Stay under canvas at Medieval Fair at Harewood House

A medieval camp in the grounds of Harewood House at last year's Medieval Weekend.
A medieval camp in the grounds of Harewood House at last year's Medieval Weekend.
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The grounds of Harewood House are set to be transformed into a medieval community this weekend, with jousting, Norman battle re-enactments and archery, armoury displays, Norman skirmishes, encampments and various family activities.

Overnight camping will also be available for visitors wanting to immerse themselves in all things medieval.

The event aims to mix fun and learning with all the thrills of the period.

An added dimension to the weekend will be that visitors will have the chance to see the archaeological dig of the newly-excavated Gawthorpe Hall, visit the 12th century All Saints Church, and take a guided tour of the newly opened Harewood Castle.

There will also be demonstrations from the time of craft-making, cooking displays and falconry.

As part of the craft activities visitors will have the chance to make their own shields, crowns, swords, heraldry and beads.

Organisers say they are expected 500 re-enactors to be on site throughout over the weekend.

For those who choose to camp over for the weekend there will be the chance to attend a grand event at the Banqueting Hall for an evening of entertainment from folk band Celtarabia and Grinnigogs.

Other attractions include:

• Explore C11th to C15th living history encampments.

• Encounter C12th military monks just as skilled in healing as in fighting.

• Spot the differences between the ‘chain maile’ as you meet knights through the ages and have a go at trying on armour.

The Medieval Weekend takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information visit www.harewood.org /whats-on or call the box office on 0113 218 1000.