Heritage Open Days - Day 2

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Another busy day for Little Miss A and I today as we went into Aylesbury for the Charter Day & Tudor Fayre organised by Aylesbury Town Council. This free annual event commemorates when Queen Mary I granted Aylesbury a Market Charter, enabling the town to hold a market.

This event was also part of Heritage Open Days!

The day started with the arrival of King Henry VIII into Market Square. The Jester kept the audience amused with some fun antics until a procession of children came to entertain the King with some singing and dancing. It was nice to see local school children involved in the event.

The King then invited everyone to the Buckinghamshire County Museum so we all joined the procession through the streets. We went into the walled garden and there were lots of activities on offer. Little Miss A went straight towards the birds of prey. She spent quite a long time looking at all the different birds.

Also outside you could take aim with a bow and arrow, try your hand with a sword or learn a game of the era.

We then popped into the Museum itself for a wander. There was a trail for the older children to take part in and answer questions as they went around. There were also lots of different craft activities going on. They looked like fun. Little Miss A is still a bit too young for all this yet! Next year!

I've not been into the Museum before so it was good to have a brief look round. Must go back soon when we have more time.

On our wander we did come across a room where there was live music of the period being played by the Lumina's. As has become the norm, Little Miss A joined in with a bit of dancing! I think there was additional entertainment taking place throughout the day but we had to get back for lunch.

The highlight of the event was Little Miss A getting to meet King Henry VIII himself! She sat really still with him (I just couldn't get her to look at the camera!).

We spent a really nice couple of hours at this event. I look forward to going again next year when Little Miss A can really start getting more involved in the craft activities etc!

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