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Medieval Fair to take place at Furness Abbey on Saturday 31st August 2019

This years Medieval Fair, for the seventh year, will again be a great day out for the whole family; living history, artisans, craft stalls, displays, delicious refreshments and much more!

Last year's fair attracted almost 1,300 visitors and the organisers hope to make 2019 even bigger and better!

Gill Jepson said: "Please come and join us, take a step back in time and help us to achieve our aim of making this one of the most popular annual English Heritage events in the North West!

"In 2019 we welcome back many of the craft stalls and historical re-enactors who give our fair such a special flavour. Brother John returns to set up his medieval apothecary, showing the many and varied medicinal uses of plants and herbs that the monks of Furness would have known; Brother Patrick, the scribe, and Sister Sarah, the glass maker, will demonstrate how some of the beautiful illuminated manuscripts and pieces of stained glass were made; and Master Albert Harvey, Alchemist, will set up his medieval scientific laboratory to distill and create magical recipes. If you want to learn the secret of transmuting base metals into gold then you MUST come along and meet him.

"We welcome back The Iron Shepherds Living History group who will set up their medieval village to show what medieval life was really like, demonstrating traditional skills, crafts, costume and cookery. One of the highlights of the day is always their exciting and ever popular weaponry display.

"We are proud to once again present The Trouvere Minstrels who last year played some beautiful, authentic and atmospheric medieval music within the walls of our abbey. This year they will be performing music written by Hildegarde of Bingen who was a German Benedictine abbess born in the year 1098. And for the first time this year we present Steve Wharton, a storyteller, musician and actor from the Lake District who will entertain with a fine blend of classic poems alongside traditional and original songs.

"Other stalls will give you a chance to appreciate different medieval crafts. Tony Saunders, Bowyer, displays his mastery of the art of medieval longbow making; Owen Jones weaves traditional Lakeland oak swill baskets from thin strips of coppiced oak; Vic Naylor brings along some splendid woodcrafts; and The Furness Spinners and Weavers will be busy demonstrating how our clothes were made in the days before the quick trip to Primark! Experts from English Heritage will also be on hand to explain some of the essential conservation work that goes on here.

"Visitors of all ages last year were entertained by the bird of prey display from the excellent Silverband Falconry and a chance to see these beautiful creatures close up. They will be with us once again to put on a fabulous show.

"For children there will be games, a coconut shy, a gargoyle hunt, tuck shop and a great photo opportunity to lock your favourite person into the medieval pillory of punishment! And, of course, excellent food will be on sale from The Abbey Mill Tent and the Mansergh Farm Hog Roast.

"So, with lots of our favourites returning and new activities too, the Medieval Fair 2019 will be an event not to be missed."

Usual abbey entry charges will apply but for local residents entry will be £2 for adults and free for children on production of your current council tax bill. English Heritage members free entry. Free parking at Barrow Sixth Form College and Blue Badge holders can park at the visitor centre or be dropped off there.

The fair is hosted by The Furness Abbey Fellowship so please come along to support us, enjoy our family event and show your love for Furness Abbey!

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