Hundreds attend medieval event
Published 25/08/2014 | 15:26
Hundreds of people have braved leaden skies to watch a bank holiday display of medieval swordcraft and archery.
Belsay Hall, near Morpeth, Northumberland, was the backdrop to the spectacle of knights in full armour taking each other on in the art of battle.
The English Heritage event involved the warriors clashing in a range of period tests.
It also allowed visitors to s oak up the sights and sounds of medieval encampments, with traditional food cooked on open fires, and have a go themselves with the weapons and armour.
They were also treated to music from the period, a "school for fools" for those interested in becoming jesters and an introduction to the work of the medieval battlefield surgeon.
Belsay Hall is one of Northumberland's best known tourist attractions.
As well as the 19th century house, there is a ruined medieval castle and extensive grounds including the unique Quarry Garden, with its ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants.