Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, Redditch, Worcestershire

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Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

4 and 5 June 2011

Hundreds of people stepped back in time to the Middle Ages as they took in the atmosphere at Forge Mill Needle Museum's Medieval Festival at the weekend.

An estimated 800 people visited the Needle Mill Lane museum on Saturday and Sunday (June 4 and 5) to enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Medieval camp set-up within the grounds.

Visitors were treated to a series of weapons drills, enjoyed a falconry display and learnt more about what life was like at the time. There was also music from the period and children got the chance to make their own jester sticks.

Debbie Lakeman, the museum's education officer, said: "Lots of people enjoyed the festival and it gave a real flavour of a Medieval knight's encampment."

Text and pictures, Redditch Standard. Marcus Mingins photographer.

Danielle Shearsby and Thug the barn owl were taking part in demonstrations as part of the festival.
Vincent, four, joined in the atmosphere.

Laura Lowe shows Malcolm, three, how to play the flute.
Crowds enjoyed weapons demonstrations as part of the festival.