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Elizabethan Fayre October 2021

Step back in time with Prescot’s Elizabethan Fayre

by Lisa Bennett

This October, everyone is invited to step back in time to celebrate Prescot’s rich heritage and enjoy an array of Elizabethan activities and attractions.

The Elizabethan Fayre is a long-running event in the town and a favourite in the Prescot calendar.

This year’s event will be smaller than usual, but it will still offer a selection of traditional activities for families to take part in including children’s Shakespearean face painting, clay ‘blobster’ making, candle making and mask making. There will also be the popular Circus Skills workshops and show and the Birds of Prey stand.

New for this year is a ‘Storytelling’ event where local people are invited to share their stories and memories of growing up or living in Prescot, or stories of the town’s rich past in a friendly and intimate space.

This is all part of the preparations to celebrate Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture in 2022 and follows story catching events held across the borough during the summer.

Councillor Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“We are delighted that we can host the Elizabethan Fayre this year and invite people along to come and celebrate Prescot’s Elizabethan past. It may be smaller in scale but there will still be plenty of great activities for everyone to join in and enjoy. I’m really looking forward to the return of the Fayre and seeing the town come alive with some of the more traditional activities that would have been very familiar to the town all of those years ago.”

The Shakespeare North Playhouse

Visitors will also be able to meet the Shakespeare North team throughout the day to ask any questions about The Shakespeare North Playhouse, currently under construction in the town. Architect’s own drawings will be on display along with samples of the fixtures and materials being used in the new theatre.  Most excitingly they will be able to navigate their own virtual reality journey through parts of the building to get a real sense of what a visit to the Playhouse will be like when it opens in the summer of 2022.

Prescot’s historic Church will also be open on the day and visitors can enjoy the heritage tours and learn more about the history to this Jacobean building.

The Elizabethan Fayre will take place around Prescot Parish Church, Church Street, and Marketplace on Saturday 23 October from 11am to 4pm.

Storytelling in the Round

The storytelling event will take place in the Imaginarium Roundhouse between 12-1pm and 2-3pm. You can also talk to Knowsley’s Heritage team on the day who will be gathering interesting tales and anecdotes about the town. Please contact Bea Anderton bea.anderton@knowsley.gov.uk  for further details on sharing your story.


Further information

For further information about the Elizabethan Fayre, please call Knowsley Culture Development and Events Service on 0151 443 5353 or email carla.simkin@knowsley.gov.uk


About Prescot High Street Heritage Action Zone

The Elizabethan Fayre 2021 is part funded by the Prescot High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ). It is a key event in the lead up to next year’s enhanced Elizabethan Fayre, which will be delivered by the Prescot Cultural Consortium as part of the HSHAZ Cultural Programme.

Prescot was selected by Historic England as one of the 68 high streets to benefit from the High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme in 2020. The £3.1 million heritage-led regeneration programme will see major investment from Knowsley Council and Historic England into a number of key projects in Prescot town centre.

This includes the restoration and reuse of the former Prescot Picture Palace on Kemble Street, master planning of the vacant Kemble Street/Sewell Street site, and the grant aiding of privately owned buildings centred on Market Place and Eccleston Street.

In addition to this, the local HSHAZ Cultural Programme has recently got underway with the launch of the Pilot Project – ‘Act One: Prescot Makers and Players’ which has brought various groups in and around the town together to help celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Prescot, together with the HSHAZ national commission ‘Picturing England’s High Streets’.