Prescot Elizabethan Fayre on 4 June

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

You won’t want to miss this year’s Elizabethan Fayre, on Saturday 4 June, when Prescot recreates its famous Tudor fayres and celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.


Medieval music, dance, arts and crafts will give visitors a glimpse into the town’s glorious history and heritage.

You can try your hand at 16th-century willow, candle or jewellery making, or perhaps you’d prefer to try out the potter’s wheel, spinning wheel or some calligraphy.

Prescot’s Illustrious Past

The town’s fayres in the 1590s were renowned nationwide, attracting visitors from as far as York and London.

Make sure you pick up one of the free Prescot Heritage factsheets on the day for more about the town’s wonderful heritage.

asyoulikeitfeatIn honour of Shakespeare’s anniversary there will be short ‘pop up’ performances of Macbeth, ahead of an outdoor evening production of As You Like It evening in the church’s woodland gardens by MATE productions, in partnership with Shakespeare North.

There’ll be Shakespearean storytelling from characters clad in Tudor costume, celebrating the Great Bard’s connection to Prescot, which in the late 1500s was the site of the first 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.

When and where?

The fayre will take place in and around Prescot town centre, Eccleston Street and Prescot Parish Church from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, 4 June, 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 stall 0151 443 5353 or email

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