We always try and visit one or two Christmas Fayres each year.
We paid the Vintage Craft Fayre at Middleton Hall a visit - not many photos as to be honest it was busy and most of the activity was indoors so impossible to get photos without loads of people!
Warwick Victorian Christmas Fayre
We've visited Ludlow Medieval Fayre and Worcester Victorian Fayre and this year we decided to go for the first time to Warwick's evening of Victorian entertainment.
We arrived quite early (as I was a bit worried about whether we would be able to park) and had a wander round before the fayre began at 5.00 p.m.The evening's events included entertainments on stage, turning on the Christmas lights, fairground rides such as a Victorian Ferris Wheel, helter skelter and roundabouts, street entertainers, morris dancing, Victorian market and craft stalls and the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's.
We had a coffee - Timothy was glad to be in the warm! - while waiting for D to arrive by train.
This bronze statue is of boxer Randolph Turpin, born in nearby Leamington Spa, who won the world middleweight boxing title and died in 1996. The statue was unveiled by Sir Henry Cooper in Warwick's Market Square in July 2001.
There were craft stalls in the Market Hall museum and on display were
Warwickshire's Bear and Ragged Staff and
Oisin the Deer - mascot of the museum with his own twitter account! Oisin is an extinct male Giant Irish Deer (Megaloceros giganteus) discovered in an Irish peat bog in the 19th century. The species lived around 500,000 to 8,000 years and measured 2.1 metres at the shoulder. The reason for its extinction is not known but may have been due to several factors including climate change affecting the growth of grass - a major food source for the deer.
A few Herbarium samples
We also visited the Christmas Tree Festival but I will write about that in a separate post.
*D - photos taken by my son with the Canon SX50HS bridge camera
Rest of photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330
To change the subject I have been doing some Christmas knitting - meet Holly the Mouse
The darkest hour is just before dawn . . .
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