Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre typically takes place every November over one weekend. Ludlow is a charming town in Shropshire that’s lined with old listed buildings, quaint English pubs and independent retailers and cafés.
During the Medieval Fayre the castle grounds are transformed back several centuries with straw hay underfoot and people in cloaked costumes.
So many elements of this event transport you to this fascinating period of British history, like a traditional market selling a whole array of handmade crafts and ornaments.
From hog roasts and hot pies, to crepes and sponge cakes, Ludlow’s Medieval Christmas Fayre is brimming with food options, some of which are made using authentic medieval recipes.
Within the castle walls were more stalls offering immersive experiences for all ages like archery and armour you can try-on.
You could also meet some beautiful birds of prey, browse handmade jewellery stalls or wince at the gory medical equipment patients had to endure.
The Copper Pot stall sold hot chocolate made using an 18th century recipe including warm spices like cardamon, long pepper and cinnamon.
Ascending Ludlow Castle’s keep offers views over the whole fayre and beyond into the town centre.
The Medieval atmosphere really comes to life in the evening with the smokey orange glow from the castle’s lights and lamp burners. Activities continued up to 9pm with staged reenactments, coin making and giant mascots, Brother Sid and Lady Bella.
The day concluded with the mayor arriving to switch on Ludlow’s Christmas lights.
There was over 100 exhibitors at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre from across the country. As mentioned earlier, it’s only on for a small amount of time so if you’d like to attend a future event, visit their website for more information.
Post updated: 10/2020.