11:11am Monday 9th September 2013
HUNDREDS of people were taken back to medieval times at the weekend thanks to Caldicot Castle.
An early medieval alliance was held at the castle on Saturday and Sunday with events and activities including medieval re-enactments, a medieval encampment and an old tavern.
By yesterday lunchtime, more than 500 people of all ages had made their way through the doors to enjoy what was on offer.
Visitors were treated to full contact battle re-enactments where ‘knights’ make actual contact with each other with their swords in a staged demonstration.
Judges watched as the fighters battled to score points and gain victory over their opponent.
The days also saw demonstrations provided by ‘barber surgeons’ who showed how medicine and dentistry was performed in the medieval days.
Weapon displays and a medieval market, allowing people to sample the tastes and products of early Britain, added to the weekend.
With a medieval encampment and log fires providing relaxing space and the tavern serving the likes of mead to guests, there was something for all the family.
Site manager at the castle, John Sterry said: “There has been a good atmosphere. It’s been quite a relaxing atmosphere with the log fires. It is a relaxing day out – until the fighting begins.”
The castle, which is surrounded by a 55-acre country park, allows visitors to discover the home of Welsh castle life from medieval times to the 20th century.
A medieval banquet is due to be held at the castle on September 20. This event is now fully booked but another one will be held on November 23. As well as a four-course feast and jugs of mead and wine, the event will include musical entertainment, a juggler and the chance to hear about the history of the castle as well as medieval tales.
Other future events include an archery event on September 28 and 29 when resident archers will be showing how to shoot an arrow and explain their various weapons and lifestyle.
For more information visit caldicotcastle.co.uk
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