First Update for 2017

There are 17 weeks to go until Strawberry Fair 2017!

We are thrilled to announce we have a winner for this year’s T-shirt design competition. Sophie Higgins, a local Hills Road A’ level student hoping to go on to big things in design, won with a fairytale themed design that captured a Jack-in-the-Beanstalk feel with creeping vines and fairytale lettering. Well done Sophie!

The poster competition is still open. We are looking for a winning design to advertise the fair on posters and on our programme. If you missed the boat with the T-shirt competition or you feel you have what it takes to design an eye-catching image that will join the Strawberry Fair hall of poster fame please send your entries into

What ese is new?

Strawberry Fair Ltd has become a Community Interest Company, CIC for short. CICs are limited companies which operate to provide a benefit to the community they serve. The purpose of a CIC is primarily one of community benefit rather than private profit ensuring true community benefit is always at the heart of any CIC.  This really fits in with the spirit of Strawberry Fair and embodies what we are trying to achieve and it makes sense for us to move in this direction.

As a free event Strawberry Fair relies heavily on fundraising to survive. Before Christmas some of our volunteers did a fancy dress fundraising trip along Mill Road and as well as raising money it was a great chance to talk to people about the Fair. There are quite a few myths about the Fair and one of those is that Strawberry Fair is entirely funded by the council. While we do appreciate the help we get from the council the truth is that the Fair is funded by traders and by the hard work of fundraisers.

Speaking of which…..

Trader applications are now open. We are looking for traders and organisations offering as many different flavours and tastes, products and produce, weird and wonderful hobbies and interesting people to amuse and entertain our visitors. Our market is one of the most important features of the Fair and we offer a range of pitch fees and types to suit all needs, including food stalls, craft stalls, blanket pitches, mobile sellers and charity stands. Applications should be made online at:

In other fundraising news…

Next in line to present a fundraiser event is The Portland Ballroom. Once upon a time ... there were three wondrous acts that in the not too distant past have graced the Strawberry Fair Portland Ballroom stage. 4TH LABYRINTH, SUNDAY DRIVER and ALTON WAHLBERG (The Bearded Busker) will be performing on Friday 10th February. The evening will be a magical affair that embraces the Strawberry Fair 2017 'Fairy Tales' theme. Join them as the Ballroom Doors Open 7pm and leave after the magic wears off at 11pm. Dressing up - Ballgowns, Fairy Wings, Masks and more are positively encouraged. Tickets are available from  and on the door if there's any left! More details here:

Scarecrow Corner presented a fantastic psychedelic start to 2017 with their benefit gig on Thursday 26th January at The Portland Arms, Cambridge featuring: Warning Shadow, DiG and  BansheeVa. This was the fourth in a season of benefit gigs for Scarecrow Corner, who are marking the 20th anniversary of the area!  

Their next benefit gig will be on Thursday 23rd February at The Portland Arms, Cambridge featuring  John Fairhurst, Rebel Icons, Pok The Bard and DJ. Admission is £7 on the door. The event page is here:

On Thursday 23rd March at The Portland Arms, Cambridge, Scarecrow Corner will bring us Tribazik,  Ghost (Live PA), and  more.  Admission is £5 on the door. More details here:

Strawberry Fair has always prided itself on encouraging new music, both at the Fair and through running the Cambridge Band Competition. Applications for this year’s competition have come in thick and fast and we are delighted to welcome some brand new entries from the music scene in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas. Heats are in the process of being firmed up but they will be each Sunday in March at the Portland Arms and more details will come soon.

The Band Competition are also hosting a fantastic event coming up in aid of raising money for this entity of the Fair. Why not test your music knowledge in a mega music quiz at The Royal Standard on Mill Road at 7.30 pm Friday 3rd March.  Tickets are £5 per person for a teams of 4 to 6 and they are  available from the pub or you register  your team via Facebook here

And finally…….

Strawberry Fair is run entirely by volunteers and we are always looking for more people to become involved. Volunteering for Strawberry Fair is a great opportunity to get experience and develop skills in the events, marketing and arts industries, to meet new people, to get to know your Cambridge community and to have fun - and, of course, a fantastic sense of team achievement when it all comes together on the day itself. Whether you'd like to help with planning throughout the year, the preparation of the site or simply on the day itself, there is always space and we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to be part of the largest free festival in the UK you can fill in our volunteer form, email us at or simply come to one of our meetings and talk to members of the Committee, especially our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Mark McGivern.

The meetings are held at the NCI on Holland Street, which are every Wednesday at 8.00pm. The next meetings are: Programming on 8 February 2017, Committee on 15 February 2017 and Fundraising and Finance on 22 February.