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Holbeach Medieval Festival will be good olde fun

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There will be plenty of fun to be had when a special festival takes place next month.

The Holbeach Medieval Festival will give visitors the opportunity to experience what life was like in the middle ages.

There will be a host of performers, characters and re-enactors taking part.

Albearto the dancing bear will be at Holbeach Medieval Festival (57448365)
Albearto the dancing bear will be at Holbeach Medieval Festival (57448365)

Knights, archers and even a dancing bear named Albearto will be there - along with The King’s Executioner, who will be keeping an eye out for trouble.

You’ll be able to watch a sword fighting tourney and minstrels, jesters, jugglers and dancers.

There will be craftsmen and women, plus sideshows, traders and demonstrations.

Period trio ‘a Merrie Noyse’ will be performing throughout the festival on a variety of instruments.

All of their shawms, recorders and bagpipes are replicas of what would have been played in days of olde - and the music, spanning from 1300 to 1700, is sure to be a delight both to listen and dance to.

There will be so much to learn at the festival, which is being organised by South Holland district councillor Tracey Carter - who is working with David Smith. The Two Apothecaries, Rohese and Anselm, will be on hand to explain and demonstrate the understanding of medieval medicine and also the folk-lore, beliefs and distillation methods of the time.

You’ll see plenty of cooking being done, mainly on open fires, while preparation of food in the Living History Encampment and Jane’s Medieval Kitchen will be demonstrating the aspects of medieval cookery - which the public will be able to try and buy.

There will also be spinners, a blacksmith and storytellers, plus two superb jesters including the legend that is Devilstick Peat Fibbs (and his polecat, Woodbine!) - so visitors will be spoiled for choice when it comes to interesting and insightful activities.

The free festival is a two-day event, taking place around Holbeach, in Carter’s Park and the church grounds on Saturday, July 2 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, July 3 from 10am to 4pm.

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