Wellingborough town centre will be swept back into history next weekend with the arrival of the Medieval Festival.
Organised by Wellingborough’s Business Improvement District (BID), which is a scheme bringing together retailers to encourage trade, the free family event will see entertainment taking place throughout the town centre on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, from jugglers and archery to street theatre and ‘trial by combat’.
Wellingborough BID manager John Cable said: “History will be brought to life this weekend as we aim to turn Wellingborough into a destination to help showcase our wonderful town centre, which includes a wealth of independent traders, park space, historic buildings and free parking.
“We believe we are the first town in the UK to stage a medieval festival across a town centre.”
Activities including sword training, dance displays and classes, stocks, falconry, a display of medieval food and short concerts will also be staged.
The event will take place at locations including town centre streets, the green by the Tithe Barn, The Big Arena at Croyland Park, Swansgate Centre, the lawns in front of Wellingborough Museum, All Hallows Green as well as the paved area by Colemans in Market Street.
There will be a camp at Croyland Park, while the story of a plot to overturn King Edward IV will be told over the weekend, culminating with a battle at Croyland Gardens at about 5.30pm on the Saturday and about 4.30pm on Sunday.
It is part of a programme of events the BID has been organising aimed at driving trade into the town centre.
The BID is unveiling a beach in the town centre over two weeks and three weekends during August, holding a fashion show in October and is also preparing for the busy Christmas schedule of activities, including the lights switch-on.