Get Down and Dirty at Sudeley Castle!

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Get Down and Dirty at Sudeley Castle!

May Bank Holiday weekend sees Sudeley Castle turn into a veritable feast of Living History with MUD, BLOOD & GRUB - a 13th Century encampment, a working Viking Long House and even Henry VIII.

Adults and children from Drudion, a living history group, will live, cook and sleep on the 13th Century encampment, totally immersed in the activities of the Middle Ages.

Visitors will get the change to try or watch many of the activities, including: Maille making, cooking, weaving, wool carding, games playing, trying on the armour and querning! Traders will be selling wooden swords, shields, bows and arrows and jewellery and arena displays will include combat training for the kids, a tournament and 'dressing the warrior'. 'Have-a-go Archery' will be open throughout the day and there will even be a chance to try 'Castles and Catapults'!

As is that weren't already enough, the Mulberry Lawn will be decked out with a working Viking Long House, inhabited by members of 'The History People' group where the whole family can try their hand at a range of authentic Viking activities.

Candle making, Board Games, Calligraphy, Food Production, Medicine and Period handicrafts were traditionally all carried out by women within the Long House, whereas the men will be demonstrating fighting techniques and duelling, as well as selling their wares to an unsuspecting public!

Keeping a watchful eye on all these peasants will be the Tudor monarch himself, Henry VIII. Sudeley was the palace of Henry's last and surviving wife, Katherine Parr, who is buried in St. Mary's Church in the grounds of the Castle.

Posted : 14/05/2007 18:26:54

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