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Beeston Castle hosts Autumnal Fair

Sandstone Ridge Cheshire

An exciting autumn weekend is promised as Beeston Castle hosts it's fourth celebration of 'all things autumnal' on both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October between 11.00am-4.00pm daily.

If you haven't visited this architectural gem tucked up on The Sandstone Ridge, then you are in for a real treat. And, if you are a returning visitor, you know just why we are so proud of our heritage and landscape!

What isn't on offer you ask ...

  • Falconry Display — Experts in falconry will be on hand to provide an insight into historic falconry hunting methods.
  • Cheshire Wildlife Trust will also be helping visitors learn about the diversity of our local wildlife AND everyone is invited to have a go at den building, as well as attempting to follow a paw-print trail through the woodland.
  • Chainsaw Artist, Steve Tarr, will be creating some sensational live-action wood carvings, using a selection of wood machinery and hand tools in pursuit of some spectacular carvings.
  • A 'Foraging Walk', led by James Wood. James will not only scour the landscape for wild delicacies, teach his audiences how to safely identify local plants but he will then cook up a veritable feast!
  • Music — in fact, our Autumn Fair will be opened by musician 'Wyndebagge' who presents seasonal sounds with an array of instruments and quirky anecdotes.
  • Local History — the chance to explore the Castle's 4000 year history
  • And, by popular demand, our Annual Dog Show. Animal lovers are invited to bring their pooches to take part in a dog show which sees the best of the regions canine friends compete in an obstacle course, as well as being judged for Waggiest Tail, Cleverest Canine, Scruffiest Dog, Golden Oldie and Cutest Puppy!

Ella Harrison, Events Manager at English Heritage commented:
'As the leaves in Beeston Castle's 40 acre woodland park begin to turn to golden brown, we're celebrating with our 2 day Autumnal Fair. There couldn't be a better time to visit the castle, with music, foraging, falconry, chainsaw art and more. Four legged friends are especially welcome for our dog shows on Saturday and Sunday.'

Entry — 11.00am-4.00pm daily:

  • English Heritage Members Free
  • Adult £7.50
  • Child, 5-17 year £4.50
  • Concession £6.80
  • Family £19.50

Artwork by Kim Atkinson
We have chosen to feature the unique artwork of Kim Atkinson in support of today's story.
In 2010, Kim was commissioned by the 'Habitats and Hillforts Landscape Partnership Scheme' to illustrate The Sandstone Ridge. Her paintings were widely used in publications produced by this Heritage Lottery funded project, and continue to be used by the Sandstone Ridge Trust today.