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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Step back in time at the Ormskirk Medieval Weekend

Find out what life was like in West Lancashire in the distant past by coming along to the fabulous Ormskirk Medieval Weekend at Coronation Park.

The free two-day extravaganza on Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May will take you back 900 years to experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of Medieval England.

West Lancashire Borough Council rangers have organised the fantastic free event where 12th century re-enactment group Historia Normannis will take you on a journey through time. Over the weekend the park in Ormskirk will come alive with fabulous entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy between 11am and 4pm on both days.

A similar event held last year was hugely successful with about 4,000 people attending over the weekend.

Dave Tilleray, Assistant Director Community Services, said: “Some wonderful displays and activities have been lined up which will make the Ormskirk Medieval Weekend a great treat for all the family. So make sure you come and enjoy this fantastic day out.” This year the park will once again become a hive of activity with some fantastic displays.

Members of Historia Normannis will do battle in exciting combat displays which will lead to a tournament later in the day. Visitors can try on the armour and take a closer look at the weapons. They can also try their hand at archery and shoot at Historia Normannis members dressed up as Normans.

Everyday life in the 12th century will also be featured with medieval cooking demonstrations and a fashion show to talk about the different styles of dress of the times. There were will also displays of medieval crafts.

The Medieval Court will dispense 12th century style justice and people will be put into the stocks as punishment. People can also make their own money at the coin strike.

An added attraction this year will be the chance for people to make their own medieval-style pilgrim’s badge with local artist Angie Thompson.

Ormskirk & District Historical Society, Lathom Park Trust, Ormskirk & District Family History Society, and Lathom & Burscough Military Heritage Society will all have stalls in the Medieval Marquee. Other stallholders will be selling their medieval-themed wares. Hungry visitors will be able to enjoy a range of refreshments which will include a hog roast, a popular meal of medieval times.

There will also be facepainting and children’s rides and a giant bouncy castle. Staff from Ormskirk Library, which is part of Lancashire County Council’s Library Service, will be providing story time slots throughout the day and the story-telling gazebo will have medieval-style decorations.

For more information about volunteering opportunities with the Ranger Service please contact 01695 622794. You can also find out more about parks and countryside events by following the rangers on Twitter (external link) or Facebook (external link).

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit events.

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