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Artisan Christmas Gift Fair

The Canterbury Tales is seeking stall-holders for a special festive market with a medieval twist.

On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, the award-winning attraction will throw open its doors for its first ever Christmas Artisan Gift Fair, and organisers are keen to hear from local designers and artisans interested in selling quality craft and gifts.

Shoppers will be able to enter the attraction free of charge and enjoy some mulled cider and a mince pie at the famous Tabard Inn. They can then step back in time to the streets of 14th century England and purchase gifts from a host of stalls set among the attraction’s vibrant tableaux, which depict five of Chaucer’s best-loved stories.christmas-gift-fair

Entrance to the fair will be free and visitors will be given discount vouchers for a future visit to the attraction, so they can return with family and friends and experience The Canterbury Tales over Christmas and the New Year.

The attraction’s general manager, Lyndsey Ridley, says: “This is the first time that The Canterbury Tales has opened its doors to shoppers looking for quality Christmas gifts and it promises to be a unique experience. Our Christmas Artisan Gift Fair will showcase the best of local craft and design, and we would particularly like to see some sellers who work with natural materials such as wood, leather and paper.”  

Traders interested in attending the fair should contact Francesca Lashmar on 01227 784600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 24 October.

The Canterbury Tales’ Christmas Artisan Gift Fair is taking place between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014. There is no charge for pitches but a 20% commission will be charged on takings over the two days. Tables and chairs will be provided for stall-holders.

Are you brave enough?

If you’re looking for some grown-up chills this Halloween, head to The Canterbury Tales in Kent, where Chaucer’s classic stories will be taking a sinister turn with live horror performances in a church graveyard.

The attraction’s popular Terrible Tales, which have been updated with new twists and turns, will be performed by drama students from the University of Kent. Performances will be followed by a guided tour through the attraction, where nasty surprises await as you walk the diseased streets of medieval England…

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The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining day out for the whole family. It brings to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, romance and trickery and, having welcomed more than two million visitors from all over the world, it remains one of Kent’s ‘must see’ attractions.

The Terrible Tales are performed at 7pm every evening from Friday 24 to Friday 31 October. The really brave can join the late-night 9pm tour on October 31. Admission costs £10 per person (it is not suitable for under-12s).

Book online before September 30 at www.canterburytales.org.uk and receive a 20% discount. Alternatively call 01227 454888.

The Canterbury Tales is operated by Continuum Leading Attractions, who manage a host of visitor attractions around the country and most recently launched Coronation Street: The Tour in Manchester.


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A soaking in the stocks!

MEDIEVAL FUN AT THE CANTERBURY TALES

In medieval times they were used to punish people who had committed petty crimes, but it was all smiles at The Canterbury Tales at the weekend (June 14) as visitors lined up to have their photos taken in the stocks.

It was just one of the activities laid on by the popular visitor attraction as part of this year’s free Medieval Fun Day.Kieran in the Stocks - LR

The churchyard to the rear of the St Margaret’s Street attraction also played host to old favourites such as mead tasting and a bouncy castle, as well as face painting.

Visitors picked up a few tips on sword fighting at the Knights School, and got to grips with historic armour and weaponry on display courtesy of the Free Men of the Blean, a re-enactment society which gave demonstrations throughout the day.

Lyndsay Ridley, the attraction’s general manager, said: “It was a really great day for the whole family with a fantastic fun atmosphere. The stocks were particularly popular and will be back again soon!

“Although the event was free, we were fund-raising for Pilgrims Hospices throughout the day and I’d like to thank visitors for their donations.”

The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining day out for the whole family. Having welcomed more than two million visitors from all over the world, The Canterbury Tales remains one of Kent’s ‘must see’ attractions. Visit www.canterburytales.org.uk for more information.

Admission prices for the attraction are £8.75 adults, £6.75 children (aged 5-15), and £7.75 concessions. At certain times of year and for certain events, rates may vary. The Canterbury Tales is operated by Continuum Leading Attractions, who manage a host of visitor attractions around the country and most recently launched Coronation Street: The Tour in Manchester.

 
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St. Margaret's Street,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT1 2TG
Tel: 01227 479 227
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