Village to celebrate 750th anniversary with festival day

The Old Black Horse Inn in Mapperley will be a hub of feasting and fun on Monday, May 29.
The Old Black Horse Inn in Mapperley will be a hub of feasting and fun on Monday, May 29.

Excitement is growing in Mapperley as the village prepares for a day of medieval merrymaking marking a historic royal anniversary.

A packed programme of entertainment is promised on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29, when the village will celebrate the 750th anniversary of the signing of its royal charter by King Henry III.

The charter was granted to Simon of Arderne, then lord of the manor, allowing him to hold an annual fair on the festival of the Holy Trinity, and a weekly market every Monday.

This year, Mapperley History Project has joined forces with Mapperley Primary School and the parish council to organise an extravaganza for the ages.

From 12noon to 4pm, the area around the Old Black Horse pub and Holy Trinity Church will host stalls, music, food, street entertainment and fun activities for all the family.

Highlights will include stilt walkers and fire performers, a jester, maypole dancing, a Robin Hood-themed play performed by schoolchildren, karaoke, a petting zoo, bouncy castle, games and a feast of live music.

Stalls will be selling cakes, jewellery, crafts, gifts and fine foods from local producers.

Cream teas will be available inside Holy Trinity Church while food and drink will be served throughout the afternoon at the Old Black Horse.

To finish off the day, the pub will host a performance by popular local band Acoustic Union from 5pm.

The event will have a medieval theme and visitors are invited to dress for the occasion and help history come to life by donning period costume.

Parking will be available at Mapperley Farm, opposite the recreation ground (postcode DE7 6BY). Look out for the signs at Mapperley crossroads on the A609 High Lane from Ilkeston town centre.

For more details and the latest updates, go to www.mapperleyhistory.com.