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Midsummer Madness at Tatton’s Medieval Fayre

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

The Fayre, in association with Plantagenet Events, is one of the largest and most dramatic events in Tatton’s calendar. and one of the leading events in the country celebrating medieval life. 

The highlight for all fayre revellers is the spectacular Battle of Tatton Field which takes place at the end of each day. This year, over 600 years since the battle of Agincourt, Lord Stanley of Tatton Park and his household have been to London on the King’s business. In his absence the Old Hall has been invaded by a mercenary band of Hussites who have stolen much of the provender of the estate. Lord Stanley returns and has to battle to regain his home and lands. 

Old Hall steward Mick Ricketts said “The Old Hall at Tatton is normally a tranquil place leaving the visitor with a feeling of peaceful times past and ghosts real and imagined. But every midsummer for over twenty years now this peace has been interrupted by our colourful, evocative and sometimes noisy Medieval Fayre where people gather from all over the country and beyond to realistically recreate life six hundred years ago. 

A feature of the fayre is that the visitor is not merely a spectator but very much part of it, mixing and mingling with medieval characters and taking in sights, sounds and smells. Watch and listen for the crash and clash of armoured men (and women), bang of cannon and whiff of black powder, twang of the bow and the trill of medieval music. Muster with the steel clad armies and follow them to the excitement of a battle finale giving your chosen side a rousing cheer to stir those ghosts of Tatton’s past.” 

This fantastic festival atmosphere is really brought to life by over 40 authentic 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! For your entertainment, marvellous musicians will create medieval music on authentic instruments of that time. New this year is entertainment by Merrie Noyse Minstrels, a motley crew of wandering musicians and storytellers. 

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.  

The Old Hall will be open for free flow tours. 

The Medieval Fayre takes place at the Old Hall from 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm).  Tickets are priced £7 for adults, £4.50 for children and £18.50 for a family (two adults and up to three children).  Park entry is £6 per car.  Call 01625 374400 or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk for more information.

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Carole Mullineux on 01625 374410 ( carole.mullineux@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision