Second Spring Fayre Is a Smashing Success

12,000 flock to event on traffic free Wandsworth Bridge Road

Big crowds attend this year's Wandsworth Bridge Road Fayre
Big crowds attend this year's Wandsworth Bridge Road Fayre

May 29, 2023

Members of Wandsworth Bridge Road Association and local residents are celebrating the huge success of their second Spring Fayre.

While drizzle and grey skies dampened spirits at last year’s first ever fayre, this year the weather was fine and Fulham folk flocked to share in the fun.

Wandsworth Bridge Road Association, who organised the event with the support of H&F Council, estimated that an astonishing 12,000 people attended the event on Sunday May 21.

On its Twitter account, @WbrAssociation tweeted: “ Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to make it such a fun day! The community support and vibe was incredible!This includes all the street traders, many of whom are small local independent traders/entrepreneurs. Thank you everyone!

“Huge shout out to: 105 stallholders & lovely local businesses, super talented musicians, kid’s entertainers, volunteers, amazing crews & more! We love you & thank you for bring so much joy & laughter to the ♥️WBR♥️! Thx @hfcouncil @mayorofldn.”

Closed roads meant that the crowds could throng Wandsworth Bridge Road
Closed roads meant that the crowds could throng Wandsworth Bridge Road

As well as a vast range of stalls along the road selling everything from local crafts and antiques to street food and exotic drinks, as well as goodies from the road’s own local coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, the fayre offered live music and entertainment on two stages, fairground rides and stalls, including a coconut shy, splat a rat, test your strength and more.

Children’s favourites Sharkey & George were on hands in the kids’ games area, along with Jolof Sports, a seasonal Maypole, free face painting and junior yoga.

There was also a fascinating exhibition of photos of the South Fulham road’s past, when it included both swimming baths and a large cinema, plus a chance to discuss plans for the future of Wandsworth Bridge Road, and view the latest updated plans for a total redesign.

In May 2021, after asking local people about the most important issues facing the community, the Wandsworth Bridge Road Association submitted its vision for the future to the Mayor of London’s ‘High Street for All’ regeneration scheme.

It was selected as one of the exemplar projects and the association then worked with the community to define a collective vision for a Clean Green Wandsworth Bridge Road through multiple workshops, fairs, pop-ups and of course last year’s Spring Fayre.

Live music was played throughout the day
Live music was played throughout the day

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has committed to integrating this Clean Green Vision as central to the Clean Air Neighbourhoods, and agreed to implement some short-term improvements, including green cycle lanes, banners and the lights on the trees.

The council and its consultants WSP are now working on plans for the total redesign of Wandsworth Bridge Road, in line with the association’s shared vision of a less car-centric more pedestrian and cycle friendly high street.

Those who missed out on the display at this year's fayre can view them in full here.

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