My latest low-budget day out is to Ruislip's Medieval Weekend, incorporating their ever popular craft and artisan food fair, managed by Duck Pond Markets.
Ruislip is based around a suburban high street with the usual array of charity shops, hairdressers, cafes and other things that are pleasant to use of a weekend. However, what many people don't realise is that it has a rich history, including medieval buildings located around the duck pond and Pinn Fields at the top of the high street. Every year, this fantastic heritage is celebrated with a festival, combining historical information and re-enactments with good, old fashioned shopping and eating.
|Enough history! Make with the shopping already!|
There was a great combination of local clubs (amateur dramatics in costumes, local history, community groups and so forth) and craft/vintage stands. The stands were presented wonderfully, with good access, and there was a fabulous variety for all the family from baby to grandparents. I had intended on ploughing straight through to the
|Room For Change|
|Business cards and rain don't mix!|
|Accessories!! You can never have enough!|
They are part of a developing network of vintage companies springing up around Middlesex, and you can catch these all at the Vintazia Friday Night Fairs - also, funnily enough, in Ruislip. I will attend the next and feed back, never fear!
|A general shot of the barn.*|
Sadly, my adventure today was cut short by a violent downpour, I did shelter in the great barn for a little while but eventually had to strike out home with cake and quiche for His Lordship to munch for lunch. The only thing the organisers couldn't have controlled, but apart from the rain, a great free day out. The weekend runs 11am-4pm tomorrow (Sunday 21st August) too, if you are in the area.
*If you are a vendor in the barn who prefers not to be in any photos on amateur blogs, please let me know and I will remove this shot. This is a general photo of a number of stands and verbal permission was granted for a shot of the barn interior, I have tried to keep stands who have this policy out of shot.