The Minchinhampton Fayre is back and taking place on Saturday, September 14 with a fantastic line up befitting of its 750th anniversary.

An enormous array of activities are on offer for all the family with novelty swing band, the Hot Potato Syncopators and entertainer Joe May of Passion4Laughter leading an impressive array of acts.

Billed as “the funniest jazziest band you’ll ever see,” the three-piece, ukelele playing Hot Potato Syncopators are starring thanks to a very generous donation to the Fayre. 

"We are thrilled that the Syncopators are going to be regaling the town with their witty musical comedy," says spokeswoman Anne Parry.

"We are also looking forward to welcoming Joe, a new Minchinhampton resident who is not only clown, but fool and performer on stilts," adds Anne.

"It's a real coup that Joe will be bringing his comical brilliance to the Fayre," she added.

Music also includes Five Valley Voices choir, The Jazz Friday Big Band, Avening Brass Band and a singalong with Minchinhampton Community Choir.

There'll also be a flight simulator from Cotswold Gliding Club, dance sessions from Befit Dance and Punch and Judy will be arguing it out thanks to entertainer Professor Collywobbles.

School of Circus Arts, School of Larks will be performing an awe-inspiring routine, and for the less adventurous, Minchinhampton Golf Club will be on hand to guide beginners through their golf swing.

Maggie Atthey's country dancers will be making an appearance, plus Walks with Hawks.

A Wedding and Flower Festival will be taking place at the Church, plus there will also be a Gardening Club show and the Teckels Fun Dog Show (from 12.30pm, £2 entries).

The dog show classes will include: prettiest bitch, most handsome male, waggiest tail, best Veteran (dogs over 8 years), best puppy (up to 8 months), best Rescue, 'the dog the judge would most like to take home', and finally, best in show.

At Minchinhampton Primary School there will be activities such as sumo wrestling, throwing sponges, football goal competition as well as a sweetie shop.

And if that isn't enough, there will also be face painting, morris dancers, The Gruffalo, tombola, lucky dip and many other stalls.

Food stalls will include Stroud's Funky Falafel, a hog roast from Pimbury Pigs, Madhus’ Rasoi and Winstone’s Ice Cream. There will also be a beer tent, Woodchester wines, food from Henry’s and The Kitchen.

In the evening, there will be live music and a pop-up pub in Market House.

Proceedings will begin at 12pm at the Minchinhampton School field with a pageant thanks to pupils of Minchinhampton Academy and Beaudesert Schools. 

With such a wide-range of attractions on offer, there truly will be something to appeal to all ages.

So, as the organisers enthuse, "do come along and bring your friends and family!"

There will be no entry charge to the Fayre, but all proceeds will be given to local charities so please give generously.