Boot Fairs In Medway 2018
We are currently in the season of boot fairs and they are massively popular in Medway and Kent in general so we wanted to provide you with some information on them! We also have a guide here on the things that you need to take with you when selling at a boot fair and tips for when you’re buying at them.
Greenfield’s is a large boot fair with a couple of different locations. There’s Anthony’s Way in Strood and Beechings Way in Gillingham. The boot fairs also have food vans containing all manner of treats from burgers to ice cream. Entertainment is also provided. Greenfield’s dates for 2018 (AW means it’s at Anthony’s Way and BF means it’s at Beechings Field):
- April: Sun 1st (BF), Mon 2nd (AW), Sun 8th (BF), Sun 15th (BF), Sun 22nd (BF), Sun 29th (BF)
- May: Sun 6th (BF), Mon 7th (AW), Sun 13th (BF), Sun 20th (BF), Sun 27th (BF), Mon 28th (AW)
- June: Sun 3rd (BF), Sun 10th (BF), Sun 17th (BF), Sun 24th (BF),
- July: Sun 1st (AW), Sun 8th (AW), Sun 15th (AW), Sun 22nd (AW), Sun 29th (AW)
- August: Sun 5th (AW), Sun 12th (AW), Sun 19th (AW), Sun 26th (BF), Mon 27th (AW)
- September: Sun 2nd (AW), Sun 9th (AW)
Gates Open at 5.00AM Cars £10.00 (PER CAR) Small Vans £10.00 Large Vans £15.00 Trailers £5.00 Extra Large Pitches £20.00
Westmoor Boot Fair
Westmoor dates for 2018:
April: 29th 2018 (according to their website) and then we presume that it’s every Sunday from then on.
Hempstead Boot Fair
There is also the Hempstead Boot Fair (Broomfield Farm, Hempstead Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 3QL) which, according to its Facebook page, appears to start in May 2018 (that’s all the info we have so far). In previous years there have been over 100 stalls for visitors to peruse. It appears that it’s opening times this year are from 11:30am until 3:30pm.
Rochester Boot Fair
We have been sent an email regarding a boot fair taking place in Rochester in June 2018. Here is the information that we were given:
“Rochester Boot Fair is back and running throughout the summer at Rochester United Football Club on Rede Court Road ME2 3TU, opposite the Texaco Petrol Station. Starting on Sunday 3rd of June 2018, Pitches available for cars and small vans only £10 per pitch. Supporting this event will help us support Rochester United Football Club and the Anti Bullying Campaign that we work with. We will be open from 6.15am for Sellers and 7.15 for Buyers. For more information 07512444889.”
Know of any other boot fairs in Medway or Kent? If so, let us know by either by using our contact form, Twitter or Facebook pages! If you’re looking for a guide on things you need when selling at boot fairs, we have created one here.
Boot fairs elsewhere in Kent (click on the links below to be taken to the boot fair’s website)
Why People Love Going to Boot Fairs
People love boot fairs for a number of reasons such as them being a way for people to get rid of things that they no longer want or need and getting some money for them, especially if the alternative was for them to get rid of these items was to give them away for free.
Another reason that people like going to boot fairs is that they are a great place to buy things that you want for a low price. Boot fairs are probably the place to find things at their cheapest, even cheaper than buying second hand items online from websites such as eBay and Gumtree. The culture of haggling at boot fairs also aids in the ability to get things cheaper than anywhere else as is the random nature of them as you may stumble across something that no-one else has seen but when people look for specific items online they can type in a search for them.
Boot fairs are also a social occasion. Many people both buy and sell at boot fairs each week and will get to know the familiar faces. They may also buy from the same stalls each week as some people treat boot fairs as at least a bit of side income so may get new stock to sell each week.
How to Prepare
There are things that you need to take with you no matter whether you’re planning to either go there as a seller or a buyer.
Protect Yourself from the Rain
For example, the weather can turn quickly so you need to be prepared for it to rain when you’re there so make sure that you take an umbrella, jacket, hat and some boot for muddy fields. Even if you don’t want to carry them around with you make sure that you keep these things in your car.
It’s worth also taking carrier bags with you as, if you’re going as a buyer, remember that sellers may not have many carrier bags to hand out or they may have run out. If you’re buying bigger items you can carry them around the boot fair and back to your car easily and they will also be protected should it rain.
Take a Decent Amount of Change
Sellers may also run out of change or have very little of it so if you have pay the exact amount for an item you will be a seller’s dream! They may even be prepared to give you an extra discount on something if you can pay the exact amount as it means that they have more change in their float. You will also need something to store this change in such as a decent wallet, bag or change belt.