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Drinking and smoking at school – It must be Summer

summer fair merry go round

The two younger members of the family are busying  themselves with lots of school activities. The house is abuzz with talk of sports day, summer productions, sports week, summer holidays and the school summer fair. While some parents dread the thought of the fast approaching summer holidays, I always look forward to them. But that is for another post. Today’s words of wisdom (in the lowest possible use of the term) are about the upcoming (5 day countdown) summer fair.

While most of you are probably more accustomed to the more traditional school fair. A couple of hours of expensive, ambling around a wet field. Spending money on pointless rubbish and winning the same soft toys in the tombolla that you donated just a few days ago.

Being honest, this is how my expectation of the school fairs was and in fact my experience of them too. Well, that is until I moved closer to the school and immersed myself into more rural living.

Let me give you the low down on my Summer Fair experience now.

First off, the quick version;

10am until 11pm, live bands, loads of stalls, a dog show, bus rides, fairground rides, bbq, food trailers, various raffles with prizes such as hotel and spa breaks, bbq, food trailers,  kindles and kids bikes and usually at least a couple of bar style areas, or cocktail tents. Yep, you read that correctly, bar tents and cocktail bars.

Second off, the slower version;

We always approach a weekend in the same way. I’m up early and potter my way round with coffee andlarge ice cream peaceful house, until the kids awake from their slumber and slowly we eat breakfast, shower and dress. Summer Fair day is no different. We will always allow the early birds their first attack at what the stalls and event has to offer. We will amble over to the school around 11am and take a wander around. I will then divy out the days allowances to each of them (normally between a fiver and tenner each).

After a slow mooch around, the kids tend to find their friends and then I get the chance to mingle amongst the other parents and chill out. But still be ready and waiting for some summer fair based shenanigans.

We all tend to meet up, go off for fun, buy each other stuff. Or, share a hog-roast, enjoy an old fashioned bus ride, laugh at our friends on the bungee run ride. In general enjoy the atmosphere, day and each other. While having fun with our own respective friends.

mingle with other people at summer fairIn conclusion, the kids get to run a little feral around the school and its neighbouring park. Shoot and try and score in the penalty shootout, ride the mini ferris wheel, throw bean bags at a target, jump on old fashioned busses,  eat BBQ food, buy sweets and generally feel a little king of the hill.

I get to do all of the above. Plus chat with friends, quietly drink a nice cold pint, relax and chat with other adults. While remaining on Dad duty and the odd feeling of doing it all, while being on the school field.

Even the eldest, who left the school a couple of years ago, still enjoys the day. He always meets up with mates. They swagger around like they own the place. However, they always revert to their younger days when asked how they are by the headmistress and their egos suddenly disappear.

All in all, it is a great day.  But then we remember it is only half done.

At around 5pm the main day stops. Abruptly we are sent home. To the untrained or not so local parent, that’s it. Done for another year. Yet for some, it’s just the beginning.

We all get to go home, pop to the shop for dinner and grab an hour or so rest.  


We get to go back and start again! Less stalls and shopping for pointless tat. More, live bands, a few drinks and general social night out. The kids love hanging out around the school at night time. They run, play manhunt, chat and sneak away from friends with their current beau (thankfully, primary aged love involves playing together on the pirate themed playground, more than anything else).

I get to, relax, chat with friends and get to sneak off and play manhunt with the kids on the playground. Alas, I have yet to find a beau to play on the pirate themed play equipment with. But you never know. This year, that may change………..

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(23) Comments

  1. This has taken me back to when my son was celebrating leaving school, he like everyone else had had drunk a little, the police arrived and he was afraid because he didn’t want to risk his chance of joining the force, he learned a valuable lesson #,globalblogging@_karendennis

  2. Popping back from another linky #anythinggoes@_karendennis

  3. Goodness your school really do know how to run a school fair! It sounds great family fun. I don’t think our primarty school ever had one, just a christmas fair which was much more tame and less fun. Well done joining in on the man hunt, kids love it when the parents get involved. #GlobalBlogging

    1. Im just a big kid at heart, any excuse to join in and play and I there at the front of the queue…. haha

  4. Jeepers, Ian, this sounds waaayyy better than any school fair day I ever attended!

    1. If you can get here by Saturday, I’ll get you on the guest list and buy you a pimms haha

  5. wow, that really is taking it to another level. Our rural school has a tatty old books stall, a guess the number of sweets in the jar, a tombola, an obligatory raffle with a cheap bottle or two of wine, a pair of floral hannkies and a cosmetic bag as brizes, welly wanging (thats quite fun) and the fire brigade with their cherry picker… #globalblogging

  6. This sounds fantastic. The word that popped into my head was community. Older kids meeting back up with mates, wandering around talking to people you don’t see everyday. Love it #anythinggoes

    1. Community is exactly what it is. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

  7. Sounds tame compared to the school fairs I attended back in the day. One thing is that we had designated smoking areas on the school campus. Also, a lot kids were taking LSD so it made things very interesting. LOL. Thanks for this. #globalblogging.

  8. I ran the “adult bottle tombola” at our fete last week, was without doubt the most popular stall! #itsok

  9. This sound like my kind of summer fair! Can’t see it happening at my son’s tiny preschool somehow, but I live in hope for next year when he’s at the primary school 🙂 Thanks for linking up #ItsOK

  10. That sounds like great fun and now I understand why school fairs take weeks of prep in the UK! I’m kind of relieved we don’t have to create anything quite so elaborate here in rural Ireland but you do make it sound like a great social event and so worth all the effort. Good luck with the pirate playground conquests this year! 😀

    1. I’ve been practising my manhunt and playground stuff all year! Haha

  11. That sounds like a fabulous school fair, we certainly don’t have anything like that at our schools. We do have a summer fair in the grounds of Cadburys, where you can buy there almost out of date chocolate bars for 10p each! The fairground rides are way too expensive when you have 3 kids though. So we generally give it a miss. Have fun!

    1. aw cadburys, you had me sold… haha.

  12. Looks like a wonderful day, I loved going to fairs like this as a child! #GlobalBlogging

  13. That sounds like the kind of school fair I can get on board with. Ours is next week and we’ve not been before. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that it’s as good as what you describe.
    Thanks for linking up to the #itsok linky.

  14. This actually sounds a lot like our school fairs – more for the adults than the kids! #itsok

  15. This really does sound lovely! Bands, dog show, I mean very great ideas here. I may share them with our school to spice up the party a bit! Thank you! #thatfridaylinky xoxo

  16. Oh wow, sounds like your kids’ school really goes for it! Our’s kinda stopped having a summer fair this year and it was never on the same scale. Then again, as you point out, your school is rural, our’s isn’t so that maybe explains a lot.

  17. Wow that is one epic fair. We just have some cakes and a bouncy castle haha X #thatfridaylinky

  18. […] We still have a week of isolation and by then the Summer holidays can begin in full.  […]

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