Feast of fun at May Fayre

HANDLE a bird of prey, set off a Tudor canon, try your hand at archery or put a loved one in the stocks and throw a wet sponge at them.

All that and more will be available when Southover Bonfire Society holds its fourth annual Feast of St Pancras May Fayre on May 12 in the historic grounds of Lewes Priory.

Visitors could even roll a swede and enjoy a feast of culinary delights from venison and boar to wild garlic soup.

Organiser Mark Ridgwell said: “Last year around 5,000 people joined in the fun and our Fayre coincided with the Lewes Priory Trust’s celebration of the Priory’s re-opening after extensive restoration and improvement work.

“As well as raising funds for our annual bonfire celebrations, our Fayre also encourages people to enjoy and care for the Priory’s remains, one of Lewes’ major historical sites.”

This year there are even more attractions for visitors, with drama, music and fortune-telling plus fascinating artists and craftspeople showing off their skills.

There will be a wood turner, stained glass designer, silver artist, leather worker, print maker, bee keeper, miller, potter, blacksmith, alchemist and bookbinder.

Visitors can learn about traditional basket-weaving or, better still, book a place on a workshop to make a willow plant support.

Children who bring along five green plastic milk bottle tops can watch them transformed into a toy soldier.

The May Fayre also features foodie delights from many local companies including lots more delicious vegetarian treats, tasty venison from Gourmet Game and wild garlic soup, sandwiches and cakes.

This fun-packed family day runs from 11am til 4pm. Entry programmes are £2.50 per adult and children under 12 go free.

Programmes can be bought in advance during April from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre, 187 High Street, or on the day at the gate.