Prescot Elizabethan Fayre will surely be a must for my annual calendar. I was just fascinated by the turnout of support from historical societies and the renactments brigade was brilliant. “Empathy” with the past is the most educational form of learning and the “hands-on” activities I saw children involved in was memorable and I learned quite a bit about life under the Tudors that morning.
‘Ye ancient art of dying was a right messy job – spinning a skill in itself; while wood carving and basket making skills are still used today and provide a quaint trade income for the artisan. The amount of supporters in costume gave the whole fayre a fun atmosphere especially with the children taunting the juggler dressed as a jester. I was intrigued by the harpist who was eager for me to have a go of his ancient craft, but I made little musical intonation and headed for the church which boasts a 17th century tower and magnificent views of Merseyside.
A Knowsley Safari Park Ranger was on hand to show off a collection of beetles; probably decendants of the plague and the National Wildflower Centre had Tudor herbal remedies on hand for those of a nervous disposition or bowel trouble.
The cakes were delicious and the king’s table of mumified pigs heads and various Tudor delicacies created through an arts and crafts class looked realistic enough to eat. An entertaining morning was had by all who visited the Prescot Elizabethan Fayre.
Don’t miss out on celebrating Alt Valley’s rich heritage and history when the Elizabethan Fayre comes to town this Saturday the 5th of May. Come along and join in the festivities and celebrations guaranteed to give a fun, family day out!
The event gives the youth of today ‘hands on history’! From 10am until 2pm Church street, infront of the historic Parish Church of St Mary’s, Prescot will come alive with stalls, crafts, games and street entertainment (no bears). Highlights of the 16th century themed event includes an army of creatures from Knowsley Safari Park and free horse-and-cart rides. Visitors with a head for heights can scale the church tower and enjoy views for miles around. The spire is believed to be the highest point above sea level in Merseyside.