Yorkshire Medieval Festival

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Vikings invade Yorkshire

plenty of Vikings will be in Yorkshire over the next month

Starting this weekend and running until the end of August is the Yorkshire Medieval Festival which is organised by the Jorvik Group.

The Festival brings together medieval themed events, activities, talks and tours around the region celebrating the 500 year period from the Norman invasion until the demise of Richard III and the start of the Tudor era. If that sounds a little dry then remember that it was the Jorvik Group which turned the Viking heritage of York into such a crowd-pleaser for visitors from not just our countries but around the world. So the festival will be anything but dry.

Some of the Yorkshire Medieval Festival highlights include:

  • Medieval Merriment, a two day festival of medieval fun and activities at York’s Rowntree Park on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August.  From knightly combat sessions, archery and have-a-go sessions to bouncy castles, wandering minstrels and even a jester or two, admission is free (with charges for some activities).  Each day from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
  • Swords & Sieges at Knaresborough Castle on Saturday 9 August – including medieval sword fighting workshops, tours of the castle, crafts and activities from 11.00am to 4.00pm
  • Medieval Combat Class at York Guildhall from Monday 18 – Friday 22 August– led by the Hotspur School of Defence, these 90 minute sessions feature fight demonstrations and the chance to try out some medieval weaponry with expert tuition.  The workshops are suitable for both children and adults.
  • Hollywood & The Sword: Dispelling Popular Myths about Medieval Combat, Friday 22 August at York Mansion House.  Movie fight scenes may be spectacular, but often the dramatic licence can mean that the fight can lead to misconceptions about combat.  This session looks at how Tinseltown has done well – and not so well – at portraying combat on screen.
  • Church Explorers – taking place at some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful medieval churches  throughout August, these tours offer an insight into churches large and small, with  organised walks and tours.
  • Colours of Conflict: The Wars of the Roses in Yorkshire, daily at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York.  A new exhibition exploring the terrible events of the Wars of the Roses in Yorkshire.

For more information, or for a full programme of Yorkshire Medieval Festival events, click here.

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