The Lions' Swanmore Fete is on Saturday July 13th. Check out the web page for details

Lions' Swanmore Fete

Saturday 13th July 2019 – Put the date in your diary

The human fruit machineSwanmore village fete is a good, old-fashioned, traditional village fete, where you can expect lots of fun and entertainment! 

Hundreds of Swanmore residents turned out in glorious summer sunshine last year to enjoy the fun and entertainment at the Lions’ Swanmore Fete. This year is going to be bigger and better than ever! 

The Meon Valley Lions Club has been organising the Swanmore fete for quite a few years now and we thought it was time to make a few changes. So, this year for the first time, we’ve introduced an exciting new DOG SHOW for owners to show off their pooches and perhaps win some prizes! 

There’s also:

  • Swanmore Wind Band (new)
  • Soberton Strummers ukulele band
  • Roynon School of Dance
  • Funky Play-bus (new)
  • Forest of Bere Archers (new)

Here are the programme timings (can be subject to change):


12.30 – Gates open and welcome

12.35 – Arrival and presentation of Carnival King, Queen, Prince and Princess in the arena

12.40 – Swanmore Wind Band (stage)

13.25 – Soberton Strummers (near the tea tent)

14.05 – Dog Show (small arena)

14.10 – Djembe Drum Workshop (main arena) 

14.35 – Car and Bike winners’ presentation (main arena)

14.55 – Raffle (main arena)

15.10 – Roynon School of Dance (main arena)

16.00 – Official close 

(Times may be subject to change without notice)

kristian-bediiako-back-to-roots-splash (2)We're also delighted to welcome back  Kristian Bediiako to Swanmore fete. He will be running a series of Djembe drum workshops every half hour during the afternoon. If you want to get into the rhythm he'll show you how - children and adults can take part!

Once again we’ll have the classic cars and bikes on display, plus, we’ll have over 40 stalls, coconut shy, beat-the-goalie, games and rides and oodles of yummy things to eat and drink. 

The classic motorbikes congregate in Swanmore mid-morning for their Meon Valley rally run before returning to be displayed at the Recreation Ground. Here they will be judged in four class categories, with the winners presented in the main arena.

Entry is £2 (no no charge for accompanied children under 12!)

Timings: 12.30pm – Fete opens; 4.00pm – Fete closes

Venue: New Road Recreation Ground, Swanmore, Hampshire. Link to MAP

Here's all the information needed for people interested in taking a stall, showing a classic car, taking part in the classic bike rally or entering the fun Dog Show:

NEW Dog Show

New for 2019 is a fun dog show with a number of different classes (see below) in which you can enter your pooch. 

Just 50p to enter for each class!

Email: or call Polly on 01489 559222

dog photo

  • Dashing Dude – Handsome Dog
  • Pretty Princess – Beautiful Bitch
  • Golden Oldie  – over 8 years
  • Yummy Youngster – Under 12 months
  • Lookalikey – Owner and Dog that look alike
  • 2nd Chance Hero – Rescue dog
  • Best behaviour on a lead over a short course
  • Best in Show from the winners of the above

Classic Cars

If you are interested in showing your classic car at the Lions' Swanmore Fete, please email: or call Steve on 02392 599640

MG Magnette

Classic Bike Rally

If you are interested in the "Meon Valley Run"  classic motorbike rally, followed by a display on the fete ground, please email: or call Pete on 01489 895300

Bikes starting the rally

Stall Holders

If you are interested in taking a stall at Swanmore fete, the rates are very reasonable - especially for charities. Please email: or call Dick on 01329 832433 

The human fruit machine stall

Thanks to our 2019 sponsors!

Friary Meadow (Lions' Food area), Silverlake and Chase Cars (classic car trophies) and Swanmore Parish Council have helped offset the cost of staging the event this year, allowing us to channel more of the monies raised into charitable causes.

Friary Meadow logosilverlake header logo 

In addition, thanks to all the prize donors for our Grand Raffle - it's bigger and better than ever before! Special thanks to 

Hotel & Bishops, SAJE UPVC, All Time Grates, Crown Inn, Outlaw Barbers, Marriott Meon Valley, Bowmans Brewery, Upfields Electricals, Paul's Plaice, Garsons, Mole Country Stores, Hylands Store, Hazel's Florist & Budgens. 

The prize list ensures a very successful raffle for our charities.

A few great pictures from 2018

Below are some pictures of many of the fun things that went on.

All photos courtesy of Roger Kevern

Carnival King, Queen. Prince and Princess Horse and Carriage

Left pic: King – Evan Smith, year 3; Queen – Freya Lambert, year 4; 

Prince – Haydon Buckman, year 1; Princess – Naomi Brobson, year 2

Fun things

Djembe drumming Haven Falconry Human fruit machine

Above: Djemebe drumming with Kristian Bediiako; Haven Falconry display; The human fruit machine!


 College Jazz Contraband Contraband

 Birnie Boozle Band Soberton Strummers

Above (left to right): Swanmore College Jazz band, Contraband, Birnie Boozle Band and Soberton Strummers 

Dance and stuff:

Roynon School of Dance Haven Falconry Haven Falconry

Above (left to right): Roynon school of Dance, Haven Falconry display

Classic Motorbike winners 2018:

Bike winner 1 Bike winner 2 Bike winner 3

Winners: (from left to right) Paul Packham, Mark Storer and Robin Tilley receiving their prizes from Lion Pete Meadows who organised the Classic Bike event. (Not pictured Kevin Sandford)

Classic Cars 2018:

 Car winner 1 Car winner 3

 Car winner 2 Car winner 4

Best in Show Winner - Sponsored by SilverlakeDavid Bernstein - 1957 MG A (pictured top left)

Runner-up – Sponsored by SilverlakeJohn Tunicliffe - 1972 Jensen SP (pictured bottom left)

Best Mini in Show – Sponsored by Chase Cars, - Steve McLean - 1963 Morris Mini Minor (pictured bottom right)

Highly Commended – Sponsored by Silverlake, Roy Sandle - Ford Model A Roadster(pictured top right)

Trophies presented by Damien Dench of Silverlake Automotive Recycling, Dick Cowles of Meon Valley Lions

Other fab cars

Car Car Car

tractor Car 

and some more photos from previous fetes:

HMS Greenery  Children in the Carnival  A classic car at the fete  The spectacular Flying Tigers 

     HMS Greenery Schoolchildren in the Carnival A Classic Car The spectacular Flying Tigers

Check out these videos taken at the Carnival and Fete 2018 - 2014:

Thanks to George Belcher for these great aerial shots!