|Dragon boat racers take their sport very seriously...|
This weekend Tonbridge played host to two of its most popular annual events: the Medieval Fair at the castle and the dragon boat races along the Medway, which runs beside the castle.
The fair was slightly smaller than usual, with fewer displays (and no archery), but we still got to watch some Medieval musicians and dancers, as well as a juggling jester creating some enormous bubbles!
Although there was only the one tent of knightly weapons, the demonstrator was being kept busy by inquiring children asking about the different weapons and armour on display, trying on helmets and swinging meaty swords and axes around their heads.
There was also the usual display of rescued owls, which this year boasted this beautiful little dwarf owl.
New this year was a small exhibition in the council offices (at the castle) by a number of local groups, including the Tonbridge Historical Society who I had a quick chat with and picked up some leaflets from.
Turns out that in the autumn and winter they put on lectures at the Angel Centre, and while "a brief survey of door furniture" might not grab my attention, there's a talk on "the reality of Medieval etiquette and table manners" just before my birthday that does sound more like my cup of tea.
They've also recently published a book, Tonbridge Through Ten Centuries, that is garnering glowing reviews on Amazon.
Should you be interested, there are more pictures of our afternoon out here on Facebook and some pictures of Alice being cute here.
|The obligatory family selfie...|