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Chesterfield Medieval Fun Day

Medieval fun day

The popular Medieval-themed fun day makes a return for the first time since the start of the pandemic, with families invited to kick start the summer holidays with a day on Tuesday 26 July.

It’s a chance to step back into the Middle Ages and see Chesterfield’s history and heritage brought to life.

Don’t miss a day of Medieval Fun in Chesterfield! There will be lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy including a fun fair, stalls in the market and medieval re-enactors.

What’s on at the Chesterfield Medieval Fun Day

The popular Thomas Stanley Retinue reenactors group will be setting up their encampment in the grounds of the Crooked Spire. You’ll be able to find out more about life as a knight in the medieval period and they will be arming the knight, re-enacting skirmishes and marching through the town to the Market Place in full costume.

The dragon that battled with a Knight in the town centre in 2019 will be making a comeback and entertaining audiences in the Market Place.

A Medieval Surgeon will be on Burlington Street to give you all the details about grisly medieval medicine including common diseases, surgical procedures such as trepanning and amputation – he’ll even be bringing along his own leeches.

The Medieval Maniax will bring their hilarious show to Chesterfield, filled with mind-boggling tricks contortions and laugh-out-loud jokes.

For a charge Tower Tours will be available at the Crooked Spire. There will also be a Hunt the Sprite trail where families can search the Church for Sprites, which are a supernatural creature from Medieval folklore.

Members of the council’s museum team will be on Burlington Street and you will be able to learn more about Medieval life, dress up in medieval costume and create some medieval crafts.

The day also features appearances from walkabout characters including the Damsels in Distress, Goblins and other Medieval characters.

The Chesterfield Medieval Fun Day is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Medieval Funday Entertainment Programme

New Square (opposite the Portland Hotel) 

The Medieval Maniax – 11am – 11.45am and 2pm – 2.45pm

Market Hall (bottom corner)

Smoked the Dragon and Knight – 10.45am – 11.15am, 1pm – 1.30pm and 3pm – 3.30pm

Market Area (walkabout)

Damsels in Distress – 10am – 10.30pm, 11.45am – 12.15pm and 2.30pm – 3pm

The Goblins – 11.15am – 11.45am, 1.30pm – 2pm and 4pm – 4.30pm

Medieval Beggars – 10.15am – 10.45am, 12.15pm – 12.45pm, 2pm – 2.30pm and 3.30pm – 4pm

Market Square 

Medieval Fun Market – 10am – 5pm

Judging of best dressed trader by the Mayor of Chesterfield – 1pm

Prize giving for best dressed trader – 3pm

Funfair – 10am – 5pm

Burlington Street (opposite Gregg’s)

Medieval Barber Surgeon 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm

Museum Stall – 10am – 5pm

Crafts and dressing up – 10am – 5pm

Rykneld Square 

Jousty the Jester – 10.30am – 11am, 11.30am – 12noon, 1.30pm – 2pm and 2.30pm – 3pm

Crooked Spire Churchyard 

Medieval Encampment – 10am – 5pm

Skirmishes – 12.30pm – 12.50pm and 3pm – 3.20pm

Troop Marches to Market Place – 11am – 11.20am and 2pm – 2.20pm

Crooked Spire Church

Hunt the Chesterfield Sprite – 10am – 3pm (Church closes at 4pm)

Tower Tours – 10.30am and 2.30pm, Adults £8 and Children £5

Videos and pictures from the Medieval Fun Day in previous years can be found below.

Medieval Fun Day - Living History


Medieval fun day


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