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Dunkirk and Lenton Martinmas Fair

Saturday 22 October, 11am-4pm

Priory Church of St Anthony, Old Lenton, Nottingham


Organised by the community of Dunkirk & Lenton, the Martinmas Fair 2016 celebrates Nottingham’s medieval heritage and shares the story of Lenton’s lost medieval priory. Join us for a day of family-friendly fun, living history, and local heritage, with something for all. Discover how Lenton was once home to one of the richest and powerful monasteries in all of England, founded in 1106 by the alleged son of William the Conqueror. Learn about the remains of its mighty cathedral-like church that survive beneath the park and churchyard, less than a metre beneath your feet. Experience medieval life with archery, music, re-enactment, Anglo Saxons, and costumed characters, and keep alive traditions with tree decorating and saga writing. Meet Robin Hood (catch him before 12 noon) and the famous Friar Tuck, have your photo taken in our pillory, enjoy medieval games, and see the Lenton Priory artwork created by the children of Edna G Olds Academy. Discover Lenton Priory’s medieval Martinmas Fair, and revive history as we restore the traditional Martinmas lantern procession. Entry is just £1 adults and 50p children and includes all performances and activities (with 3 shots in our archery ranges).

The event takes place around Priory Church of St Anthony, a historic church building believed to incorporate part of a chapel from the medieval priory.

Extra activities include a guided walk, led by Friar Tuck, from Nottingham Castle to the Lenton Priory site via Lenton Hermitage and the font (booking necessary, contact Nottingham Castle) and the chance to see Lenton Priory’s font at Holy Trinity Lenton  (10.45-11.45). See the website for details. 

For more information  and a programme for the day see martinmasfairlenton.weebly.com  or facebook.com/martinmasfair  

Or find the Martinmas Fair at Priory Church of St Anthony and Priory Park, Old Church Street, off Abbey Street, Old Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2NW. Gregory Street tram stop is just outside.