Tintern Fete

Saturday 29th June 2019

What a day to remember!
Unbroken sunshine, a warm evening and free entry to a whole host of entertainments, a bigger-then-ever range of craft stalls, and refreshments from some outstanding producers of food and drink made this special a day to remember.
From midday until late, there was something for everyone. Marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing we had astronauts on stilts, roving aliens, a mad science lab with a gunpowder rocket launch, and an evening light show with robots.

Robot light show

More traditionally, there were swing boats, a coconut shy, Rainbow Gecko, and Arnie Kazam's children's magic show.
As usual, there was also a great line-up of live music acts throughout the day and into the night with Forest Treblemakers, Under the Covers, The Rob Connolly Band, Lee McCrory, Echo Bandits, and Creatures of Habit.
While the music was cooking, high quality fast food to suit all tastes was served by World Foods, Cheesetown Productions, Coity Bach, and Emma's Pigs. Local brewery Kingstone had brewed beer and lager especially for the occasion under the space-themed name Hopollo 11. And making its debut was the much-acclaimed Wye Valley Gin from Silver Circle Distillery.
More stalls than ever completed the picture, with craft producers, specialist food and drink makers, and voluntary organisations.

Winner of the Space Rocket Competition was Toby Davies who had built a very imaginative rocket and (with a little help from Dad) had devised a lift-off system which took it at least a metre off the ground. He received a certificate and a specially-designed Tintern Fete T-Shirt.

The Tintern Photo Competition received a large number of very high quality entries, making the choice of winner a challenge for the Fete Committee. Colin Dudley was finally closed as the winner with his photograph of cattle in the winter snow above Tintern. The winning photograph and other entries can be seen here.

Some comments from stallholders and visitors

"Was amazing - such a great event, music from noon to midnight, great stalls, & I loved the stilt spacemen, robot light show & fantastic fire show…all in a magical setting with the Abbey as the backdrop and sunshine in the day & stars at night."

"Such a fantastic day…"

"Thank you so much for having us to play at this fabulous fete. Steve and I thoroughly enjoyed our time. Congratulations on another successful year. Amazing."

"Thank you for having us at your event. Was so well organised…"

"We'll definitely be back next year if allowed. Thank you to everyone involved…"

"Thank you for having Mama Chlo's Kitchen. Weather was amazing (if a little warm for the cakes!)

"Thank you Helen and all for another lovely day at The Fete. Don't know how you organise these really hot days- impressive! Please let me know for next year…"

"Many thanks for allowing us to have  a stall at Tintern fete yesterday.  We had a lovely & profitable day which will help our funds enormously."

"We would like to make the Tintern fete  a regular event in our diary."

"Another brilliant day at the Fete yesterday. Such a lot going on and all for free. Already excited for next year! Well done everyone."

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We are grateful for the financial contributions made by our sponsors.
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2019 Fete Report
The Tintern Festivals Association prepared a report on the 2019 Fete which can be viewed below. Its main aim is to provide evidence of the use of funds to grant-makers who kindly supported the event but it also gives an insight into how much organisation is required to put on a successful fete each year.
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Contact
Vivien Richards, Chair of the Fete Committee
01291 689244
email
vivien.richards@yahoo.co.uk
Stallholder enquiries: Helen Carter, 07775 704842,
helencarter2006@yahoo.co.uk