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Beeston Castle autumn fair was a cause for celebration

Falconry displays, music, foraging, craftsmen, wildlife groups and even a dog show among the attractions

The English Heritage tourism attraction at Beeston Castle

A celebration of autumn came to Beeston Castle and Woodland Park as the castle held its annual autumn fair.

Falconry displays, music, foraging, craftsmen, wildlife groups and even a dog show were among the outdoor entertainments on offer over the weekend, as well as a chance to explore the castle’s 4,000-year history and the woodland park.

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The two-day fair offered families the chance to immerse themselves in all things autumnal, enjoying a traditional mummer’s play, going foraging with Cheshire-based James Wood, taking tours with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust and learning about traditional crafts with the Cheshire Guild of Wood Turners.

Falconry displays from Raphael Historic Falconry were among the attractions at the Beeston Castle autumn fair

Event manager Jenny Davie said: “As the leaves in Beeston Castle’s 40-acre woodland park begin to turn from green to golden brown there couldn’t be a better time to visit, and our two day autumn fair offered the perfect excuse.”

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The scene at Beeston Castle during the autumn fair

Visitors were also invited to join in den building, wild art and nature craft and games such as ‘scappleagrams’, fruit chequers and pin the grub on the apple. There was also food, drink and stalls plus apple pressing.

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Fair-goers were invited to take along their own apples to be pressed.

Paul Saunders played music on a hurdy-gurdy at the Beeston Castle autumn fair

As well as attending the autumn fair, visitors learned about the castle’s prehistoric settlers, wandered the trails where kangaroos entertained Victorian visitors and gazed into a well which reputedly holds Richard II’s treasure.

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