Medieval fest draws impressive crowds
THOUSANDS of lords and ladies from across the land gathered at Kensington Park for the Derwent Valley Medieval Festival on Sunday.
Crowds were drawn to fighting and jousting demonstrations that were a highlight.
Event organiser Maree Rieper said the second annual event attracted a record crowd of 5000-8000 people on the Saturday and 2000-3000 on the Sunday, up from about 2000 last year.
“It went really well and it was a lovely bright day with a really good constant crowd through Saturday,” she said.
“It wasn’t too bad Sunday except the wind made the market have to close early because the marquees and gazebos were in jeopardy.”
Mrs Rieper was happy with the atmosphere of the event.
“It was really relaxed and friendly with a lot of families this year,” she said.
“There were a lot of crowds around [the demonstrations] and they were very interactive.”
Mrs Rieper said although the event was a success, the committee would discuss reverting to a single day format next year.
“It’s a lot of work so we don’t want to stretch the volunteers too thinly,” she said.
“We also want to make sure that people aren’t disappointed because something is on one day and not on the other.”