Mock battles show off the history of Suffolk castle at special event

Reinactors pose with their weaponary, archers lined up at the ready in the background Picture:OWEN

Reinactors pose with their weaponary, archers lined up at the ready in the background Picture:OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

One of Suffolk’s most historic sites turned back the clock to its heyday – showing people what life would have been like hundreds of years ago.

Medieval cookery preparation and demonstration Picture:OWEN HINES

Medieval cookery preparation and demonstration Picture:OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

Orford Castle is one of the most visited attractions in the county, with its stunning 12th century keep being one of the most complete in the region.

One of the great joys of a visit is to stand on the roof and enjoy the wonderful sea views.

Back in 1991 the English Heritage monument staged a re-enactment day with visitors able to see a complete encampment inhabiting the castle and its grounds.

Along with the military, archers practised and staged mock battles in the undulating grounds, and there were cooking and craft demonstrations, with the re-enactors happily talking to visitors about life in the period.

View of Orford castle in 1991 on a re-enactment day with the activity tents in the foreground Pictu

View of Orford castle in 1991 on a re-enactment day with the activity tents in the foreground Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines


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Children learn historical wood work skills in traditional dress, at Orford Castle Picture;OWEN HINE

Children learn historical wood work skills in traditional dress, at Orford Castle Picture;OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

Two women cooking food in a demonstration Picture: OWEN HINES

Two women cooking food in a demonstration Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

Shot of the re-enactors with Orford Castle in the background Picture: OWEN HINES

Shot of the re-enactors with Orford Castle in the background Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

A battle demonstration and re-enactment Picture: OWEN HINES

A battle demonstration and re-enactment Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

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