Swordplay and tales of Vikings in Potterne
4:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Hundreds of people stepped back in time and enjoyed traditional crafts and historical re-enactments at Potterne Medieval Fair on Saturday and Sunday.
Organised by organic beef farmers John and Teresa Chandler on their land at Five Lanes Farm, the event had lots to keep youngsters and adults entertained.
The cool weather is thought to have put some people off visiting.
The wind and rain on Sunday forced the birds of prey demonstration inside the marquee but that didn’t stop Tony Bryant putting on a great show with his falcons, eagle owls and barn owls.
Members of The Vikings re-enactment society told the Viking story and portrayed events from the era.
The bicycle jousting by knights was a great spectacle and professional jesters were among the new entertainers this year.
The other attractions included longbow demonstrations and a competition, a hog roast, the Thirsty Deer Tavern, various stalls, Tinkers Bag folk group and Chippenham Morris Men.
This was the sixth year of the event. It started in 2008 as a one-day event to celebrate the 750th anniversary of St Mary’s Church, Potterne, but due to its popularity it expanded to cover two days.
It is thought there were between 150 and 200 people attending both days and Mr Chandler said: “Numbers were down, which was a little bit disappointing, but it was most enjoyable for the people who came.
“The Vikings and the jesters were the most fantastic entertainers. The jesters had a tear in their eyes when they left on Sunday.
“I love to see the smiling faces of the children who attend. They suspend their reality at the gate, they love it.
“As a farmer to be able to welcome people on to our land and have a nice day is a real pleasure.
“Thank you to all the volunteers who helped. They did a fantastic job and they really do help make it a success.”
Money raised from the event will benefit charities including Help for Heroes, Potterne Royal British Legion, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, St Mary’s Church and Motor Neurone Disease Association.
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