This is a quick reminder that on 12-13 May, EventPlan is staging its annual Grand Historical Bazaar
at Rufford Abbey Country Park. A you may know, this event is very much designed for
re-enactors rather than being a "public display" (although thousands do visit). Last year was a great success and with even more re-enactor/living history groups booked in this year, it should be a cracker. Rufford is near Ollerton in Nottinghamshire so pretty central, and easy to get to via the M1, A1 and A46 depending on your location.
The multi-period bazaar is an unusual event as it specifically offers the opportunity for "ordinary re-enactors" to sell off their spare "stuff" - pretty much anything historical or historically themed*. Pitches are deliberately very modestly priced so that it's viable for indivuduals to take part even if only selling off a few items (although you'd be amazed how much ends up on sale once a typical re-enactor starts emptying out a couple of cupboards!). Some amazing bargains are usually on offer. Traders also participate so there's brand new items to buy as well as used (often re-enactors immdiately reinvest their takings in new kit, so it's a win-win for all involved). Both grass and marquee space is available at this attractive venue, which has an excellent cafe, restaurant & shops. Usually around 4-5,000 public visit along with loads of re-enactors (all* invited, even better if in kit!).
In addition, re-enactment and living history groups are warmly invited to come and display (whilst having sales stall too) so there's lots to see as well as the stalls. More are welcome of course but the eclectic mix of early medieval to 1980s living history and other groups confirmed so far includes Black Maunch, The Bowden Retinue, Callsign Alpha, Crusade, Drudion, The Harrington Household, Histeria, The Knights Hospitaller Association (including have a go archery), The Laxton Archers, Re-enacting Ancient Times Society, Regia Anglorum, Swords of Mercia, plus numerous individual period vehicle owners and strollers. Displays will include combat, archery, fashion, vehicles etc.
* Sorry, no WWII Japanese, SS or Nazi Party re-enactors or items on sale.
If you'd like to come as an individual, either to sell or just to browse, or as a group, please check out our web site for more details, http://www.eventplan.co.uk
, or call on 01509 815645.
We do hope we'll see you there as the more, the merrier!