Charter Day 5th March

Charter Day on Saturday 5th March 2016

Music, dancing, the king’s rider and the Manor Court – it’s all coming up at this year’s Charter Day, which takes place on Saturday 5th March, 2016. For more information, please visit the website: here


On February 29th, 1244, King Henry III signed Wellington’s first market charter. It was amongst the earliest awarded to a Shropshire town and, as a town that still boasts one of the biggest and busiest markets in the county eight centuries later, it’s an occasion worth marking. So, the first Saturday of March each year is celebrated as Charter Day.

PROGRAMME: 5th March 2016

In Market Square:

11.00: Medieval-inspired street theatre from The Shrewsbury Mummers
11.30: The King’s Herald arrives on horseback to deliver the charter to the lord of the manor
11.45: Morris Dancing from the Ironmen & Severn Gilders
12.00: Order! Order! The town ale taster, town crier and ‘clerk of the market’ are appointed by the Manor Court
12.20: More Morris Dancing from the Ironmen & Severn Gilders

At Wellington Library:

10.00 – 14.00: Drop in on the annual Community History Day, where local history groups will be on hand to talk about their current projects and help you out with those local and family history questions
At 10 Duke Street (formerly Guitar Plus): Think Big, Shop Small:

10.00 – 16.00: Prior to a re-fit for a new business, this shop unit will be popping-up for the day for Think Big, Shop Small, welcoming a host of local small businesses to showcase their offer. This event will also see the launch of the Wellington Little Business Guide, organised by Fay Easton and Team Wellington – so be sure to drop in on your way from the Square to the Library.

On the Ale Taster’s Ceremonial Pub Crawl:

12.00: Join us at The Pheasant Pub & Brewhouse where Dave the Brewer will be cracking open a barrel of limited edition ale – ‘Wellington 1244’ – made to a 13th century recipe
13.00: Roll-up for the Battle of the Bakers at The Pheasant, adjudicated by the Ale Taster. All entries to be submitted by midday!
13.45ish onwards: follow the Ale Taster’s entourage of esteemed ale drinkers to other real ale haunts around town.