The Cornmarket Main Stage

FAQ

Here are a few of the most Frequently Asked Questions submitted in person or via the website and social media.

  • How much are the tickets?
  • There are no tickets. It’s free, free, FREE! It’s always free. It has been free since the first in 1993.
    However if you buy a programme then you can call that your ‘ticket’ 🙂
  • Where can I buy tickets?
  • See the previous answer!
  • What time does it start?
  • 11am is the official start in The Cornmarket. If you turn up at 10:45, you’ll see a pre-opening act before the Mayor officially opens the event at 10:55. Some venues do like to organise their own things before 11, but as far as the Team is concerned, it’s 11am.
  • What time does it finish?
  • 10pm. That’s when all the music in the venues has to finish, and then everyone goes home. That’s all agreed by Romsey Pubwatch with the Police. By then the pubs and their staff have also had enough and also want to go home.
  • Is Beggars Fair a charity and where does the money go?
  • Beggars Fair is not a charity, we are a not for profit organisation. All monies raised go towards funding the next event.
  • Why doesn’t Beggars Fair continue onto the Sunday?
  • Everyone is just a bit whacked out after the Saturday 🙂
  • Why isn’t the running order on the website like every other festival?
  • It’s not given away for free, it’s in the Programme. We are a free event and the printed Programme contributes a large proportion of our income. You can call it your ‘ticket’ and helps the event happen.
  • Why does the printed running order change?
  • The paper programme goes to press 5 or 6 weeks before the event. In the intervening time someone or several acts will withdraw for varied reasons and will therefore have to be replaced. Any such changes will listed on the page Programme Errata & Updates page.
  • Do the Beggars Fair Team organise everything listed?
  • No. We organise maybe 70% of what is listed. Youth In Romsey and the Venues organise the rest. The print Programme will list everyone regardless of who organises what.
  • Do the performers get paid?
  • Those organised directly by the Beggars Fair team play for free. As for those organised by the Venues, you’ll have to ask them.
  • Why is performer X not listed on the website?
  • Some acts are rather elusive, especially those organised by the venues. If there’s not an image and text forthcoming then it’s a pointless exercise for the website. All performers are listed in the print programme running order.
  • Why is venue X not listed on the website or programme?
  • Licensed venues must agree to the Pubwatch Code of Conduct for Beggars Fair. If they don’t sign up they they cannot take part and therefore will not be listed.

 

Beggars Fair 1998
Beggars Fair 1998