There’ll be some Me­dieval May­hem in Can­ter­bury this week­end

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - FRONT PAGE -

Ex­pect five gi­ants, a king and a host of me­dieval ma­raud­ers in the streets of Can­ter­bury this week­end.

The Can­ter­bury Me­dieval Pageant on Satur­day, July 7 recre­ates the day King Henry II and his queen Eleanor re­turned to the city to pay penance for his role in the death of Saint Thomas Becket, back in 1174.

The royal visit will be ac­com­pa­nied by per­for­mance, cos­tumes, mu­sic, horses, gi­ants, mounted war­riors and pageantry as a pro­ces­sion takes to the High Street. Start­ing at 11am at Tower House at West­gate Parks, Henry will give a speech to the as­sem­bled crowds and then change into his sack cloth, take off his shoes and start his walk of the city, flanked by monks tak­ing him for a flog­ging. The pageant will see more than 200 peo­ple tak­ing part as ac­tors, mu­si­cians and de­sign­ers along with mem­bers of local Brownie groups and pupils from Si­mon Lang­ton, Pri­ory Fields School, St Martins Pri­mary School, Dover, St Christo­pher’s School, Can­ter­bury, Wick­ham­breaux Pri­mary School and Spires Academy. Arts groups tak­ing part in­clude Mar­lowe Youth Theatre, Mar­lowe Minis, Rough Mu­sicke, Milites de Bec, Free Men of Blean, Stargazer Dancers and the Can­ter­bury Play­ers, while you may see some fa­mil­iar faces from busi­nesses The Pound and Can­ter­bury Tales, which is mark­ing its 30th an­niver­sary. Can­ter­bury Col­lege’s sum­mer school has cre­ated cos­tumes and two gi­ants while mu­sic writ­ten by stu­dents who en­tered the an­nual Fan­fare com­pe­ti­tion will be played. The pageant ends at around 12.30pm out­side the Mar­lowe Theatre fore­court, but the fun’s not over as there will also be me­dieval archery in West­gate Parks, a me­dieval vil­lage in the Fran­cis­can Gar­dens, stain glass work­shops in the Mar­lowe Kit and a fam­ily trail with 17 dif­fer­ent venues to visit - those who visit five or more will get a free choco­late medal­lion from Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral Shop.

You can find out more at can­ter­bury me­dieval page ant. co.uk or pick up your free trail leaflet at The Beaney in the High Street

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