Ashton Market goes medieval for Saturday only

Ashton Market goes medieval for one day onlyTameside is to take a step back in time this weekend to enjoy a tradition that can be traced back for centuries.

For one day only this Saturday, Ashton market will transform into a medieval scene reminiscent of a time when the town’s fair was a key event in the local calendar.

The Black Knight medieval fair will bring together a few of those traditions as well as recalling the days of Sir Ralph Assheton – the lord of the manor who would ride through the countryside clad all in black armour.

And while Sir Ralph was feared by many, this weekend’s event is suitable for all the family with a range of activities everyone can get involved with.

Among the entertainment on offer are face painters, jesters, story tellers, a history walk, owls, dancers, drumming and craft workshops and a full medieval re-enactment.

For shoppers a farmers’ market will have a range of goods that were available at the time as well as many others that would have left Ashton’s medieval residents baffled.

All together the event will show off some of the best talent in Tameside and beyond while also celebrating Ashton’s past.

The Black Knight fair runs from 11am to 3pm this Saturday next to the Market Hall in the centre of Ashton.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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