7:30am 7:30am


See sparks fly and feel the heat of the contest as magnificent knights on horseback clash at Medieval England’s greatest event. Cheer on your favourite in this thundering battle of bravery and honour and be entertained by the naughty court jester for plenty of laughs too. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of medieval encampments as our knights’ supporters set up camp, cook on open fires and live life as it was 600 years ago. There’ll be music, dance, falconry and medieval games to play.Plus, budding young knights can test their bravery in our knight’s training school and battle drills. 

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Dig Anstey!
to Jun 27

Dig Anstey!

Over the final weekend of the Festival of Archaeology, we will be digging 30 test pits around the village of Anstey in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire. The early history of Anstey remains something of a mystery but there are clues waiting to be discovered in back gardens around the village. Beneath the earth are objects left behind by the people who lived in Anstey hundreds, even thousands of years ago.

We are looking for 30 householders in Anstey who would be prepared to let us dig a small hole in their garden, and volunteers to help us dig and wash the finds.All equipment and training will be provided but you must register with us to participate.

The excavation is part of the Charnwood Roots project and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Anstey Town Charity.

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