released back into the wild.

Melbourn Sports Centre manager Graham Johnson-Mack said: “ Last year’s event was well attended and seems to have really captured the imagination of the community.

“We are hoping that this year will be bigger and better.

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“There will be a variety of activities and stalls including pony rides, bouncy castles, live music and the return of the popular pig racing, which will start from 1pm.”

Revellers can also expect a three little pigs tombola, a boogie challenge, Mr Gilbey’s fairground, a duckling derby, egg challenge, as well as a toy shop and balloons.

There will be a fully licenced bar for thirsty punters, as well as Gerry’s Ice Creams, hot dogs and refreshments.

A total of six local schools sponsor a pig, and the race will be on to take the crown from last year’s winner – Melbourn Village College.

Melbourn Sports Centre also hosts summer activities for children, and will be hosting a five-day sports camp between Monday, August 15 and Friday, August 19.

Other activities for children include a sports camp and The Kids Factor – featuring trampolining, arts and crafts, games, dry sports and swimming.

For more information about times and prices of the various activities on offer for the community to get involved in, contact Melbourn Sports Centre directly by calling 01763 263313 or emailing