In the past there were two annual fairs held in Upton, one on the last Friday in April and the other on the Friday before Michaelmas, these were well attended by villagers from Upton and the surrounding area, references to the fairs appear in the account books of farms in Bidston and Moreton. In 1776 Thomas Ellobe, a farm worker, drew 7/- for the April fair, and 5/- for the Michaelmas fair, a total of 12/- from his £5-15-0 wages for the year. The fairs included races which were run on the field known as the Big Croft.
Many other events were held in the fields around Upton, including horse racing and sporting events, and, in 1933, Sir Alan Cobham's Flying Circus visited Upton. A field behind what is now the Shell garage, which belonged to Arrowe House Farm, was used as an airstrip. As well as the displays, spectators were offered short flights in the planes.
Mrs Hannay, of Greenbank, opened a reading room in the 'Arches' in the village, it continued until the building was demolished in 1929. The present Upton Library opened in 1936. The 'Arches' also contained the Assembly Rooms which catered for many local meetings and dances. Since the end of the First World War, the Victory Hall has taken over as the main meeting place in the village.
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