three other successful themed open days with FREE Admission,
the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre at Great Steeping near Spilsby
announce their most ambitious event ever!
costumed re enactment day based on a market of the 15 century,
visitors will be mingling with Lords and their ladies, a jester,
merchants, a magistrate, craftsmen, men at arms, soothsayer,
apothecary, mediaeval farmers, peasants and villagers.
from Mencap (Lincolnshire) who use the centre as a training
base, very successfully helped to arrange the previous themed
events. They will be manning stalls and making many of the
wares on sale.
archers from the Friskney Bowmen will be bringing their popular
"Have a go" display.
A Farmers Market is being organised and Boston butcher Stephen
Dunmore is bringing his well known "Hog Roast".
the event is a fund-raiser to assist with the care of the
horses resident at the centre and we hope people will be very
horses will be taking a major part and begin with a parade
led by the Lord of the Manor and his retinue at 11.30 am.
1pm horses of various sizes and their riders will be giving
a display of Mediaeval riding skills.
is something totally new to Lincolnshire and involves riding
against obstacles with javelin and lance. The horses will
be in costume too!
are grateful for advice given to us for this event by the
riders from the Royal Armouries at Leeds.
the centre is primarily a sanctuary for big horses with special
needs it has been very difficult to make big changes to attract
more people to the site. There are no grants and financial
assistance from the Lottery or EEC for horses; so the Centre
has to cope entirely unaided.
nucleus of loyal "Friends" give financial support
as they can and a small number of families from the north
and south of England give their free time and holidays to
run the centre, which has no paid staff.
can expect more than a few surprises on this special day but
the normal "unique hands" on "close contact"
programme with the horses themselves will not operate on Mediaeval
can only say come early to avoid disappointment. For example
the wagon rides will be limited to four (80 people) as the
horses will have already performed in the "tiltyard"