The Essence of Watercress

Sadly for the first time in its 18 year history the Alresford Watercress Festival was unable to take place in 2020, however, we are currently working with New Alresford Town Council to deliver “The Essence of Watercress” at a new venue, Arlebury Park, Alresford, on Sunday 23rd May 2021. 

The decision to relocate the festival in 2021 was made taking into consideration the current COVID-19 situation and guidelines, to ensure the safety of our visitors, traders and local residents.


“The Essence of Watercress” will include all the main elements of the traditional street festival including the world-famous Watercress Eating Competition, Cookery Demonstrations, Hampshire Farmers Market, Children’s zone and stalls showcasing the very best local food and drink producers, alongside local traders selling arts, crafts, jewellery and clothing, items for the house, garden and much else besides. All in a smaller safe and controlled environment.


To adhere to the limited numbers and current Track & Trace requirements this will be a ticketed event and as soon as we are able to these will be released for sale.  It is anticipated a charge of £5.00 will be applied for an adult, and children up to/include the age of 12 will be free. The ticket can be redeemed with certain stall holders on the day for drinks, food and produce. 


Full information including access, parking, ticket sales etc. will be updated in the new year.


Traders have been contacted directly, and no new trader applications will be considered until site plans are approved.


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