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Brace yourselves for a Viking Invasion!

By on August 1, 2013

Vikings of middle England2Tatton’s Old Hall is bracing itself for a Viking invasion, 1,000 years since Norsemen first crossed the Cheshire borders.  And these ones are no less terrifying! 

On Sunday, August 11 The Vikings of Middle England will be staging a dynamic and exciting re-enactment event in the atmospheric grounds of Tatton’s Tudor Old Hall.

Witness the clash of steel and hear the smash of axe on shield as these hardened warriors demonstrate Viking combat skills.  The Vikings of Middle England are renowned for their historical authenticity and their ‘realistic, exciting and entertaining battle displays’.

It’s not all about battle and ‘bloodshed’.  Around 30 re-enactors will be setting up an authentic Viking camp at the Old Hall and demonstrating the domestic side of Viking life.  Visitors can learn about authentic cooking over open fires, wood-cutting, coin-minting, spinning, dyeing and weaving activities.

A number of other displays will keep young and older visitors entertained including a magnificent falconry display from Gauntlet Birds of Prey, who will show ravens, vultures and other birds of prey that are guaranteed to thrill. During the day Norman Norseman justice will be imposed on all and sundry. Finally, visitors also have the opportunity to try on armour and test their own expertise with an archer’s longbow, for a small charge.

Old Hall steward Mick Ricketts said:  “We look forward to welcoming the terrifying Vikings Of Middle England for the sixth year.  They come to Tatton with a justified reputation for realism and some notoriety.  Channel 5 called them ‘too realist to show’ but for a family audience they will temper it a little! This is a fascinating event with something for the whole family to enjoy. ”

Viking Sunday at the Old Hall Sunday, August 11

12pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm) at the Old Hall.  Prices: adults £6, child £4, Family £16 (2 adults & 3 children).  Normal Park entry of £5 per car applies.  Additional small charge for try on armour and have a go archery.

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