Michaelmas Fair at Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire

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During the weekend of the 27th and 28th October, Burton Agnes Hall will be transformed into a bustling street fair.

This popular annual event marks the end of the farming year with the traditional feast of St. Michael, and offers visitors the opportunity to purchase locally crafted gifts and produce.

The fair, set in the grounds of the stunning Elizabethan Hall, will offer something for everyone with a wide variety of interesting and original stalls and an array of traditional street performances to keep visitors entertained throughout the weekend. These include sword dancing, morris dancers, fairground rides and a traditional fair organ that will billow out tunes for all to enjoy.

Set amongst the stalls, visitors will find the Burton Agnes Hall courtyard shops. The Home & Garden Shop and Gift Shop will offer tempting and unusual gifts and seasonal produce. Yummy treats to tease the taste buds also await visitors in the cafe, where freshly prepared meals and snacks will be served throughout the day. 

During the half-term break Burton Agnes Hall will also be daring visitors young and old to take part in a spooky pumpkin trail. The trail will take visitors on an eerie journey round the Hall’s woodland, where carved pumpkins will be hiding amongst the creaking trees and rustling bushes.  Each pumpkin will hold a clue and once the entire puzzle has been solved, a treat waits in the Hall - but visitors are advised to watch out for the giant spiders and creepy caterpillars hiding in the woodland trees!

Straight after the Michaelmas Fair, the Cunliffe-Lister-family and the team at Burton Agnes will be busy dressing the Hall for its Christmas Opening. From the 14th November until the 23rd December (opening hours 11am-5pm) every corridor, room and nook imaginable will be filled with beautiful decorations, very many of these handmade.

Michaelmas Fair:  27th and 28th October 2012

Opening Times: 11am - 5pm

Entrance charges: Adults £5.00, OAPs £4.50, Children (5-15 years) £3.00, under 5 year olds free.

Facts about Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens

·         Elizabethan home built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith.

·         Simon Jenkins, author of England’s Thousand Best Houses, described Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’.

·         Elizabethan walled garden, designed and created by the family, was the winner of the 2005 HHA Christie’s Garden of the Year Award.

·         Courtyard shops including gift shops, cafe and farm shop are open daily from 1st April – 31st October and 14th November- 23rd December 2012 11am-5pm