Horrible history comes alive as Harewood goes medieval

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KNIGHTS are polishing their armour and archers sharpening their arrows for a medieval gathering.

There will be peasants and noblemen and period camping in yurts when Harewood steps back in time to the Middle Ages.

The only thing missing will be the Black Death.

Harewood House, north of Leeds, is hosting the Medieval Faire on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1. The event includes jousting, archery, armoury displays, Norman skirmishes and encampments.

Visitors will be able to camp overnight and immerse themselves in all things medieval.

A Harewood spokeswoman said: “Visitors can also experience real life as it was for everyone in the medieval period, with our archaeological dig of the newly excavated Gawthorpe Hall, or enjoy our 12th century All Saints Church with its astounding alabaster tombs.

“There is also a guided tour of our newly opened Harewood Castle.”

There will be craft activities and a chance to make your own sword or crown and re-enactors will be on site with a range of crafts and cooking

There will be a medieval banquet accompanied by traditional musical performances by the Grinnigogs and Celtaraba.