Abbey Medieval Festival 2012 (part 3)

Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here.

Not having a “medieval” or “historical” costume wasn’t a problem. It was interesting seeing the many “fantasy” costumes.

This fine wolf had a companion wearing a T-shirt saying “In Dog We Trust”. He couldn’t walk very far without people rushing up to get their photo taken with him … what a cuddly fellow!

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Abbey Medieval Festival 2012 (part 1)

We enjoyed the Abbey Medieval festival 2011 (which I talked about here and here) so much we thought we’d go again this year. 37,500 people went this time – 10,000 more than last year. We got there 45 minutes before opening time, but being near the head of the queue – which gets veerrry looong – has its advantages, plus we had interesting conversations with our enthusiastic co-queuers who were often in costume. Getting a weekend ticket means there is plenty of time to stroll around and see things, and re-visit if inspired, on both days.

There are many photos by photographers better than me on flickr – of fighting and jousting and such – so if you search-engine that together with the festival name, you’ll see them. There’s also some excellent ones, of the less martial sort (which I myself prefer), at Heart of a Gypsy here.

I’ll post some of my own that are different.

Lady and barn owl at the falconry exhibit

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