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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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History comes alive at Cumbria castle

HUNDREDS of years of history will be brought to life at Muncaster, as the castle hosts its Living History Week.

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The Iron Shepherds will appear at Muncaster's Living History Week

With battle re-enactments, weapons displays, music and storytelling, taken from centuries of British history, the event, which runs from Saturday until Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, offers an array of family fun activities.

This Saturday and Sunday, a small raiding party of Herlid Vikings will invade the Castle with displays of life and conflict in Viking times. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Iron Shepherds will be providing snapshots of Norman history with weapons displays, storytelling and crafts.

Next Thursday and Friday, the Elizabethan period will be brought to life by Myal and Peg Pyper, who specialise in illustrating the society and music of England in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the bank holiday weekend of August 23 to 25 sees Red Wyvern Society perform battle re-enactments. There will also be a chance for visitors to find out how they might have fared in a medieval battle, by trying out their hand at archery.

On August 24 and 25, Minerva Heritage will be at Muncaster to talk about the recent Roman excavations in the area and what this tells us about life in Cumbria during this period.

Peter Frost-Pennington, whose family are said to have owned Muncaster Castle for at least 800 years, said: “We have got a great variety of fantastic entertainment for our visitors this summer, which I hope will offer something to everyone. Our Living History Week is also a fun way for people of all ages to learn about our country’s past.”

Details of the events and tickets can be booked online at www.muncaster.co.uk

  •  The Evening Mail has four sets of family tickets (two adults and two children) for Living History Week to give away. See tomorrow’s Evening Mail for details.
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