A taste of the past at castle

Lancaster Castle.
Lancaster Castle.
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Norman warriors, Saxon craftsfolk, medics and cooks will storm Lancaster Castle at the end of June for a weekend of authentic 11th Century living.

Members of Croix du Nord, the Lancashire group within living history society, Regia Anglorum, will occupy the Castle from 10am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday (June 29 and 30).

They will present demonstrations of cooking, spinning, braid-making, weaving, corn grinding and woodworking as well as displaying samples of period foods, medicinal herbs and an armoury of weapons.

Their encampment will also provide an arena for such activities as warrior training, story-telling and an educational re-enactment of a slave auction.

Croix du Nord is the local group within Regia Anglorum, which portrays the early medieval period from Alfred the Great to Richard I, around 850-1150AD.

All activities except the archery (£3.50) will be free, although there will be boxes for donations to support the staging of future events and the general upkeep of the castle.

The castle’s guided tours, operated by Lancashire County Council’s Museums Service, will also be running throughout the weekend from 10.30am to 4pm. Please ring 01524 64998 in advance for availability or more information.