Shakespearean Theme At This Year’s Elizabethan Fayre

ON Saturday 4 June, Prescot recreates its famous Tudor fayres and also acknowledges the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Medieval music, dance, arts and crafts will give visitors a glimpse into the town’s history and heritage. Fayre goers can try their hand at 16th Century willow making, wood turning or candle making. They can also try out the potter’s wheel or some calligraphy. Prescot Elizabethan Fayre 6.6.15 The town’s Fayres in the 1590s were renowned nationwide, attracting visitors from as far as York and London. The free Prescot Heritage factsheets at the fayre will tell you more about the town’s rich past. In honour of Shakespeare’s anniversary there will be short ‘pop up’ live performances of ‘Macbeth’ by MATE productions.  After the fayre, in the early evening, will be an outdoor production of ‘As You Like It’ in the church’s woodland garden by MATE productions, in partnership with Shakespeare North. There’ll be Shakespearean story telling from characters clad in Tudor costume, celebrating the Great Bard’s connection to Prescot, which in the late 16th Century was the site of the only purpose-built playhouse outside of London. Children will have the chance to be transported to Tudor times with an Elizabethan makeover or Shakespeare inspired fairy and elf face painting. The ever-popular bell tower tours of Prescot Parish Church will also be on offer. The Fayre will take place in and around Prescot Town Centre, Eccleston Street and Prescot Parish Church from 10am to 3pm with free admission. The Producers’ Market and Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair take place on the same day. If you’d like to get involved in the Elizabethan Fayre please call Knowsley Culture Development and Events Service on 0151 443 5353 or email carla.simkin@knowsley.gov.uk