Saturday April 1st 2017
Times: 9:30am - 4pm
Situated just outside the town of Shrewsbury, this exciting new fair is a something quite different for Plant Hunters' Fair. Battlefield 1403 has a lot to offer our plant fair visitors!
Today Battlefield 1403 is a bustling farm shop, butchery, deli, cafe and exhibition, but over 600 years ago this was the site of one the bloodiest battles fought on British soil. After visiting the plant fair and shop at Battlefield 1403, take a walk around the boundary of the 100-hectare battlefield. The Battle of Shrewsbury was fought between King Henry IV and a rebellious faction led by the Percy family in 1403. The significance of the battle lies not just in its political ramifications as precursor to the Wars of the Roses but also in the fact that it was the first time that the English longbow was used on both sides. Battlefield Church is said to have been erected over the site of the mass burial pit dug immediately after the battle. Now looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust, it provides an opportunity for quiet reflection.
The Battle of Shrewsbury exhibition explains the facts as we know them and introduces additional fun facts for children. Exhibits on display include a full armoured "Sir Nicholas", various weaponry, a longbow archer and other medieval artefacts.
What makes the farm shop, deli and Sparrow's Cafe so special is the celebration of low food miles, only buying British and that means no lemons or grapes in sight, fresh seasonal products with full traceability. The cafe cooks fresh daily with local ingredients, serving loyal visitors that return time and time again. The staff are passionate and that shines through from advice given from the team of butchers, to the staff in the farm shop being able to tell you where the vegetables were grown. The cafe cooks up a storm daily using local produce sourced from the estate and local producers.
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