Corby Pole Fair Visitor Information
Here’s the answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you plan and enjoy your day at Corby Pole Fair on Friday 3rd June!
Corby Pole Fair is an outdoor heritage fair that is £1 to enter and suitable for all ages. Payment can be made via card or cash, however, card is preferred for entrance fees.
When and Where
Corby Pole Fair will be held from 6am until late on Friday 3rd June during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday. The main venues will be Corby Old Village, Charter Field, and West Glebe Park in Corby, Northamptonshire.
Programme & Map
On Friday 3rd June the Corby Pole Fair programme will be available from the Information Point or you can download it in advance or flick through it online HERE. Our announcement of the first acts will give you a flavour of the day.
The Information Point is marked on the map on the back cover of the programme and will be staffed by the Pole Fair team and volunteers. You can buy Pole Fair souvenirs at this points by cash or card.
Toilets & Access
If you have access needs please find out more about Access HERE. Toilets, which include accessible toilets are marked on the Pole Fair map.
All residents of the Old Village have received letters about the event and have been asked to contact the team in advance to arrange access if they need a carer to attend them during the day.
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, a Family Explorer mini guide for a fun-filled day out for the whole clan, and the Party Circuit lets you follow the daytime entertainment into Friday evening.
Food & Drink
There are food and drink outlets around Corby Old Village as well as the Streetfood Fridays area in West Glebe Park. You are welcome to use the grassy areas on Charter Field if you wish to bring your own picnic.
Please keep any pets on a lead at all times and make sure that you clear up after them. Animals are not permitted to enter the school grounds where the Viking Encampment is held.
Travelling to Corby Pole Fair
We strongly encourage visitors to travel on foot or by public transport to the Corby Pole Fair as large crowds are expected and parking is extremely limited around the site due to road closures in place during the event.
Corby railway station is only a few minutes walk from the event site in Corby Old Village and has direct links with Kettering, Wellingborough and Bedford, as well as indirect services from Leicester (change at Kettering). Any planned disruptions or engineering works can be found on the East Midlands Railway website.
The Traveline or Stagecoach websites are useful tools in helping you plan your bus journey – the nearest stops outside the road closures are Corby Railway Station (NN17 1TY) for Corby Old Village and Corby Conservative Club (NN17 1SZ) for West Glebe Park. On Friday 3rd June a Saturday service is in operation and you can find help in planning your journey at:
By Voi Scooter
Download the Voi app and pick up a scooter around town.
The main routes into Corby are the A43 North from Kettering, Wellingborough and Northampton, the A6003 from Oakham and Uppingham, the A43 from Stamford and Oundle and the A427 from Market Harborough.
Festival visitors are strongly advised to use one of the 4 town centre car parks and walk/bus/taxi to the event. Buses and taxis are available at George Street (NN17 1QB) in Corby (see bus information above).
Town centre car parks – please follow the links for details:
– Parkland Gateway and Victoria Place
– Willow Place and Oasis Retail Park
Parkland Gateway, Victoria Place and Willow Place car parks are all free on bank holidays.
Please note that the TESCO car park nearby is for customers only and has a time restriction of 2 hours and that the car park at Phoenix Parkway (for ASDA, Next, The Range etc) has ANPR cameras in operation and a limit of 4 hours parking. There is no pedestrian access to Lloyds Road from Phoenix Parkway, however there is a foothpath with steps from Courier Road to Rockingham Road
We have kept the road closures at the minimum level needed for the safety of both the general public and our crew.
- A small section of road at each gateway to the Old Village (the railway bridge on Rockingham Road, near the church on High Street, and outside the White Hart on High Street) will be closed from 9am on Thursday 2nd June to 10am on Saturday 4th June.
- The car park at West Glebe will be closed from Thursday morning to Friday evening.
- Lloyds Road will be closed from 8pm on Thursday 2nd June until 11pm on Friday 3rd June, with a one-way access route into the village along the front of Kwik Fit open Friday evening.
- The rest of the Old Village will be closed from 6am to 11pm Friday 3rd June. We will endeavour to re-open roads as soon as it is safe to do so Friday evening.
To enable the Pole Fair to take place, making sure that both the event can run safely and for the protection of your vehicles, we also need the following roads to be clear of all vehicles by 6am on Friday 3rd June:
- High Street
- The Jamb
- Lloyds Road
- Tunwell Lane
- Stocks Lane
- Chapel Lane (including the car park)
- South Road
- Scott Road
- Southall Road
Residents of these areas have received a letter in the post with details of alternative car parking options and arrangements for residents who have carers visiting their homes.
If you feel unwell and require medical attention please go to the Information Point or ask someone wearing a Pole Fair lanyard to contact our First Aid Team for you.
Lost Persons & Property
Corby Pole Fair has a designated Lost Persons Team who will look after any children or vulnerable adults who have become separated from their guardians. If you lose a child or vulnerable person please contact someone wearing a Pole Fair lanyard or our security personnel immediately or go to the Pole Fair Information Point for help.
Lost property that has been handed in can be collected from the Information Point.
Corby Pole Fair will take place come rain or shine, but in the case of heavy rain or high winds the programme might change slightly. Look out for Weather Alerts and programme changes on the Corby Pole Fair facebook channel or ask for updates at the Information Point.
Photographs, Video & Drone Flying
We will be taking photographs and/or filming shows and other events throughout the day to be used for promotional and evaluation purposes. If you do not wish to be included in our footage please let the Corby Pole Fair photographer/videographer know or contact us. We will be sharing photos and videos and live streams throughout the day on the Corby Pole Fair facebook channel using the hashtag #CorbyPoleFair.
Please be aware that celebrations are also being filmed by the Corby-based HD Media CIC teams. You may also see a drone flying overhead during the day. Northants Police and North Northants Council have given permission to our CAA qualified drone operator as part of the filming by HD Media CIC and Bluefin TV to record the 2022 Pole Fair. Please do not fly your own personal drones during the festivities as it could potentially cause an accident or injury.
This filming is for the Corby Heritage record and will be included in a time capsule sent on to 2042 (the next Pole Fair). A video documentary of the event will be made that we anticipate becoming available online in early Autumn 2022. Thank you for your inclusion in history!
Any other questions?
If your question is not answered here, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01536 267895. Please note that on the day of the event you can ask questions at the Information Point as the Made With Many office will not be staffed.
Last updated 1st June 2022