Excitement building for the 750 Events
Don’t miss out on events around the town this summer! Pick up your free 750 event guide from the Congleton Information Centre, or download here:
Beating the Bounds of Congleton
If you missed the ‘Beating the Bounds’ historic walk you can pick up a free copy from the Congleton Information Centre or download the self-walking guide below. There is a choice of a 9.9 mile circular walk which roughly follows the bounds of the town using footpaths and Rights of Way paths or a more accessible 4.5 mile route with no steps or muddy paths!
A Little bit of History
In the early 13th century Congleton belonged to the de Lacy family, in 1272 Henry de Lacy, 3rd Earl of Lincoln granted the town its first charter. The Charter enabled the town to hold fairs and markets, people were allowed to trade without tolls and taxes. It also gave the inhabitants of the town the right to elect a Mayor – and an ale taster.
It gave men the right to hold land through the payment of rent rather than by personal service to the Lord of the Manor. The charter was presented to the then small community on the banks of the river Dane allowing the rights and dignities of a medieval township. Over 750 years the town has grown to 30,000 residents.
A full calendar of events is shaping up for 2022 to commemorate the occasion. Whether that be events already established in the town with a Medieval twist or new events created for the celebration. There are likely to be more events and activities added to the list as we go along. See the current listing here:
This is a great chance to bring the people of Congleton together to celebrate our town, its history and all the many things that are special about Congleton. The celebrations will open with a real medieval feel, read more about our flagship events below:
Town centre buildings will be adorned with 60 heraldic flags during the summer months. Led by Congleton Community Projects with support from local artists from the Electric Picture House the flags have been individually created at a series of demo workshops across the town. The project has been funded by a successful Heritage Lottery grant.
The Thirteenth Century was a golden age of heraldry and we’re planning to observe heraldic tradition. Bright strong colours will be used along with the Henry De Lacy colours of purple and gold. The town centre flags will be purely symbolic without words or numbers, they will be very pertinent to Congleton, using a modern twist which reflects the market town.
Mountbatten Way Banners
Mountbatten Way and West Street roundabout area will be decorated with heraldic banners. Thank you to all the local businesses who have sponsored a banner- these will be placed on the lamp posts soon! The banners will be 2m long, double-sided and will hang from brackets on the lamp posts.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
- Cheshire-View Home Improvements Ltd
- Chris Hamriding Lettings & Estate Agents
- Circle Insurance Services Ltd.
- Eze Talk Ltd.
- Kanga Health Limited
- Travis Perkins
Introducing Congleton’s Ale Taster – ‘Benedict Goodale’
750 years after Congleton was given the right to appoint an Ale Taster in its first charter, the town council threw down the challenge to find a new person to take on the role. The council are delighted to appoint ‘Benedict Goodale’ aka Paul Boswell to the role. Look out for Congleton’s Ale Trail and specially brewed beers just for 2022!
Benedict will have none of the powers invested in the 1272 role. He will not be able to fine the town’s publicans or send them to the stocks or prison!. He will however use his 35-year career in the brewing and pub industry to help showcase the many excellent pubs and ale houses in Congleton. Follow Benedict’s adventures on his Facebook page: @CongletonAleTaster. Look out for him in his medieval costume at 750 events throughout the year.
Behind Closed Doors – Tuesday 5 July – Saturday 9 July 2022
A fabulous medieval living history week in Congleton Town Hall designed to introduce children to what life was like in England at the time that Henry de Lacy gave the people of Congleton their first town charter in 1272. Local primary schools have been invited to find out what’s behind the closed doors of Medieval Congleton. The free sessions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Medieval Festival Day in the Park – Saturday 13 August 2022
Envisage a special festival day with a varied programme of medieval acts including a falconry display and archery. Meet Dreygo The Dragon, he will flap his incredible wings, breathe smoke from his nostrils
and rear up and roar for his Congleton audience!
You are sure to be entertained by the Knights of Nottingham. Twice World Champions and the original British Medieval Jousting Display team est 1970. Knights and Horses combine for a mix of jaw dropping action, mind blowing skills and a touch of comedy.
Jesters, jugglers and costumed characters will wander around the park entertaining visitors. Find historical displays, side stalls and medieval inspired 750 merchandise. Sample commemorative ales brewed by local brewhouses and enjoy a tasty feast from the catering stalls. Free parking available on town centre long stay car parks.
Medieval Banquet – Friday 30 September 2022
Plans are afoot for a hearty banquet fit for a king and queen washed down with vast quantities of ale. The Town Hall will be beautifully dressed in medieval splendour for the occasion. Dance the night away to a Ceilidh band.
100 Important Items for Congleton
Congleton Museum is intending to produce a new history book, based around 100 objects which have a particular resonance with aspects of the town’s history. The museum has already received several suggestions as to what might be included and are keen to hear what you think is important.
Town Centre Entertainment
Shoppers will be treated to performances of music, art or street theatre with a medieval theme. Monthly entertainment will be held in the town centre from April – October as part of the year-long celebrations.
Congleton Community Projects and Congleton Town Council are busy behind the scenes developing exciting events for residents and visitors to enjoy in 2022. But we are keen to hear from more local groups, organisations, businesses, schools and residents who are interested in adding an event to the programme.
- Congleton Town Council. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01260 270350.
- For sponsorship enquiries please contact Congleton Town Council.
Event postponements and cancellations due to a change in COVID-19 regulations may occur. We will be following government guidance to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors at all times.
The programme of events is provisional and subject to change. The final line-up will be confirmed closer to the time.