What to do and see at Temple Balsall’s Heritage Weekend

Almost 800 years of history is on your doorstep and waiting to be explored at the annual Temple Balsall Autumn Fair and Heritage Weekend taking place on 14th and 15th September.

Guided tours of this historical site will take place alongside an art exhibition over the entire weekend, plus on Saturday 14th there will be entertainments featuring re-enactments by crusading knights, music from the Birmingham Concert Band, exhibitions of Morris and Board dancing, and children’s attractions. On both days there will be the top quality book and bric-a-brac stalls that bring back bargain-hunting visitors year after year, plus the site’s renowned tea and homemade cakes and preserves – the perfect ingredients for an enjoyable slice of English country life.

The event is staged on the lawns of Temple House from 12 noon to 5pm, while the Art Exhibition opens at 10.30am in the hall of Lady Katherine Leveson Church of England School, adjacent to the main Fair. On Sunday the Heritage Weekend continues from 2pm and finishes with Choral Evensong in St Mary’s Church at 6pm led by the Birmingham Cathedral Choir. Entry to Heritage Weekend is free although a small investment in a Raffle ticket could net you £500.

The guided tours will be led by the Reverend Kathy Lloyd-Roberts, the Vicar of St Mary’s and Master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson. The tours encompass the Old Hall, a local headquarters for the Knights Templar from the 12th Century, the Church built around 1320 and the 17th Century almshouses.

The Art Exhibition features over 40 mostly local artists, both amateur and professional. Most works are for sale – framed or simply mounted – in a broad spectrum of media including watercolour, oils, acrylic and textiles. Additionally the prize winning entries from the school’s annual competition will also be on display showing the children’s own particular take on print-making.

The Warwickshire Knights Hospitaller will drill with weaponry and show how the knights got ready for battle – always a favourite with children – while Morris and Board dancers will display their fancy footwork to entertain the crowds. Throughout the afternoon there will be musical entertainment from the Birmingham Concert Band, 26 instrumentalists conducted by Eric Entwistle.

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