30
Sep
Colyford Goose Fayre
14:00 to 18:00
Colyford,
United Kingdom
30-09-17

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.

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 childrens 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, written and produced by Jean Wakefield, in a light-hearted and humorous manner and it is always very well received by the locals. 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.

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