The Cornmarket Main Stage

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are just a few of the most Frequently Asked Questions submitted in person, 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. Not all festivals cost money.
    However if you buy a Programme then you can call that your ‘ticket’ 🙂
  • Where can I buy tickets?
  • See the previous answer!
  • 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. The members of the organising team are all volunteers and give our time for free.
  • When and how long does Beggars Fair last?
  • Beggars Fair happens on the 2nd Saturday in July. It starts about 11am and finishes at 6pm.
  • 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 print programme can go to press 4 or 5 weeks before the event, and then on sale 2 or 3 weeks before it all happens. In the time before the big day acts will withdraw for a variety of reasons and will therefore have to be replaced. Any such changes will listed on the Programme Updates page.
  • Do the Beggars Fair Team organise everything listed?
  • No. One or two pubs do organise their own bands. The print Programme will list everyone regardless of who organises what. Just as long as they tell us who they have performing.
  • Are there T Shirts on sale?
  • Not this year. The wonderful T-shirt designs of the recent past had to be pre-ordered before the event in order to guarantee that all would be sold. A limited production run like ours result in T-Shirts being an expensive item to produce. It’s not straightforward as you have to account for male/female fits, 2 colours and a range of sizes. The early and simpler t-shirts were easier to create and not pre-ordered, but we would always have many, many left over.
  • I have a dog. Are dogs allowed?
  • All the currently public open spaces are still that on the day so you and your dog are fine. As for the licensed and other venues you will have to ask them concerning dogs. In the case of pubs, some will get very busy and very cramped as a result. They therefore might not the best place place to take a dog.
  • Do the performers get paid?
  • No. Those organised directly by the Beggars Fair team play for free.
  • Why is performer X not listed on the website?
  • Some acts are rather elusive. 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 the Such And Such Pub 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 1997
Beggars Fair 1997