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Medieval festival brings to life the year of Swaffham market’s charter

PUBLISHED: 07:20 20 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:25 20 July 2015

Scenes from the two day Swaffham Medieval Festival held on the Market Place and Campinglands. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Scenes from the two day Swaffham Medieval Festival held on the Market Place and Campinglands. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Visitors to Swaffham enjoyed a weekend of medieval celebrations as the town celebrated the 800th anniversary of the first recorded reference to its market charter.

People were able to find out what 13th century life in Norfolk was like with re-enactment company Black Knight Historical taking the 
town back to 1215 with a medieval encampment based on the Campingland featuring interactive attractions.

Attractions included a medieval market, pottery, costume design, juggling archery displays, have-a-go archery, fire eaters, minstrels, knights and ladies on horseback, and roving storytellers.

Re-enactments of the signing of the market charter and the Magna Carta took place on stage in front of the church.

And the medieval theme carried on throughout the weekend with further activities and events in and around the Market Place including a hog roast, accompanied by live entertainment.

There were also skirmishes and battles between knights to keep everyone entertained.

Sue Gattuso, manager of Swaffham Museum and a member of the 
Town Team, which organised the festivities, said: “They were two really good days, with a lovely friendly atmosphere in the town.

“The displays and enactments were superb and the market sellers were busy.

“Hundreds of people visited the town museum, which has an eclectic mix of items on sale.”

Swaffham mayor Anne Thorp said the event was held to show how much the market traders were appreciated in the town and area.

It was also a chance for newcomers to the town to get involved and learn about its history, she said.

The medieval festival was the centrepiece of a programme of events planned in the town 
during the summer and autumn months to celebrate the 800th anniversary. Town leaders aim to ensure that the occasion will be marked in style.

What entertainment have you got planned for west Norfolk in the forthcoming weeks? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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