Swineshead Pageant June 2016 “The Final Journey of King John”. A Festival of Medieval Merriment, Carnival of Courtly Lords and Ladies, treasure and toads!
A two day event, organised by Swineshead Parish Council, to mark the 800th anniversary of King John’s final journey. King John travelled from Kings Lynn to Swineshead where he stayed overnight in Swineshead Abbey, travelling on to Newark Castle where he died. Legend has it that he was poisoned by the monks from the Abbey.
The event kicks off with a pageant/parade on the Saturday morning at 11am which is being organised by two artists, Julie Willoughby and Ruth Pigott, commissioned by Transported. All residents (adults and children) are welcome to join in the parade. Other planned activities on the Saturday are: The Knights of Skirbeck re-enactment group; Birds of Prey displays and handling; Archery demonstrations/have a go sessions; strolling minstrel; medieval potter; Swineshead Silver Band; BBQ; music, dancing and hog roast in the evening.
Sunday events are Knights of Skirbeck; Archery; Birds of Prey, displays and handling; strolling minstrel; medieval potter; Swineshead Silver Band; Bring your own picnic and a school performance of “Wind in the Willows”.
There are a series of workshops to make items for the pageant such as carnival lanterns, festival flags, painted shields, hats, crowns, helmets and medieval costume. The workshops are free and are for adults and children. For more details please email Julie on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01909 485497. To read more about the Swineshead Pageant, visit the Facebook page here.