Medieval fayre returns to Prescot

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Prescot will host an Elizabethan fayre to mark the 400th anniversary of former resident William Shakespeare’s death.

Shakespeare is believed to have spent time during his younger days working as a tutor at Knowsley Hall.

The event will give visitors a glimpse into the town’s past, with medieval music, dance, and arts and crafts.

Visitors can also try their hand at 16th century willow-making, wood turning or candle making.

They can also try out the potter’s wheel or some calligraphy.

The event is a reenactment of the Prescot fayre for which the town was renowned nationwide in the 1590s.

Pick up one of the free Prescot Heritage factsheets at the fayre for more about the town’s wonderful heritage.

In honour of Shakespeare’s anniversary there will be short ‘pop up’ live performances of ‘Macbeth’ by MATE productions.

After the fayre, in the early evening, will be an outdoor production of ‘As You Like It’ in the church’s woodland garden by MATE productions, in partnership with Shakespeare North.

There’ll be Shakespearean story telling from characters clad in Tudor costume, celebrating the Great Bard’s connection to Prescot, which in the late 16th Century was the site of the only purpose-built playhouse outside of London.

Children will have the chance to be transported to Tudor times with an Elizabethan makeover or Shakespeare inspired fairy and elf face painting.

The ever-popular bell tower tours of Prescot Parish Church will also be on offer.

The Fayre will take place in and around Prescot Town Centre, Eccleston Street and Prescot Parish Church from 10am to 3pm with free admission.

The Producers’ Market and Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair take place on the same day.

If you’d like to get involved in the Elizabethan Fayre please call Knowsley Culture Development and Events Service on stall 0151 443 5353 or email carla.simkin@knowsley.gov.uk