Magna Carta 800 - Medieval Festival
Sat 13th June 2015 at 10.00 - 16.00
Medieval Festival on Thirsk Racecourse. Medieval Knights; Falcons; Minstrels, dance, juggler; storyteller, coin making; archery, etc. Stalls, food vendors, rides.
See more pictures from the day at MC00-Pictures (thank you to all those who put their pictures up)
From happy customers:
Vicky Calvert - We Enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with the children at the Magna Carta Festival today. From firing crossbows, trying on Medieval armour & then watching Ben Potters amazing Birds of Prey it's been the best way to spend a Saturday. Thank you to Thirsk Rotary for all the hard work in putting it all together
Dave Manson – 5 starThe Magna Carta festival was brilliant.
A Merrie Noyse Minstrels - Hi, we had a lovely day at the Thirsk Magna Carta event. They really pulled the stops out and three groups of musicians including a mummers troop of multi talented actors and fine musicians. Thirsk is a lovely North Yorkshire town who threw themselves into the event and made us welcome. Cheers Baz
The July 2015 newsletter from the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee tells of activities celebrating the Magna Carta around the UK and the world. We weren't the only ones!
In June Thirsk Rotary hosted a Mediaeval Festival in Celebration of the 800th Aniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta by Baron William de Mowbray of Thirsk on 15th June 1215. He was one of the 24 Barons who with the Lord Mayor of London signed this Great Charter.
The date for our celebration was Saturday 13th June 2015
It was held on Thirsk Racecourse from 10 am - 4 pm.
In celebrating such a great event we wished to raise money for charities
The show included a warfare re-enactment and falconry displays and much else in celebration of this 800th anniversary.
'Historia Normannis' are medieval infantry and in a 'clash of arms' at least 50 Knights in armour showed how wars were fought in those days. The Knights trained serfs to fight - a harsh way to learn! In between their action shows they put on various shows that on fashion, surgery, justice and other aspects of mediaeval life. They set up a mediaeval tent village where through the day they and their camp followers explained medieval life to visitors who were able to wander around and see what life was like then. They let them handle the armour and other things that were part of the medieval life, as well as coin making.
'Birds of Prey Display' flew along session of their predators (falcons, owls, eagles, etc.) as part of this main event. Their show too had a mediaeval flavour as they used the predators to show what they can do and why they were important in court life. Through the day the handlers talked to visitors about the birds as they remained on display.
Well, there was coin making, archery and other entertainments typical of the time, such as minstrels from 'de Mowbray's Musicke' and 'Merrie Noyse', storytellers, jugglers and The Wakeman Mummers. These formed a parallel entertainment programme, popping up at different places around the field as they performed to small, more intimate groups through the day.
There were stalls for trade, craft and voluntary groups with many adding their own forms of entertainment. There were a number of food and drink outlets, including ice-cream vans as we had hoped for a beautiful sunny June day (the day was indeed mostly sunny, but the vening before had predicted a terrible rain downpour! This didn't happen but it certainly reduced the numbers attending).
Many young people were present and there were the usual (modern) rides for the younger ones too.
Visitors and stallholders were encouraged to wear mediaeval dress and enter into the spirit of the time as they did with enthusiasm (see the related page for guidance on making or hiring your own costume.
Stalls at the show
Thirsk Rotary had invited trade, craft and local organisations from near and far to take a stand at this event.
They could demonstrate theirown business activities and sell their own products as well as anything they made or put together to celebrate this occasion or to entertain customers and raise money for their charities.
The pitch for each stand was 3 x 3 metres at £50, with power £25 extra.
DISPLAYS BY SCHOOLCHILDREN
During this school term the primary schools taught their children about Magna Carta. Their work was displayed on boards alongside the racetrack for all to see.
The children also helped by making bunting and shields to be displayed in the family ring (we also had help with making bunting from The Clock as well).
The main show took place in front of the stands. Sideshows performed in and amongst the stalls with the Medieval Tent Village near the car park entrance. Chlidren's rides and play areas were alongside the station road fence. Archery took plsce in the end within the family ring area in the top corner.
Thank you to our principal sponsors for their support
Other sponsors include
10% discount on all tickets bought before the event day
- Adult - £10.00 - (£9 with 10% early purchase discount);
- Family - £20.00 (2 Adults + 3 Children) - (£18 with early purchase discount);
- Child (12-16 yo) - £5.00 - (£4.50 with early purchase discount);
- Child (11 and under) - FREE - but they had to be with an adult.
- Carer with a disabled person in a wheelchair - Free entry
Cheques were to be made out to "Thirsk Rotary Events"
There was FREE parking for cars and coaches
The event organiser Joe Salmon can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org)
For general information on Magna Carta see "Some useful links" in our "What we do" tab
Thirsk Rotary Club has over 40 members and seeks to provide support to the local community through service activities and fund-raising events. New members are welcome