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26, 27 & 28 May 2017

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Wild Tree Fair 2015 is the first of our early summer gatherings brought to you by the team behind Harlequin Fayre. It carries on the great tradition of the Albion Fairs of the 70's and 80's.

This show will offer a more down to earth, bushcraft, climbing and campfires kind of experience. Don't forget your glad rags - great bands and acts will be there to spread their magic through the weekend. Come along and make history!

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Once upon a time there was the Seventies and Eighties. And looking back, these far off times seem fairly simple and honest. There was a lot of people getting out of the cities, remembering that nature is bigger than us, and that community is important. Around this time great people formed the East Albion Arts Trust, and across many years put together a splendid set of shows and events under the umbralla name the Albion Fairs at Rougham, Bungay, Barsham and more. Lots of people got involved and made the gatherings happen, and they were great! They showed huge amounts of colour, wonder, creativity and community, and that never really went away. Later, the Albion Fairs became victim to their own success but by then the idea that we could work together towards such great things was firmly established. The kids area at Glastonbury Festival, projects like the Albion Kids Show in London and Wierd & Wonderful Wood in Suffolk are all projects that share these roots.

Some of those who'd been part of these Albion Fairs kept travelling and exploring, and this brings us to the modern day.

The UK the festival scene had largely moved to the South-West. In East Anglia there was a notable lack of interesting faily events. For a lot of us a huge stack of speakers and plenty of loud music running til dawn just didn't hit those switches. There's so much more fun that can be had and really it's about people. There's a certain magic at small events that does not seem able to survive the larger events.

In 2008 Green Man Fayre was born, as a gathering for us. And it was lovely, so after we'd recovered from the not inconsiderable effort we created Harlequin Fayre. Harlequin Fayre grew, became loved by many, and the community that attend it need a chance to meet at another point in the calender. This also gives us a chance to put on a different kind of show, it'll remain fairly small, and be about giving people a chance to meet with friends and family in a nature based envirmonment, and dance, and laugh, and plan a long delightful summer!

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Come and enjoy our natural carnival. Come and start your summer in a glorious way. See you there!

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