Monday, 25 July 2011

Medieval fun in Abington Park!

Abington Park visitors are in for a fun-packed day of medieval madness as Northampton Borough Council’s museum service gets set to host its annual family fun day on Saturday 13 August.

During the day of medieval madness there will be activities and events suitable for all the family.  

There will be fighting knights and fire eating in the medieval pavilion, medieval-themed story telling, a chance to have a go at archery under the expert supervision of two medieval costumed tutors, dancing and games as well as lots of arts and crafts activities that include tile painting, making a beeswax candle and writing with a quill.

The Museum of Leathercraft, which is housed in Abington Park Museum, will be joining in the fun and running a themed activity and the Park CafĂ© located near the museum will also be putting on a special medieval-themed children’s menu for the day.

For those interested in seeing genuine medieval artefacts, the county council’s finds liaison officer will be showing of a collection of medieval archaeological finds from Northampton.  The Northamptonshire Records Office will also be there to showcase some excellent reproductions of medieval documents from their collections. 

Councillor Michael Hill, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for museums, said: "Northampton played a major part in England’s history in medieval times and I am sure that today’s young people will enjoy the opportunity of trying some of the varied activities of 600 years ago that the museum is laying on.”

The medieval fun day is at Abington Park Museum from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 13 August.  

Admission is free, but there may be a small charge for some of the activities.

Anyone wanting more information can telephone (01604) 838111 or email

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