At Elsecar Heritage Centre
on Saturday 8 June from 10.30am-4pm.
Street theatre performers from the UK, USA, Argentina and Australia will show off their skills at the Puddler’s Fair – a new one-day festival. These acts regularly perform at Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Covent Garden, and at major events around the world.
Described as a ‘feast for the senses’ the Puddler’s Fair street theatre celebration will take place at Elsecar heritage attraction on Saturday 8 June from 10.30am-4pm.
As well as street performers and variety acts, there will be a range of food and drink stalls and opportunities to browse Elsecar’s independent shops and studios.
There will be opportunities for volunteers to work with textile artist Gemma Nemer on an art installation inspired by Wentworth and Elsecar’s puddlers and their iron-making skills, as well as with Barnsley poet laureate, Eloise Unerman. Young local dancers will also be performing.
The name Puddler’s celebrates Elsecar’s rich iron-making heritage. Puddling was a way of improving the quality of pig iron by reheating it in a secondary furnace to drive off impurities. In the 1860s there were 44 puddling furnaces at Elsecar, with hundreds of local men and boys employed in the trade.
Puddler’s Fair is free and open to everyone.
For more information Tel: 01226 740203