Enjoy a blast from the past at the MK Festival of History

Campbell Park will host the Festival of History on the weekend of June 17 and 18 in one of MK50’s flagship events, writes Kathryn Townsend.

Organised by the Heritage MK Partners, the festival’s large and colourful programme aims to deliver a selection of sights and sounds and even some smells from the past 2,000 years.

And the festival is even aiming to make history itself – by showcasing Milton Keynes’ biggest ever historical re-enactment.

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The usually peaceful surroundings of Campbell Park for one weekend only will be transformed into a blast from the past from the medieval ages right the way through to the English Civil War and beyond with clashes, battles and even the addition of dancing at the court of Queen Elizabeth the 1st, all with participating elements that everyone can get stuck into.

So, if you are keen to witness cannons exploding, try medieval archery, spear and axe throwing or perhaps test out combat and training exercises with the Vikings, then there is really no other place to be.

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The historical adventure runs between midday and 5pm daily, and includes a historic marketplace where you’ll be able to conjure up a little history at your leisure with the opportunity to purchase from an assortment of items for sale such as medieval toys and weapons, handcrafted knives and jewellery, metal ware and pewter brass tools, fire baskets, spoons, costumes, Victoriana and much, much more.

There will be plenty of opportunity to boost your energy along the way also, just pop to see one of the many traders on site – from ice cream to wood-fired pizza, you’ll have a tempting choice of snacks and refreshments.

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Alongside this truly impressive festival suitable for the entire family, Heritage MK partners will be offering additional interactive displays, heritage films from around Milton Keynes and many more activities.

Bringing the past to the present, the Festival of History aims to be spectacularly colourful and creative weekend, which is accessible for all.

And what’s even better is that admission is completely free.

A shortened version of this article was first published in the June issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Click on this link or on the photo below to read the full digital edition.


Check http://www.celebratemk.co.uk regularly for news and features from around MK – because Milton Keynes is worth celebrating.

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