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The Vikings are coming …..

Tatton’s Old Hall is bracing itself for a Viking invasion, 1,000 years since Norsemen first crossed the Cheshire borders.  And these ones are no less terrifying! 

On Sunday, August 14 The Vikings of Middle England will be staging a dynamic and exciting re-enactment event in the atmospheric grounds of Tatton’s Tudor Old Hall. 

Witness the clash of steel and hear the smash of axe on shield as these hardened warriors demonstrate Viking combat skills.  The Vikings of Middle England are renowned for their historical authenticity and their ‘realistic, exciting and entertaining battle displays’.

It’s not all about battle and ‘bloodshed’.  Around 30 re-enactors will be setting up an authentic Viking camp at the Old Hall and demonstrating the domestic side of Viking life.  Visitors can learn about authentic cooking over open fires, wood-cutting, coin-striking, spinning, dyeing and weaving activities as well as blacksmithing.

A number of other displays will keep young and older visitors entertained. People will have the chance to interact with The Viking Longship Experience and Ravens’ Tales will entertain with ancient stories. There will also be the opportunity to try on armour and test their own expertise with an archer’s longbow, for a small charge.

Old Hall steward Mick Ricketts said:  “ In the old Norse tongue the word Viking means raider or pirate and everyone loves a pirate don’t they? Pirates are jolly but pirates are also ruthless and good at fighting and plundering. Viking Sunday brings a whole era back to life within the picturesque and normally tranquil setting of the Old Hall. Be prepared for the crash of steel on steel or the thud of steel on shield but also find out about Viking crafts and culture. They may be frightening but they can also be jolly nice and will always welcome a chat!”

Viking Sunday at the Old Hall Sunday, August 14

12pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm) at the Old Hall.  Prices: adults £6, child £4, Family £16 (2 adults & 3 children).  Normal Park entry of £6 per car applies.  Additional small charge for have a go archery. 

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Carole Mullineux on 01625 374410 ( carole.mullineux@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision