Photo gallery: Pensthorpe Medieval Spectacular

A witch was hung, jousters battled, Vikings invaded and there was even a spot of DIY dentistry at Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens over the weekend.

Historical re-enactment company Black Knight Historical brought the popular annual Medieval Spectacular to Pensthorpe, near Fakenham for the eighth time.

The sights, sounds and smells of the middle ages were brought to life as visitors were transported back in time to between 900 and 1500AD.

People had the chance to meet characters like the alchemist creating his elixirs or the master mason creating stone carvings for cathedrals and castles.

At the medieval marketplace there was plenty of haggling with merchants, drinking of flagons of foaming ale and music from the period.

The less faint-hearted paid a visit to the barber surgeon to find out how abscesses were lanced or teeth were pulled.

Ian Pycroft, owner of Black Knight Historical said: 'It is an absolute honour to come to Pensthorpe and work and camp in these beautiful surroundings and our shows here are always very well received.'

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Kindra Jones, from Black Knight Historical, said: 'Many of the activities here show people how ordinary people from this time used to live so, as well as being lots of fun, it is also a great educational experience.

'Children particularly like the witch hunt. Many want to see her saved while others are baying for her blood and want her to be hanged, there is no middle ground.'

Pensthorpe is an appropriate setting for the Medieval Spectacular. The remains of a medieval village form part of the reserve.

The event continues from 10am until 5pm today (Sunday) and tomorrow.

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