Dragon Hall hosts medieval Christmas market in Norwich

One of Norwich's most historic buildings went back to its trading roots at the weekend when it played host to a medieval Christmas market.

Shoppers stepped back through the centuries as they looked for Christmas gifts at Dragon Hall, in King Street, on Saturday and Sunday.

There were about 40 different stalls selling unique and unusual gifts ranging from bows and arrows to jewellery to textiles.

Dorothy Smith, events coordinator at Dragon Hall, said the market had been an annual event at the historic venue for a number of years.

She said: 'The idea of the medieval-themed Christmas market is to bring Dragon Hall to life.

'It was originally a trading hall, and the Christmas market is a way of showing people what it may have been like in the past.'

Many of the traders were dressed in colourful attire from the past, including Rachel Duffield who was dressed as Queen Elizabeth I and selling peg doll craft kits for people to make their own 'Queen ElizaPeg the First.'

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Dave Farrar from Fairbow UK was selling medieval-style longbows and arrows, and he said Dragon Hall was a lovely venue for a Christmas market and that the event had a great atmosphere.

Performances by Pearl in the Egg Historical Musicians meant that people were also able to enjoy listening to medieval music as they shopped.

The market was part of the Norwichristmas series of festive events.