Gallery: Thousands enjoy 2019 Mill Road Winter Fair in Cambridge
Crowds filled Mill Road for the now-famous annual winter fair.
Stalls offered gifts, crafts and clothes, while buskers, circus performers, dancers, poets and storytellers entertained thousands of visitors and residents.
This year’s theme was nature and many visitors arrived in costumes, including butterflies, birds and bees.
One of the organisers, Kate Collins, said: “The 2019 Mill Road Winter Fair was a massive success. Nobody really knows how many people turn up each year, but last Saturday Mill Road was once again packed out with a crowd of happy lingerers, wandering from one performer to the next, sampling delicacies from multiple countries and sipping hot mulled wine. This was Mill Road at its multicultural best, putting on a display.
“There is always something a bit different. This year a new initiative, Mill Road Fringe, showcased local performers and encouraged the community to get together in the run up to the fair.
“Students from the Cambridge Academic Partnership dressed as a swarm of butterflies to put on a stunning parade, with Extinction Rebellion joining in. XR also ‘took over’ Great Eastern Street car park for the day.”
From the University of Cambridge’s brass band to rappers, there was plenty of music, plus a vast array of street food to enjoy, along with a tai chi demonstration, a fire engine pull by Cambridge crews and a Green Badge walking tour.
“The fair is completely organised and coordinated by volunteers,” said Kate. “It is a huge effort and the 2019 fair demonstrated the popularity of Cambridge’s most distinctive and independent neighbourhood.”