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The Vikings are coming …..

Viking-Sunday

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 9 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 fresh from the British Museum 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: “I can do not better than vouch for the Vikings of Middle England’s own pledge which is to “Educate. Entertain. Enjoy.” This they do, along with others, with authenticity, energy and humour, if not noisily. For young people studying history it offers a chance to enter the Viking world and see and hear how life was lived. Be careful though. The word Viking really means sea raider or Pirate!”

Watching the Vikings invade the Old Hall is just one of over 101 things to do at Tatton Park.This new campaign launched last year features 101 of the best possible experiences to be enjoyed at Tatton this year. These range from feeding Tatton’s deer their daily breakfast to singing happy birthday with a rare breed pig: watching the Vikings invade Tatton’s Old Hall to escaping in to a New Zealand rain forest. www.101tatton.org.uk

Viking Sunday at the Old Hall Sunday, August 9

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 £5 per car applies. Additional small charge for have a go archery.

For further information about this release contact: Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department Tel: 01625 374417 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk

www.tattonpark.org.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, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and 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