Medieval fun!

medieval weekend, Pontefract Castle.
medieval weekend, Pontefract Castle.
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MAJESTIC knights, skilful archers and historic performers will reclaim Pontefract Castle this weekend to celebrate its colourful past as part of the first Yorkshire Medieval Festival.

The Festival of Medieval Merriment on August 4 and 5 kicks off a week of events around Yorkshire, with the castle transformed into a living history camp, with activities including battle drills for children, have-a-go popinjay archery, falconry displays, juggling, medieval minstrels and comic performances.

There are also craft activities, including making crowns, finger puppets, pottery and willow weaving.

The Beaufort Companye of the Wars of the Roses Federation will also bring a living history encampment from the Middle Ages.

It has been organised by York Archaeological Trust, the charity behind the Jorvik Viking Centre and Jorvik Viking Festival, working with Wakefield Council, and runs from 10am to 4.30pm both days. Admission is £5 adult, £3 children, plus family tickets.

Other events take place during the festival – which runs until August 12 – at Knaresborough Castle and at venues in York. Visit for full details.