Explore all the crafts and customs of medieval times

Staff and members of The Society of Creative Anachronism enjoying the fayre last year

Staff and members of The Society of Creative Anachronism enjoying the fayre last year

Athlone Castle in association with the Society for Creative Anachronism is set to host its fifth annual medieval fayre on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.

Awaited by many and a must-visit for any history enthusiast, the fayre will feature arts, crafts, food, games, educational demonstrations, a theatrical show, and market stalls.

Visitors will get an opportunity to step back in time and experience live demonstrations of jousting, fencing and weaponry, taste samples of medieval food, challenge themselves with some medieval games, and learn about the dress and customs of our medieval ancestors.

Visitors can explore the market stalls and see fine examples of hand-crafted products, ceramics, jewellery, calligraphy, and clothes while also trying some tasty treats from Athlone and the surrounding area.

Sue Callaghan, who is the Viscountess Susannah of York, said: “O yea, O yea. The Lords and Ladies of the Society for Creative Anachronism invite you to celebrate two days of medieval fun at Athlone Castle.”

In the 'Kids' Kingdom' there will be hands-on activities, face painting, games, and a puppet show.

The fayre will be located in the courtyard and upper battlements of Athlone Castle and will be open on both days from 12 noon to 5pm.

Tickets will be available on the gate and visitors will have access to the fayre and the castle visitor centre all day. Admission prices are €8 for adults, €6 for students/seniors, €4 per child, €20 for a family of two adults and two children, and €25 for a family of two adults and four children.

A full programme of events will be displayed on www.athlonecastle.ie in the days leading up to the fayre.

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