Medieval Spectacular in Erpingham to celebrate Sir Thomas Erpingham on 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt

Paul Coleman and Ian Pycroft from Black Knight Historical group which is involved in the Medieval Sp

Paul Coleman and Ian Pycroft from Black Knight Historical group which is involved in the Medieval Spectacular to celebrate Sir Thomas Erpingham. Photo by Mark Bullimore

Battling knights, longbow archery and a medieval village will be just some of the attractions celebrating the life of a Norfolk military hero.

The Medieval Spectacular, next to St Mary the Virgin Church in Erpingham, on Saturday September 12 and Sunday September 13 is a culmination of events highlighting the life of Sir Thomas Erpingham.

Sir Thomas, who died in 1428, was commander of Henry V's longbow archers at the famous Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

His accomplishments included becoming a Knight of the Garter and paying for the Erpingham Gate near Norwich Cathedral and Erpingham church tower in the 15th century.

Helen Burrell, Erpingham events committee chairman, said: 'The year has exceeded our expectations. The Medieval Spectacular is exciting and a climax to the year. With Sir Thomas on a horse, the longbow archers and knights, it should be a spectacle to behold.


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'People had never really heard of Sir Thomas before but now his name is on everyone's lips. We have put Sir Thomas on the map so he is up there with Lord Horatio Nelson.'

The Medieval Spectacular takes place from 10am-5pm each day and children can learn how to become knights and visitors can take part in medieval crafts and dancing.

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Sir Thomas will be played by Ian Pycroft from Black Knight Historical group.

Money raised will go towards Erpingham church repairs and a new church education room.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for five-12-year-olds. It is free for children under five, as is car parking.

The Medieval Spectacular site (NR116PF) is off the A140 between Aylsham and Cromer. Visit www.erpingham.org

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