Medieval camp set for Ayscoughfee Hall

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SMELL, taste and watch history later this month as a medieval camp is set up in the grounds of Ayscoughfee Hall.

History re-enactors Four and Twenty Blackbirds will pitch their tents and stoke up the fires in Spalding for a weekend celebrating our medieval heritage.

The group will gather on the South Lawn on July 30 and 31 to demonstrate medieval food preparation along with displays of trades from a bygone era.

Members will recreate the flavours of the past and share their skills and passion for food and feasting in times past.

The centrepiece is the travelling kitchen, which enables the group to produce a variety of authentic dishes.

They will be spitting beef and pork while there are hands-on activities including butter churning, bread-making and boulting – the medieval method of producing flour.

Away from the kitchen there will be wood-turning, weaving, sewing and a falconer demonstrating his skills.

Julia Gant, of Four and Twenty Blackbirds, said: “This is a chance for people to explore that particular time period through food and take part in a whole range of interactive activities.

“Food was prepared to the highest standards and good manners and etiquette while dining were important.”

There are about 20 members of the group, aged from 12 to 60, whose mission is to bring history to life and prove medieval cookery is delicious and nutritious.