Me­dieval Faire rides into town

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The an­nual St Ives Me­dieval Faire re­turns in all its splen­dour to St Ives Show­ground on Septem­ber 22 and 23.

Or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing over 20,000 peo­ple to de­scend on the fes­ti­val, now in its fifth year. High­lights in­clude Aus­tralian jousters do­ing bat­tle with the best from Europe in a re-en­act­ment of a 15th cen­tury joust­ing tour­na­ment.

There’s also a Liv­ing His­tory Vil­lage fea­tur­ing five key ar­eas trav­el­ling through the Vik­ings, Byzan­tines, Cru­sades, the Hun­dred Years War, the Wars of the Roses and into the 17th Cen­tury.

Other rea­sons to visit: long­bow archery clashes, birds of prey dis­plays, bat­tles fea­tur­ing Vik­ings, Nor­mans and An­glo-Sax­ons fac­ing the might of the Byzan­tines, long table gourmet feasts, spe­cial edi­tion ales and mead.

And for the kids? Keep them busy with play bat­tles, pup­petry, dres­sups, face-paint­ing, an­i­mal farm, jug­gling, dance lessons, craft and sto­ries.

Buy tick­ets at: www.stivesme­dieval­

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