Medieval Festival take two

Pictured: Keiran Drabble operating the trebuchet at last’s years festival.| Photo: Supplied

Holy Family’s Medieval Festival was cancelled in November due to weather but is now going ahead on Saturday, February 9. The school is hosting the event which aims to raise money for the development of a creative playspace outdoors.

The Medieval Festival will cast you back in history to a time of fair maidens, gallant knights, and trebuchets tossing fiery cannon balls against castle walls. And for those who have always harboured a secret love of Morris dancing, then this festival is one place where it’s totally socially acceptable to skip around in lederhosen shaking bells.

There is fun for the whole family. Period musicians and puppeteers will entertain on the main stage while you can test your longbow skills against an archer, go on a quest for the Holy Grail, joust on a hobby horse, have your hair braided, create beeswax candles or learn the art of calligraphy.

The festival starts at 11am on Saturday, February 9 at the Wanaka Showgrounds. To add to the atmosphere of the day, visitors should come dressed in period costume: knight, lady, merchant, serf, monk or even the king. Prizes will be given for the best dressed.

The festival is aiming to be a zero-waste event that celebrates the pre-plastic era so be sure to bring your own jug, tankard or goblet. Tickets are available at the gate; $5 per person, and free for the under-5s.  







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