Strawberry Fair March 2016 Update

Just over two months to go until Strawberry Fair on Saturday 4th June.

Exciting, isn’t it?

Check out what we've got happening this month: 

When What Where
Wednesday 6th April, 8pm General Meeting NCI, Holland Street, Cambridge
Saturday 9th April, 11am-4pm Cambridge 105 Record Fair St Philips Church Centre Mill Road
Sunday 10th April, 7:30pm Sunday Sessions (Strawberry Fair Benefit Gig) Portland Arms
Wednesday 13th April 8pm Programming Meeting NCI, Holland Street, Cambridge
Wednesday 20th April, 8pm Site and Infrastructure Meeting NCI, Holland Street, Cambridge
Friday 22nd April, 4-6:30pm Strawberry Fair Memory Café Cambridge Folk Museum
Saturday 23rd April, 8pm Eastern Bloco Benefit Gig The Box Tree Café on Norfolk Street
Sunday 24th April, 9pm Strawberry Fair joins Rebel Arts Radio Cambridge 105
Wednesday 27th April, 8pm Finance and Fundraising Meeting NCI, Holland Street, Cambridge
Friday 29th April, 7pm Cambridge Band Competition Final The Junction
Sunday 1st May, 2pm-12:30am Strawberry Sundae The Portland Arms

The Cambridge Band Competition

The winners from the heats and Under 18’s Final will be competing in the Grand Final at the Junction on Friday 29th April from 7pm. The lineup for the final is: Heat 1 winners Stone Deepe (a four piece progressive indie rock band from Cambridge); Heat 2 winners Permission to Dance (a five piece Disco Band from Baldock); Heat 3 winners Schrodingers Strings (a trio from Hertford rocking out on two harps and a guitar); Heat 4 winners The Virtues (a four piece alternative rock band from Bury St Edmunds); Under 18s winner Tom Korni (the “One Boy Band”) and the inners of the Audience Cheer Saachi (a Cambridge University based five piece Jazz-pop ensemble).

With such a varied and talented line up it’s going to be a fascinating final! All 6 finalists will be able to perform at Strawberry Fair as well as competing for musical and developmental prizes which are presented at the end of the night. As in previous years the whole event will be broadcast live on Cambridge 105 radio and Cambridge TV will be filming the show as well. The overall winner's prize will be presented by The Mayor of Cambridge, Rob Dryden.

Advance tickets are available from The Junction:

There is a Facebook event for this at:

Record Fair

Cambridge 105 will be holding a Record and CD Fair at St Philips Church Centre, 185 Mill Road on Saturday 9th April from 11am to 4pm.  There will be thousands of Vinyl lps and singles, 12", 10", 7", 33s, 45s, 78s and CDs. Rarities and specialties as well as bargains to be had!

Early Entry price will be £5 (£3 students and concessions) and entry after 12 will be £3

All profits will go towards funding Strawberry Fair and Cambridge 105

Facebook event page:

Eastern Bloco Benefit

The Eastern Bloco area will be holding a Strawberry Fair Benefit Gig at The Box Tree Café on Saturday 23rd April from 8pm. Line-up and ticket prices are to be announced but  based on last year’s benefit it will be fantastic.


Eastern Bloco, and the Parade team, will be holding workshops between now and the Fair to make costumes and all kinds of art and design for the Fair. Everyone is welcome, no experience required. Times and places will be announced on the Strawberry Fair website, Twitter and our Facebook pages.    

The Parade goes through the centre of Cambridge before it arrives on Midsummer Common to mark the formal start of Strawberry Fair. The Parade is always colourful, always inventive and always creative. If that sounds like you then you should definitely get involved in making things for the Parade.

Eastern Bloco Area is planning something very special for the Fair and they are looking for volunteers in March and April (and May too but hope to have a lot done by then) to help with making things like wind turbines and solar stuff pedal power. It sounds like a great opportunity for any budding engineers, tinkerers and bike enthusiasts to get involved in making something special. I am told that they could also put the skills of any  knitters, weavers and sewers to very good use.

As usual please email for more information.

Sunday Sessions Benefit Gig

Edna Productions and Cambridge TV are turning their April Sunday Sessions at the Portland Arms into a Strawberry Fair benefit. The Sunday Sessions are recorded for TV in a cabaret style, with a small number of tables available. So, if you want to get into some proper Sunday lounging, book in advance by contacting their Facebook event page ( to guarantee yourself a table (up to 4 people per table) or take your chances by arriving before the show starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are £5.  

The evening features stand up comedy from Steve N Allen and music from David Youngs (2016 Band Competition finalist), Swamp Truck (2016 Band Competition winners) and the SG’s.

Strawberry Sundae

Are you looking for something to do over the May Bank Holiday? We think that we may have an answer because Strawberry Sundae is back for a third year!

On Sunday 1st May Strawberry Fair ‘takes over’ the Portland Arms for the day.  The full line-up of music and entertainment is yet to be announced but we can confirm that there will be an afternoon of live music and spoken word in the main bar, workshops in the venue room, the return of the dressing up box, a full gig in the venue room in the evening, and an auction of promises and more. 

Cambridge Museum

The Cambridge Museum (also known as the Folk Museum), on Castle Hill, will be running a Strawberry Fair exhibition throughout May. Although they do have some material, including an impressive collection of Strawberry Fair Posters, the Museum would welcome donations (which do not have to be permanent) of all kinds of Strawberry Fair memorabilia. From costumes to Programmes to artwork to photographs to just about anything Strawberry Fair related.

The Museum also want your memories! Cambridge Museum are holding a Memory Café from 4 to 6.30 pm on Friday 22nd April. What is a Memory Café? Literally it is where you come along and share your memories of the Fair, whether they are from long ago or from more recent years, with the oral history team at the Museum. This will be added to the Capturing Cambridge collection. 

If you have anything that you would like to donate to the exhibition, or memories you would like to share, please contact for details of how to donate.

Committee News

Applications for traders are very much open!

The traders team could always use a few more people to respond to applications, especially in the next few weeks, so if you have any free time and would like to help out please get in touch on the usual email (

A lot of the work that has happened in the past couple of months has involved arranging the infrastructure for the site.  Marquees, generators, lights, fencing, PA’s, staging and more all have to be planned, sourced, priced and contracted. Sounds boring? Well it’s not so boring if you think that this is what the money gets spent on and the more it all costs the more we have to raise. Getting the best possible deals is a vital part of ensuring that the Fair happens – so huge congratulations to our Site Manager and the Infrastructure Team, without whose hard work we would not be able to afford a Fair at all.

With only a couple of months left until we start setting up the Fair on Midsummer Common and there is a lot of work to be done before 6th June. We are always looking for volunteers to help with planning the Fair, site set-up, stewarding (amongst other jobs) on the day and site take-down after the Fair. If you would like to be involved please message us on this page or email