The Mop Fair
The annual fun fair held throughout the town centre streets in Stratford upon Avon. Fun for all the family, there are big rides, stalls and games set up along the main streets with food stalls available.
11 October, Charity Mop
12 October, Main Mop
20 and 21 October , Runaway Mop
History of Mop Fairs
Farm workers, labourers, servants and some craftsmen would work for their employer from October to October. At the end of the employment they would attend the Mop Fair dressed in their Sunday best clothes and carrying an item signifying their trade. A servant with no particular skills would carry a mop head – hence the phrase Mop Fair.
Mops usually last for 2 days and take over the centre of the town, and in recent times the Mops have become little more than a funfair.
...The original Charter granted by Edward VI on 28 June 1553; the Charter granted by James I on 23 July 1611; and the Charter from Charles II dated 31 August 1676. The latter provides that MOPS or fairs should be held “...within and through all places Streets Lanes Alleys and Fields in the said Borough (Stratford upon Avon)"...