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Category: Wellingborough & Great Doddington

Wellingborough Town Centre Gears up to Step Back in Time

The people of Wellingborough are gearing up to step back in time as the whole town welcomes the Medieval Festival later this month.

Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID)

Now in its fifth year, the action-packed family weekend will once again transport the thriving town centre back to the Middle Ages when attendees can see knights on horseback, street entertainers in character, ferret racing and magic shows.


The historic two-day event is set to start on Saturday, June 17, 2017, and the action will take place across various town locations including Market Street, Tithe Barn lawn and Croyland Gardens.


Youngsters will have the opportunity to dress-up in themed costume and joust on hobby horses at Wellingborough Museum and there will also be medieval dancing for all.

Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID)

Colourful characters from the Middle Ages will mingle with visitors to give them a sense of authenticity as they walk round the vibrant attractions.


John Cable, Executive Director of the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which organises the event every year, said: “Final preparations are now taking place for the next Medieval Festival, which is set to be the biggest and best yet.


“A lot of time and effort has been put into this event as we want to make it as realistic and fun as it can possibly be. Now in its fifth year, we firmly believe the festival has become a firm favourite in the town’s calendar as it continues to grow and attract more and more people as time goes on.


“We hope everyone will join us as we step back in time and enioy what’s on offer which provides the perfect combination of fun and learning for the whole family.”


A circus workshop, medieval bazaar and arts and craft fayre have also been added to the programme set to take place across the weekend.

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Wellingborough Medieval Festival

This year’s “biggest and best” Medieval Festival will transport Wellingborough back to the Middle Ages with knights on horseback, ferret racing and magic shows set to create an action-packed weekend.


A collection of colourful characters, including an Executioner, a Barber Surgeon and a Jester can expect to be found at this year’s Medieval Festival on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June.

Fun and games at last year's festival

Knights in armour will be drawn up with their horses on the Tithe Barn lawn and re-enactors setting up camp in Croyland Gardens for the whole weekend will be on hand to answer any period questions.


Youngsters will have the opportunity to dress-up in medieval costume and joust on hobby horses at Wellingborough Museum and there will be medieval dancing for all.


John Cable, Executive Director of the Wellingborough Business Improvemnet District (BID) said: “2017 marks the fifth year of the Medieval Festival in Wellingborough!

“We invite everyone to step back in time and enjoy being entertained at the festival, which is back with bigger and better acts and more fun for all.


“This is a very authentic event with a wide range of period entertainment and the perfect blend of fun and learning for the whole family.”


Medieval music will fill the air whilst a falconry display, and the chance to learn new skills at a Circus Workshop will help to entertain the young and old.

The Wellingborough Medieval Festival 2015

A Medieval Fayre will take place at All Hallows Church on Saturday with refreshments on offer in the church hall. The medieval church will also hold a grand Medieval Service on Sunday.


And if you’re looking to take a little break with a difference, pop into the Tithe Barn on Saturday and you will be at the Craft and Vintage Fayre where you can browse amongst stalls selling a wonderful selection of hand crafted items by talented local crafters and some vintage accessories from days gone by.


Mr Cable added: “Whether this is the first time that you are visiting or, like many, are returning for another year, we look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Festival.”



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