Have you ever imagined what Royston looked like 600 or so years ago? With its quintessential medieval layout and some of its beautifully preserved buildings, it isn’t too hard to imagine in places.
On Sunday 7th July, Royston Historical Pageant will be recreating medieval life in Priory Memorial Gardens. We will start with a procession from the Royse Stone at 11am, to which everyone is invited. Come in costume and march to lute music, where there will be wealth of living history experiences for everyone to enjoy.
Company Ecorcheur, a medieval re-enactment group, will be camping and living the life of a regiment of the Duke of Gloucester. They will be holding a knight’s table and demonstrating the armour and weaponry of the day. An enthralling medieval finance tent will show you how money was counted and paid to the men.
Our very own, popular Royston Archery Club will be on hand, in costume, to provide have-a-go archery sessions for anyone inspired by the soldiers’ demonstrations.
Listen to hilarious tales of medieval mayhem told by the Yarnsmith of Norwich himself. He will be in his own authentically furnished tent and accompanied by music played on period musical instruments.
We are very proud to present dancing and mummers plays by English Miscellany. They will bring with them their French twinning counterparts, bringing an international slant to their shows. If you want to learn a few medieval dance moves yourself, Herts Early Dance and their minstrels would be delighted to let you join in.
There will be juggling for budding jesters, a mini joust for apprentice knights, and fabulous birds of prey to admire. Delicious food will be available in the form of hog roast, and other sumptuous delights. Lord Conrad’s Brewery will be hosting our very own medieval ale bar, selling locally produced ales and beers.
Bring the family. It promises to be an awesome day of medieval fun and games where you might even learn some fascinating historical facts and feel yourself catapulted back to our vibrant past.