Doncaster fun day goes back to medieval times

Knights from Escafeld Medieval Society in action at Conisbrough Castle
Knights from Escafeld Medieval Society in action at Conisbrough Castle

Bloodthirsty Vikings, terrible Tudors and a frenzy of fighting are set to descend on a Doncaster village on Saturday and Sunday for a colourful carnival spectacular.

The Rossington Medieval Festival will take visitors on a gruesome, grisly and sometimes gory trip to times gone by as re-enactment groups stage mock battles across a packed programme of events running on both Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day event, organised by Rossington Parish Council, will take place on July 27 and 28 and, as well as battles, visitors can look forward to a host of demonstrations and attractions for all the family.

Coun Richard Cooper-Holmes, who is organising the festival, said: “We’re hoping it will be a lot of fun and that lots of people will come out to support us.

“We want to bring back some spirit and good times to Rossington because it has suffered in recent years, and we hope people will see what we are wanting to do and back us in that.”

There will be medieval market stalls, storytellers, jesters, wandering minstrels and craft demonstrations.

Coun Cooper-Holmes added: “We’ll have 200 men with swords descending on Rossington for an almighty battle, and 200 more living history actors and interpreters too.

“I really think people will enjoy what we’ve got in store for them.”

As well as mock battles, there will be Tudor cookery, music, dance and crafts such as woodworking, leather and metal work.

Rossington Miners’ Welfare Ground will come alive with the medieval sights, sounds and smells from 11am to 6pm on both days. Tickets are £6.