Haslemere’s first Charter Fair was reportedly as long ago as 1394, by order of Richard II and the Bishop of Salisbury.
However, the town’s declining fortunes led to it being abandoned.
But in May 1596 it was given new life when Queen Elizabeth I granted a Charter to the Town, reinstating the fair and the market.
Reviving the tradition
In 1984, a dedicated group of volunteers – from Haslemere Events – organised the new Charter Fair on the first May Bank Holiday, every other year.
Haslemere High Street and West Street (the main shopping streets in the town centre), are closed to traffic – allowing the thousands of locals and visitors to enjoy fairground rides, games, and lots of stalls offering a wide range of products and services.
Haslemere Town Council supporting The Charter Fair
Two Conservative Councillors, Pat Blades and Melanie Odell, serve on the Charter Fair Committee, and the Fair is supported financially by Haslemere Town Council.
The Council’s involvement enables the organisers to encourage attendance by our local charity groups and organisations, giving them the opportunity to promote their cause and fundraise.
Haslemere’s next Charter Fair will be on:
May Bank Holiday 2020