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Mayhem comes to Chepstow Castle

Medieval mayhem at Chepstow Castle

Medieval mayhem at Chepstow Castle

This September the walls of Chepstow Castle will ring with the sounds of battle when the Medieval Combat Society bring their tournament to Chepstow Castle.

Medieval Mayhem focuses on 14th century the time of chivalry and Chaucer, the Black Death, war and pestilence. This final rip roaring, regal event celebrates the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) designation forty years ago and looks back on Overlooking the Wye’s successful partnership work on over forty sites throughout the area.

The event is also part of the Open Doors Days a Civic Trust and Cadw initiative taking place on the weekend of the September 18/19 which offers the public free access to places and buildings of historic and architectural interest in Chepstow including events in Chepstow Drill Hall and Chepstow Museum.

The castle will be brimming with medieval attractions and one of the highlights will be the creation of a medieval guilds and merchants fair outside the castle walls by staff from the University of the West of England. Inside the lower bailey the Medieval Combat Society will be transporting you back to the days of the days of courtly love and deadly combat. Characters like the Barber Surgeon
and Aquila the Jester will entertain visitors. There will be games, face painting and a host of family fun events as well as tours of Chepstow Castle led by castle expert Rick Turner from Cadw and tales from the Franciscan monk.

The Wye Valley AONB will also be launching a new, updated version of the Wye Valley Walk book published by Cicerone . This new official guidebook will examine the Wye Valley Walk in detail with maps and updated information on one of the greatest river walks in Britain. People will have an opportunity to join a walk from Eagles Nest to Chepstow which is the first part of the Wye Valley Walk
with outstanding views improved by Overlooking the Wye. These free places are limited so please book by contacting Julie Godfrey on 01600 891527 or email Julie@overlookingthewye.org.uk

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