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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 13 and Sunday, June 14.

The Medieval Fayre is one of the largest and most dramatic events in Tatton’s calendar. Returning for the 18th consecutive year, in association with Plantagenet Events, the Medieval Fayre is now firmly established as 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, the 600th anniversary of Agincourt, it seems that one local baron is recruiting another’s villains and freemen to enlist as archers in his army. The more men (and women) he has, the more gold the King will pay him to fight in France. The argument is to be settled on the battlefield.

Old Hall steward Mick Ricketts said “After eighteen years of Medieval Fayre you would have thought they would have settled their differences. But no, each one belligerent to the end challenges the other to a fight. A feature of the fayre is that the visitor is very much part if it, mixing and mingling with medieval characters, taking in sights, sounds and smells. So, don’t forget to muster with these steel clad armies and follow them to the excitement of a battle finale.”

The 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

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 £5 per car.  Call 01625 374400 or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk for more information.

For further information about this release contact: Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department      Tel: 01625 374417 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk www.tattonpark.org.uk

101 things to do at Tatton

Experiencing Tatton’s Old Hall during the Medieval Fayre is just one of over 101 things to do at Tatton Park,  a brand new campaign launched last year and featuring 101 of the best possible experiences to be enjoyed at Tatton this year. These range from feeding Tatton’s deer their daily breakfast to singing happy birthday with a rare breed pig: watching the Vikings invade Tatton’s Old Hall to escaping in to a New Zealand rain forest. http://101tatton.org.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, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and 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