More than 20,000 visitors from far and wide came to Downton on May 4 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cuckoo Fair, the biggest free event in Wiltshire.

Endless rows of arts, craft and food stalls from all over the country had set up shop to provide visitors with plenty to choose from.

For the anniversary, prizes donated by local shops were drawn, Christopher the Giant was back to stroll up and down the streets, Sarum Morris put on a great show, and as usual, the Cuckoo Fair princess was crowned.

Local groups such as The Plonkers, The Treblemakers, Chasing Time and The Downton Band entertained with music and the obligatory Maypole dancing kept people on their feet.

Down the road from the fair, a classic car show by Downton Motor Club marked the 60th anniversary of the Mini and a cavalcade of cars made a ceremonial  drive through the village.

Downton Cuckoo Fair communications manager Joanna Ramsay thanked everyone involved.

“It’s been brilliant, it’s a real community event,” she said

“There have been lots of groups and organisations that helped make this happen, especially the Cuckoo Fair committee, and we’re all volunteers.”

New members are always welcome: get in touch at to help shape next year’s Cuckoo Fair.

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