Visitors to Nottingham Castle are in for a time-travelling treat this Saturday (18 July) when Nottingham’s medieval history is celebrated with a ‘Medieval Merriment’ event.

Jointly organised by Nottingham City Council and York-based The JORVIK Group, operators of the world famous JORVIK Viking Centre, the event promises to catapult visitors back to the middle ages. Visitors will be able to take part in ‘Have-A-Go Archery’, pot making, and will have the chance to meet a Barber Surgeon and discover the more grisly side to medieval medicine.

Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for York Archaeological Trust (YAT), the owners of The JORVIK Group, says: “We are very excited to bring our ‘Medieval Merriment’ event to Nottingham. We will be sending our team of medieval hosts, who will be on hand to help visitors re-discover the Middle Ages. Special focus will be given to the importance of archery, a vital skill that all English boys had to learn, especially in this, the 600th anniversary of Agincourt.”

Visitors to the Castle this weekend will also be able to find out more about the archaeological dig currently in progress in the Castle grounds near the bandstand. A team from Trent & Peak Archaeology is leading the dig alongside community volunteers, with the aim of learning more about Nottingham Castle’s medieval history.

Medieval Merriment takes place in the grounds of Nottingham Castle on Saturday 18th July, 11am to 4pm. The event is included in the Castle admission fee and there will be a additional small charge for some activities.

Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “The Middle Ages are a fascinating time in England’s history, with so many colourful characters and stories to tell. I’m sure visitors will enjoy the Medieval Merriment event this Saturday which will bring the Middle Ages to life, with fun activities for kids and adults alike.”