Getting medieval on your ass
Now in its fourth year, Medieval Music in the Dales at Bolton Castle is the UK's unique festival of medieval music. For three days, the castle comes alive with the sounds of the Middle Ages with a number of performers and an international exhibition by makers of medieval musical instruments, plus workshops, concerts in St Oswald's Church, a medieval market and a great deal of informal playing.
This year the focus is on the music and times of William Marshal - the great English hero of the twelfth and thirteenth century who died exactly 800 years ago.Visitors can buy a Festival Pass for one, two or three days with full access to including all the daytime concerts at St Oswald's, and evening access to the Castle when the Medieval Tavern is open for drinks and music-making.
With a day's normal entry ticket to the castle you can enjoy performances at the Castle, the exhibition, the medieval market, and the Tavern up to 5pm.
Only the Festival Pass will also you access to the workshops and concerts. Sunday is William Marshal Day and to add to all the music-making, visitors can enjoy living history from The Household, scenes from the life of the Marshal, and a talk from historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick, author of ‘The Greatest Knight'.
Medieval Music in the Dales, Friday 6-Sunday 8 September, Bolton Castle, near Leyburn, North Yorkshire. www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk