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The Black Knight could be anywhere

November 16, 2014

Since the season for outdoor events came to an end with the usual flurry of re enactors’ markets in Cambridge and Rugby the main place to spot a member of bkh has been in and around the Flag Fen site just outside Peterborough, of which more in a minute.

However, schools all around the country are beginning to enjoy the range of  possibilities that having a living interpreter can bring to their curriculum. Edith Cavell, WW 1 soldier Tommy Atkins and the army Padre ‘Willy Woodbine’ have all been busy in schools bringing to life not just the horrors and the conditions of life in the trenches but also the camaraderie in this special commemorative anniversary year.

As schools are working through the implications of changes to the curriculum there have been a number of requests for pirates,Saxon and Viking warriors and storytellers, and our Bronze and Iron Age teams have been busy with younger students.

In a recent full day visit pupils handled tools and weapons, learnt the techniques needed to make a roundhouse and tried their hand at making butter and drinking vessels. Each visit is tailored to a school’s requirements.

The year is far from ended though and if you are in the Grantham or North Norfolk areas please come and help us see the year out in style. The weekend of the 22-23 November sees a return to the fabulous building that is Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham, Lincs where a second grand Victorian Christmas market with entertainment is being held

The first two weekends of December see members of the team return to Holkham Hall in North Norfolk where the downstairs Victorian kitchen team will again be preparing for Lord Holkham’s Christmas tea party while other members will be adding magic to the fairytale upstairs. The Christmas openings at Holkham are always magical, with the rooms decked out in their Christmas finery.

As well as Father Christmas outside in the courtyard, the house is hosting the far older and more mysterious Holly king. He is an ancient spirit and might be seen anywhere in the house – but remember to be on your best  behaviour if you meet him.

Lastly, the weekend just before Christmas gives you a last chance to get into the festive mood if you visit Blickling Hall, also in north Norfolk. There will be a large marquee with a range of events for children, a festive trail and World War One soldiers and their sweethearts celebrating a day of peace.

News on the roundhouse will be coming soon. We wish all our readers and every visitor to Black Knight Historical events a very happy Chrstmastide


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