About the mini-guides
We have created three mini-guides to help everyone get the most out of Pole Fair. So whether you want to start early, stay late or just pop in for a few hours to discover the delights on offer, select a mini-guide that suits you. We also have a Heritage Hunters mini-guide for all the history buffs and a Family Explorer mini guide for a fun-filled day out for the whole clan!
Party Circuit mini-guide
Friday 3rd June 2022
5:00am to Late
Pole Fair may start at 5am but the fun doesn’t stop once the sun goes down! This mini-guide is for those who are looking for a good time to celebrate Corby. With music, exhilarating performances, a wide range of food and refreshments, Pole Fair is the perfect opportunity to eat, drink and be merry!
The Pole Fair begins with a reading of the charter by the vicar at the three entrances to the village, with the oldest resident of the village (June Thompson), the Mayor (Cllr Tafadzwa Chikoto) and the vicar (Rev. Paul Frost) ‘chaired’ in between and hymns from combined choir of St James Gretton and St John Corby. Prior to this, the church bells will ring to awaken the village. After the charter reading, there will be a free breakfast on the Charter Field, thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund. Then at 8am Corby Silver Band (who were formed for the Pole Fair in 1902) will play on the Charter Stage.
The charter readings begin at 6am outside St John’s Church, moving to outside the White Hart and then near the Cardigan Arms.
Fancy Dress Competition
Prizes kindly donated by the Great Oakley Estate
The 2022 theme is Corby Pole Fair Throughout The Years! Why not think about famous people from previous Pole Fair years or moments in Corby’s history? You can enter the fancy dress competition in one of the following age categories: Under 5s, 5 – 10s, 11 – 18s and over 18s. The winner in each category will receive a £50 High Street voucher and there will be Corby Pole Fair goody bags for runners-up.
Enter the Fancy Dress competition at 10am on Charter Field
In Association with Corby Carnival Association
Re-imagined for 2022, the walking parade will have all the fun of a normal carnival parade without the lorry fumes! Led by four larger-than-life figures from Corby’s past, the walking parade will feature local groups and the Corby Carnival Court. The walking parade will leave Stephenson Way at 11am and parades through The Jamb, down the High Street and ends at St John’s Church – less than 1 mile in total!
Join us in the grounds of Corby Old Village Primary School for a showcase of the brightest singing and dancing talent from across Corby, including Skelding School of Dance, Chambers School of Irish Dancing, Kings School of Dance, Chordless Corby, Turner School of Highland Dance and Melissa’s Movers.
Enjoy song and dance at the Rowlett Stage from 10.15am until 5pm
We are delighted that Stevens Funfair is to be part of this year’s historic Corby Pole Fair – this special day will be even happier with all the Fun of the Fair!
Find Stevens Funfair on Lloyds Road from 10am onwards
Jousting with the Knights of Albion
The Knights of Albion are fast becoming one of the UK’s premier jousting teams. With breath-taking jousting displays, original storylines, movie-quality armour and colourful costumes, the Knights of Albion really push out all the stops to make their show something extra special. Using professional stunt riders, jousters, acrobats, musicians and performers, along with beautiful trick-trained Spanish and Friesian horses, they really bring an all-star action-packed performance.
See jousting displays at West Glebe Park at 10am & 3pm, with a foot parade through the fair at 1pm.
Ceilidh Jam with Folk Dance Remixed
On the Charter Stage, in association with Taste Original
Ceilidh Jam will get you on your feet for a funked-up, unique, folky, social dance – a fabulous chance for all to dance! Using traditional callers to teach, we’ll be mixing folk formations, Street Dance, legendary moves and freestyle grooves – from the Soul Train Line to Lucky 7, Strip the Willow to the Electric Slide.
Get your dancing shoes on at 5pm for the Ceilidh Jam at the Charter Stage
Strong Enough by Strong Lady
Presented in partnership with The Core at Corby Cube
Strong Enough is a powerfully optimistic show that uses circus, comedy and feats-of-strength to celebrate stories of finding strength in unexpected places. Stories of ‘ordinary’ people finding extraordinary strength in the places where we wobble, fall, and wonder if we are strong enough. Charmaine is a Circus Strong Lady and uses the physical strength of circus to celebrate the inner strength of these stories.
Catch the Strong Lady in action at the Rowlett Stage at 1pm and the Charter Stage at 4.00pm
Visit the Gardens of Wonderland on High Street for street food and cocktail offerings. Enjoy a special Alice lollipop cocktail, summery sangria, Pimms and a delicious sweet and savoury menu including veggie options…teas, coffee and lots more!
The White Hart
Visit The White Hart on High Street for DJ Mackie in the day and Prisoner live at night. Food, hog roast and drinks all day.
The Cardigan Arms
Visit the Cardigan Arms on The Jamb for drink, food from KC’s Cafe and music in the evening.
Presented in partnership with Fly By Bars
Street Food Fridays is a new outdoor dining experience – a mixture of amazing street food, pop-up bars, music & good vibes for multi-generational crowd. On the Wessie Stage, watch local acts including Chuck the Poet, Josh, Pmc, Johnny Mac, SkyFlood , Juke Box and Seniorem, Flash Peasants and DJ O.P.1.
Enjoy tasty food from a wide range of traders, including pizza, fried chicken, doughnuts, flamed grill and food from across the globe including Jamaica and North Africa. Vegan options available. In the quirky departure lounge at the Flyby Bars pop-up bar area, you’ll find craft beers, ciders, prosecco, frozen cocktails, alongside soft drinks and tea/coffee.
Find Street Food Fridays at West Glebe Park from 11am til late.
On the Charter Stage, in association with Taste Original
‘60s pop and rock band who were the backing group for Billy Fury. They topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with the phenomenally successful hit Telstar and went on to release a string of organ-and-guitar led instrumental singles.
Hear The Tornados at 7pm on The Charter Stage
Keep an eye out for…
- Watch out for the stang in the Old Village
- Come and have your picture taken in the stocks outside the Cardigan Arms
- Wandering Elizabethan Minstrels
- Morris Dancers from the local area
- Pop-up Ceilidh from Folk Dance Remixed
- Best Dressed House Competition – residents of the Old Village have been busy decorating their houses for the fair. The best, as chosen by judge Mandy Young DL, will win a £100 cash prize donated by Rockingham Road Post Office.
Fill out the audience survey using the QR code on your programme. Let us know what you think and be in with the chance of winning a brilliant prize.
Times and places
Bell ringing from 5am and first Charter Reading at 6am at St John’s Church, moving to outside the White Hart and Cardigan Arms – Listen to the live broadcast of the Charter reading at 6am on Corby Radio or BBC Radio Northampton if you don’t want to get up early!
Don’t miss the FREE breakfast at 7am on the Charter Field – first come, first served until it’s all gone!
- All day Visit The Cardigan Arms, The White Hart & Kitty’s Kitchen for food, drink and entertainment
- 08:00am Corby Silver Band
- 10:00am at Charter Field Fancy Dress Competition
- 10:00am Lloyds Road Stevens Funfair opens
- 10:15am – 5:00pm Rowlett Stage Performances by local dance groups & choirs
- 11:00am at The Jamb and High Street Walking Parade
- 11:00am til Late! West Glebe Street Food Fridays
- 1:00pm Rowlett Stage Strong Enough Strong Lady
- 3:00pm West Glebe Jousting with the Knights of Albion with foot parade through the market at 1pm
- 4:00pm Charter Stage Strong Lady (change to programme due to COVID)
- 5:00pm Charter Stage Ceilidh Jam – Folk Dance Remixed
- 7:00pm Charter Stage The Tornados
- 8:00pm The White Hart Prisoner