Autumn Fair


Sat 7 - Sun 8 Oct 2017 




Beeston Castle and Woodland Park 

Suitable For


A bird of prey on a person's gloved hand.

A celebration of autumn comes to Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, as the castle holds its annual Autumn Fair.

Falconry displays, music, foraging, local craftsmen, wildlife groups, and even a dog show will be amongst 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.


10.30am - Autumnal Notes
In the guise of the Green Man, the musician Wynndebagge presents seasonal sounds, applely anecdotes and more, to open the Fair. 

11.00am - Foraging Food
Join us on our forage to explore the wild delicacies growing all around us. Learn how to safely identify wild plants and taste from a selection of syrups, chutneys and pickles.

12.00pm - Hawking at Harvest
Learn about the seasonal traditions of falconry.

12.30pm - A Tale of Two Pears
In this comical play, Cheshire pears Toadback and Slobberchops call upon your help as they challenge one another to a duel to decide who is the fruitiest. Can they settle it with a Conference or will they need The Doctor? Or have they reckoned without fellow fruits Quince, Medlar and Plum? Join in the fun as one by one they seek your favour for their flavour. 

1.00pm - Foraged Foods Cooking Demonstration
Learn how to cook with wild and foraged foods including nettles, brambles and dandelions. Pick up some tips and taste the finished product.

2.00pm - Dog Show
Bring along your canine companion and enter our dog show! The judges are looking for the waggiest tail, scruffiest dog, cutest puppy and more.
(Participants must be registered by 1.45pm and at the arena by 1.55pm.)

2.30pm - Autumnal Notes
Once again, Wynndebagge present seasonal sounds, anecdotes and customs, joined by his jig doll Coster.

3.00pm - Hawking at Harvest
Learn about the seasonal traditions of falconry.

3.30pm - Foraging Food
Join us once more on our forage to explore the wild delicacies growing all around us.

All times approximate and subject to change in the event of poor weather.


Type Price
English Heritage members Free
Adult £7.10
Child, 5-17 years £4.30
Concession £6.40
Family £18.50

Price Notes

Corporate members can now enjoy free entry to our site on event days. To see if your membership includes this benefit, please call English Heritage customer services on 0370 333 1181.

How to book

Tickets will be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

How to find us

Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX
Cheshire, North West

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