The Rugby Spring Fair has been held in the town, on the Spring Bank holiday , at Whitehall Recreation ground, since 1978, except when it was temporarily moved to Oakfield Park for two years.
The Spring Fair is known for its family entertainment and is a very popular community event for the people and particularly the young people of Rugby. Previously run by the Rugby Webb Ellis Round Table until 2007 when the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore was invited to take responsibility for the event.
In 2015 it was agreed that the three Rotary Clubs in Rugby would work together to spread the work amongst a wider group of volunteers.
It is now the only community event of its kind for Rugby.
The 2020 Sping Fair will be held on the VE 75 Bank Holiday on Friday 8th of May.
Local charity stalls at the fair are known to do very well for their own causes. It is a great family fun day out including; arena events, fairground rides & fun games.
The fair ground arrives onWednesday in order to ease traffic flow and is open all day during the event and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They also make a contribution to our charities.
Our Clubs do all they can to ensures the management of the day is properly maintained with members attending gates and managing traffic flow. We advise the police and all health and safety aspects are in compliance with Rugby Borough Councils’ requirements.
Any litter is cleared after the close of the event. Music broadcast at the Fair is licensed by the Performing Rights Society for Music http://www.prsformusic.com/ which is promoting and protecting the value of copyright and is supporting the Rotary Spring Fair as it has done on all previous occasions when music is played for entertainment at the Fair.
We regularly have up to 10,000 attendees from the public of Rugby. We have some 50 stallholders mostly local charities and small entrepreneurial businesses who sell their wares.
In addition we have a programme of events in an arena where there are a variety of displays many of which are performed by local groups and involve young people’s development. This enables these groups to display the benefits of attending their clubs and often results in them gaining new members.
For 2019 we arranged several new and interesting displays. Click here for the latest information.
This is non-profit making event and any funds we raise are re-distributed mostly to local charities and, in addition, to some of the International charities our Rotary Clubs support.
These sums can amount to several thousand pounds. In 2016 the Spring Fair made donations to Coventry Classic Car Club, Dunchurch Photographic Society, G-Force Martial Arts Club, Gardner’s Guild Guide Dogs for the Blind, Impact Dance Nuneaton Dogs Club, Rugby Area Talent Trust Rugby, Sea Scouts, Shelterbox.
In addition the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore President’s Charity which was supported by the proceeds from the Fair was Tedworth House, a facility supported by Help for Heroes.
In 2015 the Spring Fair made donations to Bilton Scouts, Dunchurch Photographic Society, G Force, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Jaide’s dance Studio, Matthews School of Dancing Nuneaton Dog Training Club, Rugby Lionesses, Rugby Sea Scouts, Shelterbox.
The Rotary Club of Rugby and the Rotary Club of Rugby Saturday Breakfast also supported a number of charities.
In 2014 The Friends of St Cross received a £2,000 donation following the Spring Fair and later received further support
as a result of other fundraising for the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore President’s Charity.
Other Charities and local clubs which were supported that year were: Jaide’s Dance Nuneaton, Dogs Club, Roy Castle Lung Foundation, Rugby Gym Club, Rugby Lionesses, Rugby Freestyle Martial Arts, Rugby Reptile Charity, Walk Sea Cadets, Stilt Walkers Charity, Take Heart (Rugby) and many more charities supported by the Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club, Rugby Dunsmore Inner Wheel and the Rotary Club of Rugby.