Friday, 3 May 2013

Hie Thee Hither to Medieval Harewood 26 – 27 May

Credit: Harewood House Trust & Red Zebra
Harewood Medieval Faire Jousting
Credit Red Zebra Photography & Harewood House
Following on from last year’s success, Harewood’s Medieval Faire is back even bigger and better in 2013 on Sun 26th and Mon 27th May. It’s the North’s most authentic medieval event with thrilling battle reenactments, archery, jousting, a medieval market, encampments and an archaeological dig. Set in the breathtaking Grounds of Harewood with the historic 14th century Castle ruins and the 15th century All Saints Church as the backdrop, step back into magical medieval life - day tickets start at just £15 or make a truly medieval weekend of it and camp from £10 a night. 

Celebrate this extraordinary period at Harewood and transport yourself into a medieval world, watch in awe as brave knights’ battle or pick up a medieval treat from a historical trader in the market. Try your hand at archery, get locked in the stocks and hire a medieval costume to really get into the spirit. With entertainment for the little ones, comedy shows from colourful jesters, medieval dancing and the Highland Games Arena, there’s medieval fun for all ages at Harewood.

During the Faire, be sure to absorb all the history Harewood has to offer by touring the 14th century Castle ruins, which were only revealed to the public in 2012. Renowned poet and filmmaker Simon Warner will conduct the daily tours of the magnificent Castle and bring to life the stories of those who lived and worked in the middle ages.

Discover the archaeological dig of the 13th century manor house that preceded Harewood, the grand Gawthorpe Hall, demolished in 1774 and uncovered by York University students in 2012. Discover revealing remnants of the Gascoigne family who lived in the Hall for 16 generations with Historic Archaeologist Emily Rayner. 

Kick-start your medieval weekend with a veritable feast overlooking the battlefield and joust at the Medieval Banquet on Sat 25th May and indulge in the hearty menu of game pie, roa
sted hog and apple pie, washed down with plenty of ale and medieval music for £49.95.

Medieval Harewood is a major on-going initiative that is celebrated each year with a series of events and activities.  For details of all that Medieval Harewood encompasses, visit

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