Medieval Mayhem Day!
Our recent Medieval Mayhem Day saw over 2,000 attendees. Organised by Sunderland City Council's Heritage Team, it was supported by a group of 19 Hylton Castle Project volunteers (aged from 14 to 75) as well as staff from Active Sunderland, SNCBC and an assortment of reenactors.
The diverse array of activities consisted of ferret racing, traditional crafts, science, magic and a hog roast. This brilliant family-fun day was positively received by members of the local community and beyond. Kathleen, a Hylton Castle Project Volunteer, kindly wrote the following blog about the event.
"Medieval Mayhem was a brillant day from start to finish. I first helped out on the stocks, a great place to start! The stocks were placed right at the entrance so, for the most part, it was the first thing people saw. The visitors liked taking pictures with the stocks.
My next job was directing people to parking. Not my favorite thing in the world but it was a job that needed doing! After that, I had a hog roast sandwich and it was delicious. Just what I needed! Being from the States I had never had one before and I enjoyed it immensely. I always enjoy new cultural experiences when they come my way - it’s what I’m here for after all!
For the afternoon I worked at the crafts table. They had several kids’ crafts going; clay prints, badge making and leather pressing. I was at the badge making table, and it was a lot harder to do than it looked. Between the heavy wind, and trying to learn a new skill, we struggled for a while, but some other volunteers stepped in to help and in a true display of solidarity we made it work.
I’d never been to a medieval fair before and it went really well! I had a good time, I got to try a few different roles and overall it was a really fun day!"