Frequently Asked Questions
Overton Sheepfair Website Key Event / Infrastructure Information
If you’re a local individual, business, club or society you can take part in the event to help make it a success and promote yourself at the same time.
• You could have a stall - pitches will be available along Winchester St. - Complete the Stall Pitch/Space Application Form
Or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• You could join the parade - This takes place on the Saturday afternoon. - Contact: email@example.com
• Are you a budding musician? - We will have 4 entertainment stages operating throughout the weekend. The stages are also available to sponsor too!- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Would you like an advertising package on this website? - Different packages are available to suite your budget. - Contact: email@example.com
• Can you spare an hour or two over the weekend to help with the setup/teardown of the infrastructure each day or perhaps help as a Sheepfair marshal, especially for the sheep drove and parade? - Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winchester St. will be closed to all through traffic between 7am- 8pm on both days between the village traffic lights and the Greyhound PH. Diversion routes for light through traffic will be put in place. Please see the Road Closure & Diversion Route Map for more details.
Residents of Winchester St. will be kindly asked to remove their vehicles from the closed section of Winchester St. by 8am each day, to make room for the event stalls and entertainment stages.
Vehicle access to Battens Ave. will be restricted to residents only during these hours.
Yes, a large section of the Sapley Lane Playing Field will be reserved for free event parking (at driver’s own risk), including for residents of Winchester St. if regular parking in the village is full.
Please note the Sapley Lane Playing Field will be locked overnight (Sat to Sun) between 9pm & 7am.
Please also remember that regular public transport servicing Overton is available, including the South Western Railway route stopping at Overton Station and the No.76 Stagecoach Bus route between Basingstoke and Andover that stops in the centre of the village. Please check on the appropriate operator’s website a few weeks ahead of the event for the latest information.
There will be information notices placed near each of the entertainment stages and outside both St. Luke’s Hall and the Community Centre.
The notices will display the timings of the main events over the 2 days and how to contact the event organisers.
There will also be Sheepfair marshals patrolling the area throughout the event if you need any assistance.
Is there a lost child/meeting point?
In the event of a child being lost during the event, please speak to a Sheepfair marshal or call the contact number to speak to an event organiser.
We recommend a good meeting point, whatever your age, is by the First Aid Unit, which will be found in the Community Centre Car Park.
Yes, we’re pleased to confirm that our 2020 event will open with the traditional sheep drove, at 10am on the Saturday. The sheep will be driven from just north of the traffic lights on Kingsclere Road and through the closed section of Winchester Street to St Luke’s Hall, where they will (hopefully) be rounded up!
Please come along, enjoy the fun and help the shepherd, his dog and the Sheepfair marshals by lining the route.
The walking/vehicle parade will start from Sapley Lane Playing Field (adjacent to Sheep Fair Lane, naturally!) at 4pm on Saturday 18th July and proceed to the Overton Recreation Centre (ORC) at Bridge Steet. Please see the Parade Route Map for more details.
Please expect some delay to traffic on the B3400 and Kingsclere Road during this time, drive carefully and observe the directions of the Sheepfair marshals.
We expect the parade will be completed no later than 5pm.