Medieval Fair is back in time for heritage days

Pam Mills

The free event, organised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, will be held on Saturday and Sunday [September 8-9] from 10am to 5pm.

Re-enactments include knights fighting with swords, musical minstrels, Punch and Judy shows, Morris dancing and the jester Bosco.

Visitors can try their hand at archery and become a knight for the day. There are also craft displays, plate-spinning and juggling workshops, a hog roast and souvenir stalls.

The Charmborough Ring Trust will bring a portable belfry with six bells demonstrating the art of change-ringing.

The Castle will offer a limited number of free tours over the weekend as part of the local Heritage Open Days [see Page 62].

The adjacent Dragon Boat heats on the Medway River start at 9.30am on Sunday with the final scheduled for around 4.30pm at the Big Bridge.

Cllr Maria Heslop, the Cabinet Member for Community Services, says: “Tonbridge Castle is a wonderful setting for this fun annual event which the whole family can enjoy. Coinciding as it does with the Heritage Open Days, visitors should take the opportunity to also discover some of Tonbridge’s medieval history.

“I hope that everyone takes on the spirit of the medieval merriment.”

PICTURE: CROCKERY AND MOCKERY: Plate-spinning with Bosco the jester

Weekend’s activities

10.30am, 1pm, 3pm: Musical Minstrels

[Morris Men at 1pm on Sunday]

11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm: Bosco the Jester

11.30am, 4pm: Charmborough change-ringing

12pm, 2.30pm: The Knight’s Foot Tournament

12.30am, 2pm: Punch & Judy show


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