Picture Gallery: Pensthorpe Mediaeval Spectacular

Jousting at the Medieval Spectacular at Pensthorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

Jousting at the Medieval Spectacular at Pensthorpe. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

It has been an historic weekend in mid Norfolk as Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens turned back the clock for its annual Mediaeval Spectacular.

From witch hunting and jousting to a medieval market and minstrels – the event near Fakenham gave families a flavour of life during the Middle Ages.

And as the clocks turned back, chivalry, heroic knights, fair maidens and epic battles were in full force, with characters from the past such as an inquisitor, executioner, falconer and a nun all popping up to speak with families.

In to its ninth year, Mark Noble, commercial manager at Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens, said the event had been a success.

'It's been really great to see so many families enjoying themselves', he said. 'All the visitors really enjoyed talking to the characters and finding out about the Middle Ages.

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'Pensthorpe as a venue really lends itself to an historic event like this – and with some sunshine it makes it a great day out in the county.'

Live period music, archery demonstrations and a hog roast all added to the authentic historic atmosphere of the event, which was co-hosted by Norfolk historical events company Black Knight Historical.

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Today is the last day for the spectacular from 10am to 5pm. Event entry is included in the regular Pensthorpe admission price.

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