Castle steps back in time with medieval merriment

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.CO.UK - Pontefract Castle Medieval Day, Pontefractl, England - 030813 - Battle re-enactment at Pontefract Castle.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.CO.UK - Pontefract Castle Medieval Day, Pontefractl, England - 030813 - Battle re-enactment at Pontefract Castle.
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Medieval mayhem came to Pontefract Castle at the weekend when it was transformed with living history camps and re-enactments.

A weekend of entertainment included performances from Horrible Histories author Terry Deary, birds of prey displays and flights as the second annual Yorkshire Medieval Festival kicked off in Pontefract.

Other attractions included a living history encampment, battle drills, archery, minstrels, musicians, jesters and crafts.

Danielle Daglan, head of events and hospitality at York Archaeological Trust, which organised the event, said: “We had over 1,000 people attend over the weekend and the event went extremely well.

“The weather was on our side for the entire weekend, enabling us to put on all of the shows and displays we promised, all of which had enthusiastic audiences.

“The atmosphere was tremendous and feedback from visitors has been so positive and encouraging, we’re delighted with how well it went.

“We’re now looking forward to the busy schedule of Yorkshire Medieval Festival events throughout August and hope that they are as successful as the Pontefract Castle weekend.”