The Arden

The arden is a large area of land near the geographical center of England, bounded by the Roman roads Icknield Road, Watling Street and Fosse Way and by prehistoric salt tracks leading from Henley-in-Arden and Coleshill. The term is believed to have originated from a Brythonic word meaning “highland”.

A large part of the arden was once owned by the Knights Templar, who had a preceptory at Temple Balsall in the heart of the forest. This area was a stronghold for Catholics during the Reformation, and it is believed that Robert Catesby, leader of the Gunpowder Plot, was from Lapworth. The arden also contains several Roman forts, Anglo-Saxon hill forts and medieval era churches and wayside crosses.

Today, the arden is home to a variety of restaurants, shops and cultural centers. Many people visit the arden to experience the unique character of the arden’s three villages, including Ardentown, Ardencroft and Arden Village. The 116th annual Arden Fair will be held in Spring 2024.

Arden Club

The Arden Club is the umbrella organization for a diverse group of Gilds from the three villages and the regional community. The Arden Club hosts concerts, theatrical performances, Saturday evening dinners and other programs throughout the year in the Gild Hall. The Fair’s proceeds help maintain this facility, which is available on a limited basis to the public for weddings and other events.

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