After a two year break due to the pandemic, we are so thrilled to hear the news that Pinner Fair will return in full this year!
Harrow residents have been eagerly anticipating the return of the fair, as one of the most celebrated events on the community calendar, it’s been sorely missed during the past several years.
The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain have said they are pleased to be returning to the Pinner Street fair for its 685th anniversary, having being absent for the last two years due to the pandemic.
Commenting on the historic Fair’s return, Lawrence Crick, Chairman of the London & Home Counties Section of the Showmen’s Guild said: “Remembering the dark days, it was a ray of light and hope for us to have been able to present a token fair, with the London Borough of Harrow’s assistance in, part of the High Street, for which we are grateful. However, now we are looking forward to presenting the full One day Fair on Wednesday 1st June.”
Mr Crick continued: “All of our members who make up the Showmen that attend Pinner Street Fair are looking forward to returning this year to celebrate the historic Fair with the Townsfolk of Pinner and surrounding area and to putting a smile once more on all the faces of all the children, who with their families have waited so long for this special unique occasion that is part of the tradition of their town. This year we will also be celebrating the 133rd anniversary of the Showmen’s Guild itself.”
Mr Crick concluded: “We are working hard behind the scenes to bring the very best rides, games and attractions, for all ages, to this year’s Pinner Fair; as well as working with all our partner agencies to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible. We hope that everyone will come along and join in the fun when they can, throughout the day from 10am through to the evening.”
This year, the event is to be held on Wednesday 1st June, which is during the local schools’ Half Term holiday week and just before the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holidays.
Pinner Fair is set up on the Tuesday evening (May 31st) and the roads through Pinner (High Street, Bridge Street and Marsh Road) will be closed from late afternoon (exact timings and road closures TBC).
Bus routes that normally use Marsh Road and Bridge Street (183, H12, H13) are diverted via West End Lane. There will be temporary “No Parking” restrictions in the roads around central Pinner and the Chapel Lane car park will be shut as this is used for the Showmen’s vehicles.
These closures and restrictions will continue all through Wednesday 1st June and will be removed in the early hours of Thursday 2nd June, as the Fair will all be packed away and the streets cleaned (by Harrow Council) before most people are up and about on the Thursday morning.
The Fair itself will start at about 10am and the morning is the most suitable time for families with young children to attend as in the later afternoon and evening it becomes very busy with people coming from far and wide. There will be an enhanced police presence at the Fair as is usual. The Fair is usually finished by about 11pm.
Some of the businesses in Pinner close for the whole of the Wednesday, while others open for the morning only and some are open as usual.
The Pinner Association’s (who have kindly provided this information) website will be updated for would be Pinner Fair goers if new information becomes available nearer the date – see: www.pinnerassociation.co.uk/news
We look forward to seeing you all at the Fair, don’t forget to share your images and videos with Harrow Online!