The Pack Monday Fair takes place on the first Monday after old Michaelmas Day (October 10th). The name Pack Monday is thought by some to have derived from the men who worked on the Abbey packing up their tools following the construction of the Abbey, our local historian also offers other possible origins of the Fair.
The start of the Fair was thought to originally be heralded in by children blowing cow horns after the clock had struck midnight. Now it is announced by a midnight procession of people of all ages spontaneously forming “Teddy Roe’s Band” and marching through the streets making noise to scare away the devils. The band is relatively new compared to the fair itself, but the music is thought to originate from pagan times.
Pack Monday is a street fair full of stalls selling a bewildering variety of commodities including clothes, jewellery, food and household goods, all erected in Cheap Street, Half Moon Street and Digby Road.
Outside of the Fair, there has long been a fun fair operating concurrently on the Terrace from Thursday to the Monday, today operated by Anderton & Rowlands. The 2021 event will see the return of Friday and Saturday night entertainment in Pageant Gardens - 2021 acts to be announced soon!
With so much to see and do across the weekend, Sherborne's Pack Monday Fair is an asset to the town and will hopefully go from strength to strength in the coming years.