’Tis the season for a mediaeval yuletide

The Mediaeval Baebes, pictured at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, are to headline a concert at St Nicholas' Chapel in Lynn

The Mediaeval Baebes, pictured at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, are to headline a concert at St Nicholas' Chapel in Lynn

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The headline act at a Mediaeval Christmas at Lynn are, most appropriately, the Mediaeval Baebes.

The headline act at a Mediaeval Christmas at Lynn are, most appropriately, the Mediaeval Baebes.

They will feature in a spectacular close to the three-day event with a carol concert in the magnificent venue of St Nicholas’ Chapel.

Always popular visitors to the town, the Mediaeval Baebes will provide a remarkable evening of music, dance and theatre, also performing Christmas carol classics from their top ten album Of Kings & Angels as well as other contemporary and traditional songs.

This concert is on Sunday, December 13, with the doors open at 7.30pm; tickets cost £20 and are available from Lynn Tourist Information Centre at the Custom House or online at www.mediaevalbaebes.com

The group’s festive tour opened in London last night and as well as the Lynn concert the Mediaeval Baebes are also performing at Gloucester, Peterborough and Leicester cathedrals.

Next week’s festivities will start on Friday, December 11, with a mediaeval market in the Tuesday Market Place and from 2-8pm shoppers can browse rows of stalls selling handcrafted items including jewellery, leather goods, bottles and barrels, homewares, trinkets and festive decorations.

The market will include food and drink stalls, selling spit-roasted pig, baked chestnuts, honey meads, spiced wines, and food made to authentic Tudor recipes. Visitors will have the chance to try their hand at archery and there will be games and activities for children to take part in; many of the stallholders will be in traditional costume, including a jester.

As an added attraction, the Mary Rose pop-up museum will also be part of the market. The Mary Rose was Henry VIII’s flagship, and provides an incomparable insight into maritime history; it sank in 1545 and remained at the bottom of the sea until it was raised in 1982.

Since it was raised, the ship, along with over 19,000 artefacts recovered with it, has become part of an award-winning museum in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The museum is about to enter a period of closure until summer 2016 and now the pop-up museum will be touring the UK, visiting festivals and historic events.

This will feature real and replica artefacts, a shop, and activities where visitors can learn about the ship’s long and fascinating history.

The market continues on Saturday (12th) from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday (13th) from 10am to 4pm, so there are plenty of opportunities to visit this wonderful and unusual attraction.

Next Friday evening a traditional mediaeval banquet takes place in the Town Hall and from 8pm until late, an evening of memorable entertainment takes place in this genuinely mediaeval venue.

The Trinity Guildhall was built in the 1420s and its impressive stone floor, exposed beams, and great south window make the perfect setting for this night of mediaeval feasting in the company of the Borough Mayor and Mayoress, Colin and Julie Manning and 60 other guests.

Master chef Gerry Rhodes will prepare the banquet which will consist of 20 dishes served, as they would have been in the Middle Ages, over six ‘removes’ (courses). The dishes will include legges of fowl with a Saracen sauce; procession of a boar’s head, urchins (minced meat with herbs fashioned into hedgehogs), a tipsy moyse of berries (stiff cream with fruit soaked in fruit liquor), subtleties of marchpane and fruit leathers; the full menu can be viewed at www.kingslynnchristmas.co.uk

As was traditional in mediaeval times, during the six removes music will be performed, and games played. Live music will be performed on the lute, a rauschpfeife and other traditional instruments, while the games are based on traditional mediaeval revelries and include The Wishing Tree, where every guests places a wish for his or her heart’s desire on a tree as they arrive and the wishes are to be granted by St Nicholas; The Tankard Game, a simple knock-out game to win a tankard and a chalice; a Wassail Race, you may choose not to drink from the wassail bowl, but it must reach the top table to win.

For this night out, mediaeval dress is optional; tickets are £50 per person and are available from Lynn Tourist Information Centre or www.kingslynnchristmas.co.uk

For more information on all of these events, you should visit www.kingslynnchristmas.co.uk