From brand new music, theatre and comedy to carol singing, hands-on workshops for all ages and more, our programme of entertainment is bursting at the seams for 2016! You'll find our performers throughout the castle all weekend from the Castle Gardens and the Marquee to The Chapel and the Inner Bailey - so keep your eyes open for our giant Brother Sid, sword-fighting, jesters and jugglers and more!
For 2016 we’ll be bringing you the best in medieval
Music ~ Dance ~ Theatre
Giants ~ Falconry ~ Puppetry
Storytelling ~ Carolling ~ Jestering
Swordplay ~ Arts & Crafts
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With two dedicated stages – the Market Place Marquee and the Castle Garden Stage - plus more in the Inner Bailey, there’s plenty of choice to keep you entertained. Whether you fancy re-enacting a battle, joining in with our minstrels and musicians or simply enjoying our jugglers and jesters as they mingle with the crowd, check out our programmes in advance, online or on the day to make sure you don’t miss out on your favourites!
NEW Tryzna - the celebrated Medieval music and dance group from Poland and Ukraine come to the Fayre for the first time. The acclaimed group tour Europe with both their shows and their children’s workshops and we're delighted to welcome them in 2016!
NEW Pantomime - Chanticleer and the Fox - What better way to start off the festive season than with a pantomime? Told by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer and The Fox promises to be a perfect panto complete with song, slapstick and audience interaction! Prepare to boo, hiss, cheer and join in!
NEW The Bagshotte Waytes - playing fanfares and lively medieval tunes in their authentic recreation of a 15th century brass band.
NEW Les Fêtes D’Antan - well-loved Fayre regular wynndebagge appears with Border piper Andy Letcher as new duo Les Fêtes D’Antan, bringing ancient songs, tunes and dances to celebrate the season.
NEW - Peterkin's School for Fools and more - new shows from renowned Jester Peterkin. With only earwax for brains, Peterkin presents the art and antics you need to know to be a medieval fool. Serious silliness involving breathtaking displays of incompetence, balancing the world’s oldest egg on his nose and acrobatics with the audience!
NEW The Dragon's Tale - well-loved puppeteers Hand to Mouth Theatre bring their enchanting new interpretation of George and the Dragon to Ludlow complete with hurdy gurdy accompaniment!
NEW shows from BZ Ents – Ludlow just wouldn’t be Ludlow without this fabulous duo as they bring their have-a-go theatre to town. Prepare to boo, hiss and cheer as BZ Ents bring the stories of two infamous English kings, Richard III and Henry VIII to Ludlow for the first time with Dastardly Dick or Righteous Richard and What Ho Henry, a fantastic romp through history where the audience decides – heroes or villains? They have lots of parts to play as they tell these NEW stories - a true antidote to the adage “Never work with children”!
NEW - Shakespeare's Deadly Duels! Peter Cann, our very own 'Master-At-Arms' is staging some of the Bard’s famous sword fights in Shakespeare’s Deadly Duels, including that between Prince Hal and Hotspur at the Battle of Shrewsbury - complete with trumpet fanfares. Peter will also be giving separate demonstrations of sword skills and inviting a number of visitors to try their hand – if you dare!
NEW Hands on activities! - in the Inner Bailey, you’ll find a whole range of games and activities (including Medieval word games and skittles, hoopla and brass rubbing) at the Hands-On History Tent. Why not drop-in over the weekend to decorate and personalise your very own heraldic flag to parade around the Fayre? On Sunday only, you can also stop by and create your own hand-written Medieval Recipe or Medieval Spell aided by The Wordshoppers’ Jean Atkin - make something special to take home!
And that's not all! We've got lots of Fayre regulars and familiar faces to entertain you all over the weekend...
Kris Katchit and Jester James – Our favourite jesters return with stilts, clubs, diabolos and “don’t try this at home” tricks that will amaze and enthral you. For apprentice jesters who want to learn the basics, Kris will also be running Circus Skills workshops in the Hands-On History Tent during the weekend too!
The Quire – a firm Fayre favourite, The Quire from the south-west are led by Eddie Upton, a leading figure in the English folk song revival. A community based choir, they'll lead Carols with the Quire on Saturday night (songsheets provided!) and be popping up throughout the weekend
The Yarnsmith of Norwich - if stories are your thing, check out our wonderful storyteller, The Yarnsmith of Norwich - he's a captivating teller of tales, spinner of stories and weaver of words for all ages.
The Nativity - inspired by 500 year old Mystery Plays, The Mysterious Crew present The Nativity (Saturday only), a one-act play with music and ritual sword dance!
The Master Falconer – Discover all about the ancient art of falconry, marvel at the fine collection of hawks, falcons and owls on display and watch then in flight as the Master Falconer sends them into the skies above the castle.
Brother Sid – The ever-popular giant Brother Sid will delight and entertain you as he weaves his magical way through the merry crowds.