Chettle Fete 2017 is on Saturday 1st JULY!

Organisers of Chettle Village Fete are delighted to announce the date for the 2017 event as Saturday 1st July from 12pm.

It’s no accident that Chettle Village Fete has earned itself the title of Dorset’s Whackiest Fete – it is truly is bonkers.  As well as all the traditional favourites like cream teas, pets corner, coconut shy, face painting, plants, cakes, books and bric-a-brac, there’s also a healthy dose of loopy Chettle humour: the Alternative Dog Show presented by The Brigadier, Miss Chettle Beauty Pageant presented by Raoul Bandana, the amazing Art Auction, the infamous Human Fruit Machine, plus lay your bets folks for the Chettle Derby!

As well as all that, throw in a wide choice of fantastic, quality food stalls, a fully-licensed and widely-stocked bar, plus a Big Raffle and Tombola with prizes so enviable you’d be mad to miss it: past winners have enjoyed tickets to Wimbledon and West End productions, lavish beauty treatments, fine dining and signed items from the likes of Terry Pratchett and Guy Richie.  Over the last four years or so the fete has raised tens of thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities like Dorset Air Ambulance, local hospices, Marie Curie, Save the Children and many more.

Come and visit what is now widely regarded as Britain’s craziest most original fete, in the heart of the West Country  (where the juiciest strawberries grow – and go nicely with Chettle’s very own dairy cream!  Yum).


We already have some fantastic contributions towards the fete, but as ever we need more!


We would love your bric-a-brac (things that need a good home, not chucking out!): clothes, toys, books, mags, CDs, vinyl, plus plants and cuttings, cakes, pickles and the usual fete fayre.


But even more urgent we need some glamorous prizes for the tombola and raffle.  We already have some fantastic gifts including sumptuous dinners for two, tickets and passes to Larmer Tree Festival, National Trust centres, theme parks, food hampers etc but if you or your work were able to offer nights out (in or near both Dorset or London), desirable prizes (like fine wine or bubbly etc) we’d love you forever.


Are you a budding Rembrandt or an Andy Warhol wanting your 15 minutes of fame?  Your art – be it painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, textile or anything – is needed for our famous Art Auction!  Watch with pride as your piece, under the heavy gavel of our experienced auctioneer, whips up huge sums for worthy causes!

Please bring a piece with you to submit, in whatever form or size, with a small note attached stating the work title and the artist’s name, and help us raise more dosh with your dashes



Chettle Fete has always been famous for its Dog Show and for many it’s a very serious and competitive event, with a locally respected judge and with highly-coveted rosettes to be won.  But with The Miss Chettle Beauty Pageant threatening to steal all the limelight each year we’ve added some spice to this year’s canine parade…

Not only are we welcoming Janee White as this year’s judge, but also local eccentric and downright curmudgeon Brigadier Humphrey Portleroy-Trotter has kindly agreed to put down his sherry for a mo and compère the event, and new catagories including The Dog that looks most like its Owner, Best Biscuit Catcher and Best Dressed (pimp up your pooch!).   It’s going to be silly in places but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it very seriously!  Enrolling is from 1pm with judging starting a 2:30pm.


Last year we raised over £6,000 which went to a selection of very worthy causes: Dorset  & Somerset Air Ambulance, Weldmar Hospice, the Dandelion Trust took the greatest share, plus a cut went to Chettle Village itself towards a new notice board for the village shop, some desperately needed new trestle tables for the village hall and a bench in remembrance to one of the greatest men in the village who we sadly lost last year, Teddy Bourke. We also gave a small donation to the local scouts as a thank you for lending us some very helpful bits and pieces.

This year amongst others we’re donating towards Marie Curie Trust (after their nurses looked after Teddy at home for the last few weeks of his long battle with prostate cancer), once again to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, another essential Chettle Village project plus Diverse Abilities Plus which provides better opportunities and fun activities for children with physical and learning disabilities.   Please help us make LOADS OF MONEY for these great causes!