Wimbledon Village Fair 2013

Haydon the Womble in goalThe Wimbledon Village Fair, run by The Wimbledon Guild for over 25 years, is the largest free event in south London. In 2012 more than 20,000 people went along to enjoy the great food and entertainment on offer. The Wimbledon Guild works with local schools, businesses and organisations to deliver a true community occasion.

Look out for Haydon the Womble at the AFC Wimbledon football club stall, or wandering around to meet his fans for hugs and photos.

There is a dazzling array of entertainment from live jazz bands to puppet shows, zorb balls and a mini fun fair. As well as the largest local village horse show within the M25 area, there’s a Fun Dog Show, which last year attracted the likes of Phil Spencer (TV property expert).

Talented local performers take to the stage and The New Wimbledon Theatre treats fairgoers to a taste of their latest musical show. Food lovers will be in their element with the International Food Village, British Food Village and a farmers’ market with specially selected produce… there is something for everyone.

The Wimbledon Guild provides support from the heart of the community for local people in the Merton borough. Swift practical help is given to families and individuals experiencing social, financial and emotional hardship. Services include furniture recycling and small grants programmes, a comprehensive counselling service and care for older people through befriending, clubs and classes and residential nursing care. In 2012 the Wimbledon Village Fair raised £27,000 which contributed to the cost of delivering these services.