Medieval fun day aims to care for the horses

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TURN back the clock for a medieval tournament being held this Sunday, May 29, for charity.

This is the first of various events to be held at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre, near Spilsby, to raise the much-needed funds to keep the facility going.

Centre manager Terena Bolam said: “Last year was a struggle, but I think this year is going to be much harder, especially as it is looking like hay is going to be hard to get hold of and more expensive.

“With 15 horses to feed, as well as the goats etc, it is crucial to the survival of the centre that we can make enough money to keep going for another year, and these events help with that.”

All the centre’s resident horses will be taking part in the costume parade, with the fitter of the heavy and lighter breeds of horses also taking part in the mounted skill at arms, which includes javelin throwing, lancing rings, cabbage cutting and the quintain, a shield to be hit at speed with a 12ft lance

There will also be gymnastics on horseback and archery demonstrations, musical dog display and, new for this year, medieval dancing.

Bouncy castle and games will keep people entertained, as well as the chance to have a go at archery.

Hot and cold food will be on sale too, so there are lots of things for a great day out.

Gates open 10.45am and the event ends at 3pm.

For more information or to have a stall, new items or car boot, contact Terena on 01754 830286 / 07899 815960.