The Colyford Goose Fayre
The 2016 Colyford Goose Fayre will be on Saturday 24th September.
The annual Goose Fayre is held on the Saturday closest to Michaelmas (29th September) with mummers, strolling players, dancers in medieval costume and, the highlight of the afternoon, the mummers play.
A large number of villagers and their friends dress in medieval costume and form a procession which walks through the village. This colourful procession of hundreds of people follow the Mayor of Colyford and his lady down to Springfield to the accompaniment of music and jollity from the Mummers and the many providers of medieval music.
The fayre always tries to maintain it’s medieval setting. Goods are sold under tents and various produce is available – honey, pancakes, ram-roast, pottery, leather – and of course beer, tea and cakes. Numerous medieval style skills are on show with metalwork, bodging, thatching and archery as well as children’s entertainment in the quintain and the greasy pole.
Among the entertainers there are mummers, strolling players, dancers and, the highlight of the afternoon, the mummers play. Local residents perform this play, in a light-hearted and humorous manner.
The afternoon always finishes with an auction of geese. Lately this has become a mock auction as over the years it was found that many people were not keen on obtaining a live goose, which obviously entailed killing, plucking and drawing before it could be enjoyed at the table.