Medieval festival set to transform showgrounds

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The Wanaka Showgrounds will become a medieval village, complete with artisan crafts, a knights’ encampment and roving musicians, when the Wanaka Medieval Festival returns on November 3.

Organised by the Holy Family Catholic School, the day will include medieval music, song and dance, along with demonstrations of medieval crafts and combat skills such archery, longsword combat and trebuchet firing.

Co-organiser Tim Brewster said the festival was the school’s biggest fundraiser.

“It’s a good way to engage with the general community, so we try to make it fun for a large range of people.

“The kids have been practising pretty hard with the dancing and our George and the Dragon play and hopefully there should be a good turnout of medieval-themed dress.”

The first festival was held two years ago at Rippon Hall, but this year it was decided to move it to the showgrounds to make it more accessible, Mr Brewster said.

“The re-enactment guys are fantastic with the kids and we have a fight a knight session for a gold coin donation, which is very popular.”