Chettle Village Fete is a free, charity-funding daytime event for all the family.
Chettle itself is a tiny family-run hamlet situated in the heart of Dorset between Blandford and Salisbury, with a beautiful manor house and gardens, a cluster of gorgeous cottages, a tiny church, a pond, a dairy, lots of sheep and cows and a human population of just ninety.
HOW TO FIND US
The Chettle postcode is DT11 8DB. Look out for the Chettle Fete banners each side of the entrance to Chettle Village off the A354, then follow the signs to the site.
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Coming by car is by far easiest, and we encourage anyone to get in touch or post on the Facebook event page if they are looking for a lift or have spaces and are able to share.
There is parking at the site. Please wait to be directed to a space and then donate some money at the entrance or to the car parking stewards. Disabled or elderly passengers may be dropped near the site entrance.
TRAVELLING BY TRAIN & BUS
The nearest train station is Salisbury. From there you can get a taxi (it’s about 30mins away and should cost around £25-£30) or a bus which will drop you off a good 20 mins walk from the site. It’s the Salisbury > Blandford > Weymouth service and you have to request to stop at Chettle – between Cashmoor & Tarrant Hinton. Buses go every 2 hours – timetable here.
There will be at least one qualified first aider attending the main event. Please look for the red medical cross to locate them.
If you need a place to stay locally there is a list of B&Bs in the Contacts/Links page – book early to avoid disappointment! You may also find accomodation on Airbnb or Booking.com. You are also advised to book a taxi in advance if you think you’re going to need one as there aren’t really any firms you can just call on the day / night. There ain’t no Uber!
Camping space is limited and is STRICTLY INVITATION ONLY. We offer no facilities apart from a tap with drinking water and nearby portaloos. Unauthorised tents could be removed without warning. Please wait to be allocated a space before pitching up as there are more kid-friendly/quieter zones. There is a £5 pitch fee donation, please offer it if you have not been asked!
Campfires are strictly prohibited – not only because of fire risk but because the cows go back into that field a few days later and it’s not fair on them – on this note please also make sure you pick up any rubbish, specially the small bits like ring pulls and cigarette butts.
Small BBQs are acceptable as long as they are propped up on bricks or legs so that they don’t scorch the grass. Never leave a hot BBQ unattended – always ensure it is fully extinquished before you go elsewhere.
Dogs are NOT allowed in the orchard area of the campsite, this is because the sheep go in this field year round and we don’t want them to get worms, which is a real threat from dog poo.
Cars are also not allowed in the campsite. You may drop off stuff nearby before 11am on the day of the event and collect the following day, otherwise all cars must be in the car park. Chettle Village Fete is not responsible for any loss, theft or damage to your posessions or property – please ensure you look after your things safely and securely, do not leave anything precious in your tent!
There will be a café selling hot & cold breakfast and a proper coffee and tea trader for the Sunday morning. Please also make yourself available to help dismantle the fete, it’s when we need you the most! All the helpers are volunteers so the more help, the merrier.