Knights, jesters and minstrels will be part of an exciting new festival to be launched later this year.

The Holbeach Medieval Festival will bring living history encampments with side shows and even a historic kitchen to the town in July.

South Holland District Councilor Tracey Carter is working with David Smith to organize the event, which will take place at three locations in the city on Saturday and Sunday July 2 and 3.

Holbeach Medieval Festival (54136142)

This is the latest event organized by Coun Carter to bring more people to Holbeach following the success of The Big Bang last year.

Councilor Carter said: “People travel from all over the country to see medieval events, so this is going to bring more people and positivity to Holbeach.

“It will put Holbeach on the map again and attract more visitors to local businesses where everyone can have a good time.”

Holbeach Medieval Festival (54136145)
Holbeach Medieval Festival (54136145)

The idea to launch the festival was dreamed up by Coun Carter and Mr. Smith, who have organized similar events across the country, during the Big Bang Christmas trade event in November.

A melee with fighting knights will be one of the main attractions of the festival, which will take place at three locations in the city, including Carter’s Park.

Live target archery will also take place and visitors can also try their hand at it.

Holbeach Medieval Festival (54136148)
Holbeach Medieval Festival (54136148)

Mr Smith said: ‘The Medieval Cooking Experience, which will be provided by Jane’s Historical Kitchen, is the only medieval cooking demonstration in the country that is licensed and insured for the general public to try its cuisine.

“We have proven over the six years of the Wellingborough Medieval Festival that there is a 34% increase in town center attendance over non-event weekends, so there will be a noticeable benefit for the local economy.

The festival was sponsored by South Holland District Council, The Crown Hotel, Chosen, EGM Insurance Brokers, Holbeach Music and Beer Festival, Bingham and Woods, SM Panting and Decorating, Midwest Polychem, Seagate Homes and Cards and more.

Holbeach Medieval Festival (54136136)
Holbeach Medieval Festival (54136136)

– Councilman Carter also hosted a coffee morning to raise money for Waddles Rescue. The For The Love of Ducks event will take place at the Reading Rooms, Holbeach, on Monday February 14, 11am-1pm.

The event includes a coloring contest with the image available for download on the Holbeach Local Facebook page.

A quiz and donation bucket will also be part of the event.