Today I had a very lovely day. My local area decided to provide me with lots of fun things to do, five minutes from my doorstep, so I decided to take it up on its offers, and go to The Treacle Market in Macclesfield, and the Craft, Food, & Gift Fair, at Gawsworth Hall!
Luckily the weather was good too, so we had a very pleasant morning, strolling from stall to stall, picking up a cupcake here, and a bottle of elderflower cordial there. The Treacle Market has grown into something quite fabulous, with live music, a huge variety of stalls, and local shop-keepers throwing open their doors on a Sunday.
At lunch-time we moved onto Gawsworth Hall, which is a beautiful setting, and the grounds were adorned with medieval tents and lots of bunting. I have to say, I was a little disappointed with the fair itself. You had to pay £3.50 to attend, which I was happy to do so, but I was less happy to notice that the fair had shrunk since last year – from 2 or 3 craft marquee’s & a food tent, to 1 craft marquee & a food tent – and that there were a lot more stalls which didn’t seem to display handmade goods, but bought in merchandise. However, there were still some really lovely pieces there, and it had a nice, busy atmosphere. My favourite thing of the day, however, was the archery in the medieval section. You could have a go – 6 arrows for £2.50, and as a life-long fan and admirer of Robin Hood, I was quick to snap up the chance. It was great fun, the people explaining it to you were lovely, and I even managed to hit the target!
What have you been up to this weekend?
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