Slideshow: Wellingborough Medieval Festival

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Visitors to Wellingborough got the chance to enjoy medieval fun and games – and a few other things besides!

The streets were filled with knights, noblemen and jesters, while there was also a camp and an arena at Croyland Gardens with ‘trial by combat’.

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The crowds were entertained on Saturday and Sunday by a host of acts and activities, including sword training, archery, ferret racing, a display of medieval food and short concerts.

Youngsters fired longbows, learned about torture techniques and held birds of prey.

Rhiannon Thomas-Young, eight, of Rushden, said: “It was good experience, I liked the archery.”

Barry Clough, 32, who travelled from Birmingham to attend the festival, said: “It was excellent. I appreciated the good spirit of all of those people dressed up even though it was very hot.”

Owain Leech, the ‘Medieval Barber Surgeon’, who combined haircuts with brutal surgery, brandished his gruesome instruments, while historic figures Sir David de Jarpanville and Lord Despenser resolved their dispute in a battle as part of a plot to overturn King Edward IV. Medieval band Serpentyne also performed a full concert on each day.

The Medieval Festival was organised by Wellingborough’s Business Improvement District (BID), which promotes the town centre by staging events and promotions through its Discover Wellingborough campaign.

BID manager John Cable said: “The Medieval Festival is now an established date in Wellingborough’s calendar, presenting families with free entertainment while promoting our town centre.

“The event was a glorious opportunity to remind people of the features of Wellingborough town centre – our array of independent traders, green spaces, historic buildings and free parking.

“Now it’s time to get your buckets and spades out for the next Discover Wellingborough event – The Beach is coming to Market Street between August 2 and 30, we look forward to seeing you there.”