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Castle – Gwrych Viking Medieval Market 2017
Sat 19 August 2017 @ 10:00 am - Sun 20 August 2017 @ 4:00 pmVarious
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This was a new Viking Medieval Market event inside the grounds of the ruined Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales. What a fantastic venue and large event to rival our urban venues it turned out to be!
Sadly, the North Wales coastal weather plagued Saturday with alternate wind and rain, but the Sunday was consistently better up to 4pm when the rain typically set in again as the event stripped down. We had three medieval knight camps, a full separate arena field with the addition of heavy horses and birds of prey, loads of kids’ activities, many ‘guests’ from the Conwy event including morris dancing groups, street entertainers, dragons, the Whippergennies singing group, and, of course, many loyal supporters of the Gwrych Castle Trust.
Our market was well attended and contained many new traders and mead sellers, spinners and weavers, children’s crafts and attractions, a ‘fire pit’ for story-tellers, and the usual wide spread of other crafts, up-cycled goods, and food providers. We estimated around 800 attended on the Saturday and 1,200 on the Sunday, but numbers were masked as they ‘evaporated’ into the magnificent gothic castle ruins and gardens that were open to the public for guided tours for the first time in many years.
Local press finally reported 4,000 attending over the weekend and, of 33 things to do in North Wales featured on the internet for the Saturday and 22 fun things to do in North Wales on Sunday, we were at the top.