Medieval fun at Bede’s World bank holiday event

Gordon Hannington and Elliott Sinclair of Blackgate Combat with visitors Emily and Rebecca Atkinson.
Gordon Hannington and Elliott Sinclair of Blackgate Combat with visitors Emily and Rebecca Atkinson.

Time-travelling families went back to medieval times over the bank holiday weekend.

Visitors to Bede’s World, in Jarrow, travelled back to the Middle Ages.

There was music at the medieval festival at Bede's World in Jarrow.

There was music at the medieval festival at Bede's World in Jarrow.

A special themed event at the museum, in Church Bank, gave youngsters the chance to dress up like Vikings, learn more about the history of days gone by, take part in sword-wielding lessons and see some fighting re-enactments.

The event also featured stalls selling crafts, clothes, jewellery and books, and fairground rides and games.

Lily Hannington, from Newcastle-based Blackgate Combat Academy, who were re-enacting medieval fights, said: “We’ve been teaching the children about the different types of swords and showing them how they were used to fight.

“You see a lot of things like that on the TV so it’s nice to show people how it would have really happened.”

The girls love seeing the animals in farms and the events are always a lot of fun.

Lawra Robertson

Lawra Robertson, from Hebburn, was visiting with her daughters Jenny, five, and Jessica, two.

She said: “We’ve got a family pass so we come to visit quite a lot and we always enjoy it.

“The girls love seeing the animals in farms, and the events are always a lot of fun.”

Maria and Kevin Barry, from Sunderland, brought along their daughter Helen Womford, son-in-law Paul and 20-month-old grandson, Nathan, who are visiting from Bradford.

Historical interpreter Mark Barber from Black Gate Combat Academy talks to visitors during the event at Bede's World.

Historical interpreter Mark Barber from Black Gate Combat Academy talks to visitors during the event at Bede's World.

She said: “We drive past every day and decided to come down while the family was visiting.

“We’ve had a lovely day and Nathan really enjoyed the petting zoo.”

Kirsten Henderson and Steven Atkinson visited with their daughters Rebecca, 10, and Emily, six.

Rebecca said: “It’s been really exciting. I like the tea cups because you spin round really fast and I won a prize on the hook-a-duck.”

Historical interpreter Lily Hannington from Wyld Fire Works with three-year-old Lola Foden during the event at Bede's World.

Historical interpreter Lily Hannington from Wyld Fire Works with three-year-old Lola Foden during the event at Bede's World.