Medieval Mayhem at Castle Espie (Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 August)

Join the world’s most famous outlaw – Robin Hood and come dressed up as one of his merry mob for a weekend of medieval merriment at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre.

Images L-R Bob, Lanner falcon, credit Mantella Environmental Education, Merry Mob, Medieval crafts, Robin Hood.

The event takes place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August between 11am and 4pm each day.

Visitors can step back in time and experience medieval life with lots of demonstrations including traditional wood work with Welig Heritage Crafts, medieval armour re-enactment, and leather makers. Plus fair goers can take part in historical crafts including making their very own bow and arrow, Robin Hood and Maid Marion hats, and a scented bag or a protective amulet with our herbal wise women.  Other outlaw activities include a static falconry display, archery, face painting, a search for King John’s treasure on our woodland trail and of course and meeting the local bees.

Look out for our courtyard jester around the centre and grounds and our storyteller, Robin Hood, in the woods. Have a go at throwing horse shoes and join us for a game of tug of war at stone hedge plus have a go at archery see if you can hit that target! Visitors can also enjoy music from the period while trying our special pork and apple filled rolls from our medieval cooks. Watch out for Friar tuck who will be handing out prizes for the best dressed merry man or lady.

Learning Manager, John McCullough, said: “We like to ensure both our regular and new visitors have lots of new ways of discovering nature and the story of Robin Hood is ideal. According to legend he hid in the forest amongst nature to avoid the Sheriff of Nottingham and his not so merry men. Our intention is to bring all ages back to the point in time when they remembered having fun out in the wilds of their garden, local woodland, or town park.”

The event is included in the cost of admission and free to WWT members. Please refer to website for full event programme including timings for individual activities alternatively contact us on 02891 874146.   WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre is open every day from 10am to 5.00pm and parking is free of charge.