JRR Tolkien lived near Sarahole Mill from 1896 until 1900 and drew inspiration from the local area for his writings. It is in this settings that Middle Earth Festival 2015 will take place this coming weekend. As well as taking part in craft activities, visitors will be able to see the historic mill in action and go an ‘Origins of Middle- earth’ guided walk.
Here are just some of the attractions of the festival: there is a Hobbiton market, where you can grab freshly grown local produce and home-made food; many stalls selling clothes, crafted items, jewellery, leather goods as well as art work; live music will accompany the visitors for most of the event and you will be able to catch the Morris Dance and the Sword Dance too.
And don’t forget the Costume Pageant – you need to book yourself in for that one for your chance to win prizes. The categories are Best Adult Costume, Best Child Costume and even Best Family Costume.
The event is organised and run by a small number of dedicated volunteers and returns this year after a brief hiatus. This year’s Festival is the re-launch of an annual event that began in 1998 and has benefited from local and international enthusiasm for a celebration of the life and works of J.R.R Tolkien. The proceeds of the weekend go towards next year’s event.
There really is something for everyone.
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