May QueenTorrington May Fair

Torrington's annual festival to mark the coming of summer takes place on the first Thursday in May and dates back to the sixteenth century.

The day is given over to celebrations, with crowds gathering early in the town square to watch a series of events and entertainments, culminating in traditional maypole dancing by children from the local primary school and the ceremonial crowning of the May Queen, all accompanied by music from the town's own Silver Band.

The funfair visits the town for May Fair week, and on the Saturday following the crowning there's a carnival procession through the town, with prizes for the best floats and walking groups - many of whom have spent the whole year planning their display.

The carnival has its own queen, elected by pupils at the secondary school, and carnival queens and marching bands from neighboring towns are also invited to join the procession.

May Fair week is a time of celebration for Great Torrington; the town is decked in bunting and decorated with gorse sprays for the occasion, and the town centre shops feature special window displays, competing for the coveted 'Best Dressed Window' award. It's a great time to visit the town and soak up the carnival atmosphere - come and join us!

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