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Battling knights come to Hinckley for family-friendly event: published 24 July 2023

Published Monday, 24 July 2023
Two ladies and a gentleman having a good time at a medieval tent

A fire-breathing jester, battling knights and a gruesome barber surgeon descended upon Argents Mead in Hinckley for two days of medieval fun last weekend (22 and 23 July).

The free, family-friendly Medieval Fair was organised by Hinckley’s High Street Heritage Action Zone, with crowds braving Saturday’s wet weather and making the most of Sunday’s much finer weather to enjoy music and have-a-go dancing, an educational children’s Battle of Bosworth, a gruesome barber surgeon display by local re-enactor Eddie Smallwood, a fire-breathing jester, archaeology talks and more.

Families enjoyed watching fearless knights in combat and take part in tented medieval crafts and displays, both led by Midlands-based group Medieval Sokeman. 

Meanwhile guests watched The Crown and the Quill, a play about King Richard III run by Red River Theatre, telling the imaginary tale of an afterlife where Shakespeare arrives at the gates of heaven, only to be met by a guide who is revealed to be King Richard. 

Executive Member for Events at the Borough Council, Cllr Mark Bools said: “My thanks to everyone who braved the unseasonably wet weather on Saturday to support this free fun and educational event. The weather was kinder on Sunday with lots of families coming along to enjoy this special event. My thanks also to the Hinckley High Street Heritage Action Zone and the vendors and staff who made sure everyone had a great time.”