Gallery: Battle of Hastings anniversary marked by Stafford Castle fun day

Medieval fanatics were entertained at Stafford Castle as actors took part in a reenactment to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Gallery: Battle of Hastings anniversary marked by Stafford Castle fun day

Storming into action for the reenactment at Stafford Castle – Norman soldiers Mark Taylor and David Paice

The group were kitted out in authentic costumes for the event with guests enjoying the sights and sounds of the 11th century amid a host of activities taking place, including sword play, music, dancing and games.

Pedlars, peasants, knights and damsels were on hand to meet the excited crowds in the picturesque realms of Stafford Castle.

Mark Hartwell, heritage sites manager for Stafford Borough Council, which helps organise the event on Sunday, said it was one of the best reenactment events in the town so far. He said: “We have worked with some excellent reenactment groups over the years but this was one of the best. They performed non-stop throughout the day. 

“It was a programme full of authentic battles and social history displays. 

“It was a stunning show from the group – some of whom had travelled from as far as Sunderland to take part. 

“There were lots of positive comments from members of the public who came early and stopped all day to watch, which was nice to see.”

This year marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. 

Stafford Castle is archaeologically important as one of the largest surviving Norman earthwork fortifications in England. The Norman characters brought Stafford Castle to life with both social and military displays and demonstrations. 

Future events being organised by the heritage sites team at Stafford Borough Council include guided tours at the Ancient High House and Stafford Castle.

The open days are taking place between 11am and 4pm on September 10 and 11. 

Throughout August, a host of summer holiday activities are taking place at Stafford Castle every week for youngsters.

The sessions are £5 each and happen every Wednesday and Thursday.

Refreshments are included but spaces are limited. Call 01785 257698 for more details.

For a full list of future events in Stafford go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/heritageevents

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