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Circus workshops, an acrobatic display team and fairground rides are just some of the attractions at this year’s Bingham Town Fair.

The event on Saturday, June 14 looks set to be a huge event for the whole of the community.

The fair is organised by Bingham Town Council. Its deputy clerk, Mrs Claire Pegg, said thousands of people attended last year, making it a fantastic day.

Mrs Pegg said they were looking to attract even more this time.

She said: “This is the largest event on Bingham’s calendar.

“It’s is an opportunity for all voluntary community groups to raise their profile in the community by having a stall and an opportunity for commercial enterprises to join in and have a really profitable day.

“The footfall is increasing year on year and the profile of the event is increasing year on year.

“We are trying to improve the experience for everyone each year. We are always looking for ways to improve.”

There will be more than 50 stalls. About half are regular stalls in the Market Square and the rest are pitches in the Market Square and on the field at Robert Miles Junior School.

The stalls feature crafts, cakes, gifts, ceramics, various games, tombolas, refreshments. Other stalls will be providing publicity for groups and organisations.

Bingham Town Youth Football Club plan to run a penalty shootout competition.

Toot Hill Arts Academy will be giving demonstrations including drawing, drama and face painting, which is free for youngsters.

Workshop taster sessions are also being run at the Bingham centre of South Nottingham College on the day of the fair.

The workshops include Chinese brush painting, life drawing, creative writing and reflexology.

There will be more attractions on the field at Robert Miles Junior School including the return of the popular climbing wall, a bouncy castle, circus workshops and rides.

Entertainment includes dancing, live bands and the Dako Flying Angels with acrobatic displays.

But the town council has decided there will be no children’s fancy dress competition at this year’s event.

Further attractions during the fun-filled weekend include Bingham Bowling Club inviting people to take part in free taster sessions on the Friday evening.

The It’s A Knockout competition returns to the Market Square on the Sunday.

Bingham Community Arts Committee will give a classical concert in St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Bingham, at 8pm on the same day.

Traffic will be stewarded for the first time by marshals from Rushcliffe Borough Council and cadets from the Newton 1936 Squadron Air Training Corps, who both have a stall at the event.

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