Go back in time at Wellingborough Medieval Festival

A knight at last year's medieval festival in Wellingborough
A knight at last year's medieval festival in Wellingborough

Medieval knights, archers and musicians are set to invade Wellingborough for one weekend next month.

More than 80 activities have been lined up for the third annual Wellingborough Medieval Festival, which takes place on June 27 and 28.

This is our third year and we’re excited to unveil the biggest and strongest line-up to date

BID manager John Cable

The entertainment scheduled includes falconry demonstrations, ‘shoot the knight’, a talk by a barber surgeon as well as archery and a battle royal between two knights.

It is being organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by businesses and works to promote the town centre through the Discover Wellingborough campaign.

BID manager John Cable said: “History will be brought to life during the medieval festival as we aim to turn Wellingborough into a major destination for the weekend.

“The medieval festival is now a firmly-established part of Wellingborough’s calendar, where we get to showcase our great town centre with its independent shops, green spaces and historic buildings while staging a family event.

“This is our third year and we’re excited to unveil the biggest and strongest line-up to date.

“There are activities for all the family starting Saturday at 10am through to its climatic close at 4pm on Sunday.”

Rhiannon Thomas-Young, nine, from Rushden, who attended last year’s festival, said: “It was a good experience, I liked the archery.”

Alison Mayhew, 59, from Theddingworth, who also went to the 2014 event, added: “One thing it did demonstrate was how lovely Wellingborough was.

“The costumes were authentic and the tents looked good enough to sleep in.”

There will also be medieval market stalls, cooking and weapon displays, dance classes and candle making, while a peasant’s dead cart will patron the streets and ferrets will be taking part in races.

The free event will take place throughout the town centre and in Croyland Park, Croyland Gardens, Tithe Barn Lawns, Churchyard and All Hallows Church.

The festival has been funded by the BID, Wellingborough Town Team and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, with grants from councillors Paul Bell, Graham Lawman and Wellingborough Council.