Midlands History Festival heads to Northampton

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More than 500 historical re-enactors will descend on Northampton this weekend as the town hosts The Midlands History Festival.

From Romans to World War Two, visitors will be able to step back into a variety of historical periods at the event held at Overstone Park on Saturday, from 11am–5.30pm, and on Sunday, from 11am–5pm.

The entertainment will not only include battles re-enactments, but also living history displays on how our ancestors lived, worked and died.

There will be more than 50 groups attending, along with 20-plus traders and museum stalls.

This year there will be a large contingent of Vikings and Medieval visitors.

Other events will include falconry, historical sword demonstrations and Northamptonshire Museums will display historic finds that the children will be able to examine.

There will be a historical market where people can buy anything from replica Roman buttons to cloth for making costumes.

Laurie Wignall, organiser, said: “The whole idea is to show that history isn’t boring.

“It’s about how people lived, what they did for fun.”

Day tickets cost £8 for adults, £20 for a family ticket (two adults/ two children), child/ concession £4.

Weekend tickets cost £12 for adults, £30 for a family weekend ticket and £6 for a concession weekend ticket.

For more information about the weekend, visit www.mid-fest.co.uk