Joust a minute in Levin
It’s a real period piece. Levin’s Medieval Market has been held every February for over 20 years. On Saturday, the Levin Showgrounds will again become a medieval shire for the day, with market stalls, a chance to ‘‘shoot the knight’’, ‘‘ye olde wet stocks’’, as well as paper sword battles and pillow jousting for ye little rascals and urchins.
Event coordinator Di Traynor says there has always been a strong showing by foot soldiers for the traditional men at arms re-enactments. This Saturday February 13, the event will also showcase horse troops.
‘‘The Order of the Boar’’ from Upper Hutt and ‘‘Les Chevaliers’’ from Eketahuna will be fighting it out in a Cavalry Skill at Arms Tourney.
Di says those who enjoy the annual Harcourt Park jousting in Upper Hutt should be pleased that the Medieval Market plans to make this a regular fixture in the lead-up to the market’s 25th anniversary in 2018.
Troubadours, wandering minstrels and medieval middle eastern music will complement the scene, with ‘men in tights’ and wicked wenches aplenty.
Check the Facebook page Medieval Market Levin. Gates open at 9am, with adults $5 and children under 15 free.
Children of all ages at Levin’s annual Medieval Market enjoy the paper sword battle that is a feature of the event.