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ALL THE FUN OF THE CANTERBURY TALES MEDIEVAL FAYRE
The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction is organising a free medieval fun day and is on the look-out for artisans, craftsmen, musicians and other specialists who can add a genuine medieval twist to the event.
The medieval fun day takes place on Saturday 14 June and the search has begun for traders eager to enter into the spirit of the outdoor fayre. The event will be held in the churchyard at the rear of St Margaret’s Church, home to the award-winning attraction.
Previous medieval events there have featured a knight in full armour, archery demonstrations, mead sampling, pottery making using ancient methods and calligraphy lessons, with visitors writing their names in a medieval style.
Potions and ancient cures have been on show for visitors to examine and buy, with medieval items on sale such as leather goods, arrows and quivers.
Ken Broad, duty manager retail at The Canterbury Tales, says medieval events are a firm favourite with visitors: “They add a fun and colourful spectacle for visitors and passers-by. Entrance to the fun day is free and there will be plenty of opportunity for people to have a go at the medieval-themed events taking place.
“Traders can participate free of charge, with a £30 refundable deposit taken at the time of booking. There must be a medieval theme to their products or demonstrations and we insist that they dress in period costume. This all adds to the authentic atmosphere and spirit of the day and ensures that everyone has great fun,” adds Ken.
The Canterbury Tales, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, brings to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, romance and trickery.
The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the historic cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining and enjoyable 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.
The Canterbury Tales represents a stunningly accurate reconstruction of 14th century England, set inside the former St Margaret’s Church. It gives visitors the opportunity to experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times as they join Geoffrey Chaucer and his band of pilgrims on a journey from The Tabard Inn in London to Canterbury Cathedral.
Admission to The Canterbury Tales costs adults £8.75, children (five-15) £6.75, concessions £7.75 and family £26.95 with discounts available for online bookings, groups and schools. To book call 01227 454888 or visit www.canterburytales.org.uk.
For more information about The Canterbury Tales call the information line on 01227 479227 or visit the website.