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Midsummer Madness at Tatton’s Medieval Fayre

By on June 7, 2011

High summer comes to Tatton’s Old Hall with the magnificent Medieval Fayre on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

The Medieval Fayre is one of the largest and most dramatic events in Tatton’s calendar.  Returning for the 13th consecutive year, in association with Plantagenet Events, the Medieval Fayre has established itself as one of the leading events in the country celebrating medieval life.

Each day ends with the flash of cannon fire, twang of longbow and wallop of sword and axe. Hear battle cries sound around the grounds at the spectacular Battle of Tatton Field and bear witness to the clashing of two terrifying battalions of men at arms and knights in full armour.

This year the Old Hall is expecting a fantastic number of re-enactors to join in the drama.  Old Hall steward Mick Ricketts said: “The Medieval Fayre is always the most popular event in our re-enactment calendar, with over 200 re-enactors and ‘soldiers on the field’ taking part. With the soldiers come a rag-tag army and ‘baggage train’ of wives, children, traders and musicians, all creating the authentic atmosphere of a medieval travelling fayre.”

The fantastic festival atmosphere is enhanced by around 40 traders, set up in colourful tents in the beautiful grounds of the Old Hall, selling authentic medieval food, crafts, ironwork and clothing from home-spun fabrics, such as linen and worsted. Nothing to buy from medieval times?  You’ll be surprised!

Visitors will also be able to see ‘living history’ displays of cooking over open fires, spinning and weaving.  Thirsty peasants can enjoy refreshments in the ale and mead tent and be entertained by the falconry display, archery tournaments and cannon demonstrations.  Squeake’s Noyse, a marvellous musical duo, create medieval music on the bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, harp and tabor drum.

The Medieval Fayre takes place at the Old Hall from 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm).  Tickets are priced £6 for adults, £3.50 for children and £16 for a family (two adults and up to three children).  Park entry is £5 per car.  Call 01625 374400 or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk for more information.

Plantagenet Events can be contacted on their website at:

www.plantagenet-events.co.uk/

 

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