Gisborough Priory’s Medieval Pageant

Gisborough Priory Project will be holding it’s biggest event of the year on Saturday 15th June 2019 from 10am to 4pm.  The Medieval Pageant in the Priory is a FREE fun day out for all the family with activities, displays and demonstrations throughout the historic priory site and the adjacent woodland gardens.

The centrepiece of day will be the Red Wyverns Medieval Re-Enactment Group who will be setting up their camp on site and bringing the past to life with scenes from the life and times of folk from the medieval period and the Wars of the Roses.

Find out how a medieval soldier donned his armour, go to Knight School, watch a combat demonstration and find out what daily life was like for our ancestors from this period.  Centre stage of the camp will be the cookery tent where soldiers and other camp followers have their main meal.

The Falconry Days Birds of Prey will be joining us and there will be an opportunity to see these truly stunning birds in flight as well as on show throughout the event, with fully trained and knowledgeable falconers on hand to answer any questions.

Don’t miss the Whitby Company of Archers who will be joined during the day by members of the Red Wyverns Group for a spot of target shooting.

For the younger members of the family there will be crafts and a Fancy Dress Competition will be taking place around 1pm and perhaps some of the adults would like to get in the spirit of things and try their hand at dressing up as well!

In the woodland gardens there will be demonstrations of Coracle making and woodland crafts including pole lathe tuning and rope making.

Look out for the wandering minstrel and jester who will be keeping us all entertained during the day.

Staff from the English Heritage store at Helmsley will be bringing along Priory related artefacts and local groups including the Guisborough Museum, Prior Pursglove College Museum and our very own Gisborough Priory Project will have displays.

Throughout the day there will be an opportunity to add some of the final tiles to the mosaic which community artists Helen Gaunt and Derek Mosey have been commissioned by Gisborough Priory Project to make. When complete the mosaic will be fitted into a stand to be made by local blacksmith James Godbold.  The finished mosaic and stand will be located on the Priory site as a lasting commemoration of the 900th anniversary and your handywork would then be part of the history of the Priory.

Visitors are welcome to bring along their own picnics or alternatively there will be several stalls supplying a range of refreshments from hog roast to ice cream and of course baked goods and preserves made by volunteers.