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Chesterfield celebrates medieval past

Residents and visitors to Chesterfield can celebrate all things medieval as the popular medieval fun day event returns for another successful year.

The popular annual event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, takes place on Tuesday 25 July.

The event offers a host of activities to celebrate the middle ages.

There will be a medieval encampment in the grounds of the Crooked Spire church from 10am to 4pm. This will include troop marches at 11am and 1.30pm and skirmishes at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

There will be a market taking place in Chesterfield’s traditional open-air market place featuring charity stalls, street food and traders from Chesterfield’s general and flea markets. Families can also ride in the fun fair in the market place.

Traders will get into the spirit of the event by wearing traditional costumes and the day will be enlivened with entertainers including a court jester, medieval beggars, goblins and dragon.

Chesterfield Museum will also open specially from 10am to 4pm with an event entitled ‘A day in the middle ages’.

Visitors to the museum can find out about medieval arms and armour, religion and battlefield surgery and learn about the diseases, illnesses and curses the people suffered from in the middle ages.

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, the ‘Crooked Spire’ hosts an open day. Tours of the tower will take place throughout the day: costing £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy said: “Each year, the medieval fun day brings thousands of people into Chesterfield.

“Not only is this a great day out and a chance to learn about history together but it is also a greet boost for businesses in the town centre – I’d encourage families to come along and join in the fun.”

First published on 30 June 2017 Last updated on 07 July 2017