STRETTON Watermill is inviting visitors to experience an Elizabethan country fair on Saturday and Sunday (July 7-8).
From noon-5pm on both days there will be a host of characters including millers operating the ancient machinery, a herbalist demonstrating period medicine, musicians playing Tudor tunes and a sergeant of the local militia on the lookout for troublemakers with offenders being placed in the stocks.
Stretton Watermill dates back to 1351 and is a rare survival of a working watermill.
In 1596 the lease of the mill was taken over by Ursula Leche of nearby Carden Hall and became a thriving business and a hub of activity.
The Tudor activities for the weekend reflect this period of the mill’s history.
Farndon Cllr Howard Greenwood said: “This colourful festival brings history to life during one of the most important parts of Stretton Mill’s illustrious history.
“It should be fascinating no matter what your age and will provide a vivid snapshot of the first Elizabethan age.”
Admission is free.
Stretton Watermill is near Farndon and Malpas, just off the A534 by the Cock O’Barton.
Visit www.strettonwatermill.org.uk for more details.