The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair will return to Dorchester on 6th June this year but in a different format in view of Covid rules. Organisers of the Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair tell us that it was felt more appropriate to have a scaled-down event aimed at local people, rather than encourage mass visitors to the town.
The focus of this year’s event will be a special online production celebrating Thomas Hardy’s love for his home town. Many of Dorchester’s heritage organisations are partnering to demonstrate what life was like in Victorian and Edwardian Dorchester. The presentation will be themed “Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge – Dorchester Through Time” and is intended to become a lasting legacy on the Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair website.
The pandemic has provided the opportunity for local heritage organisations to find time to work together to raise awareness of Thomas Hardy and Dorchester.
Gareth Jones, Chair of the THVF2021 Committee, said: “We have a great team of people who are really enthusiastic about bringing this 2021 event together, building on the interest generated in 2019 and creating the foundations for an exciting re-launch of the original street fair as restrictions ease, hopefully next year!”
There will be some live events happening on the day, including a Victorian food market and a live performance by Tatterdemalion in Borough Gardens. Places for these free events will be ticketed and numbers restricted. Local residents can also take part in guided tours around Dorchester and there will be Victorian craft demonstrations at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse museum.