Take a look back at previous years of the Allendale Mayfair as we celebrate its return this year with a sci-fi theme on May 4, 5, and 6.

For over three decades, the Allendale Mayfair has been a testament to the strong community spirit of Allendale. This fair, which has evolved over the years, is a true reflection of our community's values and traditions.

Hexham Courant: Previous years eventPrevious years event (Image: supplied)

It's not just a day out, for the Allendale Fair is a multi-day event that, thanks to its action-packed schedule, brings people back for more.

Hexham Courant: Kids enjoying the bouncy castleKids enjoying the bouncy castle (Image: supplied)

Guests can enjoy the weekend by taking part in a strongman and strongwoman competition and circus skills while also listening to live music.

Hexham Courant: Strongman eventStrongman event (Image: supplied)

And who could forget about the Allendale Mayfair's famous fancy dress wheelbarrow race?

Hexham Courant:  Allendale Mayfair's famous fancy dress wheelbarrow race Allendale Mayfair's famous fancy dress wheelbarrow race (Image: supplied)

However, there was a concern about the future of fairs in 2016.

Over 60 people packed out a public meeting at Allendale Village Hall, which the fair’s organisers had called Allendale Lions Club, via social media and fought for it to remain.

Hexham Courant: Dance show in 2018Dance show in 2018 (Image: Supplied)

At a crucial meeting in 2016, the Allendale Lions Club, the fair's organisers, highlighted the need for new volunteers. They emphasised that the future of this 33-year-old fair depends on fresh ideas and energy from the community.

Hexham Courant: Morris dancingMorris dancing (Image: supplied)

The Allendale Lions’ Margaret Stonehouse said she was impressed with residents' interest in setting up a new organising committee.

Hexham Courant: Traditional maypole dancing in the square at Allendale May Fair in 2019Traditional maypole dancing in the square at Allendale May Fair in 2019 (Image: supplied)


The only other break for the fair was during Covid-19, but when it returned, hundreds turned out to welcome back a popular annual event.

Hexham Courant: Event in 2018Event in 2018 (Image: supplied)