Merefest'14 pulls in the crowds

When 1500 people attended Merefest'13 at Cholmondeley Estate in Cheshire last year, we didn't think that Merefest could get any bigger. Then over 2500 people came along to Merefest'14, which was held in Ellesmere on Saturday 20th September. The festival is held annually to celebrate the communities, landscapes, wildlife and history of the Meres and Mosses area, which covers a wide area of north Shropshire and south Cheshire. 

People flocked from local towns, villages and neighbouring counties to join a range of free activities and watch falconry displays, blacksmith and cheesemaking demonstrations. After the daytime activities had drawn to a close, the crowds were entertained with live music from the likes of Ash Mandrake and Salopia, before joining an atmospheric lantern parade around the edge of The Mere, using lanterns constructed by Fizzgigs and members of the public earlier in the day.

Below is a selection of photos of the day, kindly shared by Ian Sheppard and Ben Davies.

Merefest crowds by Ian Sheppard

Ian Sheppard

The Meres and Mosses team would like to thank all the individuals and organisations involved in making Merefest such a success.


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