Eton Action Fair, 11am-4pm, Saturday 16 September 2023
The Eton Action Fair is Eton Action’s biggest charity fundraiser event of the year!
Eton Action transforms Eton College’s grounds into a community fair every year to fundraise for five chosen charities. Games, stalls and performances are organised by the students and staff of Eton College to raise money for charities supported by Eton Action (an independent charity conceived of and founded by Etonians to promote charitable activity and social responsibility). In addition to this, many outside organisations, mainly charitable foundations, are invited to arrange stalls and raise funds for their own causes. Now in its 50th year, the fair draws thousands of visitors from Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, as well as parents and friends of Etonians, and raises large sums of money for a wide range of charitable causes. The income from all these events is pooled and divided between charitable foundations and projects chosen by the committee and voted on by every boy in the school.
For the academic year 2023/24, Eton Action will be raising funds for:
- Siobhan’s Trust, which feeds and supports internally displaced refugees across Ukraine
- Action Cerebral Palsy, which spreads awareness of cerebral palsy and the issues facing children and young people living with cerebral palsies and their families
- ABC to Read, who support hundreds of children a year who are struggling to read by working with them in primary schools across Berkshire
- Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia and Alzheimer’s disease research charity
- Windsor Food Share, who provide non-perishable foods weekly as well as toiletries and cleaning products to any local household who needs it.
Rides and amusements:
- Mini train
- Swing boats
- Bouncy castle
- Inflatable assault course
- Ocean Express Plus Bus
- Musical and dance performances
- 100 local charities and businesses
- Many traditional fairground games
- Ice cream
- South Asian
- 100% Vegan
- Malaysian dumplings
- Cakes, biscuits and sweets
- Coffee and other hot and cold referments
Apply to run a stall at the Eton Action Fair
Charities and local businesses are welcome to join the Eton Action Fair as stall holders to raise funds and awareness for their own causes. The stall holder pitch fee goes towards the five charities supported by Eton Action that year.
For the fair in September 2023, applications will opened in April 2023 and will close at the end of beginning of June 2023.
If you would like to join the stallholder mailing list and receive an invitation to run a stall for the September 2024 fair, please use the button below..
If you have any questions about joining the fair as a stallholder, please email EtonActionFair@EtonCollege.org.uk.
Eton Action Fair – Saturday 18 March 2023
In September 2022, in respect of the period of national mourning, after the sad death of Her Majesty the Queen, the Eton Action Fair was postponed to Saturday 18 March 2023.
Eton Action raised over £27,000 for five nominated charities at the Eton Action Fair on Saturday 18 March.
Visitors from Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead joined parents and friends of pupils at Eton College at the fair to enjoy games, food, raffles and musical performances.
This year’s five nominated charities, who receive an equal share of the money raised and are voted for by pupils at Eton College, were:
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (a local environmental charity)
OSCAR Foundation (a non-profit who empower children from low-income communities in India)
The Trussell Trust and Slough Food Bank (who provide foodbanks and emergency food to people in crisis)
Fulham Reach Boat Club (who give access to rowing for those in financial hardship)
The Dusty Yak Foundation (who aid impoverished and sick children in Nepal)
The fair hosted over 70 local charities, artisans and independent businesses. Visitors also attended tours of the Museum of Eton Life and the Verey Gallery, which were hosted by Eton College Collections. Of all the attractions, the Ocean Express Play Bus, Berkshire Birds of Prey experiences and inflatable assault course were particularly popular. Additionally, all 25 of Eton’s boarding Houses ran their own stalls. Traditional fair games such as the coconut shy and pitch & put were offered alongside space hopper races, gladiator duels and hobby horse racing.
Eleanor Chownsmith, Eton Connect Coordinator at Eton College, said: “Everyone always comes together to make the Eton Action Fair happen. We are honoured to host the fair each year and we are so proud of all the boys and staff who volunteered their time to support. We hope the funds raised have the biggest impact possible for our nominated charities, all of which are incredible causes.”