Yesterday we submerged ourselves in Medieval life at the Bishops’ House Autumn Fayre.
I adore this museum which is remarkably still in tact and sits, in all it’s Tudor glory, at the top of Meersbrook Park.
The house was rammed, not only with people, but with stalls and demonstrators of traditional crafts including the stunning Billigoat Designs stained glass and Poterie Des Pommiers who showed the girls how to throw a pot on a potters wheel, while they chatted about the pots they were making at school. We were equally fascinated by the spinners and very keen on the scones.
Outside P was rapt watching Robert Nicholson make wooden bowls, especially since he took time to explain the job of a Medieval turner. I was quite tempted to buy a bottle of 14.2% Pea Pod wine which apparently has the taste of prosecco – surely that’s practically a health drink.
We thought the event would fill a couple of hours but we ended up staying for nearly four, watching the knights walloping each other with various weaponry, Boggarts Breakfast morris dancing, and the Beekeepers playing 16th century music in the dining room.
I am thrilled for all the volunteers that it was a beautiful Autumn day and the event was so well attended.
Hopefully this will become an annual event and will bring many more visitors around the museum.
I definitely think it deserved an entrance fee higher than £1.50, so we bought more cake, solely for their fundraising efforts you understand…