Hats off to Winchester
|Comedy: Goronwy Thom & Richard Garaghty|
|Picnicking by the Cathedral|
We’d had a large breakfast so decided to resist the naughty treats being served up on nearby stalls. This brief leg rest gave us a chance to check out the Hat Fair mobile app, which lists the show times and pin points the performance locations, to decide on our next move.
In previous years, we haven’t ventured further than the High Street or Cathedral to find entertainment. So the app was invaluable for helping us find new show areas. Outside the Law Courts we discovered our favourite act of the Hat Fair – the Imaginary Menagery, performed by Les Enfants Terribles.
|Les Enfants Terribles outside The Law Courts|
This 40 minute show was billed as ‘the most magnifical, tremendible and fantasticulous experience in town’. I have no idea what that means, but what I can say that it was brilliantly staged and immensely entertaining. The menagery’s characters take you on a journey around the world with tall tales about magical beasts and heroic adventures. The fast-paced performance and great use of props meant you could easily forget they were spinning their spectacular story from the back of a glorified horse box.
On the Sunday we browsed the vintage market, and indulged in a picnic lunch of filo pastry pies and frozen Greek yogurt courtesy of the food stalls.
Sadly we will not be taking the caravan to the Hat Fair next year as our rally venue is no longer taking bookings. However, I have a feeling we might still plan it as a day trip.