Slideshow: Wellingborough Medieval Festival

Wellingborough town centre turned medieval over the weekend for the town’s annual festival.

Knights, musicians, archers and jesters filled the streets and set up camp in Croyland Gardens as life in the Middle Ages was recreated.

Wellingborough Medieval Fair

Wellingborough Medieval Fair

There was a battle royal between two knights, a chance to ‘shoot the knight’, a talk by a barber surgeon and falconry demonstrations.

More than 80 activities entertained the crowds during the third annual event, which took place on Saturday and Sunday.

Joshua Peat, nine, from Kettering, had a go with a crossbow.

He said: “It was really exciting, I hit the knight three times.

“It was my first time at the Wellingborough Medieval Festival, I want to come back again next year.”

Sarah Jones, eight, from Wellingborough, added: “I picked up a sword, it was really heavy.

“I also learned about what they food they used to eat.”

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

It was 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: “From glorious weather to top-class family entertainment, everything combined to make the Wellingborough Medieval Festival another tremendous success.

“The Saturday was certainly busier than last year.

“The event was also a great chance 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 major Discover Wellingborough event – The Beach is coming to Market Street between August 8 and 29, we look forward to seeing you there.”