On Saturday we met up with family members and visited Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire which is close to where they live.
The Grand Historical and Vintage Bazaar was a fascinating event and well worth the parking fee as everything else was free including all the arena events.
There were loads of stalls selling vintage clothes, there were re-enactor sales and traders of historical items.
There was also what seemed like a huge village of tents of varying types and colours where the re-enactment groups were positioned and there was so much activity and so many costumes from different periods of history along the rows.
There seemed to be characters from all centuries and eras walking around chatting to each other. You came across Napoleonic soldiers chatting to second World War land girls. Saracens strolling around with Roman soldiers and early 19th century street urchins, suitably grubby, chatting to medieval nuns. The sun shone for most of the day, we sat on the lawns to picnic on home made pizza which we shared with each other and a robin or two.
The whole things was wonderfully bizarre at the Grand Historical Bazaar. Below are more photos to give you a flavour of the day.
I think these are fire wardens from the 2nd World War. They were happy to pose for photographs.
An American Officer and a British Land Girl
Keeping the seams straight - not sure whether they are painted on with gravy browning though! These ladies were having a wonderful time chattering in the sunshine.
More second world war costumes and 40s costumes
Fish wife - her basket was full of fish and other 19th century street traders from the group known as The Ragged Victorians.
More early 19th century costumes
Soldiers from 1815
2nd world war soldier taking a break
First world war ladies
The Roman Military Research Society
Comitatus - the late-Roman re-enactment group
The Tudor Group were separate from all the other groups, they had set up camp in the woods amongst the bluebells.
There were also some vintage vehicles on display
Just as we were leaving the heavens opened I hope all those tents were waterproof!