Medieval Summer Fayre

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Date(s) - 22/06/2022
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bridlington Priory Rooms


Every year the Summer Fayre takes place on the Church Green, but in this very special year for the Priory this popular event took on a medieval flavour! As well as the regular stalls and competitions, this year there was be plenty of medieval feasting and entertainment – stalls of food to try and buy, competitions and games, and amusements for the whole family.

Costumed players from the 14th – 16th century ‘living history’ band The York Waits brought some of their instruments along to the Fayre to demonstrate their sound, and performed pieces from their wide repertoire of period street music, popular dance and ballad tunes in anticipation of their performance in the Priory later that evening.

Some of the other attractions included:

  • Stalls on the Church Green, including plants, bric-a-brac, cakes and biscuits, books and lots of Priory 900 beer (brewed specially for the celebrations by the Wold Top Brewery in Wold Newton).
  • Medieval ‘packed lunches’ courtesy of locals Pam and Peter Q. These special bundles included chunks of bread, Wensleydale cheese and grapes, and a slip of paper containing information about ‘scrips’, a soft cloth or leather pouch traditionally worn by pilgrims: “The Scrip, hung around the neck or from the belt at the waist, contained the basic survival tools for the pilgrim including a knife, money, documents and food.” Chaucer also mentions scrips in the Canterbury Tales: “In scrippe he bare both bread and leeks”.
  • Traditional morris dancing by the Minster Strays Morris Group, including a fighting dance called ‘Valentine’.
  • Historical storytelling sessions in the Priory Church.
  • Weaving and spinning demonstrations with members of the York and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (Lynn Corkery and Enid Parker) with friendly, interactive have-a-go sessions including ‘make your own friendship bracelets’.
  • Local blacksmith David Cooper set up his furnace in the Priory churchyard to demonstrate his traditional craft (David led the Priory 900 Blacksmithing workshop in April).
  • Family fun including a tombola and raffle, games and competitions, involving the Scouts and local schools. Tea and coffee was served in the Priory Rooms – with complementary cakes!

Priory 900 wwould like to thank everyone who donated items and gave their time to raise money for Priory funds, and make the Fayre a fun afternoon for the whole community to enjoy.

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