Rug Chapel Craft FayrePosted: 2009-06-23
We wouldn't ordinarily publicise a craft fair (or even a fayre!) but in this case its a medieval craft fair at historic Rug Chapel, with the opportunity to experience for yourself a number of traditional medieval activities, in a setting of one of Wales's most historic churches.
Rug Chapel was built in 1637, in the north Welsh village of Rug, for Colonel William Salusbury. It has hardly changed since, and represents a bit of a time capsule of what a private chapel was like in the 17th century. What's that? You want to know about the Craft Fair - sorry, 'Fayre'? Happy to oblige!
The Rug Chapel Craft Fayre runs over the weekend of 11-12 July, from 11-4 pm, and is organized by Cadw, the Welsh Heritage organization responsible for maintaining the chapel. Near the chapel, and located in the same lovely estate grounds, is Llangar Church, which predates the chapel by several centuries.
The Fayre will host a living history encampment, where you can witness a number of authentic skills used by our ancestors in the Middle Ages, and try your hand at some. Included are such things as blacksmithing, basket weaving, spinning, and leather crafting. Practice woodcarving, and furniture making.
In addition, of course, you'll have the opportunity to shop for some traditional hand-made craft goods, like candles, soap, and jewellery.