Castle set for medieval days

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Staff and volunteers at Castle Fraser, near Sauchen, are getting ready for a massive medieval onslaught at the end of July.

The normally tranquil grounds at the historic Donside seat of the Fraser family will be transformed as the battlecries of brave knights, the clang of metal-on-metal and the whinnying of highly-trained warhorses fill the air at its jousting weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, the grand baronial towerhouse will be the backdrop to battle, medieval style.

The fearless Knights of the Damned will take to their steeds to compete for honour and glory in a traditional jousting tournament. These talented horsemen and their mounts will demonstrate the skills, thrills and spills of the historic sport which is thought to have originated in the 11th century.

Medieval warfare, weaponry and battledress will also be showcased at the two-day event with archery demonstrations and sword-fighting.

For those looking to improve their warrior skills, they can enrol in warrior school, take part in military drills and try out chainmail. The knights will also be willing to share their expert tactical knowledge, for those brave enough to ask a question.

And for those looking for a souvenir from the event, skilled re-enactors will be onhand to created bespoke and horribly-realistic war wounds. Away from the battlefield, there will also be the chance for visitors to try their hand as a homemaker from the middle ages, with cookery and craft demos.

Tickets for the event are available online at www.nts.org.uk. Special early bird prices are available before Monday (July 18) - adult £8, child £5, family £22.

On the day, tickets will be adult £9, child £6, family £25.