Stock Gaylard House


            THE STOCK GAYLARD 2015


               29TH & 30TH AUGUST


A special country fair for those interested in timber, woodcraft,

the countryside and conservation.  A great summers day out for

the whole family


Confirmed for the 2015 Oak Fair:Adams Axemen, Heavy Horse

Loggers, Mere Down Falconry and for the first time at the Oak

Fair, The Great Big Tree Climbing Co. This year we have 200

exhibitors and are delighted to welcome back many who have

exhibited with us in the past as well as over 30 new exhibitors! 

To get a 10% discount on tickets please visit: and follow the links!



2014 Oak Fair

To mark it's 10th Anniversary, The Oak Fair was held over two days in 2014


2014 Special events included:  





The Society for the promotion of traditional archery were bow making & running a "Have a     go" arena, giving those interested a chance at longbow shooting



Always a favorite with our visitors, its a fantastic sight to see these beautiful creatures in action!



We were thrilled to welcome back Mere Down Falconry.  This was a chance to to see Owls and Birds of prey close up and find out more about how these beautiful birds hunt and behave.


  • Craft demonstrations.
  • Heavy machinery.
  • Trug making..
  • Circus skills workshop with Mr Showers.
  • Art workshops with artist Helen Simpson.
  • Have a go at wood turning
  • Coppice crafts.
  • Demonstrations of chainsaw carving, pole lathe turning, green timber building, basket weaving, charcoal burning, hurdle making, blacksmithing, and much more.
Over 180 tradestands and exhibitors will be in attendance to showcase their skills and sell their crafts.






2013 Album 1 of photographs of the day.

                             Album 2


2013 Special events included:



An exhibition of Dorset’s finest sculptors was held for the first time at the Stock Gaylard estate, Dorset from 18 – 24 August 2013. The exhibition was open to the public from 10am – 6pm each day and the money raised from contributions at the door and for refreshments in the café will be donated to Home-Start North Dorset, an independent charity supporting struggling families.  

Visitors to the exhibition enjoyed an eclectic mix of sculpture such as, statues made from recycled and commercially unusable wood by Jamie Hart, scrap metal animals by Amy Lancaster of Metal Menagerie, who has taken inspiration from the countryside surrounding Stock Gaylard, and Kim Creswell who uses willow and materials gathered in Dorset’s hedgerows for her sculptures.



Album of photographs from 2012's rather wet Oak Fair

2012 Events included:


Based in Somerset but available to work nationally and internationally, the Tree Pirates are a crew of chainsaw artists who come together to create magnificent wooden sculptures of any size. Captain AD tree Pirate leads the crew (which can comprise of up to 20+ crew members). His closer crew and top chainsaw artists are: First Mate Andy Tree Pirate, Ella Tree Pirate and Master of Arm Smitty Tree Pirate.

This extraordinary crew have been working together for over 12 years on so many projects they’ve lost count. From Wookey Hole Caves in the heart of Somerset to The Fuji Rock Festival in the heart of Japan, the Tree Pirates relish the chance to set sail on exciting chainsaw adventures near or far. If you want a life size wooden owl for your garden or a 50 feet high Pegasus, they’re the crew for you.


We were pleased to welcome back several

members of The British Horse Loggers

demonstrating their precise skill around

obstacles set out to simulate

standing woodland. 

They ran a competition during the day. 




2011 Special events included


This local group of artists will returned to The Stock Gaylard Oak Fair once again with an exhibition that took its inspiration from Woodland Landscapes.


What people say about us:

"As usual a fantastic event enjoyed by so many families".

"Just to say how much we enjoyed the Oak Fair.  So  much different from other shows where we demonstrate and all the better for it".

"Thank you for such a great day on Saturday, such a lovely atmosphere of a proper country wood show, you really know how to do it right........if I had children plenty of rides/animal demos etc. etc. to keep them amused.

Thanks again, will be back next year.  Just great!"

"Beautiful trees, marvellous landscape & friendly atmosphere, most enjoyable day. Thank you."

"The show we most enjoy attending."

"My favorite summer show, so much to see and do.  Keep it up."




The 2010 Oak Fair

The sixth annual Stock Gaylard Oak Fair was held on Saturday 28th August and once again the weather turned overnight to give a lovely summers day, earlier in the week there had been some concern that the forecasters might have got it wrong.  

The public were quick off the mark and started to arrive well before the 10am start, the 160 exhibitors barely had time to catch their breath during the day with lots of interested people stopping to learn more about their skills and products.

Children appeared to be captivated with the Millennium Maze, a new addition in the Children's area, while the scarecrows had teams of youngsters around them all day and there was stiff competition for the various prizes.

Trailers rides were kept busy with a passengers having a chance to see the deer park from within, and view the newly renovated Victorian Summer house. 

Unfortunately, due to a break-in at their store Tree Frog were unable to offer tree climbing for children, it is hoped they will be able to replace their harnesses etc. in time for the 2011 fair.

A large crowd watched the felling of a Scots pine tree, then saw it being put through the chipping machine on the Daniel Upton stand in the Demonstration area.  Making small chips within seconds. (see photograph in 2010 album).

A couple of blogs from exhibitors can be found at

Former Glory Blog

Habitat Aid Blog

Special feature events in 2010 included:

Wesca Art Exhibition

Wesca is a regional group of professional artists who had been working in a variety of mediums for the past few months to put together this exhibition inspired by The Stock Gaylard Estate..  Exhibits included paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs etc.  This exhibition was an ideal progression from the re-birth of a dorset oak in 2099.



Link to Oak Fair press cuttings The 2009 Oak Fair was a resounding success. This year saw our fifth annual Oak Fair on Bank Holiday Saturday 29th August.

Once again the summer weather was kind, and after a few moments of overcast dark clouds the sun came out.  This year saw a number of special events, the first was the continuation from last year's felling of the dead Oak tree namely the Re-birth of a Dorset Oak Exhibition. 

This exhibition ran from 21st August until the end of the fair day, some seventy pieces all made from this one tree. Ranging from furniture to bowls, bobbin to charcoal, gate to window, pepper mills to boxes, the diverse use of the tree was exceptional.  We would like to take this opportunity to "thank" everyone who was involved. "We couldn't have put on the exhibition without you".

(Please see the gallery of photographs, together with the press links below.)

Fantastic coverage in national press – over a million hits on The Telegraph piece in 2 days. (THIS CAME FROM THE AGENCY WHO TOOK THE PHOTO’S AND SOLD THE STORY!!!

and a couple of mentions on blogs:

Click below for slideshows

Click here for Oak Fair slideshow Click here to got to Oak Fair Exhibition slideshow


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