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Midsummer Madness at Tatton’s Medieval Fayre

By on June 7, 2010

The Medieval Fayre is one of the largest and most dramatic of events in Tatton’s calendar.  Returning for the 12th consecutive year, in association with Plantagenet Events, the Medieval Fayre has rapidly 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, wallop of sword, poll arms 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.  Plantagenet Events promise an even ‘Bigger, Better, Battle’, so be prepared!

This year the Old Hall is expecting a fantastic number of re-enactors to join in the drama.  Mick Ricketts, Old Hall Co-ordinator commented “this year we are expecting even more people to take part, in fact over 400 re-enactors and ‘soldiers on the field’.  There will no doubt be a dramatic final battle!  Of course, it’s not all about the fight – with the soldiers come a rag-tag army and ‘baggage train’ of wives, children, traders and musicians, 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 and 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 a moment’s repast 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.

Mick Ricketts commented “Don’t forget it is Father’s Day on Sunday so this really is a great opportunity to keep Dads, lads and all the family entertained!”.

The Medieval Fayre takes place at the Old Hall on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June from 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm).  Adults £5.50 / Children £3 / Family £15 (2 adults and 3 children).  Park Entry £5 per car.  Call 01625 374400 or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk for more information.

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