are the latest news and developments
we plan for the Oyster Fayre 2018
is a first for the Medieval Festival. We will have a new Living History
group portraying a visiting Lady from a noble family.
a day we will be invited to see all the clothes a Lady of quality
be expected to wear every day. Our Lady will be dressed, in front
her pavilion, from only her shift (under garments). How interesting
will be, but definitely not an event normally done in public.
have been asked to publish here the gate prices for this yearís
although these are available elsewhere on this website.
entrance is £8, 3years to 14years itís £4. For infants in
& Carers enter for free, Concessions are also £4.
junior & concession rates are £1 less than last year.
course we also accept card payment at the gate.
will be plenty going on to keep you at the Fayre all day with
continuous programme of entertainment with up to 3 activities
place at any one time.
here for the programme of entertainment.
plenty of cash for your essential buys at the market and for the fine and
unusual Eateries we have for you this year; and of course
Beer Tent and the Oyster Man.
is looking like it will to be the fullest Faye we have staged so far, with
plenty of Armed Combat, more Childrenís Entertainment, more Traders, more
Caterers and letís hope, lots of Great Weather.
year sees the return of a Rope Walk. Pam & Ad will be making ropes
all weekend and to give them a break from the winding handle
will be able to make your very own rope or even ride on the
as the rope appears as by magic.
returning this year are Essex Beekeepers with their glass
hive. Watch the bees as they go about their endless trips collecting pollen
at make into fine honey.
this year again is Stephen Fisher of The Norfolk Cider Company returns
with his huge Apple Press. He will be pressing fresh
juice for you all weekend and selling it bottled as you leave.
excellent Cider will be available at the Beer Tent.
Some of you who will be
visiting our Fayre in June, or may be participating and will need accommodation,
may be interested to know that there is a new Premier Inn now open only
yards from the Park gates where our Festival takes place. To book type
and choose Town Centre,
More good news, I have
secured the Dragonís Head Bakers for our Fayre. Only a small operation
but it will give our visitors the chance to see bread being made on site
in a field bakery. Only 4 pitches left unfilled now, so Traders if you
want to join us this year you need
to be quick.
Now in its 16th year The
Festival is our interpretation of an annual
Fair & Market held
in regional town such as Colchester. Such fairs would attract visitors
from far and wide to buy from the Merchants
that went from fair to
fair. Also attracted would be the entertainers, offering puppetry, storytelling,
theatre & juggling. The people would
be able to enjoy and take
part in dancing, wrestling, country backswording, singing, music &
sideshows. But the main reason they would come would be for the Market.
At our Festival we attract Traders from all over Britain and the near continent.
This year we have over
60 period market stalls.
If thatís not all there will be the Archer of the Fayre longbow competition
plus Falconry, and two areas for Armed Combat plus lots of living history
to visit and even a rope maker.
This is the biggest Festival
we have staged so far and it makes an wonderful family day out with fine
catering at the food court &
excellent Ales and Meads
at the Pikestaff Inn.
to the Bill of Fayre