Prescot Elizabethan Fayre Returns 7 & 8 May 2022

Prescot’s Elizabethan Fayre is back for 2022 and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before!

To celebrate Knowsley’s year as the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture, and to mark the fact that the Shakespeare North Playhouse will open in Prescot in July, the Fayre has been extended to two days, with a wider range of attractions and performances added to an exciting programme.

The Fayre will be funded through the High Streets Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme Grant, which was awarded to the Prescot Cultural Consortium in 2020.

Taking place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May, the FREE festival will celebrate the rich Elizabethan heritage of Prescot – which of course in Elizabethan times was the only place in the whole of the country, aside from London, to have a free-standing purpose-built theatre.

Prescot’s Elizabethan story is quite remarkable and the Fayre is already a popular highlight in Knowsley’s event calendar and this year it promises to deliver much more for visitors to enjoy.

The town will be a hub of activity with high-quality, outdoor dance and theatre performances, circus skills, heritage walks, birds of prey, face painting, craft workshops and more. Visitors will also be able to get involved with the creation of a unique miniature cardboard replica of Prescot town centre.

On Saturday the Fayre will celebrate all things regal with visitors making their own crowns, ruffs and hearts. Prescot will be graced with a visit from ‘Elizabeth I’ herself and many court jesters who will perform and impress the locals. There will be workshops, stalls, and opportunities to share stories with our ‘Story Catcher Crew.’

Sunday will bring high quality performances of dance, theatre, storytelling & more. With a contemporary twist, the Fayre will celebrate everything from the Elizabethan era right up to the present day.  Local Primary Schools, dance groups, and artists will showcase their work and the weekend will close with a Street Party for all!

There will also be performances of a newly commissioned ‘Song for Prescot’ by Evelyn Community Primary and St. Mary’s & St. Paul’s C E Primary.

Saturday 7 May 11am–7pm

  • Cath Grady’s Dance School performances from tinies and teens.
  • Teatro Pomodoro story catchers will collect Prescot secrets of past and present.
  • Wicked Women, Tmesis Theatre – meet the women who changed history.
  • Kitty O’Shea with her unique street theatre.
  • Circus Skills performances and workshops for everyone.
  • Home Sweet Home invite you to create a cardboard Prescot in the Parish Hall.
  • Prescot Heritage Walks at 1pm & 3pm, meet at Prescot Parish Church.
  • Birds of Prey demonstrations at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm.
  • MegamorphosisFX face painting will transform you into Queens and Kings of Prescot.
  • ‘Make & Take’ workshops with Amy Frost at The Roundhouse, supported by Imaginarium Theatre and Act for Action.

Drop-in between 11am-1pm and 2pm – 5pm to create your own royal crown and Elizabethan ruff and be regal about town. (Under 13’s need adult support)

Sunday 8 May 11am – 4pm

  • Imaginarium Youth Theatre will share some theatrical gems of old & new.
  • Rubbish Shakespeare Company – Macbeth, like you’ve never seen before.
  • Teatro Pomodoro story catchers return… what secrets will they share?
  • Circus Skills – last chance to try your hand at juggling, clowning and more.
  • Folk Dance Remixd lead the kerbside Ceilidhs – you don’t want to miss this.
  • Home Sweet Home – Prescot is formed, now it’s time for a party.
  • MegamorphosisFX face painting will transform you into Queens and Kings of Prescot.
  • ‘Make & Take’ workshops with Georgina Ridehalgh at The Roundhouse, supported by Imaginarium Theatre and Act for Action.

Drop in between 11am – 1pm and 2-4pm to create your inner Jester’s props and costume. (Under 13’s need adult support)

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