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CROWDS flocked to Ruis­lip and stepped back in time to the Mid­dle Ages. Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Medfest 2015 was a roar­ing suc­cess with spec­ta­tors be­ing able to watch, taste and take part in me­dieval cul­ture at Manor Farm.

The event on Sun­day Au­gust 16 fea­tured an au­then­tic pro­gramme of me­dieval en­ter­tain­ments, from horse­back joust­ing to liv­ing history reen­act­ments pro­vided by pro­fes­sional re-en­ac­tors.

The Great Barn at the farm in Pinn Way was full of arts and tra­di­tional craft ac­tiv­i­ties with ad­di­tional food, a farmer’s mar­ket and ar­ti­san stalls from the reg­u­lar Duck Pond Mar­ket.

The fields of Manor Farm came to life with armoured knights bat­tling and me­dieval mu­sic and danc­ing.

And no me­dievalthemed event would be com­plete with­out a hog roast, which proved pop­u­lar, and of course a set of stocks, which were en­joyed by all ages.

The fes­ti­val was free for all and will be back again next year.

n THE OLD WAYS: Tra­dional crafts at the an­nual Medfest, or­gan­ised by Hilling­don Coun­cil

n FRIENDS AND FOES: The fes­ti­val in­cluded an­i­mal ni­mal at­trac­tions and me­dieval bat­tle scenes with vivid vid cos­tumes and masks

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