Corby Pole Fair Archive Screening

Corby Silver Band at the Corby Pole Fair in 1982 © Glyn Dobbs at Northants Telegraph

Corby Pole Fair Archive Screening

When and Where

Date: Thursday 24th June
Times: Availability at 5pm, 7pm and 8pm only (screenings at 3pm, 4pm and 6pm are now full)
Venue: Savoy Cinema, Corby
Tickets: Free, but booking is advised.

About this event

The Pole Fair is a major community celebration, which takes place in the Old Village area of Corby every 20 years and is said to have been celebrated in some form for over a thousand years. There are numerous traditions that take place at every fair, including a dawn parade with a reading of the town’s charter, floral gateways to the old village area of Corby, and a greasy pole competition. At the celebration of the Pole Fair in Corby every person entering the village has to pay a small toll or face the stocks. Previous fairs have also included markets, performances, historical re-enactments and a large fun fair.

Over the last year, HD Media CIC have been busy researching, collating and editing photography, film footage and personal memories of the pole fair from 1902 onwards. Including rare footage, which has been digitised to the highest standard, this film documents the traditions, frivolity and community spirit of the Pole Fair.

As we prepare for the next Corby Pole Fair on Friday 3rd June 2022, join us in learning about the history of the event, view some of the archives and make your suggestions for the next fair.


Booking is advised as spaces are limited. We prefer if you book online via Eventbrite, however you may also call the office to book on 01536 267895 (Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 3pm).

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Each screening is approximately 35 minutes in duration and will take place at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm on Thursday 24th June 2021 at the Savoy Cinema in Corby.

Access at the Savoy Cinema

An RF hearing system is fitted in each auditorium for which receivers can be provided on request. Assistance Dogs are welcome to accompany patrons. There is one wheelchair space per screening available.


This film has been generously supported by the National Lottery via the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.

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