After more years than enough running Antiques Fairs and similar selling exhibitions, we set up the National Living History Fayre at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre in late 2003, and grew it from an initial 34 traders to full capacity with a waiting list, before (foolishly!) losing control of the then-thriving market in 2006 – because of our desire for it to continue so that traders who had supported it still had somewhere to trade. As it happens, we were successful in that, as it survives under new management and ownership as the ILHF at Bruntingthorpe.
There are many more photographs of the old NLHF available on Facebook.
Since 2003 we also organized several Medieval Festivals and ensured that the International Napoleonic Fair survived and went on to a good home. WIth Laurie Wignall, we set up and ran History Boot Camp from 2008 through 2010, at which point we decided to take a break until the recession lifted, and we are involved helping Laurie with the multi-period Midlands History Festival.
Now we are going to resurrect the NLHF and stage it twice a year on the same weekends as The Original Re-enactors Market and at a venue just 9 miles from The Sports Connexion so that customers can enjoy even more retail therapy by visiting both markets in one trip. With affordable stand and pitch fees and free admission.
To make things even easier for both traders and customers, we have chosen a venue where we can offer CAMPING, CATERING, AND A BAR (and are trying to arrange for the presence of the Trollsbottom Beer Tent ) so that people don’t have to leave the site to enjoy a social evening or two. AND FREE ADMISSION!!