The annual Tudor Fayre and Charter Day is a traditional celebration of our official status as a market town.
King Henry VIII’s eldest daughter Mary conferred the status on the town way back in 1554 when she briefly ruled the country.
And hundreds of years later we can use this as a wonderful excuse to dress up, eat up and have loads of fun.
Today (Sunday) an impressive looking ‘King Henry VIII’ will hold court in the Market Square to enjoy the antics of Peet Fool, the endlessly entertaining court jester.
The event will be officially opened at 11am when pupils from Broughton Junior School perform a choreographed Tudor dance accompanied by period music from Lumina before our rotund monarch.
This free event provided by the town council spreads beyond the town centre and includes the gardens of Bucks County Museum where you can try out children’s archery and get up close to ten different birds of prey.
The English School of Falconry is bringing a team of birds including owls, hawks, eagles and falcons.
Back in the Market Square you can meet Peg and Myal. Peg will tell disgusting stories from Tudor times. Including how Tudors preserved all parts of dead animals, and how they used the guts and skins in everyday life from scraping and tanning hides to soap making and using the guts as strings for instruments.
Animal by-products often wasted today were all part of a thriving economy back then.
Myal will present Tudor games that you can then try out yourself. Learn the traditional games of 9 & 3 Mans Morris, Fox and Gees, quoits, board games, dice games and cards. You could even have a go at juggling and be amazed by Myal’s brilliant rope trick.
A team of daring knights will do battle right in front of your eyes.And alchemist Jack Greene will be there with his bewildering array of apparatus performing experienents and discussing the principles learnt. Watch his enchanting demonstrations and learn about the significance of his curious artefacts.
Other attractions include free face painting and Tudor themed craft activities.
And you can take home a copy of the town council’s version of the Town Charter reproduced especially for the event.