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Beeston Castle invites young and old to enjoy its autumn fair

Cheshire tourist attraction announces range of activities on October 1-2

Beeston Castle's Autumn Fair will take place on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2

A celebration of autumn comes to Beeston Castle and Woodland Park on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, as the castle celebrates its annual autumn fair.

Falconry displays, music, foraging, local craftsmen, wildlife groups and even a dog show will be among the outdoor entertainments on offer over the weekend, as well as a chance to explore the castle’s 4,000 year history and 40 acres of woodland park.

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

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 offers the perfect excuse.

“Join us for music, foraging, falconry, wild art and nature craft and more. Four legged friends are especially welcome for our dog shows on Saturday and Sunday.”

Beeston Castle's Autumn Fair will take place on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2

Visitors will also be 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 will also be food, drink and stalls plus, as an extra sweet addition, visitors on Sunday will also be able to see apple pressing in action.

Fair-goers are invited to bring along their own apples to be pressed.

Four legged family members are also invited and are encouraged to enter the open dog show at 2pm where prizes will be awarded for waggiest tail, cleverest canine, golden oldie, scruffiest dog, cutest puppy and dog the judge would most like to take home.

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

Beeston Castle's Autumn Fair will take place on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2

The fair runs from 10.30am–4pm, with different activities throughout the day.

The dog show will be held at 2pm both days, with entries accepted until 15 minutes before the competition.

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