All long from Coprolite Street down to the Customs House was marked as the Activity Zone. The majority of the presentations here were demonstrations of old crafts carried out by people if appropriate dress. I think that it was a brave attempt and very well executed. As I was gong round, I found many children engrossed in the topics. I had a couple of conversations as well.
First off was a lady demonstrating how to make wool and to drill holes without power.
The following stalls were all of a similar ilk so I have put them into a slide show.
I had an interesting discussion with a chap making rope (all set up for children to have a go). We got onto discussing making aerial runways in the Scouts (and bemoaning the fact that they can’t do the things that we did all those years ago). I also had a nice little demonstration of some interesting mugs which had secret feeds so that you could persuade your drinking partner that they were drinking less than they thought (presumably so that you could cheat them out of something).
Getting round to the Customs House, there was a very pretty girl making very large soap balloons.
In fact, she was so good at it, I took a video. (This video includes footage (hah) of the hand lathe from earlier).
One really nice find was a chap playing a concertina on one of the ship theme stands. As I play one myself I had a conversation with him. He had a very nice 1925 Jeffries 48 button instrument, on which he played “Danny Boy” for me. I bemoaned the fact that my 1878 Lachenal had only 20 buttons so was more limited than his. Oh well – sigh.
On the way back, I found some areas that I had missed.