SLIDESHOW: Knaresborough Medieval Day

Crowds visit grounds of ancient landmark to take in the many exhibitions, demonstrations, arts, crafts and entertainment based on a bygone era. Report by Laura Hill.

Crowds made their way to Knaresborough’s castle grounds to relive the past at Knaresborough’s Medieval Day.

Isobel Bateman(10) and her sister Lucy(12) admire the work of artist Tim Frankland.  (1306311AM8)

Isobel Bateman(10) and her sister Lucy(12) admire the work of artist Tim Frankland. (1306311AM8)

Despite an unseasonal chill in the air hundreds of people made the most of the event taking in the museum exhibition and looking around Knaresborough Castle which dates back to the 1100s.

Mayor of Knaresborough Carole Reid officially opened the event and Harrogate’s Mayor Michael Newby and Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones turned out to support the popular event.

Diane Taylor of Harrogate Borough Council’s museum team organised the


She said: “It was great to have other local politicians provide their support.

“The day went extremely well. There were lots of people, especially families.”

Children and adults were entertained by Ben Potter’s bird of prey demonstrations and arts and crafts.

Medieval re-enactment society, Clarence Household, kept the crowds entertainted with battlefield demonstrations, even training the tinest tot on how to be a medieval soldier.

Music was provided by Trouvere Medieval Minstrels and Reynard the Fox acted out medieval stories on the castle green.

Miss Taylor said: “They were fantastic, attracting big audiences for each show and providing brilliant family entertainment. It is a great day that has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere and rewarding to be able offer something that’s free so can attract a wide audience and that celebrates

Knaresborough’s wonderful history.”

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