Joust the thing for the bank holiday

A MEDIEVAL-themed spectacular is to be held by a WGC school to help raise money for their student exchange programme in Africa.

Sir Frederic Osborn School will host the fundraiser so pupils from the Herns Lane school and Lephola Secondary School in Welkom, South Africa, can visit each other.

The exchange is part of the International Inspiration programme linked to the Youth Sport Trust, which focuses on providing high quality physical education as well as donating sports equipment and kit to schools abroad.

Two full ‘battles’ by the Medieval Siege Society will be staged on each of the three days of the bank holiday weekend.

Peter Ephgrave, school site manager and a member of the society, said: “We really want bums on seats and we have kept the ticket prices low to make it a family day out.

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“It is not just entertainment, this will be an educational type of event too and people of all ages can benefit – if it is a success hopefully next year we can get more and more Hertfordshire schools involved.”

The society will re-enact the march from Dunstable to St Albans, which led to the Battle of St Albans in 1455, fought between York and Lancaster forces.

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There will also be the chance to make armour and medieval pottery, try archery, dress as a knight and watch displays of fighting techniques. Other entertainment will be provided by Sir Freds students as well as side shows and traders.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 10am to 4pm on Monday.

Tickets can be bought on the day and are �6 for adults, �5 under-16s and concessions, and under-fives go free. A familiy ticket for two adults and three children is �15.

Only disabled parking is available on-site.

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