Welcome to Cirencester’s Fleece Fayre, celebrating Cirencester and the history of the wool trade in our beautiful town. As part of the legacy of the Abbey 900 celebrations bringing the community together, there will be a traditional fair, dancing and entertainment with a modern twist on all things sheep and wool. The event will take place on bank holiday Monday, 6th May, 10.30am to 6pm in the Market Place.
Did you know?
St John Baptist Church, located on the Market Place, often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the Cotswolds’, was largely rebuilt in 1515-1530. This was funded by the wealth attained by the local wool merchants. Sheep, wool sales, weaving and cloth-making were the main strengths of England's trade in the Middle Ages, and many of Cirencester merchants and clothiers gained wealth and prosperity from the national and international trade.
With the church rebuilt and the Market Place adjacent to it, you can imagine market days as a bustling and thriving place to be. With the new Market Place the Fleece Fayre aims to give a nod to this bygone era and with a focus on the present and future providing a celebration for the town. The event will include an eclectic wool and sheep themed market; local food and drink; morris dancing, community entertainment and lots more.
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