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Merrie England comes alive at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre

Merrie England comes alive at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre From castles and kings to jesters and minstrels, damsels in distress and knights in shining armour, Merrie England conjures up romantic visions of our nation’s history. And there’s no better place to see it come to life again than at the 11th Ludlow Christmas Fayre, held in and around the grounds of Britain’s finest ruined medieval castle.

Throughout the weekend of November 27th and 28th, the historic setting of Ludlow will come alive to the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone time. Street entertainers will amuse the crowds with music, songs and magic, and stalls will heave under the weight of a feast of traditional foods and drinks. There’s a full two-day programme of exciting entertainment too, ranging from armed combat between medieval knights to falconry, theatre and puppet shows.  And on the Saturday evening, there are concerts, fireworks, carols and wassailing to entertain the crowds.

As the Fayre takes place in the castle grounds, visitors walk back in time as the whole of medieval society is brought back to life, with traditional tradesmen, entertainers and hawkers showing their skills and wares against the imposing background. The castle, first built as a Norman fortress and extended over time to become a fortified Royal Palace, was a key stronghold for the border counties right up to 1689. In 1473 the ‘princes in the tower’ were held in the Castle before their tragic deaths in the Tower of London, Edward IV and Arthur Tudor lived here and the castle played an important part in the Owain Glyndwr uprisings, the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War.

Ludlow is a bustling and lively town with a worldwide reputation for fine food and drink. There’s been a street market here since the twelfth century, which still thrives, and which is extended into the castle grounds for the Christmas Fayre. Shropshire itself is the ‘County of a thousand flavours’ and you can sample many of them here –sizzling local sausages, country cheeses and hog roasts, traditional ciders and perries, mulled wine and local ales.
Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre starts the festive season off in style, so put the date in your diary and make the most of Merrie England and all the fun of the Fayre!

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