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Saxons and Vikings invaded Stonham Barns Showground with weapons and shields at the ready.

Around 1,200 visitors joined the Dark Ages-themed festival at the Stonham Aspal site on Saturday, giving them an insight into the culture of both tribes as well as experiencing them doing battle.

A living history camp was also set up by the 15 different re-enactment groups from all over the country which attended.

Lily-Rose McCurrach and Lunaria Poole at the Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns. All pictures by Mark Bullimore.
Lily-Rose McCurrach and Lunaria Poole at the Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns. All pictures by Mark Bullimore.

Zoe Lynch, the site’s assistant events manager, said: “It was such a great turnout and it was such an action packed day which really brought history to life.”

The camp included demonstrations of cooking, weaving, leathercraft, woodwork, blacksmithing, herbalists, Saga storytelling and Rune readings.

People had the chance to also try their hand at archery and axe throwing with children making pretend shields, swords and helmets.

Zoe said: “It was such a memorable day, we had excellent feedback from children and adults alike. “They said they really enjoyed watching the battles but also getting involved with all of the activities that were laid out for them.”

Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.

The event, which went into the evening, ended with fire-dancing, a torch light parade and was rounded off with the ceremonial burning of the Viking ship.

Zoe said: “We have hosted a few re-enactment events before and there is such a great appeal for them. “It is great for us to see the passion from the groups who really love doing what they do and the enjoyment from the people that come to see them.”

Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns: Mildmunde and Eirick as Leech, Saxon Doctors.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns: Mildmunde and Eirick as Leech, Saxon Doctors.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns: Aethelgar the storyteller with his runes.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns: Aethelgar the storyteller with his runes.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns: pictured is Peter Taylor of Nidhoggr Mead Company.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns: pictured is Peter Taylor of Nidhoggr Mead Company.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.
Saxon and Viking Festival at Stonham Barns.

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