Gold Hill Fair relaunched as Gold Hill Festival Sunday 4th July 2021, Barton Hill Shaftesbury


Following a year of uncertainty, together with cancellations of public events such as Gold Hill Fair 2020. Shaftesbury Rotary Club have decided to look ahead with optimism. The Gold Hill Fair will be relaunched as Gold Hill Festival and will be sponsored by Western Marquees. Shaftesbury Rotary Club are very excited by this year’s event, as it will give residents of Shaftesbury a chance to have some fun.

Taking into consideration COVID restrictions, it was decided that Park Walk would not be possible as a venue. Shaftesbury Rotary Club approached the Town Council who kindly agreed to the use of Barton Hill Recreation Park, a more spacious and usable space.

The hope is to be celebrating the end of lockdown and the legal requirement to socially distance, of course, but the committee have to plan for less favourable possibilities so holding the event on the Barton Hill field allows for social distancing and for the oprganisers to control numbers if the regulations at the time require this.

But …. they aim to bring back an even bigger range of music, dance, refreshments, trade stalls and community events. Keep up with developments of the event on the Facebook page here:

With The Fringe not taking place until the Bank Holiday Weekend in August, Gold Hill Festival will operate as a standalone event. There will be the usual stall holders around the field, with street food outlets and a central stage and music throughout the day, including the first ‘Shaftesbury’s Got Talent’.

“Entry will be free; we want you to come and enjoy the day and have fun! If you have a particular talent and would like to take part then please let us know. We want all local organisations to be involved.”

We are very lucky this year to have a sponsor, Western Marquees, who are very kindly donating the Marquee, Stage and Generator for the event.

If you would like to take part or even get involved, then please email us at: –



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