What's been written
Name: Sietske van de Wal
Comments: I saw photo`s on
Albion fairs You tube Mr Colin and i am the tall one with long white
hair picture taking through buswindow also on further pics from fairs i
am seen throwing water away out off a bowl son on there looking into
the camera ( trying to be on as less photos as possible at the time)
(shame really love looking at myself now who does`nt) all my friends
are on there. Colin one off the friends took a sport in taking pictures
all the time.Tks for that.
I remember Bruce Lacey the guy who did the fertilitie
dance midnight we were not alloud any artificial lights.(faery fair). I
also remember the Green fair with Jill and Bruce painted up green doing
a performance The Rougham fair i remember being the only one (from
friends) having a shower each morning with the solarsystem? Lost my son
who was then maybe 4 years or so found him again pfff.I remember the
bus loaded with pottery i remember earthoven were clay was baked. The
earth pipe i not tried. Family planning did funny act. On the Faery
fair i like the guy wondering arround with no head looking for it and
suddenly you walk the fairgrounds and see a head sticking out off the
sand talking to me lol. The Goblins the schoolkids faeries I remember
the tubes with new age music i went in. Oh i remember that my son
(still 3 or 4 at time) went with pushchair and himself rolling down
sandpitt as i was watching a show he ate some sand (all turned out ok)
In fact maybe if i paid less attention to the performance and watch the
child he never got lost or eat sand lol. Simple Simon i think it was
called got all the eating there some off my friends are seen on your
pictures there. Stuffing yourself silly wondering later why stomach
felt bit bad. Oh the toilets where good. After a few days i used the
open land sneak off sorry about that handy when you an early morning
type. Also one fair there was water a river and it was hot weather i
went swimming in there with some friends. (shame i never remember where
that was in UK)
Oh the pictures on You tube Albion fairs are all friends
on campsite off which i remember the music well Litle Feat being played
(forget which album) The newspaper Guardian did good write up at the
time over the Faery fair and i wrote an essay while i was attempting to
do an o level english at the time. I wrote about my holiday and the
teacher was impressed that all that happened in her country and she
knew nothing about it. Mixing with the wrong kind off folk she must off
been i said. Anyway i lived in the UK from 79 till 91 and the best
times where Albion. Something extra to add for the story i not have
really. The memories are in my computer (head). Strange that campfire
smell earthy smells earthy colours always remind me off the Albion
fairs. The guy making incence with thistels on chacoal i bought some
for at home whole house in the smoke lol. Eating a hamburger with onion
feeling the pressure off a big thunderstorm to break out at any moment
that afternoon. All the hand made jumbers i bought. Wooden toys.
On You tube are 1 or 2 photos from a fair in Norwich
University grounds not Albion i think anyway it was very simular
happening only we had a stall and were not told it was vegetarian not
handy when you got loads off bacon anyway we sold our bacon rolls to
many bikers looking for meat and happy to find us with baconrolls
unfortunately we got warning off the organisers that if we not stoppend
selling the bacon they come with hundereds off students smashing our
stall down lol (scared me anyway) we ended up making chicken stew for
Hey Maureen Lenny yous got mail address love to get in
contact? Lynne Jim Collin John Christine Steve Phil Julie you on the
net let us have your mail. Got own website if you interested.
Sorry if i misspelled some text i hope it still makes sense never pass the o level english either
6th November 2007
Name: Cheryl Brands
Comments: I was at the one
in 1976 -and have many pictures from it. What a great time. We were
with the military in East Anglia at the time and although I was
dreading spending three years in England (I didn't yet appreciate the
opportunity) the horse faire was one of the mosts memorable and fun
times we had. I wish they still had them.
3rd April 2007
Name: Frog Morris
Comments: Hello, My name
is Frog Morris. I have some hazy memories of my parents taking me to
the Norfolk and Suffolk fairs as a toddler. I am grown up now and set
up my own fair called Frogstock in Blo' Norton, Norfolk inspired by the
memories. Check out the website
and come along some time!
23rd March 2007
Name: Craig Nix
Comments: Thanks for this site,it brings back a lot of almost memories if you know what I mean.
Rougham was a lot of fun, I was living in Diss at the time.
Does anyone remember a fire one year maybe some bales of straw or
something like that? [Editors note: It was a beautiful thatched hut
that Adie built - torched by some vile swine. ]
Anyway thanks for the site.
14th March 2007
Name: Colin Sloley
Comments: I also
remember the Albion festivals. Rougham sticks out a lot, cos them days
was my best, I learnt a lot going to these festivals, i have bags of
fotos, and have put same down on my youtube Channel please accept this
link, thanks, Mr Colin
The Albion Fairs
10th March 2007
Name: Ali McGrath
through the pictures on the site brought a tear to my eye, as I was
feeling nostalgic for my childhood days spent wandering around at the
Albion fairs. Now in my late thirties I've started to look for the
essence of the fairs in other current festivals like the BGG, so my
children can maybe experience some of what I was lucky to have growing
up. If anyone has any good suggestions for events to go to in 2007
please let me know, or post details. I know you can't re-create the
magic of the fairs, but there must be some good stuff happening which
revives the spirit.
7th Feb 2007
Name: Denny Elrod
Comments: Memories of Rougham.
I'm now an Old Arkansas hillbilly. In my youth I was stationed at RAF
Mildenhall from 1981 to 1984 as an airman in the USAF. One of my most
treasured memories is of the day in 1982 my barracks roommate drug me
out of bed and we hitch-hiked to the Bury St. Edmunds area then walked
for miles through the mustard-strewn fields to come upon a fantastic
place--the grove of Rougham.
I had been in the UK for almost a year and had yet to get over the
culture-shock I had experienced. I'll never forget that day--or the day
after--because we didn't leave the festival that night. We stayed and
experienced the most amazing party I've ever attended!
I made it back for the the next year--this time having PLANNED to spend
the week-end. I'll never forget the drums, the movies under the great
trees (King-Kong comes to mind), the story-telling, the crafts, the
music (Donovan, Heavy Puke), and especially the incredible people! I'll
never forget the sense of community I felt those few days I spent under
the wonderful trees of Rougham!
I value my experience with your festival-culture.
Name: Jacqui and Brian
Comments: We went to 3
of the Tree fairs at Rougham. Wonderful. Just like music festivals used
to be before they became 'sanitised' and without the aggressive vibes
sometimes found there.
We also went to the Rainbow Fair at East Bergholt and have some pics if you're interested.
Shame the fairs seemed to faze out - lots of like minded people having a good time and sharing enriching experiences.
Guess they took a lot out of those having to organise them! Our pics
aren't digital (digital cameras in those days? If only!).
But we'd be glad to get copies done and send them by good old fashioned
snail-mail. Thanks to those responsible for such memorable, chilled-out
Name: Andy Richards: Swansea
Comments: i hitched from
Bristol with 3 friends to what became one of the happiest experiences
of my life a really joyous few days, my clearest memories are of the
fabulous fireworks in the rain while someone who had a p.a in the back
of a van blasted out Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album and on the
last evening bopping the night away in the dome to music being played
on piano, sax and a snare drum - just Magical....
Name: Lynne Wyatt
Comments: For me and a
group of friends the fayres were the most amazing times we all spent
together. Palfi the clown, Cruncher and a character by the name of
Patrick. Wow when I think back it was a very happy spaced out and
Name: Ben Green
Comments: Wow! Thank you Thank you Thank you!
the modern way to put it would be 'ROFLMHO'
Photos of my parents on here (No-Name Street Theatre) and some of my
sister, and countless photos of Bruce and my best friend Palfi... I
still have the nightmares 'shudder'
A few missing photo's of my parents doing the old puppet show and us
little ones in the foreground, but you inspired me enough to get the
last copy of the book off Amazon for a tenner! and get the rest of the
photos. It's a huge shame I will never be able to take my kids through
the experience I grew up going though the fairs and very glad for the
memories, as someone earlier said, it affects me even today, and I wish
more people could have had the experience. Thank you to all the oldies
for arranging these, and thanks for creating the site to let every one
know how great it was!
If anyone else has any photos or a web site around the fairs can they email or post them here?
Bring back the inflatable globe! (does someone still have that?)
Comments: just stumbled
into this site, bringing back so many memories of wonderful rougham and
green desert fayres, the tibetans,and everyone, that gave frantic
antics our first opportunities for performing and opened up a whole
world to us, a lucky escape from a life of offices. Looking at the pics
i am in awe of the effort and skills that went into putting on these
fayres that i was so blase about at the time!How I wish there was all
this spontaneous, creative and magical stuff to offer my children every
summer now!thanks guys for both the memories and the lifelonglasting
effects (and thats in a good way)xxcharmian (teatro)
Comments: My memories of
going to the fairs in the 70's and 80's was one of the reasons I was
drawn back to east anglia. I've been so hoping they still existed. Not
that I can remember much, a hazy smile. I remember the Tree Fair at
Rougham, must have been my last. What will my children do now? thank
you to who ever organised them, some of my best near memories.
Name: Sten Stenapo
Comments: Hi there,
anyone who went to the Rougham tree fairs will remember The Papers -
you can check out the web site at www.thepapersmusic.co.uk
Name: Emily & Joe Sparksman
Comments: many thanks for remembering!
Name: Mike Fitzsimons
Comments: Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the Fairs in the 1980's
love from John, Mike, Norman and John Willo - The Papers
Comments: Hi, thanks for
a wondeful site and for documenting some wonderful times. It was nice
to see some photos of Rougham Tree fair from 1982, we were there and my
son is in one of the photos (the tipis). He was 14 then, grew up to be
a great guy. We had a wonderful time and its so bad that 'hippies' and
those times have over the years been degraded, the truth is it was
great for kids, loving, peaceful and an example of how to live for the
greedy world we live in today.
Anyone remember the two guys dressed as city business man walking round
the fair playing the part. Really phased you when first seen.
Name: Leyline Tom
Comments: In 2006 The
European Gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light and Love will
be in England (Albion)
To find out more visit
The englandcaravan group
or the forums @
Pass The Word
Name: kate spiller
Comments: Hello, I
wonder have you any info on Rougham Tree Fair as and Green deserts as I
heard that it was on this year, can't believe it,many happy memories in
my teens of the beautifull trees and video of remarkable seens from
around the world and the budists altar!
Comments: they were a
huge part of my childhood and teenage years and for better or worse
have shaped my my views in life and politics to this day. My parents
used to have a stall (Annies beautiful things) and we spent a few happy
summers at the east anglian festivals.I know the past always seems rosy
but it really was a different time in this country wasn't it??
;] thanks for the site
Name: Alan Mynall
Comments: Barsham 76, I
think though it might have been the year before - memory's a bit vague
for that period. Majical, joyful, funful. I remember Mistress
Crabbyquim and Palfi the clown and people trying to climb the greasy
pole - a most improbable looking chap the first to get to the top to
great cheers from the crowd. All the stalls and music and the lifelike
sculptures of figures strapped to cartwheels (Catherine wheels) high up
on poles - or were they real bodies? Most of the time I was a grin with
a person on it. Barsham Faire was the perfect antidote, for a brief
moment, from the overbearing, mechanistic, agribusiness nightmare.
Lucky to have had a taste. Want more. Yes, I too would like a copy of
the "Sun in the East" - reprint please! Thanx to all who contributed
and made it possible and thanx to Mike for this website. Keep smiling,
the best is yet to come!
Name: Peter Horne
thanks for the website,lots of nostalgia.
failing another fair and an Albion resurgence,how about a reprint of the book.
Peter (formerly Farley Arts)
Comments: I remember the fairs so well,they were a big part of my childhood.i think it was Barsham 75 that was my first one.
who remembers the goblins? mistress crabbyquim at lyng fairie fair,and palfi the clown i think that was his name.
Comments: I was at the
1982 Tree and Earth fairs, I remember bits, like the pink policemen and
the tunnel thing at east bergholt, but does anyone remember if bruce
maclean performed? and who else?
Comments: I was there, and can remember some of it.
Name: Mark Johnston
Comments: Yes, I remember the fairs. They were great craic. They live I think?
Comments: Sunshiny days and
balmy or barmy nights Thandoy and the wystic mankers real people life
like it should be love and peace to you all my life would not have been
the same without these times I still get a special feeling when I go
near to the sites
Albion fayres - sorely missed indeed. Regarding the Green Deserts event near
Thetford. The only one I know of personally was in 1984. (Psst..it's 1984 etc,
courtesy of Frank Zappa and the Tibetan Ukranian Mountain Troupe). It was on
the weekend around 16th /17th 18th May and was held at Thorpe Woodlands - a
campsite in Thetford Forest. It's memorable for the bits of tree around the
place which have been carved into animals by the warden there (a Polish chap, I
Roy Harper and Jimmy Page played - allegedly (I didn't see them myself but I'm
fairly confident that it's true.)
It was quite a big do - not quite up to Rougham scratch somehow, but a good
weekend for all that.
Name: karen with
those earthy events seems a little paradoxical but hay - why not!!
Afterall we did it! I remain linked for life and know how extreemly
LUCKY am I that I happened upon the first Barsham and thereafter many
more . . . those were sunny muddy grizzly hard working pleasurable
twirley whirly days my friends. Well done Mike for getting it together
- memories galore. Al the very best, KAren, currently in Norway!
see top of page
This guest book is under continual assault by spammers, we've had to move to
Plan B, so if you have photos, memories or comments to add please send them to
me and I'll sort it.
End of Comments