Bandon’s first ever Walled Town Festival will commence this Saturday. This two day event promises to be educational, fun, informative and packed to the rafters with details of historic life in Bandon.
Held over the weekend of National Heritage week, Bandon will be transformed to ye olden days. Some of the festivities so far include coin making workshops, a blacksmith, long bow displays, live music, ye ol tavern trail, jugglers, pig on a spit, food stalls with much more to be confirmed!!!
The festival opens with a family Walled Town Walk on Saturday 25th at 3pm. (by John Desmond) Following this there will be a cheese and wine reception at 6pm followed by a concert featuring a harpist playing renaissance music in the nearby Methodist church. Later that night, at 9pm, revellers are invited to assemble in The Plunkett Inn, Oliver Plunkett St. for a ‘Tavern Trail’, where seventeenth century fayre will be the order of the night!
Sunday sees an action packed day planned for the Town Hall area. All day events include a local artisan food fayre with a pig on a spit; traditional skills on display include stonemasonry, blacksmithing, felting, spinning and weaving and coin making. An expert in the use of longbows will demonstrate his skill, falcons will grace the skies, choirs will sing, harps will be played.
Bran Dubh, a professional re-enactment group will entertain with a live battle re-enactment. Children will receive free costumes and swords and shields. Archaeologists and historians will deliver lectures and workshops on Bandon’s history. The first Bandon Town Council meeting will also be re -enacted. Weaving the old with the new, there will be an energetic end to the festival with some Zumba and a pipe band!
For further details and festival programme available on a dedicated facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/BandonWalledTownMedievalFestival