Medieval life re-enacted at Lancaster Castle

Authentic medieval tents where erected at Lancaster Castle.
Authentic medieval tents where erected at Lancaster Castle.

Authentic medieval tents were erected, knights saddled up and the castle walls awash with the glancing of sword on shield as the crowds stepped back into the 12th Century and lapped it up.

More than 3,000 people turned out to immerse themselves in this sensational re-enactment of medieval life, fittingly performed at the grade 1 listed Lancaster Castle.

Organised by local historical re-enactment society, Historia Normmanis, the two-day event gave an insight into medieval living, from the poor to the rich.

Visitors wandered in and out of true representative campaign tents, discovering life on the battlefield, including the Earl’s Pavilion.

Crowds here entertained by medieval musicians, birds of prey, armoury displays, a shire court, and a fashion show modelling the entire range of Norman society from the lowest ranks to the highest.

Families even involved themselves with ‘have a go’ Archery and make your own coin. Medieval justice was served as sons and daughters placed parents in the stocks for some light-hearted cabbage throwing retribution.

Lancaster Castle will soon be visiting a near era in history with preparations for this year’s Lancashire Witch Trial anniversary for August 15-17 is well underway.