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Harewood celebrated its past with an action packed and entertaining Bank Holiday weekend spectacle for the whole family.

Hordes of visitors flocked to the second Medieval Faire on Sunday and Monday in the grounds of Harewood, with the historic 13th century castle ruins and 15th century All Saints Church as the backdrop.

NAWN 1305263AM1 Medieval Fair @ Harewood. Knights in battle.  (1305263AM1)

NAWN 1305263AM1 Medieval Fair @ Harewood. Knights in battle. (1305263AM1)

Head of Events at Harewood Alice Falkingham said: “Harewood Medieval Faire was a great success in its second year.

“Thank you to all of our visitors who came along and enjoyed the weekend and as ever to the teams who were involved in making it happen.

“The highlight for me was The Battle of Bramham Moor, it was an amazingly poignant experience to see it re-enacted here at Harewood.

“It’s a spectacular show with something for the whole family.

NAWN 1305263AM Medieval Fair @ Harewood.Thomas Denham(6) meets Druva Sinanan the viking and Rumble. Picture : Adrian Murray (1305263AM)

NAWN 1305263AM Medieval Fair @ Harewood.Thomas Denham(6) meets Druva Sinanan the viking and Rumble. Picture : Adrian Murray (1305263AM)

“Feedback has being great and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Visitors were treated to a non-stop feast of rolling entertainment in three arenas.

The battlefield hosted the recreation of famous battles such as that of Bramham Moor of 1484 and the Harrying of the North of 1069 in captivating fashion.

But the spectacle that left most in awe, especially children, took place in the tournament arena with East Yorkshire-based Atkinson Action Horses providing the well drilled and choreographed jousting.

The costumes were eyecatching enough but the horsemanship was spectacular, not just in the jousting but as the riders performed exhibitions. Entertainment of a more gentle kind was provided in the Great Hall where stories were told and comedy performed, with the Medieval Maniax being a particular favourite of families.

For the hands on crew there was plenty of chance for people to have a go themselves with archery, crossbow firing, Highland Games and dressing in costume of the day. And for retail therapy there were plenty of historical traders in the market. Visitors could also absorb all the history Harewood has to offer by touring the 13th century castle ruins which were only revealed to the public in 2012.

And then there was the archaeological dig of the house that preceded Harewood, the grand Gawthorpe Hall, demolished in 1774 and rediscovered by York University students in 2012.

Medieval Harewood is a major on-going initiative that is celebrated each year with a series of events and activities. For more details visit www.harewood.org/medieval