Lydiard Park will be transported back to medieval times later this month.
The Woodvilles, a 15th Century historical re-enactment group, will set up a medieval military camp on the lawn outside Lydiard House which will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm each day. Entry is free.
The camp will have living history and craft demonstrations to show how our medieval ancestors lived and worked as well as fashion shows.
Visitors to Lydiard Park can get a chance to meet The Woodvilles, who will be in full medieval costume, talking about and demonstrating what life was like in the 400 hundred years ago.
At 12.30pm and 4pm each day, there will be a short display of archery in the Walled Garden, where spectators will be treated to a demonstration of the crossbow and longbow as members of the Woodville household demonstrate their archery skills. Normal entry charges to the Walled Garden will apply – £2 for adults, £1.70 for seniors and £1 for children.
The Woodvilles covering the Wars of the Roses period and from the point that the display opens to the point that the visitor leaves, the camp remains an authentic military encapment – from the clothing worn by the members, the food eaten and the activities and crafts on display.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Culture, said: “This special event is a great opportunity to highlight the historic significance of Lydiard Park.
“By inviting these re-enactors to present an authentic medieval camp in the park, people can get a real insight into how our ancestors lived as well as enjoying displays and demonstrations and the chance to meet camp members.”
The medieval weekend is part of a programme of events and activities at Lydiard Park this summer. For more information: www.lydiardpark.org.uk
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