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Market – Stockport Viking Medieval Market 2015
Sat 17 October 2015 @ 10:00 am - Sun 18 October 2015 @ 4:00 pmFree
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Two days of Viking Medieval madness!
The weather stayed dry and generally mild both days, bringing the public out in force, around 7000 on Saturday and 3500 on Sunday, making this event another resounding success. Our show doubled in size with twice as many Vikings, Knights, demonstrators, traders, and bands, as last year – and it showed with every area of the Old Town site occupied from Castle Yard to the camp site at the rear of St Mary’s On-The Market-Place Church.
Of particular note were the Rochdale Vikings, the Freelancing Knights of Redemption from Ireland, the all new children’s battles against the Knights Of Failsworth (which have to be seen to be believed), Greek Crusader catering, our pet Medieval ‘tart’ Jamie in a range of stunning outfits, the whole of the Lord Of Macclesfield’s Retinue out in force running the site and authentic medieval tarot in addition to the always full Gypsy caravan. We had amazing stalls all down the medieval main street including swords, handmade Viking pottery from Poland, exceptional pies, more amazing up-cycled goods than ever before, interactive Archaeology displays from STAG and DIG Manchester, and ‘Silent Bob’ having arrows shot at him all day without so much as a word…
The Square was once again filled with market traders and ‘Stage 2’ at ‘Seven Miles Out’ Arts Centre which featured our bands, dancers, and children’s activities throughout both days. Entirely new to this year were Ya Raqs Crusader Arabic dance troop, a talk on ‘The History Of Stockport Castle’ with guided tours, fire breathing, Druid Traders from Wrexham, and Rob’s new tower raven ‘Indigo’ stealing the birds show yet again. The sloping lower street (affectionately known as ‘Diagon Alley’) teemed with fairy crafts, legendary products, magic stuff, clothing, and crafts on Saturday, moving inside to join ‘The Handmade Market’ on Sunday and to make way for an entire film crew who were using Stockport as a Victorian back-drop to a television movie.
The evening concerts in ‘LIVE’ Stockport Bank Chambers venue were performed by the very capable Stated Quo on the Saturday and The Hidden (UK) on Sunday. Bands featured in St Mary’s Church venue this year included the colourful Livia & her Elemental Dancers from London, Stockport Jazz ensemble Pretty Eclectic, Liverpool solo artist James J Turner who performed a storming acoustic set, talented folk rock duo Isambard’s Wheel, international performing artists Serpentyne who premiered their new line up and rockier set, The Harry Francisco Band from Liverpool playing an exceptional stylish original rock gig, followed by Leafblade who are now a three piece and at their performing peak, delivering possibly the tightest melodic set of the weekend – go boys!