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Thousands celebrate Chesterfield’s medieval past

Thousands of people flocked to Chesterfield town centre for the annual medieval fun day on Tuesday 25 July.

The popular event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, saw a host of activities to celebrate the middle ages.

There was a medieval encampment in the grounds of the Crooked Spire church with troop marches and skirmishes.

Chesterfield market place hosted a market with charity stalls, street food and traders from Chesterfield’s general and flea markets.

Traders got into the spirit of the event by wearing traditional costumes and crowds were entertained by a court jester, medieval beggars, goblins and dragon.

Chesterfield Museum also opened specially with an event entitled ‘A day in the middle ages’.

Visitors to the museum found 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’ hosted an open day featuring tours of the tower.

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 – and this year was no exception.

“Not only was this a great day out and a chance to learn about history together but also a great boost for businesses in the town centre.”

First published on 26 July 2017 Last updated on 26 July 2017