A Day with the Tudors

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.

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