A MEDIEVAL fair takes place at Furness Abbey at the end of this month.

The event on August 30 is organised by Furness Abbey Fellowship and takes place at the abbey near Barrow, starting at 10am and ending at 5pm.

Organisers promise lots of exciting activities including weapons demonstrations by the Iron Shepherds Living History group.


The group will also demonstrate crafts and provide a glimpse into the life of people in the middle-ages at the time when Furness Abbey was active.

Iain McNichol, historical interpreter, will demonstrate the use of herbs and explain how these were used by monks.

Artist Patrick Corbett reprises his ‘scribe’ role and will be creating illuminated letters and will be inviting the public to join in.

The Dorian Players will provide early Tudor music in the Chapter House in the afternoon and Dr Geraldine Green will read from her collection of poems, many inspired by the beautiful Furness peninsula.

Gill Jepson will preview a chapter from her new book 'The Cistercian Conspiracy' due to be released in November.

In addition to these activities there will be a hog roast from Irvings butcher of Ulverston, refreshments from Abbey Mill Cafe, craft stalls, including Wavy Grain and demonstrations by artisans such as Owen Jones, swill basket maker and stone mason William Todd.

There will also be a gargoyle hunt and a Furness Abbey Fellowship stall.

English Heritage will be providing short talks explaining the current conservation work in the abbey and allowing people to try their range of preserves and wines.

On show will be the Abbot’s crosier and ring with its new case in its permanent home at Furness Abbey.

Last year over 1200 visitors attended the fair.