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Medieval Fayre at The Centre, Thursday 4th May 2017

Celebrate May Day at our Medieval themed fayre at The Centre.

Entertainment includes a falconry display with full medieval set up, morris dancing, and music from the 12th to 15th Centuries. Also, visit our selection of market stalls selling all manor of fantastic produce such as meats, artisan meads, waxed cheese truckles, flowers and crafts.

In Merrie Englande the onset of summer was greeted with much celebration and optimism on Mayday as preparations began for the summer. To mark that occasion we will have our own Town Cryer (we couldn’t afford Barry Cryer) regaling you with news of the day.

Market Place

Ian’s Flowers
Local, independent flower importer of freshly cut flowers from Holland. They will be selling ready-made bouquets, large and small and to suit any budget.

Andertons Butchers
Local butcher from Wigan that provides beef from Lancashire, chicken and lamb from Cumbria and pork from Cheshire.

Lancashire Mead Company
Small producer of artisan meads, no chemicals, sulphites or white wine, just honey, real fruit and herbs and spices. Come and sample before you buy.

Mug Run
Bijou coffee roasters, based in Rhyl, specialising in single origin coffees. Only sourced from farms and farming cooperatives in countries where coffee is ethically sourced.

Cheese is Grate
Award winning, and a superb range of cheese produced in Lancashire to the highest quality. Selling waxed cheese truckles in a variety of flavours, and homemade Lancashire chutneys. Come and try before you buy.

Mrs Hitchen’s Stitchens
Mrs Hitchen’s cabinet of stitchy things!

Linda’s Creative Crafts
Home décor ethically sourced and made from reclaimed wood. Handmade items and die cuts.

Tash, the Birchwood Park Jester
Our very own court jester; Tash will be giving away a delicious fruity punch made by our team of chefs at The Centre.

To celebrate our Medieval Fayre we’ll be offering a special menu in The Garden Restaurant with an Anglo-Gallic flavour:

The Big Pan with Friar Tuck
Taulouse sausage baguette with flageolet bean casserole – £4.10
Watch out for food bundle discounts – 50p off the Big Pan when you buy two toast, a small yoghurt and grande coffee.

The Garden Restaurant
Rag Puddyng
Rag puddyng is an Oldham delicacy dating back many years and comprises savoury minced beef with onions steamed in suet pastry.

Porkie pig pye
The origin of this dish is unknown but features in many English counties and we have chosen the Cheshire version of diced pork, chunks of smoked ham hock, spicy pork sausages, enveloped in crispy short crust pastry. This was often given to the town cryer as a reward for his services.

Clucke and Thyme
This was a popular dish amongst the artisans in medieval England. Roast thyme scented chicken with rhubarb and oatmeal stuffing.


Town Crier
Award winning town crier Peter Powell will be announcing the start of the Medieval Fayre this year.

Talonted Feathers
Falconry display with full medieval set up and tent.
Charging £2 per person to handle the birds.

Maranella Minstrels
Music from the 12th to 15th centuries on period instruments in authentic medieval costume.

Mersey Morris Men
Performing in The Garden Restaurant.