Mill Road Winter Fair is a celebration of community along one of the most diverse and vibrant roads in Cambridge. Usually held on the first Saturday of December, the Fair brings together local businesses and organisations, shops and stallholders, musicians, artists and dancers in one day of festival joy.

Mill Road Winter Fair 2022

The 2022 Fair will be on Saturday 3rd December.

After two long years, the 2022 Mill Road Winter Fair will be better than ever – and we also have opportunities for Mill Road Fringe events throughout the year. We’re just fizzing with ideas!

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer – from communications, scouting for performers, setting stuff up, stewarding and just plain old organising – so do get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

Also, look out for the Mill Road Fringe Summer Shindig, Saturday 18th June, 4-9pm on Romsey Recreation Ground, Vinery Road. More details soon!

2021: Saturdays, stalls and singing

Ongoing uncertainty over Covid-19 sadly led to the cancellation of the 2021 Mill Road Winter Fair. The Fair was replaced by Mill Road Saturdays – a series of small events held on Donkey Common and Petersfield on 9th October, 6th November and 4th December, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Featuring craft and charity stalls, buskers and a fabulous ‘street’ of community bunting, Mill Road Saturdays were a celebratory gateway to the diversity of Mill Road. These events were held at Donkey Common (outside Parkside Swimming Pool) and Petersfield opposite, with lines of community bunting at The EDGE Café also marking the Romsey gateway to Mill Road. A closer look at the bunting revealed an I Spy Mill Road trail which encouraged people to explore Mill Road at their leisure, discovering its shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants.

Mill Road Saturdays were organised by Mill Road Fringe, a spin-off from the Fair Committee.

Irene Wilkes
© Irene Wilkes

We also held the wonderful online art gallery featuring artworks from local artists, many with a Mill Road connection: Mill Road Art 2021.

The 2020 Fair: Virtually brilliant

In 2020, the Mill Road Winter Fair could not take place due to Covid-19. Instead, we held our first Online Fair featuring many of the local performers, artists, stalls and organisations who would have been there on the day.

The Online Fair gave a glimpse of the very special atmosphere of the Mill Road Winter Fair. From awesome local art to fantastic seasonal gifts to purchase, from sensational musical performances to historical talks, plus exciting experiments and craft activities for children.
Naomi Davies
© Naomi Davies
We also coordinated an amazing community event to celebrate and showcase the identity and culture of Mill Road. Fun for all the family, the Mill Road Lantern Trail was funded by the charity, Love Mill Road.

Ten stunning community lanterns, representing ten local roads, were hung in shops along Mill Road and illuminated from what would have been Fair day, 5th December.

An illustrated trail accompanied the lanterns. It provided fascinating detail about a number of Mill Road’s best-loved buildings through historical Mill Road stories.

Get involved

The Winter Fair is run entirely by volunteers and we need your donations to help stage it every year. If you would like to get involved or donate, we would very much appreciate it. We need you to help us keep this wonderful Fair going. Donations to Love Mill Road help to fund the Fair, as well as the activities and projects of other Mill Road charities and community organisations, and are eligible for Gift Aid.

Updates

Look out for the Mill Road Fringe Summer Shindig, Saturday 18th June, 4-9pm on Romsey Recreation Ground, Vinery Road. More details soon!

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Our AGM was held on Tuesday 22 March 2022 at 7.30pm at Mill Road Baptist Church.

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A big, big thank you to everyone who came to the Mill Road Saturdays, and special thanks to all those who helped make it happen – including our amazing sponsors, stallholders, buskers, volunteers & organisers! See you for the Fair in 2022!

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Thanks to everyone who came to the second Mill Road Saturday on 6th November! We had fabulous stalls & activities, wonderful people and funky music! See you again on 4th December!

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Back for another year is the wonderful online art gallery featuring artworks from local artists, many with a Mill Road connection: Mill Road Art 2021.

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Thank you to everybody who came to the first Mill Road Saturday on 9th October! We had a blast and hope you did too!

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Ongoing uncertainty over Covid-19 has sadly led to the cancellation of the 2021 Mill Road Winter Fair. However, this year’s Fair will be replaced by Mill Road Saturdays – a series of small, Covid-safe events to be held on Donkey Common and Petersfield on 9th October, 6th November and 4th December.

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Penny Sobr, the artist who created our wonderful lanterns in 2020, showed a couple of the lanterns at local schools recently. She said: “There were cries of oohs and aahs… the children really loved them! It was so lovely to see their reaction and wonderful that they inspire young people.”

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The Mill Road Winter Fair Committee were extremely saddened to hear of the death of Allan Brigham. Please take a moment to read our tribute to this remarkable Mill Road ambassador.